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 focused on translating information about motor control into clinical interventions. 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.


  • 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
See Google Scholar profile at: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=D-tKr3IAAAAJ
  • Davenport TE, Kulig K, Sebelski CA, Gordon J, Watts HG (eds.) ( 2012) Diagnosis in Physical Therapy: A Symptom-Based Approach.  F.A. Davis: Philadelphia, PA, USA.
  • Gordon J, & Watts HG (2012).  Why Should Physical Therapists Know About Diagnosis? In: Davenport TE, Kulig K, Sebelski CA, Gordon JG, Watts HG (eds.) Diagnosis in Physical Therapy: A Symptom-Based Approach.  F.A. Davis: Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Gordon J (2011) Excellence in Academic Physical Therapy: What Is It and How Do We Get There? (Pauline Cerasoli Lecture) Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 25, 8-14.
  • Quinn, L. & Gordon, J. (2010) Documentation for Rehabilitation: A Guide to Clinical Decision Making (2nd Edition). Saunders, Philadelphia.
  • Goh, H.-T., Sullivan, K. J., Gordon, J., Wulf, G., & Winstein, C. J. (2012). Dual-task practice enhances motor learning: a preliminary investigation. Experimental Brain Research. doi:10.1007/s00221-012-3206-5
  • Schweighofer, N., Choi, Y., Winstein, C., and Gordon J. (2012, in press) Task-based rehabilitation robotics. Special issue on Rehabilitation Robotics, American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
  • Choi Y, Gordon J, Park , Schweighofer N. (2011) Feasibility of the adaptive and automatic presentation of tasks (ADAPT) system for rehabilitation of upper extremity function poststroke. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 8:42-59.
  • Mulroy SJ, Thompson L, Kemp B, Hatchett P, Newsam CJ, Lupold D, Haubert L, Eberly V, Ge T-T, Azen SP, Winstein CJ, Gordon J; for the Physical Therapy Clinical Research Network (PTClinResNet). (2011) Strengthening and Optimal Movements for Painful Shoulders (STOMPS) in chronic spinal cord injury: a randomized controlled trial. Physical Therapy, 91:305–324.
  • Kulig, K, Beneck GJ, Selkowitz DM, Popovich JM, Ge TT, Flanagan, SP, Poppert EM, Yamada K, Powers C, Azen S, Winstein C, Gordon J, Samudrala SS, Chen TC, Shamie AN, Khoo LT, Spoonamore MJ, Wang JC & Physical Therapy Clinical Research Network.  (2009) An Intensive, Progressive Exercise Program Reduces Disability and Improves Functional Performance in Patients After Single-Level Lumbar Microdiskectomy.  Physical Therapy, 89:1145-1157.
  • Tretriluxana J, Gordon J, Fisher BE, and, Winstein CJ., Hemisphere Specific Impairments in Reach-to-Grasp Control after Stroke: Effects of Object Size. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair (OnlineFirst, published on May 1, 2009).
  • Choi Y, Gordon J, Kim, D, Schweighofer N. (2009) An Adaptive Automated Robotic Task-Practice System for Rehabilitation of Arm Functions After Stroke.IEEE Transactions on Robotics25:556-568.
  • Fisher BE, Wu DA, Salem GJ, Song JE, Lin C-H, Yip J, Cen S, Gordon J, Jackowec M, Petzinger GM. (2008) The effect of exercise training in improving motor performance and corticomotor excitability in individuals with early Parkinson's disease. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 89:1221-1229.
  • Winstein C, Pate P, Ge T, Ervin C, Baurley J, Sullivan KJ, Underwood SJ, Fowler EG, Mulroy S, Brown DA, Kulig K, Gordon J, Azen SP & Physical Therapy Clinical Research Network. (2008) The Physical Therapy Clinical Research Network (PTClinResNet): Methods, efficacy and benefits of a rehabilitation research network. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation87:937-950.
  • Tretriluxana J, Gordon J, Winstein CJ. (2008) Manual asymmetries in grasp pre-shaping and transport-grasp coordination. Experimental Brain Research, 188:305-315.
  • Lin C-H, Fisher, BE, Wu AD, Winstein CJ, Gordon J. (2008) Contextual interference effect: elaborative-processing or forgetting-reconstruction? A post-hoc analysis of TMS-induced effects on motor learning. Journal of Motor Behavior40:578-586.
  • Choi Y, Qi F, Gordon J, Schweighofer N. (2008) Performance-based adaptive schedules enhance motor learning. Journal of Motor Behavior, 40: 273-280.
  • Lan N, Song D, Loeb GE, Gordon J. (2008) Model-based sensorimotor integration for multi-joint control: Development of a virtual arm model. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 36: 1033-1048.
  • D. Song, N. Lan and J. Gordon, Biomechanical constraints on equilibrium point control of the multi-joint arm, A simulation study, ASB 2007 Conference, Stanford Univ., CA 2007.
  • Gordon J. Making the Right Diagnostic Decision: A Position Paper on Critical Definitions and Issues Related to Diagnosis by Physical Therapists. Diagnosis Dialog I Conference. Washington University, St. Louis, June 2006.
  • Lan, N., D. Song, M. Mileusnic, and J. Gordon (2005) Modeling spinal sensorimotor control for reach task. Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology 27th Annual Conference, Shanghai, China, September 1-4, 2005., PP. 4404-4407.
  • Quinn, L. & Gordon, J. (2003) Functional Outcomes Documentation for Rehabilitation. Saunders, Philadelphia.
  • Gordon, J. (2001). Receptors in muscle and their role in motor control. In E. G. Gonzalez, S. J. Myers, J. E. Edelstein, J. S. Lieberman, & J. A. Downey (Eds.),Downey & Darling’s Physiological Basis of Rehabilitation Medicine (3rd Ed.) (pp. 81-100). Boston: Butterworth-Heinneman.
  • Deutsch, J.E., Nicholson, D.E., Shumway-Cook, A., Brown, D.A. & Gordon, J.(2000). Updating Neurologic Curriculum Using a Peer Review Process, Neurology Report, 24(3): 101-110.
  • Gordon, J. & Quinn, L. (2000) Reply to Letter by Guccione, Neurology Report, 24(1): 30-32.
  • Gordon, J. (2000). Assumptions underlying physical therapy intervention: Theoretical and historical perspectives. In J.H. Carr & R.B. Shepherd (Eds.) Movement science: Foundations for physical therapy in rehabilitation, 2nd edition. (pp. 1-31). Aspen Publishers, Rockville, MD.
  • Pearson, K & Gordon, J. (2000). Spinal Reflexes. In E. R. Kandel, J. H. Schwartz, & T. M. Jessell (Eds.), Principles of Neural Science, 4th edition. (pp. 713-736). New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Pearson, K & Gordon, J. (2000). Locomotion. In E. R. Kandel, J. H. Schwartz, & T. M. Jessell (Eds.), Principles of Neural Science, 4th edition. (pp. 737-755). New York: McGraw-Hill.