Terry Ellis, PT, PhD, NCS

Associate Professor & Director, Center for Neurorehabilitation

  • Title Associate Professor & Director, Center for Neurorehabilitation
  • Phone 617-353-7571
  • Education PT, PhD, NCS

Dr. Ellis is an Associate Professor at Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College in the Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training. Her research focuses on investigating the impact of exercise and rehabilitation on the progression of disability in individuals with Parkinson disease. Dr. Ellis is also the Director of the Center for Neurorehabilitation at Boston University where she conducts research, provides clinical consultations and education to healthcare professionals and to persons with neurological disorders. In addition, Dr. Ellis directs the American Parkinson Disease Association National Rehabilitation Resource Center housed at Boston University. She also teaches examination and treatment of patients with neurological disorders within the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Boston University. Dr. Ellis has a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neurosciences from Boston University School of Medicine. In addition, she is a board certified specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy. She has published numerous articles and lectures internationally on topics related to rehabilitation in persons with Parkinson disease. Dr. Ellis is on the editorial board of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Movement Disorders Society.

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests

  • Effectiveness of rehabilitation and exercise in modifying disease/disability progression in persons with Parkinson disease
  • Reducing disability and improving physical function in persons with chronic neurological disorders
  • Improving balance and reducing fall risk in people with Parkinson disease
  • Investigating the benefits of mobile health technology to optimize adherence to exercise in persons with chronic neurological disorders
  • Development of community based wellness programs for people with Parkinson disease

Licenses and Certifications

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

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