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Friday Research Seminar Series

Friday, May 16 at 12:00 PM
Des Moines University, Student Education Center (SEC) 115, Des Moines, IA, 50312 Show Map


Training Walking Skill: A Task Oriented Motor Learning Approach

PLEASE JOIN US for our final Friday Research Seminar of the Semester!! We will have sandwiches, beverages, and a sweet treat for all those who attend. Please come join us to enjoy refreshments and learn about one of our new faculty members, and what she brings to Des Moines University! This week’s Friday Research Seminar Series will be hosted by the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.  All faculty members and students are invited to attend.


  1. Describe the task-oriented motor learning approach to training walking skill
  2. Summarize recent literature comparing standard physical therapy approaches to the task oriented motor learning approach to training walking skill
  3. Describe research plans for using the task oriented motor learning approach for training walking skill in persons with Parkinson’s disease



Kristin Lowry, Ph.D.

Assistant professor – Doctor of Physical Therapy Dr. Lowry is a new faculty member and researcher in the Department of Physical Therapy. Dr. Lowry’s primary research interest is to better understand motor control processes underlying skilled walking, and in how we can best re-train skilled walking. Specifically, her work focuses on how we measure walking skill, and on the development and comparison of gait rehabilitation interventions for older adults with mobility disability and persons with Parkinson’s disease.  



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