James Gordon, EdD, PT, FAPTA

Associate Dean and Chair

(323) 442-2900




Mailing Address:

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

Current Research:

Neural control of reaching movements in healthy adults and patients with stroke and other neurological disorders.

Professional Interests

Dr. Gordon is the Associate Dean and Chair of the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. His research has been focused on neural control of arm movements, especially the roles of proprioceptive information in control of reaching movements. His current research is in the area of neuro-rehabilitation and motor control has been published extensively. He is considered one of the foremost thinkers in the area of motor learning and its application to people with neurological conditions.

Dr. Gordon’s primary teaching has been in the neurosciences, motor learning and motor control, and the application of these areas to neurologic physical therapy. He has also taught courses in professional practice and documentation in physical therapy.

Dr. Gordon has written several influential papers examining the interplay between theory and practice in developing better methods for treating patients, and in establishing innovative links between biokinesiology and physical therapy practice and research. He also co-authored a widely used textbook on documentation in rehabilitation, now in its second edition.

In 2014, Dr. Gordon received the highest honor bestowed by the American Physical Therapy Association, when he delivered the 45th McMillan Lecture Award at the APTA annual conference. In his speech, he said, “We are the architects of our profession’s future. Through our efforts today, we design and build the foundations and frameworks that will make it possible for a strong and vibrant and creative profession to emerge in the next decade, in the next 40 years, in the next century.”


  • Columbia University, Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuroscience, 1985-1987  
  • Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, Ed.D., Movement Science,1985  
  • Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, Ed.M., Movement Science,1983  
  • Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, M.A., Movement Science,1981  
  • SUNY, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, B.A., Physical Therapy, 1974  



Current Grant Support   


2012 - 2017                  Deputy Director, “Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program” NIH K12 (PI:K. Ottenbacher).

2011 - 2016                  Co-Principal Investigator,“Post-doctoral Training program: Training Program in Rehabilitation Efficacy and Effectiveness Trials (TREET)” NIH T32 (PI: F. Clark). 


Selected Publications
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