Jim Gordon, BA, MA, EdM, EdD

Title(s)Associate Dean, Division Of Biokinesiology And Physical Therapy At The School Of Dentistry And Professor
SchoolHerman Ostrow School of Dentistry of Usc
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. Initial development of skill with a reversed bicycle and a case series of experienced riders. Sci Rep. 2024 02 21; 14(1):4334. Magnard J, Macaulay TR, Schroeder ET, Laine C, Gordon J, Schweighofer N. PMID: 38383561; PMCID: PMC10881966.
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    2. Adaptive control is reversed between hands after left hemisphere stroke and lost following right hemisphere stroke. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2023 02 07; 120(6):e2212726120. Varghese R, Gordon J, Sainburg RL, Winstein CJ, Schweighofer N. PMID: 36716370; PMCID: PMC9963612.
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    3. On "Storm Clouds on the Horizon: The 3 Perils of Unconstrained Academic Growth in Physical Therapist Education." Deusinger SS, Landers MR. Phys Ther. 2022;102:pzac046. https://doi.org/10.1093/ptj/pzac046. Phys Ther. 2022 11 06; 102(11). Gordon J, Tilson JK. PMID: 36190504.
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    4. Author Response to Macpherson et al. Phys Ther. 2022 Aug 04; 102(8). Leech KA, Roemmich RT, Gordon J, Reisman DS, Cherry-Allen KM. PMID: 35713528; PMCID: PMC10071573.
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    5. Updates in Motor Learning: Implications for Physical Therapist Practice and Education. Phys Ther. 2022 01 01; 102(1). Leech KA, Roemmich RT, Gordon J, Reisman DS, Cherry-Allen KM. PMID: 34718787; PMCID: PMC8793168.
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    6. Unique behavioral strategies in visuomotor learning: Hope for the non-learner. Hum Mov Sci. 2021 Oct; 79:102858. Hooyman A, Gordon J, Winstein C. PMID: 34392189.
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    7. Trunk control during gait: Walking with wide and narrow step widths present distinct challenges. J Biomech. 2021 01 04; 114:110135. Shih HS, Gordon J, Kulig K. PMID: 33285490.
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    8. Late Effects of Clubfoot Deformity in Adolescent and Young Adult Patients Whose Initial Treatment Was an Extensive Soft-tissue Release: Topic Review and Clinical Case Series. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2020 05; 4(5):e1900126. Johnson JE, Fortney TA, Luk PC, Klein SE, McCormick JJ, Dobbs MB, Gordon JE, Schoenecker PL. PMID: 33970571; PMCID: PMC7434041.
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    9. Characterizing the balance-dexterity task as a concurrent bipedal task to investigate trunk control during dynamic balance. J Biomech. 2018 08 22; 77:211-217. Rowley KM, Gordon J, Kulig K. PMID: 30037579.
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    10. Distributed representation of pelvic floor muscles in human motor cortex. Sci Rep. 2018 05 08; 8(1):7213. Yani MS, Wondolowski JH, Eckel SP, Kulig K, Fisher BE, Gordon JE, Kutch JJ. PMID: 29740105; PMCID: PMC5940845.
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    11. A comparison of seven different DTI-derived estimates of corticospinal tract structural characteristics in chronic stroke survivors. J Neurosci Methods. 2018 07 01; 304:66-75. Kim B, Fisher BE, Schweighofer N, Leahy RM, Haldar JP, Choi S, Kay DB, Gordon J, Winstein CJ. PMID: 29684462; PMCID: PMC5984168.
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    12. 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 10; 58:498-503. Smith JA, Gordon J, Kulig K. PMID: 28950249.
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    13. Short-Duration and Intensive Training Improves Long-Term Reaching Performance in Individuals With Chronic Stroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2016 07; 30(6):551-61. Park H, Kim S, Winstein CJ, Gordon J, Schweighofer N. PMID: 26405046; PMCID: PMC4808509.
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    14. Context-Dependent Learning in People With Parkinson's Disease. J Mot Behav. 2016 May-Jun; 48(3):240-8. Lee YY, Winstein CJ, Gordon J, Petzinger GM, Zelinski EM, Fisher BE. PMID: 26375786.
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    15. Effort, success, and nonuse determine arm choice. J Neurophysiol. 2015 Jul; 114(1):551-9. Schweighofer N, Xiao Y, Kim S, Yoshioka T, Gordon J, Osu R. PMID: 25948869; PMCID: PMC4509397.
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    16. Holistic life-span health outcomes among elite intercollegiate student-athletes. J Athl Train. 2014 Sep-Oct; 49(5):684-95. Sorenson SC, Romano R, Scholefield RM, Martin BE, Gordon JE, Azen SP, Schroeder ET, Salem GJ. PMID: 25117874; PMCID: PMC4208874.
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    17. 45th Mary McMillan lecture: If greatness is a goal…. Phys Ther. 2014 Oct; 94(10):1518-30. Gordon J. PMID: 25013001.
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    18. 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. Stewart JC, Gordon J, Winstein CJ. PMID: 25000904.
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    19. 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. Stewart JC, Gordon J, Winstein CJ. PMID: 24718494.
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    20. Evaluation of attentional demands during motor learning: validity of a dual-task probe paradigm. J Mot Behav. 2014; 46(2):95-105. Goh HT, Gordon J, Sullivan KJ, Winstein CJ. PMID: 24447033.
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    21. Planning and adjustments for the control of reach extent in a virtual environment. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2013 Mar 02; 10:27. Stewart JC, Gordon J, Winstein CJ. PMID: 23453002; PMCID: PMC3606602.
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    22. Task-oriented rehabilitation robotics. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Nov; 91(11 Suppl 3):S270-9. Schweighofer N, Choi Y, Winstein C, Gordon J. PMID: 23080042.
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    23. Dual-task practice enhances motor learning: a preliminary investigation. Exp Brain Res. 2012 Oct; 222(3):201-10. Goh HT, Sullivan KJ, Gordon J, Wulf G, Winstein CJ. PMID: 22886044.
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    24. 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. Choi Y, Gordon J, Park H, Schweighofer N. PMID: 21813010; PMCID: PMC3169456.
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    25. 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. Mulroy SJ, Thompson L, Kemp B, Hatchett PP, Newsam CJ, Lupold DG, Haubert LL, Eberly V, Ge TT, Azen SP, Winstein CJ, Gordon J, Physical Therapy Clinical Research Network (PTClinResNet). PMID: 21292803.
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    26. 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. 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, Physical Therapy Clinical Research Network (PTClinResNet). PMID: 19778981.
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    27. Hemisphere specific impairments in reach-to-grasp control after stroke: effects of object size. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2009 Sep; 23(7):679-91. Tretriluxana J, Gordon J, Fisher BE, Winstein CJ. PMID: 19411406.
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    28. 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. Song J, Fisher BE, Petzinger G, Wu A, Gordon J, Salem GJ. PMID: 19336530.
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    29. 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. 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, Physical Therapy Clinical Research Network (PTClinResNet). PMID: 18174846.
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    30. 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. Lin CH, Fisher BE, Winstein CJ, Wu AD, Gordon J. PMID: 18980910.
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    31. Performance-based adaptive schedules enhance motor learning. J Mot Behav. 2008 Jul; 40(4):273-80. Choi Y, Qi F, Gordon J, Schweighofer N. PMID: 18628104.
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    32. 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. Fisher BE, Wu AD, Salem GJ, Song J, Lin CH, Yip J, Cen S, Gordon J, Jakowec M, Petzinger G. PMID: 18534554; PMCID: PMC2989816.
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    33. Manual asymmetries in grasp pre-shaping and transport-grasp coordination. Exp Brain Res. 2008 Jun; 188(2):305-15. Tretriluxana J, Gordon J, Winstein CJ. PMID: 18437369.
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