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 the Movement Analysis Task Force for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.

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. 2021; 33(3):234-240.

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. 

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.