Julie Ries

Julie Ries (no photo)


Physical Therapy

Academic Credentials

B.S., Quinnipiac College
M.A., The George Washington University
Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Licensed Physical Therapist in VA


Other Information

Julie Ries has been on faculty at Marymount’s Physical Therapy program since its inception. She has extensive PT clinical experience in acute care, home care, and neurological rehabilitation. She is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in rehabilitation with individuals with dementia and is active in research with this population. She has presented numerous continuing education courses and invited lectures on topics related to rehab with older adults with dementia.

Dr Ries a been recognized by the Malek School of Health Professions for her excellence in teaching with the MSHP Faculty Teaching Award in 2003, 2006, and 2014, and for her outstanding research endeavors with the MSHP Faculty Scholarship Award in 2010 and 2019. She was the recipient of the 2010 Excellence in Geriatric Research Award, a national award presented by the APTA’s Section on Geriatrics, for her research on clinical outcome measures for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.


Teaching Area

  • Foundations of Physical Therapy (Kinesiology & Basic Clinical Assessment Skills)
  • Older Adult Cognitive Issues
  • Neurological Rehabilitation

Research Interests

  • Balance training & falls prevention in older adults with dementia
  • Psychometric properties of outcome measures for older adults with dementia
  • Education of health care providers in optimal strategies for working with individuals with dementia


​Her recent professional publications and presentations span the content of geritatric physical therapy, prosthetic training, the study of outcome measures and balance training in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. She has been an invited speaker at APTA national conferences on multiple occasions.  Recent publications include:
Journal Articles:

  • Klatt BN, Ries JD, Dunlap PM, Whitney SL, Agrawal Y. Vestibular physical therapy in individuals with cognitive impairment: a theoretical framework. Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy; 2019, 43 Suppl 2, Special Supplement International Conference on Vestibular Rehabilitation; S14-S19 doi: 10.1097/NPT.0000000000000266.
  • Ries JD. Rehabilitation for Individuals with Dementia: Facilitating Success. Current Geriatric Reports. 2018;7(1):59-70. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13670-018-0237-1.
  • Ries JD, Hutson J, Maralit LA, Brown MB. Group balance training specifically designed for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease: Impact on Berg Balance Scale, Timed Up and Go, Gait Speed, and Mini Mental Status Exam. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy; 2015. 38(4):183-193.
  • Ries JD, Drake JM, Marino C. A small-group functional balance intervention with individuals with Alzheimer disease: A pilot study. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy; 2010. 34:3-10.
  • Ries JD, Echternach J, Nof L, Gagnon Blodgett M. Test-retest reliability and minimal detectable change scores for the timed “up & go” test, the six-minute walk test, and gait speed in people with Alzheimer disease. Physical Therapy; 2009. 89(6):569-79.

Book Chapters, Home Study Courses, On-line Publications:

  • Ries JD. Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: Medical Overview and Rehabilitation Management (Home Study Course, 3 contact hours). Elite Learning. Reviewed and accepted, anticipate 2020 publication.
  • Ries JD. Ambulation: Impact of age-related changes on functional mobility (Chapter 9). In Guccione’s eriatric Physical Therapy, 4th ed. Wong & Avers, eds. Elsevier: St. Louis; 2020.
  • Ries JD & Negley K. Early rehabilitation in lower-extremity dysvascular amputation (Chapter 26). In Orthotics & Prosthetics in Rehabilitation, 4th ed. Chui, Yen, Jorge, & Lusardi, eds. Elsevier Saunders: St. Louis; 2019.
  • Ries JD. Test and Measure Summary: Gait Speed for Individuals with Dementia, Alzheimer disease, or Cognitive Impairment. PTNow. APTA Online Resource; 2017.