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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, overground gait training for individuals with stroke, health promotion programs for older urban adults, and developing interdisciplinary teaching modules related to cancer prevention among older adults from minority backgrounds. Dr. States is also very active in faculty governance and the faculty union.  She is currently President of the Brooklyn Campus Faculty Senate and has served as an officer in the Long Island University Faculty Federation (faculty union), as Co-Chair of the Faculty Review Committee, and on numerous other campus-wide 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 Methods, Neuroscience, Motor Learning & Motor Control


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.


Elected President, Brooklyn Faculty Senate, 2011-2021

2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Awarded to Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus by the Corporation for National and Community Service.  A description of the LIU/BPG Fitness Program for People with Parkinson’s Disease was one of several key elements in this application. 2/2010.

Elected Vice-President, Long Island University Faculty Federation, 2003-2009

National Grants

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.


Annals of Neurology

Disability and Rehabilitation

Journal of Biomechanics

Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development

Psychological Review

Peer Review Panel Member, National Institute of Disabilities and Related Research Panel on Research

Standing Review Panel for Field Initiated Projects, National Institute of Disabilities and Related Research

Peer Review Panel Member, Quentin Burdick Rural Health Program, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration

Peer Reviewer, National Science Foundation, Human Cognition and Perception

Textbook: Foundations of Clinical Research, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall (May 2011).

Textbook: Foundations of Clinical Research, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall (November 2007).

Textbook: Physical Therapy Research: Principles and Applications (2nd edition).  Saunders (December 2006).