Nora Fritz, PhD, PT, DPT, NCS

Nora Fritz, PhD, PT, DPT, NCS

Nora Fritz, PhD, PT, DPT, NCS

Narrative Bio

Dr. Nora Fritz is an Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Program, Department of Health Care Sciences and Department of Neurology at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Fritz is the Director of the Neuroimaging and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory . Dr. Fritz’s research interests include examining the influence of cognition on mobility and exploring exercise interventions to improve function in individuals with neurologic conditions. She is particularly interested in linking clinically observable function to structural imaging and predicting the outcomes of exercise interventions using neuroimaging. Her laboratory is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, and the Michigan Physical Therapy Association.

Dr. Fritz’s research has been recognized by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, where she has twice won the Whitaker Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research, and the Huntington Study Group, where she was recognized as a Shoulson Scholar. Dr. Fritz serves on the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Research Committee and is an invited member of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy's Balance and Falls Clinical Practice Guideline Development Group.

Research Summary:

As the director of the Neuroimaging and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory, Dr. Fritz’s general research interests focus on understanding the interaction of cognition and mobility in individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. An overarching goal of this work is to pair clinical and neuroimaging measures to better understand these relationships and their potential role in prediction for rehabilitation success. The long-term goal of the laboratory aims to augment recovery of individuals with neurodegenerative diseases by developing neurorehabilitation techniques that enhance motor-cognitive interactions. Her current lines of research include:

• Novel physical therapy interventions for individuals with neurodegenerative disease: This line of research targets the development, feasibility and efficacy of interventions for individuals with neurodegenerative disease. These studies have been focused on individuals with Multiple Sclerosis and Huntington’s Disease.

If you are interested in our studies, please contact our laboratory at nnlwsu@gmail.com or call 313-577-3495.

Academic Rank

 Associate Professor

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Science in Zoology, Miami University

Graduate

Doctor of Philosophy in Health in Rehabilitation Sciences with a specialization in Neuroscience and Translational Science, The Ohio State University

Doctor of Physical Therapy, The Ohio State University 

Position Title

Nora Fritz, PhD, PT, DPT, NCS
Associate Professor
Physical Therapy Program
Wayne State University

Fellowships

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins University and Kennedy Krieger Institute

Publications

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