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Physical Therapy Progam: Faculty Directory

Ryan P. Duncan, PT, DPT

Current Position
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
Assistant Professor, Neurology


Specialty Areas
Physical Therapy
Neurology - General

Patients Seen At
4444 Forest Parke Avenue, Suite 1210
St. Louis, MO  63108
314-286-1940
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Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Physical Therapy
Campus Box 8502, 660 S. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
Physical therapy, Parkinson's disease

Areas of Research Interest
Physical impairment in Parkinson's disease, physical impairment in Wolfram syndrome, exercise and dementia

Medical Education
BS, Health Science: Maryville University, St. Louis, MO, 2007
Master of Physical Therapy: Maryville University, St. Louis, MO, 2008
DPT: Doctor of Physical Therapy: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2012
Hospital Affiliations
Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis

Select or Recent Journal Articles:
Pickett KA, Duncan RP, Hoekel J, Marshall B, Hershey T, Earhart GM. Early presentation of gait impairment in Wolfram Syndrome. J Rare Dis. 2012. (In press).

Duncan RP, Leddy AL, Cavanaugh JT, Dibble LE, Ellis TD, Ford MP, Foreman KB, Earhart, GM. Is the Brief-BESTest Useful for Retrospective and Prospective Identification of Fallers with Parkinson Disease? Comparison with the BESTest and Mini-BESTest. Phys Ther. 2012. (In press).

Duncan RP, Earhart GM. Should One Measure Balance or Gait to Best Predict Falls Among People with Parkinson Disease? Parkinsons Dis. 2012. (In press).

Duncan RP, Earhart GM. Four Square Step Test Performance in people with Parkinson Disease. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2012. (In press).

Foster ER, Golden L, Duncan RP, Earhart GM. Community-based Argentine tango dance program is associated with increased activity participation among individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012. (In press).

Pickett KA, Duncan RP, Permutt A, Marshall B, Hershey T, Earhart GM. Balance impairment present in young individuals with Wolfram syndrome. Gait & Posture. 2012;36(3):619-624.

McNeely ME, Duncan RP, Earhart GM. Medication improves balance and complex gait performance in Parkinson disease. Gait & Posture. 2012;36(1):144-148.

Duncan RP, Leddy AL, Cavanaugh JT, Dibble LE, Ellis TD, Ford MP, Foreman KB, Earhart GM. Accuracy of fall prediction in Parkinson disease: six-month and 12-month prospective analyses. Parkinsons Dis. 2012;PMID237673:1-7.

Duncan RP, Earhart GM. Randomized controlled trial of community-based dancing to modify disease progression in Parkinson disease. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2011;26(2):132-143.

Duncan RP, Leddy AL, Earhart GM. Five Times Sit to Stand Test Performance in Parkinson Disease. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2011;92(9):1431-1436.

Duncan RP, Leddy AL, Earhart GM. Management of balance and gait in older individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Aging Health. 2011;7(2):205-218.

Duncan RP, Earhart GM. Measuring participation in individuals with Parkinson disease: relationships with disease severity, quality of life, and mobility. Disabil Rehabil. 2011;33(15-16):1440-1446.

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