Kristin Lowry, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Kristin Lowry, Des Moines University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Kristin Lowry, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

515-271-1488 (Office Phone)
515-271-4261 (Fax)

Areas of Expertise

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: Geriatrics, Neurology section member
  • Movement Disorder Society
  • International Society of Posture & Gait Research
Service Community: 

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


  • 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

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

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