Jennifer Christy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She received her BS in Physical Therapy from Louisiana State University Medical Center and her PhD in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami. Her PhD training focused on developing outcome measures and intervention techniques to address vestibular related impairments in young children. Her early work focused on identifying and treating vestibular related impairments in children with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss and peripheral vestibular hypofunction. Her current work as the Co-Director of the UAB Vestibular Ocular Reflex Clinic is the examination of the vestibular and oculomotor systems in concussion. She has published numerous manuscripts related to development of clinical tests to identify children at risk for vestibular related impairments and treatment of children with vestibular disorders and dizziness. She has served as chair of two Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapists Research Summits which serve as catalysts for unique collaborations among paediatric PT researchers and non-PT scientists.
Rick Clendaniel, PT, PhD
Rick Clendaniel is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics, Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, Duke University Medical Center. He received his MS in Physical Therapy and his PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience (Department of Psychology) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in neuro-otology at Johns Hopkins with Susan Herdman, PhD, PT. Prior to joining the faculty at Duke, he was on faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, where he was director of the Vestibular Rehabilitation program. He has published numerous manuscripts related to vestibular system physiology and treatment of individuals with vestibular disorders and dizziness. He is co-editor of the 4th edition of the text Vestibular Rehabilitation. He has served on the editorial board of JNPT, the board of directors of the Foundation for Physical Therapy, and is currently on the Medical Advisory Board for the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA). He maintains an active practice evaluating and treating patients with vestibular disorders and dizziness.
Courtney D. Hall, PT, PhD
Dr Hall received her PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently she is a research scientist at the Auditory and Vestibular Dysfunction Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) at the Mountain Home VAMC and Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at ETSU. Her clinic and research focus is towards understanding age-related changes in balance control and how best to intervene therapeutically to prevent loss of mobility and falls. Her current research seeks to determine whether the addition of vestibular-specific gaze stability exercises reduces symptoms and fall risk in older adults with non-vestibular dizziness. Her research has primarily been funded through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
Susan Herdman, PhD
Dr Herdman is a professor emerita at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia, known for her work on treatment efficacy for patients with vestibular hypofunction. The focus of her current research is on determining the factors that affect treatment outcome of patients with vestibular loss. She has lectured on the topic of vestibular rehabilitation both nationally and internationally. She has published over 97 peer reviewed articles and chapters and is the co-editor of the book Vestibular Rehabilitation, now in its 4th edition.
Dr Herdman has served on the Research Advisory Committee for the Foundation for Physical Therapy, the Committee for Screening Abstracts, American Physical Therapy Association, the Nominating Committee, Neurology Section, the Awards Committee, Research Section and was the first Chair of the Vestibular Special Interest Group of the Neurology Section of the APTA. In addition she was an item writer for the Specialization Academy of Content Experts for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. She has been a member of the NASA Sensorimotor Review Panel since 2009.
She is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow (2001) and the recipient of the Jack Walker Award (1997) Excellence in Research Award from the Neurology Section (2000), the John Maley Award for Innovative Clinical Practice (2003), the Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy (2009) and the Ann Shumway-Cook Award (2016) She has been a member of the APTA since 1970.
Lisa Heusel-Gillig, PT, DPT, NCS
Lisa Heusel-Gillig is a Senior Physical Therapist at the Emory Dizziness and Balance Center in Atlanta Georgia. She is on the faculty of the Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Course and is a board certified Neurology Clinical Specialist. She received her transitional DPT in 2007 at Emory University. Her clinical interests include treating patients with concussions, vestibular disorders, cerebellar ataxia, and motion sensitivity, She also has been involved in several research studies with Emory and the VA. She has been a member of the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) and serves on the leadership committee of the Vestibular special interest group of the Neurology Section.
Laura Morris, PT, NCS
Laura Morris is a physical therapist and lecturer with 24 years of experience in the management of adults with neurologic disorders. Her clinical work focuses on vestibular disorders and mild traumatic brain injury at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in the Chicago area. She is the Director of Communications for the Neurology Section of the APTA. She teaches continuing education in concussion and vestibular rehab. Her experience includes inpatient and outpatient care, clinical research and program development, including the launch of the fourth credentialed Neurologic PT Residency Program in Pittsburgh. Clinical practice also included vestibular and concussion rehabilitation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Mild Brain Injury Program in Baltimore, Maryland and neurologic private practice in Alexandria, Virginia. She was re-credentialed for her Neurologic Clinical Specialist in 2013. She has been involved in the Neurology Section and the Vestibular special interest group, primarily in positions involving website support. In 2003 she received the Award for Clinical Excellence in Neurology by the Neurology Section of the APTA, and in 2015 received the Service Award from the Vestibular Special Interest Group. Her contributions to the literature include book chapters and journal articles in the area of vestibular disorders and mild brain injury rehabilitation.
Michael Schubert, PT, PhD
Dr Schubert completed his PhD at the University of Miami followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. His clinical focus is treating gaze and gait instability in people with loss of vestibular sensation. His current research investigates differences in motor learning in the vestibulo-ocular reflex using different types of error signals. In addition, he is investigating whether the synergistic relationship between the vestibular and saccadic oculomotor systems can be entrained as a strategy for gaze stability.
Neil T. Shepard, PhD
Dr Shepard is Chair of the division of Audiology and Director of the Dizziness and Balance Disorders Program at Mayo Clinic – Rochester and Professor of Audiology in the Mayo Clinical School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate and masters training in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from University of Kentucky and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his PhD in auditory electrophysiology and clinical audiology from the University of Iowa in 1979. He has specialised in clinical electrophysiology for both the auditory and vestibular systems. Activity over the last 35 years has concentrated on the clinical assessment and rehabilitation of balance disorder patients and clinical research endeavours related to both assessment and rehabilitation.