Neurorehabilitation Research

Welcome to the Neurorehabilitation Research Laboratory!

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NRL Mission

To develop meaningful assessments & effective movement-based interventions to improve functional abilities & quality of life for diverse neurological populations. We work to accomplish this by involving stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and promoting implementation in the real world & clinical settings. 

The Neurorehabilitation Research Laboratory (NRL) conducts research on assessments and interventions for individuals with neurological diseases and disorders, including Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, and stroke. The lab also engages in research investigating motor control and motor learning processes in both healthy individuals and those with neurological diseases and disorders. Our broad aim is to develop effective interventions to improve functional abilities and quality of life for people with motor control impairments through physical therapy and exercise-based interventions.

Neurorehabilitation Projects

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Parkinson's Disease Projects

Studies focused on helping individuals with Parkinson's Disease

Remotely Delivered Interventions in Parkinson's disease and Cerebellar Ataxia

Studies of exercise and physical therapy interventions in people with Parkinson's disease and Cerebellar Ataxia that have been adapted to the COVID-19 crisis

Technology and Wearables

Technology and Wearables

Use of wearable devices to evaluate and treat individuals with neurological disorders.

Physical Activity in Huntington's Disease

Studies investigating physical activity outcomes in individuals with Huntington's disease


Biobehavioral and movement based studies of children with and without disabilities

Dr. Lori Quinn

Lori QuinnLori Quinn, EdD, PT is Associate Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Quinn holds joint appointments as Lecturer in Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, as well as Senior Research Fellow in the Cardiff University Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff, UK. Dr. Quinn’s research has focused on evaluating motor control impairments and developing evidence and clinical guidelines for physical activity and exercise in neurodegenerative diseases, and in particular for people with Huntington's disease (HD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD). 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 in its 3rd edition. Dr. Quinn’s clinical and research work spans areas of motor learning and control, goal setting, and functional outcomes measures.

Learn More About Dr. Quinn

Ann Gentile Memorial Conference

On April 6th, 2019, leading experts in movement sciences and rehabilitation honored Ann’s memory during a one day conference held at Teachers College. The conference was co-sponsored by the Physical Therapy Program at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

The Program in Motor Learning and Control

Motor Learning study focuses on the behavorial, biomechanial, and the neural bases of development, acquistion, and performace of functional movement skills.

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