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Nia Irene Mensah

Assistant Professor, Physical TherapyAssistant Director of Clinical Education, Physical Therapy

D.P.T. Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Southern CaliforniaEd.D. student (current), Motor Control and Motor Learning Program, Teacher’s CollegeB.S. Psychology/Neuroscience, Vanderbilt University


A native New Yorker, Dr. Mensah is an advocate for children with disabilities and has been working with the pediatric population for over twelve years. Experienced in research, her areas of interest include task specific training to improve brain function, neuroplasticity, utilizing outcome measures for the brain injured population and motor control acquisition as it effects physical activity, gait velocity and function. Dr. Mensah is recognized as a Board-Certified Specialist in Pediatrics as earned through the American Board of Specialties in Physical Therapy and is certified in providing hands on techniques using Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) that promotes critical thinking and strategic recruitment of muscles to improve function through play for children with neurological deficits. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and currently serves on the Diversity Task Force Committee for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. Dr. Mensah’s most celebrated achievements include serving the global community via international medical outreach to underserved communities in Ghana, Dominican Republic, Trinidad, and South Africa. She believes that her participation in a multidisciplinary approach locally and abroad aides to her success as a clinician but most importantly to the success of her patients. 


Pediatric Physical Therapy, Certified Neuro-Developmental Treatment Specialist, Neuroscience, Motor Control and Learning, International Medical Outreach

Lectures and Presentations

May 2017. Cohort Facilitator, American Physical Therapy Association, Complex Pediatric Disabilities Online Course Enhance Life Quality for the Most Vulnerable Children. March 1-May 8, 2017 (20 Contact Hours)

March 2016. Platform and Poster presentation: NABIS Conference Tampa, FL. Title: “Does Multidisciplinary and Intense Rehabilitation in a post-acute Brain Injury School produce positive outcomes? A retrospective cohort review” P.I. Nia Mensah & Dr. Ron Savage, International Academy of Hope/Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, New York, NY.

June 2012. Poster Presentation: APTA NEXT Conference Title: “A Balance Master ® Intervention providing sequence training to improve a child’s ability to cross a community traffic signal in a safe and timely manner. A Randomized Control Trial” (under review) P.I. Linda Fieback (Blythedale Children’s Hospital Investigation, Valhalla, NY. 2008-2018