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Rebecca A. States

Professor of Physical Therapy

B.A. Psychology, Barnard CollegeM.A. Motor Control, Teachers College, Columbia UniversityPh.D. Psychology (Motor Control), Columbia University


A member of the Department of Physical Therapy since 1998, Dr. States' teaching focuses on the skills needed for evidence-based physical therapy practice, along with issues in neuroscience and motor control/learning. She has done research on community-based group exercise for people with Parkinson disease, and health promotion programs for older urban and minority adults. She has also participated in systematic reviews on topics such as gait after stroke, 3D gait analysis for children with cerebral palsy, the effects of yoga on hypertension, and reviews of various musculoskeletal disorders. Dr. States previously served as President of the Brooklyn Campus Faculty Senate, an officer in the Long Island University Faculty Federation (faculty union), Co-Chair of the Faculty Review Committee, and on various university or campus committees. Dr. States lives in Queens with her husband and two children.


Community-based exercise for people with Parkinson’s disease and older adults, Research Methodology, Neuroscience, Motor Learning & Motor Control


Masaracchio M, Kirker K, Loghmani P, Gramling J, Mattia M, States RA. (2022). The prevalence of tibiofemoral knee osteoarthritis following arthroscopic partial meniscectomy is variably reported in general, and over time: A systematic review with a minimum of 5-year follow-up. Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation. doi:10.1016/j.asmr.2022.02.007.

Kirker K, Masaracchio M, Loghmani P, Torres-Panchame R, Mattia M, States R. (2022). Management of lumbar spinal stenosis: A systematic review and meta-analysis of rehabilitation, surgical, injection and medication interventions. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. Doi: 10.1080/09593985.2021.2012860.

Godwin E, Salem Y, States R, Krzak J, McMulkin M, Bodkin A. (2021). Instrumented gait analysis (IGA) for management of children with cerebral palsy: a needs assessment survey. Journal of Pediatric Physical Therapy. PED-PT-D-21-00029R1.

States, R.A., Krzak, J., Salem, Y., Godwin, E., Bodkin, A., McMulkin, M. (2021). Instrumented gait analysis for management of gait disorders in children with cerebral palsy: a scoping review. Gait and Posture, 90,1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2021.07.009.

Moya-Galé, G., Rossi, A., and States, R. A. (2020). A community-based program for exercise and social participation for individuals with Parkinson’s disease: a multidisciplinary model. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 5(5), 1290-1296.

Ardali, G., States, R.A., Brody, L. T., and Godwin, E. (2020). The relationship between performance of sit-to-stand from a chair and getting down and up from the floor in community-dwelling older adults. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice,1-12.

Cleary, A. S., Rossi, A., and States, R. A. (in press). Parkinson’s disease—Exploring motives for long-term adherence to a group exercise program. Rehabilitation Nursing. doi:10.1097/rnj.0000000000000187

Masaracchio M., Kirker K., States R., Hanney W. J., Liu X., Kolber M. (2019) Thoracic spine manipulation for the management of mechanical neck pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS ONE 14(2): e0211877.

Rossi, A., Torres-Panchame, R., Gallo, P., Marcus, A. and States, R. (2018).  What makes a group fitness program for people with Parkinson’s disease endure? A mixed-methods study of multiple stakeholders. Complimentary Therapies in Medicine. 41, 320-327.

Ardali, G., States, R.A., Godwin, E., and Brody, L. (2018). Characteristics of older adults who are unable to perform a floor transfer: considerations for clinical decision-making. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. [Published online ahead of print April 06, 2018].

Ardali, G., States, R.A., Godwin, E., and Brody, L. (2017) Reliability and validity of the floor transfer test as a measure of readiness for independent living among older adults. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, 40(3), 127-134.

States, R.A., Sweeny, T.L., Rossi, A., Spierer, D.K., and Salem, Y. (2017). Physical functioning after 1, 3, and 5 years of exercise among people with Parkinson's disease: A longitudinal observational study. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, 40(3), 127-134.

Hagins, M., States, R.A., Selfe, T. and Innes, K. (2013). Effectiveness of yoga for hypertension: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2013, 649836.

Mehrholz J., Pollock A., Moseley A., States R. (2011). Focused symposium number FS-4: Cochrane Systematic reviews – Enabling evidence-based physiotherapy after stroke.  Physiotherapy 97, Supplement S1, eS4.

States, R. A., Spierer, D. K, and Salem, Y.  (2011). Feasibility of long-term group exercise for people with Parkinson’s disease.  Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 35, 122-128.

States, R. A., Salem, Y., and Pappas, E.  (2009). Overground gait training for chronic stroke: A Cochrane systematic review. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy33, 179–186.

[Invited Commentary solicited in reaction to the above article: Lewek, M. D.  (2009). Clinical point of view: The value of overground gait training for improving locomotion in individuals with chronic stroke.  Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy33, 187–189.]

States, R.A., Pappas, E., and Salem, Y.  (2009). Cochrane corner: Overground physical therapy gait training for chronic stroke patients with mobility deficits. Stroke, 40, e627-e628 (*Invited publication – Email 5/15/2009 from G. Hankey, Assoc. Editor)

States, R.A., Pappas, E., and Salem, Y.  (2009). Overground physical therapy gait training for chronic stroke patients with mobility deficits. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD006075.

States, R.A., Lucas-Findley, J., Pappas, E., and Salem, Y.  (2006). Overground physical therapy gait training for chronic stroke patients with mobility deficits. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 3.  [Protocol available at].

States, R.A., Susman, W.M., Riquelme, L.F., Godwin, E.M., Greer, E.  (2006). Community health education: Reaching ethnically diverse elders. Journal of Allied Health, 35(4), 215-222.

States, R.A. and Pappas, E.  (2006). Precision and repeatability of the Optotrak 3020 motion measurement system.  Journal of Medical Engineering and Technology, 30(1), 11-16.

States, R.A. and Wright, C.E.  (2001). The interplay of biomechanical constraints and kinematic strategies in selecting arm postures. Journal of Motor Behavior, 33(2), 165-179.

Lombardo, G., States, R. A., Godwin, E. M., and Librera, L. (2001). Preferences of physical therapists in the New York metropolitan area regarding a post-professional clinical doctorate in physical therapy.  Physical Therapy Education, 15(3), 41-48.

States, R.A.  (1997). Two Simple Methods for Improving the Reliability of Joint Center Locations.  Clinical Biomechanics12, 367-374.

Wright, C.E. and States, R.A. (1995). Biological variability and control of movements via dl.  Brain and Behavioral Sciences, 18, 786.


National Grants

Moya-Gale, G., States, R. A., and Rossi, A. (07/1/2020 – 06/30/2021). A Community-Based Program for Social Participation and Exercise for Individuals with Parkinson's Disease. Parkinson's Foundation. $15,000.

States, R. A., Nirenberg, A., Jones, S. C., Becker, E. A., Gorin, S. S., and Larson, E.  (7/1/2003-6/30/2006).  Cancer screening education for health care students.  Department of Health & Human Services, National Cancer Institute.  Sub-project in #2S1 U54 CA101388-01.  $274,622.

States, R. A. and Susman, W. M.  (7/1/2001 - 6/30/2004).  Interdisciplinary community based health education.  Department of Health & Human Services, Human Resources Services Administration, #1 D37 HP 00838-01.  $292,438.

Wright, C.E. and States, R.A.  (9/1/96 - 8/31/98).  Modeling speed-accuracy tradeoffs of aimed movements.  National Science Foundation, # SBR-9632058.  $106,892.