Physical Therapy Department

Linda Riek



Dr. Riek received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY and her clinical doctorate from A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ.  She has over 20 years of clinical experience with a focus on neurological rehabilitation and geriatrics.

A former adjunct faculty member at Ithaca College, Dr. Riek worked in the Movement Analysis Laboratory as a co-investigator and research associate on several federally funded projects including Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life, Spinal Cord Research Foundation, and National Institute of Health.  She received her doctoral degree from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY in 2011 in the Health Practice Research Program. Her dissertation work focused on a biomechanical analysis of shoulder health during circuit resistance training for individuals with paraplegia. Dr. Riek teaches Kinesiology, Prosthetics/Orthotics and mentors student research in the lab. Her current research interests include: examining kinematic differences of the upper extremities and trunk during functional, bilateral tasks for individuals with and without stroke and exercise prescription, guided by surface electromyography, in individuals with spinal cord injury and amputation.  Dr. Riek has published in peer-reviewed journals including Spinal Cord and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, and Physical Therapy Journal.  She has presented at national conferences including the American Society of Biomechanics and the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections meetings.