Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese, PT, EdD, MSPT

Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine - Program in Physical Therapy
Co-Director of Clinical Education
EdD Movement Science (Motor Learning and Control), Teacher’s College/Columbia University
EdM Movement Science (Motor Learning and Control), Teacher’s College/Columbia University
MS Physical Therapy, College of Physicians and Surgeons/Columbia University
BA Psychology, Columbia College/Columbia University
Professional Expertise
Geriatric Rehabilitation
Postural Control
Credentialed Clinical Instructor

Research Projects

Principal Investigator:
- Motor proficiency in children with Cri du Chat Syndrome
- Temporal and spatial gait parameters in children with Cri du Chat Syndrome under single and dual task conditions
- Effects of simple and complex manual tasks on gait parameters in school-aged children and adults using the GAITRite® Electronic Walkway: A pilot study

- The Effect of Physical Therapy Student Clinical Experiences on Clinician Productivity
- Multi-component Interventions to Promote Physical Activity in Frail Homebound Seniors

Capstone Topics & Additional Research Interests:
- Fall risk assessment and interventions for older adults
- Dual task coordination in children and older adults
- Technology enhanced teaching methods
- Motor learning and control in dancers

Continuing Education Committee Chair
NYNJ Clinical Education Consortium Technology Chair
5P- Society Professional Advisory Board
St. Paul's School Board of Trustees
Ross Scholars Board
Community advocate for educational & recreation opportunities for children with disabilities.

Teaching Responsibilities
Clinical Geriatrics
Kinesiology and Biomechanics II
Capstone Project Advisor
Research Practicum Advisor
Coordinator for Performing Arts Physical Therapy Elective
Coordination of the Clinical Education Program with Dr. Randy Kolodny and Dr. Jean Timmerberg
- Clinical Seminars I, II, III, & IV
- Clinical Education I and II
- Clinical Internship

Honors and Awards
National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging F31 Predoctoral Fellowship
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates Millennium Scholar
Columbia Program in Physical Therapy, Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence

Recent Scholarly Productivity

Wong, CK and Abbruzzese, LD (2011) Case Report: Collaborative Learning Strategies Using Online Communities. JPTE, 25 (3), 79-84.

Wong, CK, Abbruzzese, LD, and Smalletz, C (2010) Education Section Educational Workshop: Beyond content delivery: collaborative technology-enabled learning strategies. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Grant Activity

2011: NYNJ Clinical Education Consortium Research Grant. The Effect of Physical Therapy Student Clinical Experiences on Clinician Productivity. (PI: Susan Pivko, DPT)

2011: Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research: CaMPR (Collaborative and Multidisciplinary Pilot Research Awards) Phase I Planning Grant. Multicomponent Interventions to Maintain Independence Among Homebound Older Adults (PI: Thuy-Tien Dam, MD).