Terry Ellis, PhD, PT, NCS

Terry Ellis, PhD, PT, NCS

Title
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training
Director, Center for Neurorehabilitation
Email
tellis@bu.edu
Phone
617-353-7571
Education
Doctor of Philosophy, Behavioral Neuroscience, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA (May 2005)
Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy, Springfield College (May 1988)
Bachelor of Science Degree, Springfield College (May 1987)
Website or Lab
Center for Neurorehabilitation
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Courses Taught

  • Coordinator, PT652: Evaluation and Treatment: Neurological Systems I
    This course is a continuation of Examination and Treatment of Neurological Systems I and emphasizes evidence based physical therapy management for people who have specific neurological disorders. In PT652 a general foundation was developed for examining, evaluating, and determining appropriate interventions for individuals who have movement dysfunction secondary to neurological deficits. PT 653 will build on the foundation developed in PT652 by considering how specific neurological disorders guide physical therapy practice. The course will focus on pathophysiology, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, plan of care intervention, and expected outcomes for commonly encountered diagnoses in neurorehabilitation such as Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson’s disease, and Cerebral Palsy. Common diagnostic groups are chosen with the intent of enhancing specific knowledge as well as developing a general problem solving approach that applies to any type of neurological diagnosis. The included diagnoses will illustrate how decision-making in physical therapy takes into account issues of age (life span), natural history, stage in the disease process, and nature (stable vs. progressive) of specific neurological disorders. Students will learn to develop a plan for examination, including the most sensitive and specific standardized examination tools, and to develop a plan of care that is specific to various diagnostic groups and that is based on current evidence.

Scholarly and Practice Interests

  • Effectiveness of Rehabilitation in Persons with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Improving balance and reducing fall risk in people with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Optimizing adherence to exercise
  • Reducing disability and improving physical function in persons with chronic neurological disorders
  • Development of Community Wellness Programs for people with chronic neurological disorders

Selected Publications

  • Ellis, T., Cavanaugh, J.T., Earhart, G.M., Ford, M.P., Foreman, K.B., Dibble, L.E. Which Tests of Physical Mobility Best Predict Quality of Life in People with Parkinson’s Disease? Parkinsonism and Related Disorders (in press)
  • Ellis T., Cavanaugh J.T., Earhart G.M., Ford M.P., Foreman K.B., Fredman L., Boudreau J.K., Dibble L.E. Factors Associated with Exercise Behavior in Persons with Parkinson Disease. Physical Therapy (in press)
  • Earhart G.M., Cavanaugh J.T., Ellis T., Ford M.P., Foreman K.B., Dibble L.E. The 9 Hole Peg Test of Upper Extremity Function: Average Values, Test-retest Reliability, and Factors Contributing to Performance in People with Parkinson Disease. JNPT (in press)
  • Schenkman M, Ellis T, Christiansen C, Baron AE, Tickle-Degnen L, Hall D, Wagenaar RC. A Profile of Functional Limitations and Task Performance among People with Early and Mid-Stage Parkinson Disease. Physical Therapy; 2011;91:1339-1354
  • Dibble LE, Cavanaugh JT, Earhart GM, Ellis TD, Ford MP, Foreman KB. Charting the progression of disability in Parkinson Disease: Study Protocol for a Prospective Longitudinal Cohort Study. BMC Neurology 2010,10:110
  • Tickle-Degnen L, Ellis T, Saint-Hilaire MH, Thomas C, Wagenaar RC. Self-management Rehabilitation improves Quality of Life Outcomes in Parkinson’s disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Movement Disorders 2010;25(2)194-204.
  • White D, Wagenaar RC, Tickle-Degnen L, Ellis T. Changes in home and community activity following self-management rehabilitation in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Arch Phys Med Rehab 2009;90(1)43-50.
  • Ellis T, Katz DI, White DK, DePiero TJ, Hohler AD, Saint-Hilaire MH. Effectiveness of an Inpatient Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Program for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease.  Physical Therapy 2008;88(7)1-8.
  • White DK, Wagenaar RC, Del Olmo MD, Ellis, T.  Test-Retest Reliability of 24 Hours of Activity Monitoring in Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease in Home and Community.  Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2007;21:327-340.
  • Fetter L, Ellis T.  A Perception-Action Framework for Physical Therapy for Persons with Neurologic Dysfuntion:  Use of Therapeutic Affordance and Unitless Ratio.  JNPT 2006; 30(3):139-144.
  • White DK, Wagenaar RC, Ellis T. Monitoring Activity in Individuals with Parkinson’s disease: A Validity Study. JNPT 2006; 30(1):12-21.
  • Ellis T, de Goede C, Feldman RG, Wolters E, Kwakkel G, Wagenaar RC. Efficacy of a Physical Therapy Program in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2005; 86:626-32.
  • Keane-Miller D, Ellis T, Fetters L.  Stroke Rehabilitation Outcomes: Acute Rehabilitation Versus Skilled Nursing Facilities: Physical Therapy2005; 85(1):67-76.
  • Butcher R, Ellis T, Holt K.  Teaching Spasticity and Weakness from a Dynamical Systems Perspective:  Part II. Neurology Report 2001; 25(3):106- 114.
  • Holt K, Saltzman E, Ellis T, Butcher R.  Teaching Spasticity and Weakness from a Dynamical Systems Perspective: Part I. Neurology Report2001; 23(3):102-105.
  • van Wegen E, van Emmerik R, Wagenaar R, Ellis T.  Stability Boundaries and Lateral Postural Control in Parkinson’s Disease. Motor Control 2001; 3:254- 269.
  • Ellis T, Cudkowicz ME, Sexton PM, Growdon JH. Clozapine and Risperidone Treatment of Psychosis in Parkinson’s Disease. J Neuropsychiatry Clinical Neurosciences 2000; 12:364-369.
  • Cudkowicz ME, Sexton PM, Ellis T.  The Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Procysteine in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.Neurology 1999; 52:1492-1494.

Selected Presentations

  • Ellis T, Dibble LE, Earhart GE. Parkinsonism: Evidence based management across the continuum of disability. 3-hour symposium at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting; New Orleans, LA: February 9-12, 2011
  • Ellis T, Cavanaugh JT, Earhart GM, Ford MP, Foreman BK, Dibble LE. Do Tests of Physical Mobility Predict Health Related Quality of Life in People with Parkinson Disease? JNPT 2010;34(4). Platform Presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting; New Orleans, LA: February 9-12, 2011
  • Ellis T, Christiansen C, Barón AE, Hall D, Tickle-Degnen L, Wagenaar RC, Schenkman M. A Profile of Functional Limitations and Task Performance among People with Early and Mid-Stage Parkinson Disease JNPT 2010;34(4). Platform Presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting; New Orleans, LA: February 9-12, 2011
  • Ellis, T. Management of Patients with Parkinson Disease Across the Continuum of Care: A Practical Evidence-based Approach. 31th Annual Neurorehabilitation Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke and Other Disorders; Boston, MA, November 6-7, 2010
  • Ellis T, DeAngelis TR, Hoover E, Saint-Hilaire, Thomas CA. (2010) Community Wellness Programs: A Model to Improve Quality of Life and Daily Function in People with Parkinson Disease. World Parkinson Congress, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Mov Disord; 25(12).
  • Ellis, T., Cavanaugh, J.T., Earhart, G.M., Ford, M.P., Foreman, K.B., Dibble, L.E. (2010) Which UPDRS Motor / Mobility Items Best Predict Quality of Life in People with Parkinson’s Disease? World Parkinson Congress, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Mov Disord; 25(12).
  • Ellis, T., Cavanaugh, J.T., Earhart, G.M., Ford, M.P., Foreman, K.B., Dibble, L.E. (2010) Typical Physical Activity Levels in People with Parkinson Disease: Effect of Disease State, Gender and Age. World Parkinson Congress, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Mov Disord; 25(12).
  • Ellis T. Parkinson’s Disease: Current Advances in Rehabilitation. Universidad Mariano Galvez De Guatamala; Guatamala City, March 5, 2010
  • Ellis T. Pasternak A. Gillardo O. Ramirez A. Peteet J.  Neurological Rehabilitation: Where have we been?  Where are we now?  Universidad Mariano Galvez De Guatamala; Guatamala City, March 6-7, 2009
  • Ellis T. Physical Therapy Practice in Neurology: Fundamental Principles and Therapeutic Approaches to the Rehabilitation in the Central Nervous System: Efficacy of Physical Therapy in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease:  Rationale for Recovery; Congresso Internazionale AIFI; Sicily, Italy, October 10, 2008.
  • Ellis T. Rehabilitation for the Self-Management of Parkinson’s Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial; University of Southern California; Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 2008
  • Ellis T. Increasing Support for the Rehabilitation of People with Parkinson’s Disease; Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center; Downey, CA, April 22, 2008
  • Hoover L, Ellis T, Matthies M, Tickle-Degnen. An Evidence-Based Interdisciplinary Approach for Self-Management of Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease; American Speech and Hearing Association; Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, MA, November 17, 2007
  • Ellis, T. Evidence-based Rehabilitation Recommendations for People with Parkinson’s Disease; Annual American Parkinson’s Disease Association Conference for National
  • Ellis, T. American Parkinson’s Disease Association; Coordinators of Information & Referral Centers; Park Plaza Hotel; Boston, MA, July 27, 2007
  • Ellis, T; Schenkman M. Theory and Practical Experience in Treating People who have Parkinson’s Disease; Annual Conference & Exposition of the American Physical Therapy Association; 2-day Preconference Course; Denver, CO, June 26-27, 2007
  • Ellis, T. Current Advances in Rehabilitation for People with Parkinson’s Disease;  National Scientific Advisory Board, American Parkinson’s Disease Association; Newark, NJ, May 12, 2007.
  • Ellis, T; Tickle-Degnen, L; Wagenaar, RC. Rehabilitation for Self-Management of Parkinson’s Disease: Results of an Interdisciplinary Randomized Controlled Trial;Annual American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine & American Society of Neurorehabilitation Meeting:  Translational Research; Boston, MA, September 28 – October 1, 2006
  • Wagenaar, R.C., White, D. & Ellis, T., Monitoring activities in patients in Parkinson’s Disease; Annual American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine & American Society of Neurorehabilitation Meeting:  Translational Research; Boston, MA, September 28 – October 1, 2006
  • Fetters, L; Ellis, T.  Constraint-Induced Intervention Based on Principles of Neuroplasticity within a Perception-Action Framework for Persons Post-stroke American Physical Therapy Association III Step Conference; Salt Lake City, UT, July 2005
  • Ellis, T. Advances in Rehabilitation for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease American Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference and Exposition;Boston, MA, June 2005
  • Ellis, T. Case Study: An Evidence-Based approach to the examination and management of falling in the elderly; American Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference and Exposition; Boston, MA, June 2005

Selected Grant Activity

  • Principal Investigator, Pepper Center Research Career Development Award; A Multifactorial Exercise Program to Reduce Falls in People with Parkinson Disease, $60,000, June 1, 2011 – May 31, 2013
  • National Resource Center for the Rehabilitation of People with Parkinson’s Disease; American Parkinson’s Disease Association; $52,000, January 2010 – Dec 2010
  • Development of a National Resource Center for the Rehabilitation of People with Parkinson’s Disease, American Parkinson’s Disease Association$52,000, January 2010 – Dec 2010
  • Principal Investigator, Boston University Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health Scholar’s Award (BIRCWH); National Institutes of Health, $276,000, July 2009 – June 2012
  • Principal Investigator, Davis Phinney Foundation; Unveiling the Natural History of Quality of Life and Mobility Decline in Persons with Parkinson’s Disease: a Prospective Cohort Study, $96,000, June 2009 – August 2012
  • Parkinson’s Disease Seminar for Healthcare Professionals: Evidence Based Concepts and Current Treatment Approaches, Teva Neuroscience, $4,900, March 2009
  • Development of a Rehabilitation Curriculum for Health Care Professionals in the Management of Patients with Parkinson’s Disease, American Parkinson’s Disease Association – National, $52,000, Jan 2008 – June 2009
  • Parkinson’s Disease Seminar for Healthcare Professionals:  Evidence Based Concepts and Current Treatment Approaches, Teva Neuroscience, $5,000, March 2008
  • Development of Community Wellness Programs for People with Parkinson’s Disease, American Parkinson’s Disease Association – Massachusetts Chapter, $10,000.00, 2006-2008
  • Principal Investigator, $6,995.00, Effectiveness of a Multidisciplinary Inpatient Movement Disorders Program for Patients with a Primary Diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease: Predicting Rehabilitation Outcome, Dudley Allen Sargent Research Fund, 2006-2007

Consulting and Professional Activities

  • Director of the Boston University Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program in collaboration with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Director of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association National Rehabilitation Resource Center at Boston University
  • Developed and Implemented Community Wellness Programs for People with Parkinson’s disease in 14 sites across New England
  • Consultant for Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital: Development of Clinical Research Programs
  • Authored the American Parkinson’s Disease Exercise Manual: “Be Active”: An Exercise Program for People with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Contributed to the American Parkinson’s Disease: Young Parkinson’s Handbook: A Guide for Patients and their Families
  • Contributed to Davis Phinney Foundation’s Manual “Every Victory Counts”: Exercise Guidelines for People with Parkinson’s Disease

Awards and Honors

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Chattanooga Award for best research paper published in Physical Therapy, June in 2014
  • Clinical Excellent in Teaching Award, American Physical Therapy Association: Neurology Section, February, 2009
  • Clinical Research Award for outstanding clinicians who have made significant contributions to the profession of Physical Therapy through research. American Physical Therapy Association of Massachusetts, November, 2008
  • Gertrude M. Lamb Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession of Physical Therapy Springfield College; April, 2008
  • Outstanding Service American Parkinson’s disease Association – Massachusetts Chapter; June, 2007
  • Nominated for the 2006 Metcalf Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Boston University, October 2005
  • Henry I Russek Student Achievement Award for Outstanding Performance, Boston Medical Center, 2005
  • Whitney Powers Excellence in Teaching Award, Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, May 2003

Licensing and Certification

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Registration in Allied Health Professions Physical Therapist License, 1988 – present
  • Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist 1999 to present