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Laurie King Ph.D., P.T., M.C.R.

  • (503) 418-2602
    • Associate Professor of Neurology School of Medicine
    • Balance Disorders Laboratory

Associate Professor
Department of Neurology

Dr. King studies the clinical implementation of emerging practices and technology for improving assessment and rehabilitation in patients with neurologic disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and traumatic brain injury. She is dedicated to the translation of scientific findings to both the community and to clinicians who treat patients with neurologic disorders and frequently teaches courses and provides lectures to both patient groups and health care providers who treat patients with mobility deficits.

Grants (Current)

Department of Defense: Assessment and Rehabilitation of Central Sensory Impairments for Balance in mTBI (2015-2019) Department of Defense: Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS™) 4.0 device for cranial nerve noninvasive neuromodulation (CN-NINM) training in subjects with a chronic balance deficit due to mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injury(TBI) (2015-2016) NIH under Award Number (R21HD080398): Objective and portable balance and gait measures to document recovery after concussion (2014-2016) Veterans Affairs RR&D: Frontal Cortex and Gait Freezing in Parkinson’s Disease: Rehabilitation Impact Source: VA RR&D (2014-2017) NIH, National Institute of Aging: Peripheral and Central Postural Disorders in the Elderly (1989-2019)

PubMed Listing


  • B.S., University of Oregon 1990
  • M.S., Mayo Clinic 1992
  • Ph.D., Medical College of Virginia 2001


  • "Abnormal Turning and Its Association with Self-Reported Symptoms in Chronic Mild Traumatic Brain Injury." Journal of Neurotrauma In: , Vol. 35, No. 10, 15.05.2018, p. 1167-1177.
  • "Detecting gait abnormalities after concussion or mild traumatic brain injury : A systematic review of single-task, dual-task, and complex gait." Gait and Posture In: , Vol. 62, 01.05.2018, p. 157-166.
  • "The effect of spatial auditory landmarks on ambulation." Gait and Posture In: , Vol. 60, 01.02.2018, p. 171-174.
  • "Dual task interference on postural sway, postural transitions and gait in people with Parkinson's disease and freezing of gait." Gait and Posture In: , Vol. 56, 01.07.2017, p. 76-81.
  • "Sensor-Based Balance Measures Outperform Modified Balance Error Scoring System in Identifying Acute Concussion." Annals of Biomedical Engineering In: , 24.05.2017, p. 1-11.
  • "Assessment and rehabilitation of central sensory impairments for balance in mTBI using auditory biofeedback : A randomized clinical trial." BMC Neurology In: , Vol. 17, No. 1, 41, 23.02.2017.
  • "The contribution of cochlear implants to postural stability." Laryngoscope In: , 2017.
  • "Cognitive contributions to freezing of gait in parkinson disease : Implications for physical rehabilitation." Physical Therapy In: , Vol. 96, No. 5, 01.05.2016, p. 659-670.
  • "Sensitivity of the Balance Error Scoring System and the Sensory Organization Test in the Combat Environment." Journal of Neurotrauma In: , Vol. 33, No. 7, 01.04.2016, p. 705-711.
  • "The quality of turning in Parkinson's disease : A compensatory strategy to prevent postural instability?" Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation  In: , Vol. 13, No. 1, 39, 2016.
  • "Do cognitive measures and brain circuitry predict outcomes of exercise in Parkinson Disease : A randomized clinical trial." BMC Neurology In: , Vol. 15, No. 1, 218, 24.10.2015.
  • "Effects of group, individual, and home exercise in persons with Parkinson disease : A randomized clinical trial." Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy In: , Vol. 39, No. 4, 01.10.2015, p. 204-212.
  • "Compensatory stepping in parkinson’s disease is still a problem after deep brain stimulation randomized to STN or GPi." Journal of Neurophysiology In: , Vol. 114, No. 3, 01.09.2015, p. 1417-1423.
  • "Continuous monitoring of turning in Parkinson's disease : Rehabilitation potential." NeuroRehabilitation In: , Vol. 37, No. 1, 22.08.2015, p. 3-10.
  • "Exercise for persons with Parkinson disease : important considerations of medication, assessment, and training." Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy In: , Vol. 39, No. 2, 01.04.2015, p. 93-94.
  • "Role of Body-Worn movement monitor technology for balance and Gait Rehabilitation." Physical Therapy  In: , Vol. 95, No. 3, 01.03.2015, p. 461-470.
  • "Rehabilitation procedures in the management of Parkinson's disease." Parkinson's Disease In: , Vol. 2015, 824056, 2015.
  • "Comorbidity and functional mobility in persons with Parkinson disease." Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation  In: , Vol. 95, No. 11, 01.11.2014, p. 2152-2157.
  • "Instrumenting the balance error scoring system for use with patients reporting persistent balance problems after mild traumatic brain injury." Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation In: , Vol. 95, No. 2, 02.2014, p. 353-359.
  • "Mini Balance Evaluation Systems Test in people with multiple sclerosis : Reflects imbalance but may not predict falls." Gait and Posture  In: , Vol. 39, No. 1, 01.2014, p. 669.
  • "Effects of exercise on mobility in people with Parkinson's disease." Movement Disorders In: , Vol. 28, No. 11, 15.09.2013, p. 1587-1596.
  • "On the Mini-BESTest : Scoring and the reporting of total scores." Physical Therapy  In: , Vol. 93, No. 4, 04.2013, p. 571-575.
  • "Exploring outcome measures for exercise intervention in people with Parkinson's disease." Parkinson's Disease In: , 2013.
  • "Do clinical scales of balance reflect turning abnormalities in people With Parkinson's disease?" Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy  In: , Vol. 36, No. 1, 03.2012, p. 25-31.
  • "Comparing the Mini-BESTest with the Berg Balance Scale to evaluate balance disorders in Parkinson's disease." Parkinson's Disease In: , 2012.
  • "ISway : A sensitive, valid and reliable measure of postural control." Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation In: , Vol. 9, No. 1, 59, 2012.
  • "Postural control deficits in people with fibromyalgia : A pilot study." Arthritis Research and Therapy In: , Vol. 13, No. 4, R127, 02.08.2011.
  • "Axial kinesthesia is impaired in Parkinson's disease : Effects of levodopa." Experimental Neurology In: , Vol. 225, No. 1, 09.2010, p. 202-209.
  • "Invited commentary." Physical Therapy In: , Vol. 90, No. 4, 04.2010, p. 491-492.
  • "Preparation for compensatory forward stepping in Parkinson's disease." Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation In: , Vol. 91, No. 9, 2010, p. 1332-1338.

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