Kristin Lowry

Lowry,-Kristin
Position(s)
Assistant Professor Doctor of Physical Therapy
Office Phone 515-271-1488
Fax 515-271-4261
Email kristin.lowry@dmu.edu
Education
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, PA
  • Ph.D. in Kinesiology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • Masters in Kinesiology, University of Pittsburgh, PA
  • Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, PA

Kristin Lowry joined the faculty of DMU’s physical therapy department in October 2013. Previously, she completed a postdoctoral training program in geriatrics at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her physical therapy degree and post-professional master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Pittsburgh and her Ph.D. in kinesiology with a minor in gerontology from Iowa State University. Dr. Lowry’s primary research interest is the measurement and retraining of walking skill. Specifically, her work focuses on investigating the control variables and tasks that best capture walking skill, and the development and comparison of gait rehabilitation interventions for older adults with mobility disability and persons with Parkinson’s disease.

Area of Expertise
  • Motor control and learning
  • gait analysis
  • neurorehabilitation
  • geriatrics
  • Clinical Practice (practice setting, location) home health, skilled nursing, outpatient (focus on geriatrics),
Professional Organizations, Committees and Boards
  • American Physical Therapy Association: Research, Geriatrics, Neurology section member
  • Gerontology Society of America
  • Movement Disorder Society
  • International Society of Posture & Gait Research
Service Community:

  • Board member, Iowa chapter of the American Parkinson’s disease Association
  • Representative, Des Moines (Clive) Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, Des Moines

Professional:

  • Reviewer: Journal of Gerontology, Clinical Biomechanics, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Gait & Posture, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Clinical Interventions in Aging
  • Abstract Reviewer, American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
  • Professional contact, Pre-Physical Therapy Club, Iowa State University

Awards and honors

  • Doctoral Research Award, Department of Kinesiology, Iowa State University
  • Outstanding Clinician, Gentiva Home Health Services, Iowa
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Dept. of Kinesiology, Iowa State University
  • Adopt-A-Doc Award, Section on Geriatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • University Teaching Excellence Award, Iowa State University
  • Jesse Wright Award in Physical Therapy, University of Pittsburgh

Kristin Lowry joined the faculty of DMU’s physical therapy department in October 2013. Previously, she completed a postdoctoral training program in geriatrics at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her physical therapy degree and post-professional master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Pittsburgh and her Ph.D. in kinesiology with a minor in gerontology from Iowa State University. Dr. Lowry’s primary research interest is the measurement and retraining of walking skill. Specifically, her work focuses on investigating the control variables and tasks that best capture walking skill, and the development and comparison of gait rehabilitation interventions for older adults with mobility disability and persons with Parkinson’s disease.

Recent Grant Activity

Lowry, K.A. (P.I.). A task oriented motor learning intervention for improving walking skills in persons with PD: A consideration of concept study, Des Moines University Funding Program, $7,057, 6/01/2014 – 6/30/2016.

Lowry, K.A. (P.I.). The use of motor imagery for gait rehabilitation in older adults and persons with Parkinson’s Disease, University of Pittsburgh Pepper Center Pilot Funding Program, $10,000, 8/01/2012 – 8/01/2013.

Publications

Database Refereed Publications

Sedjic, E., Lowry, K.A., Perera, S., Redfern, M., Brach, J. Extraction of stride interval time series from gait accelerometry signals. In submission to IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 6/2014.

Brach, J.S., Lowry, K.A., Perera, S., Hornyak, V., Wert, D., Studenski, S., VanSwearingen J.M. Improving Motor Control in Walking: A Randomized Clinical Trial in Older Adults with Subclinical Walking Difficulty, accepted for publication, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 9/2014.

Lowry, K.A., Sejdic, E., Brach, J.S. (2013). Acceleration –based gait analysis: accelerating mobility assessment in older adults. Aging Health, 9, 465-467.

Sejdic, E., Lowry, K.A., Roche, J., Redfern, M., Brach, J.S. (2013). A comprehensive assessment of gait accelerometry signals in time, frequency and time-frequency domains IEEE, Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. Epub doi:10.1109/TNSRE.2013.2265887

Lowry, K.A., VanSwearingen, J., Perera, S., Studenski, S., Brach, J.S. (2013). Walking smoothness is associated with self-reported function after accounting for gait speed. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Sci, Epub 2013, doi:10.1093/gerona/glt034.

Roche, J., Lowry, K.A., VanSwearingen, J., Brach, J.S., Redfern, M. (2013). Harmonic Ratios: A quantification of step-to-step symmetry. Journal of Biomechanics, 46, 828-831.

Maughan, K.K., Lowry, K.A., Franke, W.D., Smiley-Oyen, A.L. (2012). The dose-response relationship of balance training in physically active older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 20, 442-55.

Smiley-Oyen, A.L., Hall, S.A., Lowry, K.A., Kerr, J.R. (2012). Effects of extensive practice on bradykinesia in Parkinson’s disease: improvement, retention and transfer. Motor Control, 16, 1-18.

Lowry, K.A., Lokenvitz, N., & Smiley-Oyen, A.L. (2012). Age- and speed-related differences in trunk smoothness during walking. Gait and Posture, 35, 272-6.

Lowry, K.A., VanSwearingen, J., Brach, J., Studenski, S. (2012). Contributions of cognitive function to straight- and curved-path walking in older adults. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93, 802-7.

Lowry, K.A., Vallejo, A.N., Studenski, S.A. (2012). Successful Aging as a Continuum of Functional Independence: Lessons From Physical Disability Models of Aging. Aging and Disease, 3, 5-15.

Lowry, K.A., Carrel, A.J., McIlrath J.M., & Smiley-Oyen, A.L. (2010). The use of harmonic ratios to examine the effect of cueing strategies on gait stability in persons with Parkinson’s disease. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91, 632-638.

Lowry, K.A., Smiley-Oyen, A.L., Carrel, A.J. & Kerr, J.R. (2009). Walking stability using harmonic ratios in persons with Parkinson’s diseaseMovement Disorders, 24, 261-267.

Smiley-Oyen, A.L., Lowry, K.A., Francoise, S.J., Kohut, M.L., & Ekkekakis, E. (2008). Exercise, fitness, and neurocognitive function in older adults: The “selective improvement” and “cardiovascular fitness” hypotheses. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 36, 280-291.

Smiley-Oyen, A.L., Lowry, K.A., & Kerr, J.R. (2007). Planning and control of sequential rapid aiming in adults with Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Motor Behavior, 39, 103-114.

Smiley-Oyen, A.L., Lowry, K.A., & Emerson, Q.R. (2006). Learning and retention of movement sequences in Parkinson’s disease. Movement Disorders, 21, 1078-1087.

Recent Refereed Presentations

Lowry, K.A., VanSwearingen, J. Thinking While Walking: Does type of cognitive domain matter? Accepted as platform presentation for the  American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting 2/2015, Indianopolis, Indiana.

Lowry, K.A., Perera, S., VanSwearingen, J. Gait rehabilitation: Does executive function status matter? Platform presentation for the International Society of Posture & Gait World Congress, 6/30/2014, Vancouver, BC

VanSwearingen, J.M., Lowry, K.A., Rosano, C., Brach, J.S., Studenski, S.A. Energy Cost of Walking: An indicator of the                 motor skill of walking. Accepted as a poster presentation for the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society 5/2014, Orlando, Florida.

Lowry, K.A., Bellanca, J., Perera, S., VanSwearingen, J., Brach, J.S. Gait smoothness during treadmill walking in Parkinson’s disease. Poster presentation for the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting 2/2014, Las Vegas, Nevada

VanSwearingen J; Brach J; Perera S; Wert D; Lowry KA; Studenski S. Neural circuits of walking: can intervention restore the preprogrammed step length rate ratio linked to minimization of the energy cost of walking? Platform presentation for the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting 2/2014, Las Vegas, Nevada

Brach JS, VanSwearingen JM, Perera S, Lowry KA, Studenski SA. Improving motor skill in walking: a randomized clinical trial. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA, Jan, 2013.

VanSwearingen JM, Studenski SA, Lowry KA, Brach, JS. Mobility and physical function among older adults by patterns of gait variability.  APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA, Jan, 2013.

Lowry, K.A., Thompson, L., Nasheim, J., Kirk, S., Smiley-Oyen, A.L. (2013). Dual-task walking: the impact of complexity and cognitive domain. Accepted for platform presentation for the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Lowry, K.A., Swanson, K., Chatterjee, S., Perera, S., Brach, J., VanSwearingen, J., Smiley-Oyen, A.L. (2012). Age-related differences in harmonic ratios during narrow base walking. Poster session for the International Society of Posture & Gait Research, Trondheim, Norway.

Lowry K.A., Roche J., Brach J., Redfern M. (2012). Harmonic ratios: A measure of physiological asymmetry. Poster session for International Society of Posture & Gait Research and Gait & Mental Function, Trondheim, Norway.

Almarwani M., Brach J., Lowry K.A. (2012). The association between consistency of gait variability and executive function in older adults. Poster session for the International Society of Posture & Gait Research and Gait & Mental Function 2011, Trondheim, Norway.

Brach J., VanSwearingen J., Perera S., Wert D., Lowry K.A., Studenski S. (2012). Gait characteristics partially explain the underestimation of walking intensity in older but not younger adults. Poster session for ISPGR and Gait & Mental Function, Trondheim, Norway.

Lowry K.A., Swanson K., Chatterjee S., Perera S., Brach J., VanSwearingen J., Smiley-Oyen A. (2012). Age-related differences in walking skill: the effect of narrow base walking. Presidential poster session for the Annual Conference of the American Geriatrics Society, Seattle, WA.

Lowry, K.A., VanSwearingen, J., Studenksi, S.A., Brach, J. (2011). Smoothness of Gait is Associated with Self-Reported Function after Accounting for Gait Speed. Poster session for the Annual Conference of the American Geriatrics Society, National Harbor, MD.