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Dr Lori Quinn EdD, PT

Dr Lori Quinn


Senior Research Fellow - Physiotherapy


My research has focused on developing evidence and guidelines for targeted physical interventions in neurodegenerative diseases, and in particular Huntington's disease (HD).  I collaborate alongside Professor Monica Busse, Director of Mind, Brain and Neuroscience Trials in the Centre for Trials Research, on a range of projects as part of the Cardiff HD Physiotherapy Group. We have adopted the Medical Research Council (MRC) Framework for design and evaluation of complex interventions to provide a structure that should ultimately lead to full scale, robust controlled clinical trials. Since 2008, we have validated outcome measures, consulted service users to develop appropriate interventions, and conducted case studies and several larger feasibility studies (MOVE TO EXERCISE, COMMET-HD, TRAIN-HD, ExeRT-HD, Engage-HD and PACE-HD).  We have recently collaborated with an international team to conduct a systematic review and develop clinical guidelines for physiotherapy management in Huntington's disease.

I am currently an Associate Professor of Movement Science and Kinesiology at Teachers College, Columbia University in addition to my work as an Honorary Research Fellow At Cardiff University.



  • Ed.D. 1996 Movement Science, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York USA
  • Ed.M. 1994 Movement Science, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.A. 1993 Movement Science, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • B.S. 1989 Physical Therapy, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut USA

Editorial work

  • Editorial Board Member for Physical Therapy Journal and Journal of Huntington's Disease.
  • Reviewer for Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, Pediatric Physical Therapy, Movement Disorders, Journal of Motor Learning

Association memberships

  • European Huntington's Disease Network (EHDN) - Physiotherapy Working Group, co-lead facilitator
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
  • American Physical Therapy Association - Academy of Neurology and Research section member

Honours and awards

  1. Ahart Leadership Series, Keynote speaker 2017, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY, April 4, 2017.
  2. Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research(TIGRR) award, 2016
  3. Golden Synapse Award, Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. Most outstanding paper in 2013 for: Busse M, Quinn L, DeBono K et al. A Randomized Feasibility Study of a 12-week Community-based Exercise Program in people with Huntington’s disease. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy 2013;37(4):149-58.

Professional memberships

  • Registered by Health Professions Council, UK
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology
  • Licensed Physical Therapist in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts, USA

Academic positions

  • 2016-present Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University
  • 2015-present Associate Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • 2012-2016 Senior Research Fellow, School of Healthcare Studies, Cardiff University
  • 2007-2012 Honorary Research Fellow, School of Healthcare Studies, Cardiff Universiy
  • 2001-2003 Associate Professor, Program in Physical Therapy, New York Medical College
  • 1996-2001 Assistant Professor, Program in Physical Therapy, New York Medical College

Speaking engagements

  • ACRM Early Career Development Course: Promoting Your Science to Secure Collaborators, Funding & Tenure/Promotion. Panelist. November 5, 2019.
  • A forum on movement system diagnoses for balance dysfunction. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section Meeting.  January 26, 2019.
  • Physical Therapy Guidelines. Huntington Disease Study Group Annual Meeting, November 8, 2018.
  • Exercise for the body and brain: the benefits of physical activity in Huntington’s disease. Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Webinar, May 24, 2018.
  • Coaches and Partners: New Roles for Therapists in Physical Activity and Lifestyle Management. Invited Keynote Speaker, Ahart Leadership Series, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY, April 4, 2017.
  • Teaching the brain new tricks: altering disease progression in basal ganglia disorders. Ann Gentile Memorial conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, November 6, 2016
  • Can Exercise and Physical Therapy Alter Disease Progression in Huntington’s Disease? European Huntington’s Disease Network Bi-annual Plenary Meeting, Plenary Speaker, September 16, 2016
  • From Disease to Health: Physical Therapy Health Promotion Practices for Prevention in Adult Neurologic Populations. IV STEP meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Academies of Pediatric and Neurologic Physical Therapy, Plenary Speaker, July 17, 2016

Committees and reviewing

Editorial Boards

  1. Physical Therapy Journal, Editorial Board Member, 2017-present
  2. Journal of Huntington’s Disease, Associate Editor, 2017-present

Ad hoc journal review activities                                                                                                              

  1. Physical Therapy journal, manuscript reviewer, 2007-2017
  2. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, manuscript reviewer 2000-present
  3. Pediatric Physical Therapy, manuscript reviewer 2000-present
  4. Movement Disorders, ad hoc manuscript reviewer, 2017- present
  5. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, ad hoc manuscript reviewer, 2017-present
  6. BMC Neurology, ad hoc manuscript reviewer, 2017-present


  1. APTA Neurology Section Task Force on the Human Movement System, 2015-present
  2. APTA Task Force on the Human Movement System, 2015-2018
  3. Movement Disorders Society Task Force on Review of Huntington’s Disease Functional and Quality of Life Rating Scales, 2015-2017
  4. National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Common Data Elements for Huntington’s Disease, Functional Outcomes Task Force, 2011-12














  • Busse, M., Quinn, L. and Quarrell, O. 2011. Huntington's disease. In: Stokes, M. and Stack, E. eds. Physical Management for Neurological Conditions 3rd ed. Elsevier, pp. 141-162.





  • Quinn, L. and Dalbello-Haas, V. 2007. Progressive central nervous system disorders. In: Cameron, M. H. and Monroe, L. G. eds. Physical Rehabilitation - Evidence-Based Examination, Evaluation, and Intervention. St. Louis, MO: W.B. Saunders, pp. 436-472.








Teachers College, Columbia University (2015-present). Full-time faculty in Movement Sciences program.  Current coursework includes:

  • Research Training Seminar
  • Research Design in Movement Sciences
  • Advanced Topics Seminars
  • Bases of Motor Control
  • Movement Disorders
  • Dissertation Training Seminar

Cardiff University (2007-2013). Honorary Researcher Fellow. Lecturer on topics of Motor learning and motor control and Neuroplasticity

New York Medical College (1997-2003), Full-time faculty in graduate physical therapy program with problem-based learning teaching framework. Responsible for all pediatric and adult neurologic rehabilitation curriculum, lecturer in neurosciences and documentation.

Funded Research Projects


Jacques and Gloria Gossweiler Foundation. 2017-2020. Co-Principal Investigator. PACE-HD: Physical Activity and Exercise Intervention in Huntington’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (U.S.)  2019-2020. Engage-PD: Promoting physical activity engagement for people with early stage Parkinson’s disease.


Huntington's Disease Association.  TRAIN-HD. Task-related TRAINing in people with Huntington's Disease.

National Institute for Social Care and Health Research Health Research Funding Scheme: Can community supported exercise benefit subjective wellbeing, physical activity levels and abilities in people with Huntington's disease? A randomised feasibility study and process evaluation - COMMET-HD.

European Huntington's Disease Network. Reliability and minimal detectable change of measures of participation, functional activities and impairments in individuals with Huntington's disease.

Chief Medical Officer for Wales Research Budget. Development and evaluation of a DVD resource for people with a neurodegenerative disease who may be at risk of falls.


Past projects