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Adjunct Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy), Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Wednesdays 2:00-4:00 Thursdays 3:00-5:00
Dr. Quinn is the Director of the Neurorehabilitation Research Lab (NRL) at Teachers College. For a full listing of current lab projects and publications, please visit:
Dr. Quinn's scholarly interests include:
- Developing evidence and guidelines for targeted physical interventions in neurodegenerative diseases, and in particular for people with Huntington's disease (HD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD)
- Task-specific training as an intervention for people with neurologic diseases or disorders
- Motor learning and control processes in individals with neurologic diseases or disorders
- Physical activity monitoring
- Documentation, clinical decision making and diagnosis in physical therapy
- Functional outcome measures in rehabilitation
- Movement analysis and movement system diagnosis in physical therapy
- Goal setting in school-based pediatric settings
Ed.D. 1996 Movement Science, Teachers College, Columbia University
Ed.M. 1994 Movement Science, Teachers College, Columbia University
M.A. 1993 Movement Science, Teachers College, Columbia University
B.S. 1989 Physical Therapy, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
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- Desai R, Fritz N, Muratori L, Hausdorff J, Busse ME, Quinn L. Evaluation of gait initiation parameters using inertial sensors in Huntington’s Disease: insights into anticipatory postural adjustments and cognitive interference. Gait and Posture, accepted for publication.
- Quinn L, Riley N, Tyrell C et al. A framework for movement analysis of tasks: recommendations from the academy of neurologic physical therapy movement system task Force. Physical Therapy, accepted with revisions.
- Quinn L, Macpherson C, Long K, Shah H. Promoting Physical Activity via Telehealth in People With Parkinson Disease: The Path Forward After the COVID-19 Pandemic? Physical Therapy. 2020;100(10):1730-1736.
- Harris EC, Earhart GM, Leventhal D, Quinn L, Mazzoni P. A walking dance to improve gait speed for people with Parkinson disease: a pilot study. Neurodegenerative Disease Management. Published Online: 3 Sep 2020. Doi: 10.2217/nmt-2020-0028.
- Bishop L, Omofuma I, Stein J, Agrawal S, Quinn L. Treadmill-Based Locomotor Training With Robotic Pelvic Assist and Visual Feedback: A Feasibility Study. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 2020 Jul;44(3):205-213. doi: 10.1097/NPT.0000000000000317. PMID: 32516301.
- McConlogue Ferro A, Quinn L. A structured goal-setting process to promote functional and measurable goals in school-based physical therapy: a knowledge translation study. Pediatric Physical Therapy. 2020; 32:211-217.
- Quinn L, Kegelmeyer D, Kloos A, Rao AK, Busse M, Fritz NE. Clinical recommendations to guide physical therapy practice for Huntington disease. Neurology. 2020; 94(5):217-228.
- Hamana K, Quinn L, Gambling T, Busse M. An exploration of physical activity. Experiences throughout the Huntington’s disease journey: supporting development of theoretically underpinned complex interventions. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2019; 7:1-11.
- Playle R, Dimitropoulou P, Kelson M, Quinn L, Busse M. Exercise Interventions in Huntington’s disease: An Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis. Movement Disorders Clinical Practice. 2019; 6(7): 567–575.
- Drew CJ, Quinn L, Hamana K, Williams-Thomas R, Marsh L, Dimitropoulou P, Playle R, Griffin B, Kelson M, Schubert R, Muratori L, Reilmann R, Rosser A, Busse M. Physical Activity and Exercise outcomes in Huntington’s Disease (PACE-HD): Protocol for a 12-month trial within cohort evaluation of a physical activity intervention in people with Huntington’s Disease. Physical Therapy. 2019; 99(9):1201-1210.
- Rodrigues FB, Quinn L, Wild EJ. Huntington’s Disease Clinical Trials Corner January 2019. Journal of Huntington’s Disease. 2019: 8; 115–125.
- McIsaac TL, Fritz NE, Quinn L, Muratori LM. Cognitive-motor interference in neurodegenerative disease: a narrative review and implications for clinical management. Frontiers in Psychology. 2018 Oct 29;9:2061. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02061
Dr. Lori Quinn is Associate Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University and Director of the Program in Motor Learning and Control. Dr. Quinn holds joint appointments as Adjunct Associate Professor in Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy) at Columbia University Medical Center, as well as Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK. Prior to joining TC in 2015, Dr. Quinn was a Senior Research Fellow at Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK. Prior to this, Dr. Quinn was Assistant and then Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, and has worked in clinical settings with patients with various neurological disorders and diseases since 1989.
In addition to her work in neurodegenerative diseases, Dr. Quinn is the co-author of the physical therapy textbook Documentation for Rehabilitation: A guide to clinical decision making in physical therapy, currently being revised for its 4th edition. Dr. Quinn is on the Editorial Board of the Physical Therapy Journal and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Huntington's Disease, and is currently leading the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy's task force on movement analysis.
AOTF/MJFF21LONG. Occupational Therapy Foundation & Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Long (PI) 07/01/2021-06/30/2023
Pre-Active PD: a randomized control trial pilot study to improve self-management of PA routines in adults with early-stage Parkinson’s disease. Goal: To evaluate a Phase II randomized controlled trial of a physical activity coaching intervention delivered by occupational therapists. $100,000.
Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Mensah (PI) 01/01/21-12/31/21
Measuring Physical Activity in Non-Ambulatory Youth with CP, GMFCS IV-V During Daily Routines
Goal: Mentored Research grant for doctoral student Dr. Nia Mensah. Study will evaluate physical activity using wearable monitoring and video analysis in children with cerebral palsy who are non-ambulatory. $10,000
Jacques and Gloria Gossweiler Foundation Quinn, Busse (PIs) 09/01/17-12/31/21
Physical Activity and Exercise Intervention in Huntington’s Disease (PACE-HD).
Goal: Evaluate a within-cohort randomized control trial of a 12-month exercise intervention in HD, comparing a supported and structured aerobic exercise training program to activity as usual. £178,410.
Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Access to Care Grant Quinn (PI) 01/01/2020-03/31/2021
Promoting physical activity engagement for people with early stage Parkinson’s disease (Engage-PD).
Goal: Additional travel support for Parkinson’s Foundation funded Engage-PD program. $5,000
Columbia University Irving Institute for Translational Science Shah (PI) 07/01/20-06/30/21
Development of a Culturally Appropriate Instrument to Address Racial Disparities in Engagement of Ethnic Minorities with Parkinson’s Disease Specialists in the Washington Heights/Inwood and Harlem Neighborhoods in NYC.
Goal: To develop an instrument to understand barriers to specialist care using a community-based participatory research approach. $40,000
PF_CGP_2056, Parkinson’s Foundation Quinn (PI) 07/01/20-06/30/21
Promoting physical activity engagement for people with early stage Parkinson’s disease (Engage-PD)
Goal: Evaluate implementation of knowledge translation study of a clinic-based physical activity coaching program in individuals with early stage PD. $18,000.
PF-CGP_19168, Parkinson’s Foundation Quinn (PI) 05/01/19-06/30/20
Promoting physical activity engagement for people with early stage Parkinson’s disease (Engage-PD)
Goal: Evaluate implementation of knowledge translation study of implementing a clinic-based physical activity coaching program in individuals with early stage PD. $25,000
Cardiff University Quinn, Busse (PIs) 01/01/17-03/01/19
Integrating wearable technologies to quantify meaningful activity in Huntington Disease(iWear)
Goal: Evaluate the reliability and validity of physical activity monitors and inertial sensors for mobility assessment in HD. $40,000
Teachers College, Columbia University Quinn (PI) 09/01/17-09/01/19
Feasibility and acceptability of implementing a physical activity coaching intervention in people with early stage PD. (PRE-ACTIVE PD)
Goal: Evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the Engage-PD intervention in individuals with early stage PD, and using the data to make relevant adaptations to prepare for a Phase II evaluation. Peer-reviewed, competitive internal grant. $20,000
Huntington’s Study Group Quinn (PI) 03/01/17-03/01/18
Feasibility and acceptability of implementing a clinic-based physical activity coaching intervention in people with pre-manifest and early stage HD (PRE-ACTIVE HD)
Goal: Explore the feasibility and acceptability of the Engage-HD intervention in individuals with pre-manifest and early stage HD, and using the data will make relevant adaptations to prepare for a Phase II evaluation. $10,000
National Institute of Social Care & Health Research Busse (PI) 01/01/13-12/31/17
Move to Exercise: Home based exercise for people with Huntington’s Disease (Engage-HD)
Goal: Evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of a randomized controlled trial of home-based, behavioral change intervention to promote physical activity in people with HD. £687,362
Teachers College, Columbia University Troche, Quinn (Co-PIs) 03/01/16-08/31/17
Clinical Research Initiative in Rehabilitation for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Goal: To support development of neurodegenerative diseases research program evaluating gait, posture and swallowing impairments. Peer-reviewed, competitive internal grant. $20,000
Jacques and Gloria Gossweiler Foundation Quinn (PI) 09/01/13-05/31/17
Exercise Rehabilitation Trial in Huntington’s Disease (ExeRT-HD)
Randomized controlled trial of combined aerobic and strengthening program for individuals with HD.
Goal: To evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of a randomized controlled trial of a aerobic and strengthening exercise program in people with HD. £410,000
Dr. Quinn is the director of the Neurorehabilitation Research Lab at Teachers College. Dr. Quinn currently collaborates with a number of clinical and research institutions on projects pertaining to exercise and rehabilitation in neurodegenerative diseases; physical activity monitoring; balance and gait assessment; goal settting in rehabilitation and school-based physical therapy settings; and evaluation of dance programs in children and adults.
For more information on Dr. Quinn's lab, please visit:
American Physical Therapy Association - Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy and Section on Research Member
Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP), Association of Chartered Physiotherapists interested in Neurology (ACPIN)
Huntington’s Disease Study Group
European Huntington’s Disease Network (Co-Lead Facilitator, Physiotherapy Working Group 2008-2014)
Movement Disorders Society - Healthcare Professionals