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Engage PD

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The Engage PD program is now offered completely online via telehealth videoconference. Please contact us for more information: engagepdstudy@gmail.com

Engage-PD is a physical activity coaching program offered at Columbia University and supported by a community grant by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. The Engage-PD coaching program provides the opportunity for individuals recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) to have access to expert advice and guidance on engaging in physical activity and exercise programs at Columbia University Parkinson’s Disease Center of Excellence. A physical or occupational therapist is available to provide one-on-one coaching for individuals newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The coaching program involves an initial assessment and coaching session (approximately 60 minutes), 1-3 follow up coaching sessions (approximately 30 minutes each), and a follow up assessment, which can all be completed either remotely or in person at Columbia University. The coaching sessions provide individualized, structured support to facilitate and optimize exercise uptake as part of an effective self-management program. The structure of the coaching program is based on previous research in neurodegenerative disease conducted at the Neurorehabilitation Research Lab at Teachers College.

Individuals with PD will be offered the service during routine clinic appointments at Columbia University Parkinson’s Disease Center of Excellence. In addition, individuals in the local New York City tri-state area can contact the program directly to schedule an appointment at our lab at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Program Overview

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Program Faculty and Staff

Lori Quinn, PT, EdD

Dr. Quinn is Associate Professor of Movement Sciences and Kinesiology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and is a physical therapy researcher. Dr. Quinn is the principal investigator of the Engage PD project.

Katrina Long, MS, OTR/L, EdD

Dr. Long is a recent graduate of the Movement Sciences program at Teachers College, Columbia University, and is an occupational therapist specializing in physical activity coaching in individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

Chelsea E Macpherson, PT, DPT, NCS

Dr. Chelsea Macpherson is a licensed physical therapist and ABPTS board certified neurological clincial specialist. She has extensive experience working with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. Chelsea is currently a PhD student in Kinesiology at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Hiral Shah, MD

Dr. Shah is Assistant Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center in the Division of Multispecialty Neurology.


For more information or to schedule an appointment for the Engage-PD program, please contact Elizabeth Delaney at the Columbia Center of Excellence: ead2179@cumc.columbia.edu, or contact Katrina Long at the Neurorehabilitation Research Lab: kml2190@tc.columbia.edu

This program was funded with support from a community grant from the Parkinson's Foundation.

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