Physical Therapy Department

Linda Riek



Dr. Riek received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College, her clinical doctorate from A.T. Still University, and her PhD in Health Practice Research from the University of Rochester. Her dissertation work focused on a biomechanical analysis of shoulder health during circuit resistance training for individuals with paraplegia. Additionally, she has over 20 years of clinical experience with a focus on neurological rehabilitation, limb loss/prosthetics and geriatrics. Dr. Riek joined Nazareth College in 2012 and is the coordinator for the Kinesiology and Integumentary/Prosthetics & Orthotics courses. Along with her teaching interests, she is the director of the Nazareth College Movement Analysis Laboratory where she also mentors student research. Her current research interests include: (1) examining kinematic differences of the upper extremities and trunk during functional, bilateral tasks for individuals with and without stroke and (2) exercise prescription, guided by surface electromyography, in individuals with spinal cord injury and limb loss. Dr. Riek has participated as a co-investigator, research associate and consultant on several federally funded projects including: Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life, Spinal Cord Research Foundation, and National Institute of Health. Dr. Riek has published in peer-reviewed journals including Spinal Cord, 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.