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Department of Physical Therapy

College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences

Courtney Hall, PhD, MS
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Courtney  Hall, PhD, MS

Associate Professor
Contact:
423-439-8727 /
Building 2, Quillen College of Medicine/Veterans Affairs Medical Center

EDUCATION

PhD 2000 University of Texas at Austin (Kinesiology)
MS 1997 University of Oregon (Exercise & Movement Science)
BS 1990 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Physical Therapy)
BS 1984 Davidson College (Mathematics)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2011 - present Associate Professor, Dept of Physical Therapy, East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN

2011 - present Research Health Scientist, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN

2011 - present Adjunct Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

2010 – 2011 Investigator, Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research and Education Clinical 

2005 – 2010 Affiliate Investigator, Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research and Education Clinical Consortium

2003 - 2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University Atlanta, GA

2003 - 2011 Research Health Scientist, Atlanta VA Medical Center, Decatur, GA

2002 - 2003 Research Fellow, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University Atlanta, GA

2001 - 2002 Research Fellow, Center for Successful Aging at California State University, Fullerton

2001 - 2002 Instructor, Kinesiology & Health Promotion, California State University, Fullerton

1999 - 2000 Staff physical therapist, HealthSouth, Austin, TX

1998 - 1999 Teaching Assistant, Kinesiology & Health Education, University of Texas, Austin

1997 - 2000 Staff physical therapist, St. David’s Medical Center, Austin, TX

1994 - 1996 Staff physical therapist, Sacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene, OR

1992 - 1994 Staff physical therapist/clinical instructor, Dekalb Medical Center, Atlanta, GA

1991 - 1992 Staff physical therapist, Moses Cone Memorial Hospital, Greensboro, NC

1990 - 1991 Staff physical therapist, St. Joseph’s Home Health Agency, Pinehurst, NC

COURSES TAUGHT

Neurological Dysfunction (3-credit undergraduate/graduate course). Exercise & Movement Science, University of Oregon, Summer 1996.

Measurement and Evaluation (3-credit undergraduate core curriculum course). Division of Kinesiology
& Health Promotion, California State University, Fullerton, Spring 2001.

Motor Learning and Motor Control (3-credit undergraduate core curriculum course). Division of Kinesiology & Health Promotion, California State University, Fullerton, Fall 2001.

Biology of Aging (2-hour lecture). Graduate Gerontology Program, California State University, Fullerton. Fall 2001.

Balance Assessment and Treatment (4-hour lecture/lab). Neurologic Physical Therapy, Emory University. Fall 2003 – 2009.

Vestibular Anatomy and Physiology (2-hour lecture). Neurologic Physical Therapy, Emory University. Lecture: Fall 2003.

The Role of the Vestibular System in Postural Control (4-hour seminar). Emory University, Biology of Movement Control. Spring 2005.

Health Benefits of Tai Chi (2-hour lecture/demo). Neurologic Physical Therapy, Emory University. Fall 2005.

Ground Reaction Forces (2-hour lab). Musculoskeletal Kinesiology. Fall 2005 – 2008.

Data Analysis: Quantitative (2-hour lecture). Clinical Research I, Emory University. Spring 2008 – 2011.

Motor dual-task ability (2-hour lecture). Motor Control, Emory University. Summer 2011.

Scientific Inquiry for Physical Therapists (1-credit graduate course). Department of Physical Therapy, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, Spring 2012.

Introduction to Research (1-credit graduate course). Department of Physical Therapy, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, Summer 2012.

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY

VA Rehabilitation RR&D Merit Review Grant (Co-I)
4/1/16-3/31/20
Direct costs: $1,481,211
The Effect of Noise Exposure on the Vestibular System (Akin, PI)

VA Rehabilitation RR&D Small Projects in Rehabilitation Research C2058-P (SPiRE) (PI)
1/1/16-12/31/17
Direct costs: $199,490
Vestibular Rehabilitation and Otolith Dysfunction

DoD/VA Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC; Co-PI)
10/1/14 – 9/30/17
Direct costs: $656,520
Otolith Dysfunction and Postural Stability

VA Rehabilitation R&D Merit Review Pilot Grant, Rehab R&D, E7614P (PI)
Years: 8/01/12 - 7/31/14
Direct costs: $199,825
Cognitive training and dual-task ability in older adults

Atlanta Rehab R & D Center pilot, 2400H-1 (PI)
5/1/2009-12/31/2010
Direct costs: $39,000

Veterans’ Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) Project
Atlanta Rehab R & D Center pilot, 2400H-2 (PI)
5/1/2009-12/31/2010
Direct costs: $41,404
Characterization of Test Performance in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury

Paralyzed Veterans of America, 592 (Co-I)
6/01/2008-5/31/2010 (No-cost extension 11/30/10)
Direct costs: $100,000
Wheelchair Tai Chi Training Program for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Private Industry: Wicab, Inc. (PI)
3/01/2008-8/31/2010
Direct costs: $42,125
A Pilot Study to Investigate the Effects of the BrainPort Balance Device on Balance, Gait, and Quality of Life in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury

VA Advanced Research Career Development Award, E4465K (PI)
10/01/2006-9/30/2009
Direct costs: $432,150
Relationship between Dual-Task Ability and Fall Risk in Older Adults

VA Merit Review Pilot Grant, Rehab R&D, C4168P (PI)
4/01/2006-9/30/2009
Direct costs: $100,000
Vestibular rehabilitation and dizziness in geriatric patients

VA Research Career Development Award C3249 (PI) 7/1/03 - 6/30/06
Veterans Administration
Direct costs: $265,000
Dynamic Visual Acuity and Fall Risk in Older Adults with Vestibular Loss

Atlanta Rehab R & D Center pilot, 2400H-1 (PI) 10/2003-9/2004
Veterans Administration
Direct costs: $20,000

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Hall CD, Woollacott MH, Jensen JL. Age-related changes in rate and magnitude of ankle torque development: Implications for balance control. The Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences. 54A(10): M507-13, 1999.

Hall CD, Smith A, Keele S. The impact of aerobic activity on cognitive function in older adults: A new synthesis based on the concept of executive control. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology.
13(1/2): 279-300, 2001.

Hall CD, Jensen JL. Age-related differences in lower extremity power following support surface perturbations. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 50(11):1782-8, 2002.

Hall CD, Schubert MC, Herdman SJ. Prediction of fall risk reduction as measured by dynamic gait index in individuals with unilateral vestibular hypofunction. Otology & Neurotology. 25(5):746-751, 2004.

Hall CD, Jensen JL. The effect of cane use on balance control. Clinical Biomechanics. 19(7): 678-687, 2004.

Hall CD, Herdman SJ. Reliability of clinical measures used to assess patients with vestibular hypofunction. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 30(2):74-81, 2006.

Herdman SJ, Hall CD, Schubert MC, Das VE, Tusa RJ. Recovery of dynamic visual acuity in bilateral vestibular hypofunction. Archives of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery. 133(4):383-9, 2007.

Hall CD, Miszko T, Wolf SL. Effects of tai chi intervention on dual-task ability in older adults: a pilot study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 90(3):525-529, 2009.

Hall CD, Cox LC. The role of vestibular rehabilitation in the balance disorder patient. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America. 42(1):161-169, 2009.

Hall CD, Cox LC. The role of vestibular rehabilitation in the balance disorder patient. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America. 42(1):161-169, 2009.

Schubert MC, Hall CD, Das VE, Tusa RJ, Herdman SJ. Oculomotor strategies and their effect of reducing gaze position error. Otology & Neurotology. 31(2):228-231, 2010.

Hall CD, Heusel-Gillig L, Tusa RJ, Herdman SJ. Efficacy of gaze stability exercises in older adults with dizziness. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 34(2):64-69, 2010. [Winner of Golden Synapse Award for best article in JNPT for 2010]

Hall CD, Heusel-Gillig L. Balance rehabilitation and dual-task ability in older adults. Journal of Clinical Geriatrics & Gerontology. 1(1):22-26, 2010.

Herdman SJ, Hall CD, Eggers R, Sampson S, Goodier S, Filson R. Misclassification of patients with spinocerebellar ataxia as having psychogenic postural instability based on computerized dynamic posturography. Frontiers in Neurology. 2:21, 2011. [doi: 10.3389/fneur.2011.00021]

Hall CD, Barnes CS, Schuchard RA. Fall Risk Assessment in People with Retinitis Pigmentosa. InSight: Research and Practice in Visual Impairment and Blindness. 4(2):55-64, 2011.

Hall CD, Echt KV, Wolf SL, Rogers WA. Cognitive and motor mechanisms underlying older adults’ ability to divide attention while walking. Physical Therapy. 91(7): 1039-1050, 2011.

Herdman SJ, Hall CD, Delaune W. Variables Associated with Outcome in Patients with Unilateral Vestibular Hypofunction. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 26(2):151-62, 2012.

Bhatti PT, Herdman SJ, Roy SD, Hall CD, Tusa RJ. A Prototype Head-Motion Monitoring System for In-Home Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy. Journal of Bioengineering & Biomedical Science. S1-009, 2012.

Hackney ME, Hall CD, Echt KV, Wolf SL. Application of Adapted tango as Therapeutic Intervention for Patients with Chronic Stroke: A Case Study. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. 35(4):206-17, 2012.

Akin FW, Hall CD, Murnane O.  The Role of Rotational Stimulation in Vestibular Compensation. Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. 148(1):176-7, 2013.

Hackney ME, Hall CD, Echt K, Wolf SL. Dancing for Balance: Feasibility and Efficacy in Oldest-Old Adults with Visual Impairment. Nursing Research. 62(2):138-143, 2013.

Akin FW, Hall CD, Riska KM. Interdisciplinary Approach to Dizziness: Roles of Audiology and Physical Therapy. ASHA Perspectives on Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance. 14: 11-21, 2013. doi:10.1044/phi14.1.11

Riska KM, Akin FW, Murnane O, Hall CD. Video Head Impulse Testing (vHIT) and the Assessment of Horizontal Semi-circular Canal Function: A case study. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. 26(5): 518-523, 2015.

Hackney ME, Hall CD, Echt K, Wolf SL. Multimodal Exercise Benefits Mobility in Older Adults with Visual Impairment: a Preliminary Study. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 23(4):630-9, 2015.

Herdman SJ, Hall CD, Maloney B, Knight S, Ebert M, Lowe J. Variables Associated with Outcome in Patients with Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction: Preliminary study.  Journal of Vestibular Research. 25(3-4):185-94, 2015.

Hall CD, Clevenger CK, Wolf RA, Lin JS, Johnson TM, Wolf SL. Feasibility of a Low-cost, Interactive Gaming System to Assess Balance in Older Women. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 24(1):111-8, 2016.

Hall CD, Herdman SJ, Whitney SL, Cass SP, Clendaniel RA, Fife TD, Furman JM, Getchius TSD, Goebel JA, Shepard NT, Woodhouse SN. Vestibular Rehabilitation for Peripheral Vestibular Hypofunction: An Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline from the American Physical Therapy Association Neurology Section. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 40(2):124-155, 2016.

Hall CD, Herdman SJ, Whitney SL. Treatment for Vestibular Disorders: How Does Your Physical Therapist Treat Dizziness Related to Vestibular Problems? Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 40(2):156, 2016.

Riska KM, Hall CD. Reliability and Normative Data for the Dynamic Visual Acuity Test for Vestibular Screening. Otology & Neurotology. 37(5):545-52, 2016.

McBean AL, Najjar RP, Schuchard RA, Hall CD, Wang C-A, Ku B, Zeitzer JM. Standing balance and spatiotemporal aspects of gait are impaired upon nocturnal awakening in healthy late middle-aged and older adults. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (2016 July 19 ePub ahead of print).

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