Dr. Susan Robinson


Physical Therapy
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Physical Therapy
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • DPT, Creighton University
  • MM, Viola Performance, University of Michigan
  • BM, Viola Performance, University of Michigan


  • PTE 710 Introduction to Physical Therapy
  • PTE 711: Professional Issues I
  • PTE 722 Physical Agents and Mechanical Modalities
  • PTE 732 Electrotherapeutic Modalities and Clinical Electrophysiology
  • PTE 701 Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • PTE 773 Patient Management Advanced Differential Diagnosis

Professional experience

Dr. Robinson's clinical practice is focused on the treatment of individuals with work-related injuries, vestibular dysfunction, and peripheral neuropathy. She has a special interest in performing arts medicine, treating individuals with injuries resulting from playing a string instrument.

Dr. Robinson currently practices part time in the Missouri State University Physical Therapy Clinic. Dr. Robinson served on several University committees including the Graduate Council and the Library Committee. She serves as the department's representative to the library and is chairman of the Department's Equipment and Facilities committee.

Dr. Robinson has been a member of the Executive Board of the Missouri Physical Therapy Association (MPTA) and has served as Chairperson of the Southwest District of the Missouri Physical Therapy Association (SW MPTA), previously serving for four years as Secretary and one year as Vice-Chairperson of the SW MPTA. Shealso served as Secretary of the MPTA for six years.

Research and professional interests

Dr. Robinson is currently collaborating with colleagues from the Department of Physical Therapy and Communication Sciences and Disorders to evaluate the effectiveness of a vestibular substitution device (BrainPort™) for improving balance and gait in individuals with vestibular dysfunction or Parkinson’s disease. Previous publications examined the effectiveness of physical therapy intervention in the prevention of falls and stumbles in community dwelling older adults. Others areas of interest include overuse injuries in performing artists, the relationship between sagittal plane posture and balance, and the use of the Anodyne Therapy System to treat individuals with peripheral neuropathy.


  • Robinson BS, Cook JL, McCormick Richburg C, Price SE. Use of an electrotactile vestibular substitution system to facilitate balance and gait of an individual with Gentamicin-induced bilateral vestibular hypofunction and bilateral transtibial amputation. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 2009; 33: 150-159.
  • Cahoj PA, Cook JL, Robinson BS. Efficacy of percutaneous vertebral augmentation and incidence of physical therapy intervention following vertebral compression fractures in older adults: a systematic review. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. 2007; 30:31-40.
  • Robinson BS, Kincaid A. Repetitive motion in perception of tactile sensation in the fingers of string players. Perceptual and Motor Skills. 2004; 99:1171-1183.
  • Robinson BS, Gordon JM, Wallentine SW, Visio M. Relationship between lower extremity joint torque and the risk for falls in a group of community dwelling older adults. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 2004; 20:155-173.
  • Robinson BS. Rehabilitation of a cellist after surgery for De Quervain's disease and Intersection syndrome: a case report. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 2003; 18: 106-112.
  • Robinson BS, Gordon JM, Wallentine SW, Visio M. Effectiveness of physical therapy intervention in decreasing the risk for falls in a community-dwelling aging population. Journal of Orthopaedic Nursing. 2002; 21:55-69.