The Physical Therapy Faculty Program at the Parkinson's Foundation was launched by professionals who recognized the need for improving education of future physical therapists to meet the needs of the growing Parkinson’s population.

Faculty members are experts in Parkinson’s who represent multi-disciplinary teams and are affiliated with major academic Parkinson's and movement disorders centers throughout the US.


Terry Ellis, P.T., Ph.D., N.C.S.
Program Manager

Dr. Ellis is Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, in Boston, MA. Dr. Ellis is also the Co-Director of the Center for Neurorehabilitation at Boston University and directs the American Parkinson Disease Association’s National Rehabilitation Resource Center housed at Boston University.

Dr. Ellis, a Board certified specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy, conducts research and provides clinical consultations and education to health care professionals and to people living with neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, with her research focusing on investigating the effects of exercise and rehabilitation on reducing disability and enhancing quality of life in people with Parkinson's.

She lectures nationally in the area of rehabilitation and Parkinson’s disease. She is a co-author of the “BE ACTIVE” exercise manual published by the American Parkinson Disease Association and has developed evidence-based community wellness programs and an inpatient rehabilitation program for people with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Ellis served on the faculty for, Parkinson’s Disease: A Practical Approach to Evaluation & Treatment for the Physical Therapist, a Parkinson's Foundation-led online course designed by expert physical therapists in the field of Parkinson’s disease to help other physical therapists better understand how to evaluate, treat, and deliver comprehensive care to people living with Parkinson’s. She also led the Parkinson's Foundation webinar, Gait, Balance and Falls in Parkinson’s Disease, which is available online here.

Dr. Ellis has a Ph.D., in Behavioral Neurosciences from Boston University School of Medicine.

Sponsors and Supporters

The Physical Therapy Faculty Program at the Parkinsoin's Foundation has been made possible by contributions from Shelley and Rick Friedland.