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Laurie King Ph.D., PT, M.C.R.

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

Associate Professor
Department of Neurology

Dr. Laurie 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


  • "Do clinical scales of balance reflect turning abnormalities in people With Parkinson's disease?" Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy March 2012
  • "Exploring outcome measures for exercise intervention in people with Parkinson's disease" Parkinson's Disease  2013
  • "Delaying mobility disability in people with parkinson disease using a sensorimotor agility exercise program" Physical Therapy April 2009
  • "On the Mini-BESTest" Physical Therapy April 2013
  • "Comorbidity and functional mobility in persons with Parkinson disease" Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation November 1 2014
  • "Do cognitive measures and brain circuitry predict outcomes of exercise in Parkinson Disease" BMC Neurology October 24 2015
  • "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 February 2014
  • "Parkinson's disease shows perceptuomotor asymmetry unrelated to motor symptoms" Neuroscience Letters April 24 2007
  • "Comparing the Mini-BESTest with the Berg Balance Scale to evaluate balance disorders in Parkinson's disease" Parkinson's Disease  2012
  • "Continuous monitoring of turning in Parkinson's disease" NeuroRehabilitation August 22 2015
  • "Mini Balance Evaluation Systems Test in people with multiple sclerosis" Gait and Posture January 2014
  • "Effects of group, individual, and home exercise in persons with Parkinson disease" Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy October 1 2015
  • "ISway" Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation  2012
  • "Postural control deficits in people with fibromyalgia" Arthritis Research and Therapy August 2 2011
  • "Compensatory stepping in parkinson’s disease is still a problem after deep brain stimulation randomized to STN or GPi" Journal of Neurophysiology September 1 2015
  • "Lateral Stepping for Postural Correction in Parkinson's Disease" Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation March 2008
  • "Preparation for compensatory forward stepping in Parkinson's disease" Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation  2010
  • "Invited commentary" Physical Therapy April 2010
  • "Role of Body-Worn movement monitor technology for balance and Gait Rehabilitation" Physical Therapy March 1 2015
  • "Axial kinesthesia is impaired in Parkinson's disease" Experimental Neurology September 2010
  • "Effects of exercise on mobility in people with Parkinson's disease" Movement Disorders September 15 2013
  • "Exercise for persons with Parkinson disease" Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy April 1 2015
  • "Rehabilitation procedures in the management of Parkinson's disease" Parkinson's Disease  2015
  • "Cognitive contributions to freezing of gait in parkinson disease" Physical Therapy May 1 2016
  • "Sensitivity of the Balance Error Scoring System and the Sensory Organization Test in the Combat Environment" Journal of Neurotrauma April 1 2016
  • "The quality of turning in Parkinson's disease" Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation  2016
  • "Assessment and rehabilitation of central sensory impairments for balance in mTBI using auditory biofeedback" BMC Neurology February 23 2017
  • "Sensor-Based Balance Measures Outperform Modified Balance Error Scoring System in Identifying Acute Concussion" Annals of Biomedical Engineering May 24 2017
  • "Dual task interference on postural sway, postural transitions and gait in people with Parkinson's disease and freezing of gait" Gait and Posture July 1 2017
  • "The contribution of cochlear implants to postural stability" Laryngoscope  2017

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