The Catholic University of America

Susan Ryerson, PT, DSc

Research Scientist

National Rehabilitation Hospital
Room 1261
102 Irving Street NW
Washington DC 20010
(202) 877-1889



Research Interests

Post stroke rehabilitation: Understanding the relationship between trunk and extremity function; investigating position sense and musculoskeletal impairments in the trunk; developing new rehabilitation strategies for improving trunk control post stroke


  • D.Sc. Neurological Physical Therapy, Rocky Mountain University, 2006
  • M.A. Physical Therapy, 1972
  • Certificate in Physical Therapy, 1969
  • B.A. Biology, Skidmore College, 1968

Honors and Awards

  • Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice, Neurology Section, American Physical Therapy Association, 2000

Representative Publications

  • S. Ryerson, N. Byl, D. Brown, R. Wong, and J. Hidler, "Altered trunk position sense and its relation to balance functions in people post-stroke." Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 32: 14-20, 2008
  • Ryerson S. "Hemiplegia", in Neurological Rehabilitation, 5th ed., Umphred, D ed, Mosby, St. Louis 2006.
  • Ryerson S, Levit, K., The Shoulder in Hemiplegia, in Physical Therapy of the Shoulder, 4ed., Donatelli, R ed., Churchill Livingstone, New York 2004.
  • Ryerson S, Levit K, Functional Movement Reeducation: A Contemporary Model for Stroke Rehabilitation, Churchill Livingstone, New York 1997.


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