• Additional Titles:Director, Center for Neurorehabilitation
    Director, Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program
  • Education:Bachelor of Science Degree, Springfield College (May 1987)
    Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy, Springfield College (May 1988)
    Doctor of Philosophy, Behavioral Neuroscience, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA (May 2005)
  • Website or Lab: Center for Neurorehabilitation
  • Phone:617-353-7571

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Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests

  • Investigating the effectiveness of rehabilitation / exercise interventions in modifying the progression of disease / disability in persons with Parkinson Disease
  • Characterizing disability related walking behavior in people with Parkinson disease
  • Understanding the barriers and motivators of exercise in those with neurological conditions
  • Mobile health technologies and behavioral interventions
  • Augmenting walking capacity using soft robotic systems
  • Stimulating a change in rehabilitation models of care to optimize patient outcomes over the long-term

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

Topically organized bibliography with reprints

Partial Bibliography at PubMed

  • Ellis TD, Cavanaugh JT, DeAngelis TR, Hendron K, Thomas CA, Saint-Hilaire M, Latham N. Comparative Effectiveness of mHealth supported exercise compared to exercise alone for people with Parkinson Disease: randomized controlled pilot study. Physical Therapy (in press)
  • Goldman J, Vernaleo B, Camicioli R, Dahodwala N, Dobkin R, Ellis T, Galvin J, Marras C, Edwards J,Fields J, Golden R, Karlawish J, Levin B, Shulman L, Smith G, Tangney C, Thomas C, Troster A, Uc E, Coyan N, Ellman C, Ellman M, Hoffman C, Hoffman S, Simmonds D. Cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease: a report from a multidisciplinary symposium on unmet needs and future directions to maintain cognitive health; Parkinson’s Disease (2018) 4:19; doi:10.1038/s41531-018-0055-3. PubMed PMID: 29951580; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6018742.
  • Bae J, Awad LN, Long A, O’Donnell K, Hendron K, Holt KG, Ellis T, Walsh CJ. Biomechanical mechanisms underlying exosuit-induced improvements in walking economy after stroke. Journal of Experimental Biology 2018; 7;221(Pt 5). pii: jeb168815. doi: 10.1242/jeb.168815. PubMed PMID: 29361587; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5868931.
  • Wendel N, Macpherson CE, Webber K, Hendron K, DeAngelis T, Colon-Semenza C. Ellis T. Accuracy of Activity Trackers in Parkinson Disease: Should we Prescribe them? Physical Therapy, 2018; doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzy054. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29718452.
  • Colon-Semenza C, Latham NK, Quintiliani LM, Ellis TD. Using Peer Coaches to Increase Physical Activity in People with Parkinson Disease. JMIR Mhealth and Uhealth, 2018; 6(2):e42. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.8074. PubMed PMID: 29449201; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5832905.
  • Awad LN, Bae J, Kudzia P, Long A, Hendron K, Holt KG, OʼDonnell K, Ellis TD, Walsh CJ. Reducing Circumduction and Hip Hiking During Hemiparetic Walking Through Targeted Assistance of the Paretic Limb Using a Soft Robotic Exosuit. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Oct;96(10 Suppl 1):S157-S164. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000800. PMID:28777105
  • Awad LN, Bae J, Kudzia P, Long Andrew Long, Hendron K, Holt KG, O’Donnell K, Ellis T, Walsh CJ. A soft robotic exosuit improves walking in patients after stroke. Science Translational Medicine 2017;9(eaai9084):1-12. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aai9084. PubMed PMID: 28747517.
  • Ni M, Brown LG, Lawler D, Ellis TD, Deangelis T, Latham NK, Perloff J, Atlas SJ, Percac-Lima S, Bean JF The rehabilitation enhancing aging through connected health (REACH) study: study protocol for a quasi-experimental clinical trial, BMC GERIATRICS 2017; 17:11 pages. doi: 10.1186/s12877-017-0618-x. PubMed PMID: 28931377; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5607604.
  • Salazar R, Ren X, Ellis T, Toraif N, Barthelemy O, Neargarder S, Cronin-Golomb A. Dual Tasking in Parkinson’s Disease: Cognitive Consequences While Walking. Neuropsychology 2017;31(6):613-623. doi: 10.1037/neu0000331. PubMed PMID: 28414497; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5578900.
  • Duncan RP, Combs-Miller SA, Mcneely ME, Leddy A, Cavanaugh JT, Dibble LE, Ellis TD, Ford MP, Foreman KB, Earhart GE. Are the Average Gait Speeds During the 10 Meter and 6 Minute Walk Tests Redundant in Parkinson Disease? Gait and Posture. 2017;52:178-182. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.11.033. PubMed PMID: 27915221; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5337136.
  • Ellis T, Tickle-Degnen L, Saint-Hilaire M. Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy and Mild to Moderate Parkinson Disease. JAMA Neurol. 2016;73(7):892-3. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2016.1274. PubMed PMID: 27243424.
  • Paul SS, Ellis TD, Dibble LE, Earhart GM, Ford MP, Foreman KB, Cavanaugh JT. Obtaining Reliable Estimates of Ambulatory Physical Activity in People with Parkinson Disease. Journal of Parkinson’s Disease. 2016;6(2):301-5. doi: 10.3233/JPD-160791. PubMed PMID: 27164042.
  • Shulman LM, Armstrong M, Ellis T, Gruber-Baldini A, Horak F, Nieuwboer A, Parashos S, Post B, Rogers M, Siderowf A, Goetz CG, Schrag A, Stebbins GT, Martinez-Martin P. Task Force Report: Disability Rating Scales in Parkinson’s Disease – Critique and Recommendations. Mov Disord. 2016;31(10):1455-1465. doi: 10.1002/mds.26649. Review. PubMed PMID: 27193358.
  • Ellis TD, Cavanaugh JT, Earhart GM, Ford MP, Foreman KB, Thackeray A, Thiese MS, Dibble LE, Identifying Clinical Measures that Most Accurately Reflect the Progression of Disability in Parkinson Disease, Parkinsonism and Related Disorders. 2016;25:65-71., doi: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2016.02.006. PubMed PMID: 26876037.

Selected Presentations

    • Ellis T. 2nd Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress. Rehabilitation for Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders. Miami, FL; June 22-24; 2018.
    • Ellis T. Can Integration of Mobile Health Technology Push the Boundaries of Rehabilitation in persons with Parkinson disease? Tenth Annual Ellen C. Ross Memorial Lecture; Rutgers School of Health Professions; Newark, NJ; May 1, 2017.
    • Fisher B, Jakowec M, Ellis T. From Bench to Bedside to Community: Activity Dependent Brain and Behavioral Recovery in Parkinson Disease. American Society of Neurorehabilitation. San Diego, CA; November 11, 2016.
    • Ellis T, Dibble LE. The Benefits of Rehabilitation in the Treatment of Balance and Gait in Parkinson Disease. American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine 93rd Conference. Chicago, IL; November 2, 2016.
    • Ellis T. Fundamentals of Parkinson Disease: Panelist; 4th World Parkinson Congress; Portland, Oregon; September 20, 2016. 
    • Ellis T. Invited Plenary Presentation: 20th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders: Comprehensive Management of Parkinson’s Disease: a non-pharmacological perspective. Berlin, Germany; June 19-23, 2016. 
    • Ellis T, Dibble LE, Combs-Miller S, Duncan R, Fisher BE, Hoder J, Nieuwboer A. 2-Day Preconference Course: American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting: A Comprehensive Approach to Evidence-Based Rehabilitation of Patients with Parkinson Disease across the Continuum of Disability. Anaheim, CA; February 16-17, 2016.
    • Ellis T. Invited Faculty for Allied Health Team Training for Parkinson’s Disease; 3-Day Symposium; International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society: September 10-12, 2015 in São Paulo, Brazil
    • Earhart G, Canning C, Dibble L, Ellis T, Rochester L. Focused Symposium: Rehabilitation and Parkinson’s Disease: Exercise is as Important as Medication. World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress; May 4th 2015; Singapore
    • Ellis T. Integration of Mobil Health Technologies in the Rehabilitation of Persons with Parkinson Disease Across the Continuum of Disability; Brazilian Neurofunctional Physical Therapy Association Belo Horizonte, Brasil; October 17-19, 2014
    • Ellis T (USA), Graziano M (Luxembourg), Keus S (Netherlands), Quinn P (USA). Tricks of the Trade:Clever Strategies to Improve Mobility in People with Parkinson Disease; 3rd World Parkinson Congress; Montreal, Canada: October 3, 2013

    Licenses and Certifications

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

    Awards and Honors

    • American Parkinson Disease Association Shawn Thornton Award for Excellence (2022)
    • Catherine Worthingham Fellow, American Physical Therapy Association (2020)
    • Excellence in Research Award, Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting (2019)
    • Chattanooga Research Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) (2018)

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