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JoAnn Moriarty-Baron

Joann Moriarty-Baron

JoAnn Moriarty-Baron, Physical Therapy

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Neurological Physical Therapy Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation

Research Interest

The rehabilitation and clinical management of those with vestibular disorders and mild traumatic brain injury (concussion)
Recent research endeavors include participating as a critical article reviewer for the APTA Neurology Section task force to develop clinical Practice Guidelines on Peripheral Vestibular Hypofunction.
Teaching Responsibilities:
The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program; Neurological Physical Therapy I and II, Lecture and Lab, and Physical Therapy Club advisor.  The Undergraduate Exercise Physiology Program; student advisor.

Educational Background

2008    Doctor of Physical Therapy, Simmons College

1991    Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Lowell


JoAnn Moriarty-Baron began her career as a Physical Therapist Assistant working with severe neurologically impaired children and adults. She graduated from the University of Lowell in 1991 with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy and obtained her Doctoral degree from Simmons College in 2008. She has worked in a number of clinical settings in Massachusetts and New Hampshire where the majority of her practice focused on those with neurological dysfunction, balance and gait deficits. She has been certified Competent in Vestibular Rehabilitation since 2004 and established the Vestibular Rehabilitation program for Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. She has been an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell since 2008. Prior to that, she was a member of faculty at Hesser College in the Physical Therapist Assistant program for nine years where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the neurological component of the curriculum. Recent scholarship activities include chapter contributions to Improving Functional Outcomes in Rehabilitation, by Susan O’Sullivan and Thomas J Schmitz. She is a long-standing member of the American Physical Therapy Association; Massachusetts Chapter, Neurology section, Vestibular Special Interest Group, Brain Injury Special Interest Group and Education Section.

Recent Publications Contributing chapter author to Improving Functional Outcomes in Rehabilitation, by Susan O’Sullivan and Thomas J Schmitz