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Michael J. Majsak, PT, EdD

Associate Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy

Email: michael_majsak@nymc.edu


Phone: (914) 594-4917
Fax: (914) 594-4292


Department of Physical Therapy
School of Health Sciences and Practice and Institute of Public Health
New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY  10595

Professional Interests:

Dr. 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, and Archives 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 D.P.T. 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.

Education Profile:

Graduate Degree: M.S., Ed.D.
Graduate Degree Institution: Duke University Graduate School; Teachers College, Columbia University
Undergraduate Institution: Colgate University

Selected Bibliography:

Majsak, M.J. (in preparation for publication). Principles of Neurologic Therapy. In: D.W. Fell (Ed.) Therapeutic Approaches in Neurology: Evaluation, Intervention, Outcomes. New York: Prentice Hall.

Sharma, S.C., Majsak, M.J. (in press). Brain Anatomy. In: M.J. Aminoff & R.B. Daroff (Eds.) Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences. New York: Academic Press.

Majsak, M.J., Ly, J., Ladenheim, B., Mast, J. (in preparation for publication). Patterns of active engagement shown by children with cerebral palsy participating in an eight week robot-assisted upper limb rehabilitation program.

Majsak, M.J., Kaminski, T., Gentile, A., Gordon, A.M. (2007). Task effects of a moving target versus a temporal constraint on reach and grasp in patients with Parkinson's disease. Experimental Neurology, 210: 47-488.

Sharma, S.C., Majsak, M.J. (2003). Brain Anatomy. In: M.J. Aminoff & R.B. Daroff (Eds.) Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences (p. 420-423). New York: Academic Press.

Coffey, S.W., Wilder, E., Majsak, M.J., Stolove, R., Quinn, L. (2002). The effects of a progressive exercise program with surface electromyographic biofeedback on an adult with fecal incontinence. Physical Therapy, 82, 798-811.

Majsak, M.J., Kaminski, T., Gentile, A.M., Flanagan J.R. (1998). The reaching movements of patients with Parkinson’s disease under self-generated and visually cued conditions. Brain, 121:755-766.

Majsak, MJ. (1996). Consolidating principles of motor learning with neurologic treatment techniques in a professional physical therapist program. Neurology Report, 20: 19-27.

Majsak, MJ. (1996). Application of motor learning principles to the CVA population. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 3: 27-59.

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