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Jim Gordon, BA, MA, EdM, EdD

TitleAssociate Dean, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy At The School of Dentistry and Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentBiokinesiology and Physical Therapy
AddressCHP 155
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-9006
Phone+1 323 442 1538
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    SUNY - Downstate2015Honorary Degree (Doctor of Science)
    American Physical Therapy Association2014Mary McMillan Lecture Award
    Teachers College, Columbia University2014Distinguished Alumni Award
    American Physical Therapy Association 2005Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association

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    Dr. Gordon is the Associate Dean and Chair of the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. His research has been focused on neural control of arm movements, especially the roles of proprioceptive information in control of reaching movements. His current research is in the area of neuro-rehabilitation and motor control has been published extensively. He is considered one of the foremost thinkers in the area of motor learning and its application to people with neurological conditions.

    Dr. Gordon’s primary teaching has been in the neurosciences, motor learning and motor control, and the application of these areas to neurologic physical therapy. He has also taught courses in professional practice and documentation in physical therapy.

    Dr. Gordon has written several influential papers examining the interplay between theory and practice in developing better methods for treating patients, and in establishing innovative links between biokinesiology and physical therapy practice and research. He also co-authored a widely used textbook on documentation in rehabilitation, now in its second edition.

    In 2014, Dr. Gordon received the highest honor bestowed by the American Physical Therapy Association, when he delivered the 45th McMillan Lecture Award at the APTA annual conference. In his speech, he said, “We are the architects of our profession’s future. Through our efforts today, we design and build the foundations and frameworks that will make it possible for a strong and vibrant and creative profession to emerge in the next decade, in the next 40 years, in the next century.”


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    1. Rowley KM, Gordon J, Kulig K. Characterizing the balance-dexterity task as a concurrent bipedal task to investigate trunk control during dynamic balance. J Biomech. 2018 Jul 20. PMID: 30037579.
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    2. Yani MS, Wondolowski JH, Eckel SP, Kulig K, Fisher BE, Gordon JE, Kutch JJ. Distributed representation of pelvic floor muscles in human motor cortex. Sci Rep. 2018 May 08; 8(1):7213. PMID: 29740105.
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    3. Kim B, Fisher BE, Schweighofer N, Leahy RM, Haldar JP, Choi S, Kay DB, Gordon J, Winstein CJ. A comparison of seven different DTI-derived estimates of corticospinal tract structural characteristics in chronic stroke survivors. J Neurosci Methods. 2018 Apr 21; 304:66-75. PMID: 29684462.
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    4. Smith JA, Gordon J, Kulig K. The influence of divided attention on walking turns: Effects on gait control in young adults with and without a history of low back pain. Gait Posture. 2017 Oct; 58:498-503. PMID: 28950249.
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    5. Park H, Kim S, Winstein CJ, Gordon J, Schweighofer N. Short-Duration and Intensive Training Improves Long-Term Reaching Performance in Individuals With Chronic Stroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2016 07; 30(6):551-61. PMID: 26405046; PMCID: PMC4808509 [Available on 07/01/17].
    6. Lee YY, Winstein CJ, Gordon J, Petzinger GM, Zelinski EM, Fisher BE. Context-Dependent Learning in People With Parkinson's Disease. J Mot Behav. 2016 May-Jun; 48(3):240-8. PMID: 26375786.
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    7. Schweighofer N, Xiao Y, Kim S, Yoshioka T, Gordon J, Osu R. Effort, success, and nonuse determine arm choice. J Neurophysiol. 2015 Jul; 114(1):551-9. PMID: 25948869; PMCID: PMC4509397.
    8. Sorenson SC, Romano R, Scholefield RM, Martin BE, Gordon JE, Azen SP, Schroeder ET, Salem GJ. Holistic life-span health outcomes among elite intercollegiate student-athletes. J Athl Train. 2014 Sep-Oct; 49(5):684-95. PMID: 25117874; PMCID: PMC4208874.
    9. Gordon J. 45th Mary McMillan lecture: If greatness is a goal…. Phys Ther. 2014 Oct; 94(10):1518-30. PMID: 25013001.
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    10. Stewart JC, Gordon J, Winstein CJ. Control of reach extent with the paretic and nonparetic arms after unilateral sensorimotor stroke II: planning and adjustments to control movement distance. Exp Brain Res. 2014 Nov; 232(11):3431-43. PMID: 25000904.
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    11. Stewart JC, Gordon J, Winstein CJ. Control of reach extent with the paretic and nonparetic arms after unilateral sensorimotor stroke: kinematic differences based on side of brain damage. Exp Brain Res. 2014 Jul; 232(7):2407-19. PMID: 24718494.
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    12. Goh HT, Gordon J, Sullivan KJ, Winstein CJ. Evaluation of attentional demands during motor learning: validity of a dual-task probe paradigm. J Mot Behav. 2014; 46(2):95-105. PMID: 24447033.
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    13. Stewart JC, Gordon J, Winstein CJ. Planning and adjustments for the control of reach extent in a virtual environment. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2013 Mar 02; 10:27. PMID: 23453002; PMCID: PMC3606602.
    14. Schweighofer N, Choi Y, Winstein C, Gordon J. Task-oriented rehabilitation robotics. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Nov; 91(11 Suppl 3):S270-9. PMID: 23080042.
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    15. Goh HT, Sullivan KJ, Gordon J, Wulf G, Winstein CJ. Dual-task practice enhances motor learning: a preliminary investigation. Exp Brain Res. 2012 Oct; 222(3):201-10. PMID: 22886044.
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    16. Choi Y, Gordon J, Park H, Schweighofer N. Feasibility of the adaptive and automatic presentation of tasks (ADAPT) system for rehabilitation of upper extremity function post-stroke. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2011 Aug 03; 8:42. PMID: 21813010; PMCID: PMC3169456.
    17. Mulroy SJ, Thompson L, Kemp B, Hatchett PP, Newsam CJ, Lupold DG, Haubert LL, Eberly V, Ge TT, Azen SP, Winstein CJ, Gordon J. Strengthening and optimal movements for painful shoulders (STOMPS) in chronic spinal cord injury: a randomized controlled trial. Phys Ther. 2011 Mar; 91(3):305-24. PMID: 21292803.
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    18. Kulig K, Beneck GJ, Selkowitz DM, Popovich JM, Ge TT, Flanagan SP, Poppert EM, Yamada KA, Powers CM, Azen S, Winstein CJ, Gordon J, Samudrala S, Chen TC, Shamie AN, Khoo LT, Spoonamore MJ, Wang JC. An intensive, progressive exercise program reduces disability and improves functional performance in patients after single-level lumbar microdiskectomy. Phys Ther. 2009 Nov; 89(11):1145-57. PMID: 19778981.
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    19. Tretriluxana J, Gordon J, Fisher BE, Winstein CJ. Hemisphere specific impairments in reach-to-grasp control after stroke: effects of object size. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2009 Sep; 23(7):679-91. PMID: 19411406.
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    20. Song J, Fisher BE, Petzinger G, Wu A, Gordon J, Salem GJ. The relationships between the unified Parkinson's disease rating scale and lower extremity functional performance in persons with early-stage Parkinson's disease. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2009 Sep; 23(7):657-61. PMID: 19336530.
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    21. Lin CH, Fisher BE, Winstein CJ, Wu AD, Gordon J. Contextual interference effect: elaborative processing or forgetting-reconstruction? A post hoc analysis of transcranial magnetic stimulation-induced effects on motor learning. J Mot Behav. 2008 Nov; 40(6):578-86. PMID: 18980910.
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    22. Winstein C, Pate P, Ge T, Ervin C, Baurley J, Sullivan KJ, Underwood SJ, Fowler EG, Mulroy S, Brown DA, Kulig K, Gordon J, Azen SP. The physical therapy clinical research network (PTClinResNet): methods, efficacy, and benefits of a rehabilitation research network. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2008 Nov; 87(11):937-50. PMID: 18174846.
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    23. Choi Y, Qi F, Gordon J, Schweighofer N. Performance-based adaptive schedules enhance motor learning. J Mot Behav. 2008 Jul; 40(4):273-80. PMID: 18628104.
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    24. Fisher BE, Wu AD, Salem GJ, Song J, Lin CH, Yip J, Cen S, Gordon J, Jakowec M, Petzinger G. The effect of exercise training in improving motor performance and corticomotor excitability in people with early Parkinson's disease. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2008 Jul; 89(7):1221-9. PMID: 18534554; PMCID: PMC2989816.
    25. Tretriluxana J, Gordon J, Winstein CJ. Manual asymmetries in grasp pre-shaping and transport-grasp coordination. Exp Brain Res. 2008 Jun; 188(2):305-15. PMID: 18437369.
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