Jill Mayer

Clinical Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
School: School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Phone: 607-274-5825
Office: Center for Health Sciences 420, Ithaca, NY 14850
Speciality: Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy


Doctor of Physical Therapy, Ithaca College, Rochester, NY. 2010

Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy, Ithaca, NY. 2009

Courses Taught

Dr. Mayer began teaching as a Clinical Assistant Professor in 2015. She has been involved in numerous courses throughout her time some of which include the following: 

Neuromuscular Foundations

Neurologic Rehabilitation II

Mobility Training

Documentation in Physical Therapy

Human Anatomy Lab Instructor

Integrated Clinical Experience: 

  • Outpatient Neuro Setting in the IC OT/PT clinic
  • Inpatient Rehab and Acute Care settings at Cayuga Medical Center 

Clinical Practice

Dr. Mayer provides physical therapy services in the Ithaca College Occupational and Physical Therapy Clinic, specializing in the treatment of individuals with neurologic diagnoses, specifically those with stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury and Parkinson disease. She also maintains clinical practice part time at Cayuga Medical Center working in the acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings. 

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Mayer's research focus is in the area of oncology rehabilitation centered around the impact of PT and exercise in cancer survivors. Other interests include examining outcomes following physical therapy intervention in patients with unique neurologic conditions as well as measuring student learning in an interprofessional setting. Several peer reviewed publications/presentations include: 

  • Mayer JE. Plumeau K. Weekly telephone call impacts outcomes of an individualized home exercise program in people recovering from cancer. Rehabilitation Oncology. April 2022 - Volume - Issue - doi: 10.1097/01.REO.0000000000000301 https://journals.lww.com/rehabonc/Abstract/9900/Weekly_Telephone_Call_Impacts_Outcomes_of_an.1.aspx

  • Mayer JE, McNamara C, Mayer J, et al. Miller Fisher Syndrome and Guillain Barre Syndrome: Rehabilitation of a Complex Patient Case.  Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. E Pub February 2020. 10.1080/09593985.2020.1736221  https://doi.org/10.1080/09593985.2020.1736221 .

  • Pohl P, Gras L, Bosch P, Ganley K, Mayer J. Dual task Timed Up-and-Go in older adults with and without balance deficits. J of Phys & Occup Ther in Geri. 2019; doi: 10.1080/02703181.2019.1642975
  • Gras LZ, Ganley KJ, Bosch PR, Mayer JE, Pohl PS. Convergent Validity of the Sharpened Romberg. Phys Occup Ther Geriatr. 2017; DOI: 10.1080/02703181.2017.1307897.
  • Ripic J, Sevilla K, Tome J, Mayer JE. Using 3D Motion Analysis to Capture Gait Changes in Chronic SCI: A Case Report. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting. Virtual Conference. February 2021.
  • Denney LM, Gras LZ, Mayer JE, Hampton S, Davis C, Pohl, PS. A Comparison of Older Adults’ Gait Speed Estimated by Questionnaire and Gait Mat Performance, June 2020; APTA NEXT conference:  Accepted but not presented due to COVID-19
  • Mayer JE, Plumeau K, Brown S, Micale F, O’Haire J. College and Community Connect for Cancer Survivors: Exercise Science and Physical Therapy Student Learning. Education Leadership Conference. Seattle, Washington. October 2019.
  • O’Haire J, Mayer JE, Micale F, Hunter J. Cancer Survivorship Fitness Program: College and Community Connect. American College of Sports Medicine annual conference. Orlando, FL. May 2019.
  • Mayer JE, Plumeau K. Home exercise program with weekly phone calls impacts quality of life in cancer survivors. American College of Sports Medicine annual conference. Orlando, FL. May 2019.
  • Mayer J, Fishel S, Taves J, Rogalski Y, Elich Monroe  J, Gras L. Interprofessional Education through a Monthly Stroke Support Group. AOTA, New Orleans, LA, April 2019

Professional Affiliations and Certifications

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member: 2007Present

  • Neurology Section Member: 2014Present
  • Oncology Section Member: 2015- Present
  • New York Physical Therapy Association Member:  2007-2010, 2015-Present

American Physical Therapy Association Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy: May 2015 to Present.

  • Maintenance of Specialty Certification approved in June 2021