Stephen Lahr

Stephen Lahr

Associate Professor and Program Director, Department of Physical Therapy
Faculty, Physical Therapy Graduate Portion
Faculty, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Specialty:Anatomy & Neuroanatomy
Phone:(607) 274-3743
Office:330 Smiddy Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850

I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 1975, and my Doctoral Degree in Anatomy (with research emphasis in Neuroanatomy) from the SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1989, and completed a two year research fellowship at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. I have clinical experience in several general practice settings and an academic background emphasis in the basic sciences of Anatomy and Neuroanatomy. My scholarly interests are in neural plasticity, balance evaluation and treatment, and computer assisted instruction and web site preparation (which includes supervising a student created website on musculoskeletal anatomy dissection).

I have been teaching at Ithaca College since 1990. Currently, my teaching responsibilities include being the course coordinator for Pathology for Physical Therapists (PTBS-51103) and Clinical Neuroanatomy (PDPT-57000), and also being a lab instructor in the Musculoskeletal Examination and Evaluation (PTBS-52102) and Electro Modalities and Physical Agents (PTBS 53101) courses. In the past I have taught and assisted in labs for Human Anatomy, Therapeutic Exercise, and Electrophysiological Examination and Evaluation. I developed and taught Functional Human Anatomy course during the summer for the IC Occupational Therapy Department in 2009 and 2010.

In recent years I have enjoyed working a colleague, Dr. Terri Hoppenrath, to organize and supervise several groups of students on an undergraduate student research project related to balance in an older adult population. Students have presented results on campus at the Whalen Symposium and twice at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

I am currently the PT Department Ithaca Campus Director, with primarily logistical responsibilities including: class scheduling and operating budget oversight. In the Fall semester, 2013, I will serve as Acting Chair (while the Chair is on sabbatical).

My professional interests involve membership in the American Physical Therapy Association. My recent activities include: past chair of the NYPTA Southern Tier District, member of the NYPTA Finance Committee, serving as a delegate to the NYPTA Delegate Assembly and the APTA House of Delegates. I am currently the Treasurer of the New York Physical Therapy Association.

On a personal note, I was a rower while an undergraduate student and enjoy maintaining contact with the IC Crew program by officiating at spring races.

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