Nora Riley, PT, PhD


Dr. Riley teaches the neurological content throughout the DPT curriculum.

She is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and has completed the Competency-Based and Advanced Course in Vestibular Rehabilitation.

Her clinical experience is in outpatient neurological rehabilitation and home health.

Read Dr. Riley's CV (pdf)

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  • PhD, University of Iowa, Physical Therapy
  • MA, University of Iowa, Physical Therapy
  • BA, St. Louis University, Physical Therapy
  • Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Completion of Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Course

Licensure and Certification

  • Specialty Certification Neurologic
  • Licensed in State of Iowa 0213

After observing people go through rehabilitation after brain and spinal cord injuries, it was fascinating to me see people could recover the ability to walk, move, and live independently again. I wanted to understand how that worked and be part of that process.

Dr. Nora Riley


Gil-Body K, Hedman L, Riley NA.
Standardized Task Analysis for Movement System Diagnoses: Application to Individuals with Balance Problems
APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Denver, CO
February, 2020

Quinn L, Riley NA.
Movement System 2 - Task Analysis in Neurologic Physical Therapy
Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Synapse Education Center (Webinar)
April, 2019

Hedman, Scheets, Quinn, Gil-Body, Brown, Quiben, Riley.
A Forum on Movement System Diagnoses for Balance Dysfunction
APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Washington, DC (Educational Session)
January, 2019

Hedman LD, Quinn L, Gill-Body K, Brown DA, Quiben M, Riley N, Scheets PL. White Paper: Movement System Diagnoses in Neurologic Physical Therapy. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2018. 42(2):110-117.

Scheets P, Brown D, Gill-Body K, Hedman L, Quiben M, Quinn L, Riley N.
The Human Movement System: What's the Big Deal?
APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Antonio, TX (Educational Session)
February, 2017

Trojanowski S, Riley N, Williamson A, Beato M
Use of an online asynchronous web-based platform discussion board for individuals sitting for the neurologic clinical specialist examination
APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Antonio, TX (Poster Presentation)
February, 2017

Scheets P, Brown D, Gill-Body K, Hedman L, Quiben M, Quinn L, Riley N
The Human Movement System: What's the Big Deal?
IV STEP, Columbus, OH (Poster Presentation)
July, 2016

B. Ballantyne, N. Riley
Balance ability, balance confidence, and postural control during gait initiation in older adults EXPACC II (Poster Presentation)
June, 2016

Riley NA, Frank LF. College of Health and Human Services Inter-Professional Clinical Reasoning Event. A Compendium for Teaching Physical Therapy Neurologic Content. 9/2016.

Riley, NA, Ballantyne, B.
iPad Use in the First Year of a DPT Program - a Pilot Study
APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana (Poster Presentation)
February, 2015

More About Dr. Riley

Courses Taught

DPT 540 Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology
DPT 590 Pharmacology in Rehabilitation
DPT 630 Neuromuscular Therapeutics

Honors and Awards
  • SAU Faculty Member of Year
  • Therapist of the year, Quad Cities RiverBUCS

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and School

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