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About the Chairman

Dr. Michael Majsak received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Colgate University in 1978, and a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Duke University Graduate School in 1981.  During his time as a full-time physical therapy clinician, he was certified in the NeuroDevelopmental Treatment Approach for Adults (NDTA), studied with Margaret Johnstone in Scotland and at the Burgerspital Solothurn in Switzerland to become the first certified instructor in The Johnstone Approach of neurological rehabilitation, and completed a practicum in Conductive Education and the behavioral management of adults with brain injury at The Kemsley Unit, St Andrews Hospital, in Northampton, England.  Extending his initial interest in rehabilitation for individuals with spinal cord injury to sports, he was the head coach of the Peninsula Golden Spokes of Palo Alto, CA from 1981-1984, a nationally-ranked wheelchair basketball team.

Dr. Majsak began teaching principles of neurologic physical therapy as a full-time faculty person at Hahnemann University (now Drexel University) in 1989.  He was certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a Neurologic Certified Specialist from 1991-2001.  While teaching, Dr. Majsak returned to formal study, receiving his Doctor of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2000.  His areas of expertise include motor control and motor learning, adult neurology and rehabilitation, research, and education.  Dr. Majsak continues to enjoy exploring ways to promote optimal neurologic rehabilitation through his clinical research involving the application of motor learning principles to adults with neurologic conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and traumatic brain injury; and to children with Cerebral Palsy or brain injury. Dr. Majsak has had numerous publications and has presented lectures nationally and across the world on topics related to motor learning and neurologic physical therapy. He is currently being funded through a planning grant from the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association to establish a national multi-center consortium to study optimal practice schedules for children with cerebral palsy performing robot-assisted upper limb rehabilitation. Dr. Majsak is a journal reviewer for Physical TherapyJournal of Neurologic Physical TherapyJournal of Physical Therapy Education, andArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has been Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy since 2000.  At New York Medical College he was instrumental in establishing a DPT program and a D.P.T., M.P.H. (Master of Public Health) dual degree, one of the first in the country. He is very proud that the outcomes of New York Medical College graduates include presentations of their doctoral projects at national meetings, and that the licensure passing rates of graduates typically exceed both state and national averages. He is similarly proud of the many accomplishments of the faculty in areas of scholarship, service, and teaching.