Laura Gras

Professor and Chair, Physical Therapy
School: School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Phone: 607-274-7125
Office: Center for Health Sciences 411, Ithaca, NY 14850

Laura Z Gras, PT, DPT, DSc, MS has a Doctor of Science degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Geriatrics, a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, a Masters in Health Services Administration, and a Geronotology Certificate. She is a Board-Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. She is the course coordinator for Neurologic Rehabilitation I and Case Report I & II. Her area of research is in improving balance and reducing falls in the geriatric and neurologic populations. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, a nominating committee member on the National Interprofessional Education Consortium of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy, and is on APTA's Awards Committee- Subcommittee on Lectures.

Selected Publications:

Gras L. Physical therapy for the older adult. In: Pagliarulo MA, ed. Introduction to Physical Therapy. 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Inc, 2021.

Strelec J, Akeju, O, Gras L. Rehabilitation progression using training prostheses after bilateral AKA: A case report. J of Prosth & Orth. 2020; doi: 10.1097/JPO.0000000000000329

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; 37(4):247-259. doi: 10.1080/02703181.2019.1642975

Gras L, Brown S, Durnford S, Fishel S, Elich Monroe J, Plumeau K, Valdez Tavez J. The impact of a one-time interprofessional education event for rehabilitation after stroke for students in the health professions. Journal of Allied Health. 2019; 48(3): 167-171.

Gras L, Ganley K, Bosch P, Mayer J, Pohl P. Convergent validity of the sharpened Romberg. J of Phys & Occup Ther in Geri. 2017: 35(2): 99-108. 

Gras L, Pohl P, Epidy J, Godin B, Hoessle, N. Use of the sharpened Romberg as a screening for fall risk- a pilot study. Top Geriatr Rehabil. 2017; 33(2):113-117.