Stacey Dusing, PhD, PT

Va-LEND (Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities)
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia University Center for Excellence
PO Box 843020
700 E. Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23284-3020
Phone: 804-828-0234
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Last Updated: July 07, 2011

Stacey Dusing

Discipline Coordinators: Physical Therapy
Discipline(s): Physical Therapy
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: The primary focus of my research is on the motor development of premature infants with and without CNS lesions. This research included describing motor development of premature infants and investigating the efficacy of physical therapy and other developmental interventions in the NICU. A secondary area of research focuses on the study of motor development of children with Lysosomal Storage Disorders.
Education: I am on faculty in the Physical Therapy Department teach most of the content related to pediatrics.
Service: Service projects include collaboration with a school for children with hearing impairments, participating in physical therapy mentorship, working with family support groups, and practicing as a pediatric physical therapist.






Stacey C. Dusing

Assistant Professor


Department of Physical Therapy,

Virginia Commonwealth University





Daemen College



Physical Therapy

University of North Carolina



Human Movement Science

University of North Carolina



Human Movement Science


Certifications, Licensure and Fellowships

1997-2008                 Physical Therapy License, Virginia            # 6052

2000-2007                 Physical Therapy License, North Carolina # 8154

2001                         Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale, Certification

2002                         Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP), Reliability Training

1997-                        American Heart Association, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers


4/07-                        Physical Therapy Specialist, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Medical College of Virginia. Richmond, VA

7/06 -                       Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia.

7/06 -                       Physical Therapy Core Faculty Member, Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University.

7/04 - 6/06               Pediatric Physical Therapist, The Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning, A University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

7/02- 6/04                 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellowship, The Federal Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, The Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning, A University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

11/00 - 6/06              Pediatric Physical Therapist, Duke University Medical Center

12/05 - 5/06              Adjunct Instructor, Physical Therapy Program, Winston-Salem State University.

11/04 - 5/05              Teaching Fellow, University of North Carolina Division of Physical Therapy.

8/03 -  5/04              Research Assistant, University of North Carolina Division of Physical Therapy, PI - Deborah Thorpe, PhD, PT, PCS.

11/ 00 - 8/02             Research Assistant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Medical School Nephrology Division, PI- Kathryn Tawny, Ph.D.        

2/98 - 7/00               Pediatric Physical Therapist, Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital, Roanoke, VA

6/97 - 2/98               Staff Physical Therapist, Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, VA

4/91- 11/97               Swimming Instructor for Infants and Children, Williamsville Central Schools, Williamsville, NY

Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals

Original Research


Selected peer-reviewed publications (in chronological order).

•1.    Dusing SC, Skinner AC, Mayer ML.  Unmet Need for Therapy Services, Assistive Devices and Related Services:  Data from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs.  Ambulatory Pediatrics 2004; 4: 448-454.


•2.    Dusing SC, Mercer VS, Yu B, Reilly M, Thorpe DE.  Trunk position in supine of infants born preterm and at term:  An assessment using a computerized pressure mat. Pediatric Physical Therapy. 2005;17 (1) 2-10.


•3.    Dusing SC, Rosenberg AE, Heimenz J, Piner S, Escolar M.  Gross and Fine Motor Skills of Children with Hurler's Syndrome (MPS-IH) Post Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation:  A Case Series Report. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 2005:17(4):264-267.


•4.    Thorpe DE, Dusing SC, Moore CG.  Repeatability of Temporo-Spatial Gait Measures in Children using the GAITRite ® Electronic Walkway. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2005:86 (12) 2342-2346.


•5.    Dusing SC, Thorpe D, Rosenberg A, Mercer V, Escolar M. Gross Motor Abilities in Children with Hurler Syndrome. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 2006:48, 927-930.


•6.    Dusing SC, Thorpe DE.  A Normative Sample of Temporal and Spatial Gait Parameters in Children and Adults Using the GAITRite ® Electronic Walkway. Gait and Posture.  2007: 25(1), 135-9


•7.    Dusing SC, Thorpe D, Mercer V, Rosenberg A, Poe M, Escolar M. Temporal and Spatial Gait Characteristics of Children with Hurler syndrome, Post Umbilical Cord Blood Transplant. Physical Therapy. 2007: 87(8),978-85.


•8.    Dusing SC, Thorpe DE, Poe MD, Rosenberg AE, Mercer VS, Escolar ML. Gross Motor Development of Children with Hurler syndrome After Umbilical Cord Blood Transplant. Physical Therapy.  2007:87(11), 1433-1440.


•9.    Dusing SC.  Commentary:  Developmental Outcomes in Children with Mucopolysaccharidosis 1H (Hurler Syndrome) After Stem Cell Transplantation.  Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 2007 Sep;49(9):646.


•10.  Martin HR, Poe MD, Reinhartsen D, Pretzel RE, Roush, Rosenberg AE, Dusing SC, Escolar ML.  Methods for assessing neurodevelopment in lysosomal storage diseases and related disorders: a multidisciplinary perspective. Acta Paediatrica 2008: 97 (s457), 69-75.


•11.  Dusing SC, Murray T, Stern M. Parent Preferences for Motor Development Education in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Pediatric Physical Therapy. 2008 Winter;20(4):363-8.


•12.  Dusing SC, Kyvelidou A, Mercer VS, Stergiou N. Characteristics of Center of Pressure Movement Variability in Infants Born Preterm and Full Term. Physical Therapy. In Press.


•13.  Becker E, Dusing S. Participation is Possible: A Case Report of Integration into a Community Performing Arts Program.  Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. In Press. 


Book Chapter

•1.    Rosenberg AE, Dusing SC: Pediatric Physical Therapy.  In: Pagliarulo M, ed. Introduction to Physical Therapy, 3rd ed.  New York: Moseby-Yearbook, 2006.


C. Research Support

Ongoing Research Support

NIH R21                      PI: S Dusing                Under Review

Posture of Very Low Birth Weight Infants During Early Infancy

Role: PI


No Number                 PI: S. Dusing   1/1/09-6/30/10

American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Pediatrics, Planning Grant

Does Early Postural Intervention Effect Sitting Balance or Reaching in Infants Born Preterm

Role: PI


1K12HD055931-01     PI: M. Mueller 9/15/07-8/31/12


Multicenter Career Development Program for Physical and Occupational Therapists.

Comprehensive Opportunities in Rehabilitation Research Training Program

Role: Faculty Scholar


T73MC00040              PI: J. Bordurtha             7/1/06-6/30/11


Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Role: Core Faculty


CReFF No number     PI: S. Dusing   9/1/2007- 8/30/2008 (Extended 8/1/09)

VCU General Clinical Research Center -  M01 RR00065    

Feasibility of Conducting A Premature Infant-Specific Developmental Education Program as an Intervention in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to Reduce Maternal Prematurity Stereotyping and Enhance Infant Motor Development

Role: PI


Previous Research Support

No Number                 PI: S Dusing    1/1/07 - 8/15/07

Center for Teaching Excellence.   Virginia Commonwealth University

Enhancing Pediatric Physical Therapy Education through Simulated Experiences. 

Role: PI


No Number                 PI: S Dusing    8/1/05 - 7/31/06

Smith Graduate Research Grant. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Gross Motor and Gait Abilities of Children with Hurler Syndrome, pre and post Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation

Role: PI


No Number                 PI: S Dusing    8/1/01-7/31/02

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Human Movement Science Student Research Fund

Trunk Position of Preterm and Full term Infants at 1-3 Weeks Post-Term Age

Role: PI