Patricia S. Pohl, Ph.D.
Chair Department of Physical Therapy
Program Director: Doctor of Physical Therapy
Office: Ricketts 210
PhD University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
MS University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
MS Queens College, Flushing, NY
BS Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
Title of dissertation: Changes with practice in the control of goal-directed aiming: effects of age and unilateral brain damage
Physical Therapy, State of California, #PT 11258, 1982 - present
PTY 722: Educational Strategies for Physical Therapists.
PTY 769: Capstone Experience: Research Project
Research interests are in the area of stroke rehabilitation and cognitive interventions for adults with early Alzheimer’s Disease
Recent Publications (only 2010 to present)
Billinger, S. A., Guo, L. X., Pohl, P.S., Kluding, P. M. (2010) Single Limb Exercise: Pilot Study of Physiological and Functional Responses to Forced Use of the Hemiparetic Lower Extremity. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 17,128-139.
Pohl, P. S., Kemper, S., Siengsukon, C. F., Boyd, L., Vidoni, E., & Herman, R. E. (2011). Older adults with and without stroke reduce cadence to meet the demands of talking. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, 34, 35-40.
Pohl, P. S., Kemper, S., Siengsukon, C. F., Boyd, L., Vidoni, E., & Herman, R. E. (2011). Dual task demands of hand movements for adults with stroke: a pilot study. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. May-June.
Pohl, P. S., Billinger, S. A., Lentz, A., & Gajewski, B. (2012). The role of patient demographics and clinical presentation in predicting discharge placement after inpatient stroke rehabilitation: analysis of a large, U.S. data base. (accepted with revision). Disability and Rehabilitation. Posted online ahead of print on October 17, 2012. (doi:10.3109/09638288.2012.717587)
Jernigan, S., Mahnken, J., Pohl, P. S., & Kluding, P. (2012) Discriminative accuracy of fall risk assessment tools in people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy Physical Therapy, 92, 1461-1470.
1999 Fellow of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association
2008 Faculty Research Investigator Award, University of Kansas Medical Center
2012 Jessie Ball Lecturer, University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Physical Therapy
Funded/In Review Grant Activity (only 2010-present)
Completed Grant Funding
Pohl, P.S. (P.I.)
$5,000.00 total costs
“Gait, balance, and cognitive performance in older adults”
Schacht Faculty Research Grant 2012-2013
Pohl, P. S. (P.I.)
$240,000 total costs.
“Effects of delivery mode of cognitive intervention in early AD”.
Alzheimer’s Association; 2007-2011
Pohl, P.S. (P.I.)
$10,000 total costs
“The influence of gender and marital status on outcomes and placement following stroke”
Allied Health Research Institute 2009-2010
Research Presentations (2010 to present)
Gras, L., Kanaan, S., Colgrove, Y., McDowd, J., & Pohl, P. S. Balance and gait deficits in adults with very mild Alzheimer’s Disease. Platform presentation accepted for annual New York State Physical Therapy Association, Albany, NY. October 2013.
Pohl, P.S., Billinger, S. A., Lentz, A. A., Gajewski, B. Predicting discharge placement after rehabilitation for a stroke: the role of demographics and clinical presentation. Research poster Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA, Chicago, IL, February 2012.
Pohl, P. S. Walking while talking and other dual task paradigms: adding complexity to the mix. Part of platform presentation: Walking speed, the 6th vital sign. Gerontological Society of America national meeting, Boston, MA; November 2011
Pohl, P.S., Billinger, S. A., & Lentz, A. A. Predicting discharge placement after rehabilitation for a stroke: the role of demographics and clinical presentation. Platform presentation at New York State Physical Therapy Association, October, 2011.
Billinger, S. A., Lentz, A., Gajewski, B. J., & Pohl, P. S. Gender does not predict discharge functional independence measure after stroke. Research poster at International Stroke Conference, Los Angeles, CA, February 2011.
McDowd, J., Kanaan, S., & Pohl, P. Intensive individual cognitive training in Alzheimers Disease: evidence for limited effects. Research poster at Gerontological Society of America national meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 2010
Balance and gait in adults with very mild Alzheimer’s Disease: a pilot study. Kanaan SF, Pohl PS. Research poster at Kansas Physical Therapy Association state meeting, Wichita, KS, April 2010.
Practice Effects on Task Switching in Adults with Early Alzheimer’s Disease. Kanaan S, McDowd J, Pohl PS. Research poster at Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA, April 2010.
Membership in Professional Organizations:
American Physical Therapy Association
American Physical Therapy Association Section on Geriatrics
American Physical Therapy Association Section on Education
Faculty Affairs Committee May 2011-present
Director of Research, Neurology Section, American Physical Therapy Association, 2008-2009
Associate Editor, Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy (previously known as Neurology Report), 2001-present
Secretary of the Stroke Special Interest Group of the Neurology Section/ APTA, 2002 – 2005
Vice President of the Neurology Section of the APTA, 1998 - 2000.
1. Physical Therapy
2. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy
3. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
4. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias
5. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
6. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
7. Clinical Rehabilitation
8. Experimental Brain Research
9. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
10. Journal of Gerontology
11. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
12. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
13. Physical Therapy Case Reports