Linda Fetters, PhD, PT, FAPTA

Professor and Sykes Family Chair in Pediatric Physical Therapy, Health and Development

(323) 442-1022



Development of Infant Motor Performance

Mailing Address:

1540 Alcazar St., CHP 155, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9006

Current Research:

Professional Interests
Dr. Fetters is Professor and Sykes Family Chair in Pediatric Physical Therapy, Health and Development, Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy and Department of Pediatrics,Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. She directs the Development of Infant Motor Performance Laboratory where her research focuses on improving the quality of life for infants and children. Dr. Fetters directs the Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency offered in collaboration with Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (Link). Dr. Fetters teaches development, motor control, pediatric physical therapy and evidence-based physical therapy. She is the Director of the USC/CHLA Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency.  Dr. Fetters is on the editorial board of Pediatric Physical Therapy and Revista Brasileira De Fisioterapia(Physical Therapy Journal of Brazil).  Dr. Fetters served on the Scientific Review Committee of the Foundation for Physical Therapy and she is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA. She has taught and given scientific presentations throughout the United States and Sweden, the Netherlands, Tanzania, Taiwan, Japan and Brazil. She is a co-author of "Evidence BasedPhysical Therapy", published 2012, FA Davis.
  • Brandeis University; PhD in Psychology, 1986
  • Boston University; Master of Science in Physical Therapy, 1976
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison; Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, 1971
Selected Publications
  • Huang, H., Ellis, T.D., Wagenaar, R.C., Fetters, L. (2014) The Impact of Body-Scaled Information on Reach Actions in Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy and Typically Developing Children, Pediatric Physical Therapy, 26:28-37. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000008
  • Kaplan, S., Coulter, C. & Fetters, L. (2013) Physical Therapy Management? of Congenital Muscular Torticollis:?An Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline, Pediatric Physical Therapy, 25:348-394. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3182a778d2
  • Kaplan, S., Coulter, C. & Fetters, L. (2013) Developing Evidence-Based Physical Therapy Clinical Practice Guidelines, Pediatric Physical Therapy, 25(3):257-270. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e31829491c5
  • Huang, H., Ellis, T.D., Wagenaar, R.C., & Fetters, L. (2013) The Impact of Body-Scaled Information on Reaching. Physical Therapy, 93:41-49. 
  • Fetters, L. (2010) Perspective on Variability in the Development of Human Action. Physical Therapy, 90:1860-1867.
  • Fetters L., Sapir I., Chen Y., Kubo, M & Tronick, E.Z. (2010) Spontaneous Kicking in Full-Term and Preterm Infants with and Without White Matter Disorder. Developmental Psychobiology, 52:524-536
  • Huang, H.H., Fetters, L., Hale, J. & McBride, A., (2009) Bound for Success: A Review of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Children with Cerebral Palsy Physical Therapy, 89:1-16.
  •  Figueiredo, E.M., Ferreira, G.B., Moreira, R.C.M., Kirkwood, R.N, Fetters, L. (2008) Efficacy of ankle-foot orthoses on gait of children with cerebral palsy: A systematic review of the literature, Pediatric Physical Therapy, 20, 207-223.
  • Fetters, L. & Huang, H. (2007) Motor Development and Preferred Sleep, Play and Feeding Positions in Very Low Birth-Weight Infants with and without White Matter Disorder and Full Term Infants. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 11, 807-813. 
  • Fetters, L. & Ellis, T (2006) A Perception-Action Framework for Physical Therapy for Persons with Neurologic Dysfunction: The Use of Therapeutic Affordances and Unitless Ratio. J Neurologic Physical Therapy, 30, 142-147.
  • Fetters, L., Chen, Y.P., Jonsdottir, J. & Tronick, E.Z. (2004) Kicking Coordination Captures Differences Between Full-Term and Premature Infants with White Matter Disorder, Human Movement Science, 22, 729-748
  • Tronick, E.Z. & Fetters, L., Olson, K. & Chen, Y.(2004) Similar and Functionally Typical Kinematic Reaching Parameters in 7 and 15 Month Old In Utero Cocaine Exposed and Unexposed Infants, Developmental Psychobiology, 44,168-175.. 
  • Fonseca, S.T., Holt, K.G., Fetters, L. & Saltzman, E. (2004) The Utilization of Dynamic Resources in Spastic Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy: Relationship to Kinematics, Energetics and Asymmetries, Physical Therapy, 84, 344-356.