Lori Hochman received her B.S. from Tulane University with a major in psychology in 1994. She completed her B.S./M.S. in Physical Therapy from Long Island University in 1998, and in 2018 she completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University in 2018. Before joining New York Institute of Technology, she served as the executive director of clinical education and as a clinical assistant professor at Stony Brook University for nine years.
Upon entering the profession, Hochman worked at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y., treating patients recovering from a wide variety of neurological and orthopedic impairments. She spent several years as the clinical specialist in the brain injury unit before becoming the rehabilitation supervisor of the inpatient rehabilitation unit. She received her certificate of competency in vestibular rehabilitation in 2002 from Emory University and, in 2006, became a board certified neurological clinical specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. In an effort to provide evidence-based care to individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), she completed her LSVT BIG® certification and a coaching certification through Rock Steady Boxing. Hochman opened a specialized practice in Commack, N.Y., with her long-time colleague, Susan Thomas, DPT, to help people fighting PD and other neurological disorders. For the past seven years, she has also she worked with individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI) through a non-profit organization called Empower SCI that runs a two-week residential rehabilitation program on Stony Brook University's campus each summer.
Presently, Hochman is the director of clinical education, responsible for the administration and coordination of the four clinical practice courses. Her research interests include neurorehabilitation and the use of technology to augment recovery.
She has held several positions with the New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA), including Long Island District chapter director, membership liaison, programming committee member, awards committee member, and delegate to the NYPTA Delegate Assembly, participating in events locally and at the state level. She is currently the chair of the Long Island District.
- Hochman, L. Effects of Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycling versus Cycling Only on Walking Performance and Quality of Life in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis: A Randomized, Clinical Pilot Study, Poster Presentation at APTA CSM Conference, Washington, DC, January 2019.
- Backus, B., Sisto, S.A., Hochman, L., Burke, C., Alon, G., Hebert, J., Warfield, W. Stimulating Discussion: Functional Electrical Stimulation as a Rehab Tool for People with Neurodegenerative Diseases, Spinal Cord Injury, and Stroke, Educational Session, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM), Chicago, IL, November 1, 2016.
- Hochman, L., Silberman, N., Recker-Hughes, C. Stakeholder Perceptions of a Novel Student Clinical Internship in Physical Therapy Research Lab, Platform Presentation, APTA Educational Leadership Conference, Phoenix, AZ, October 9, 2016.
- Goodine, J., Callahan, C., Lima-Remillard, E., Hochman, L., Squillace, M., Santasier, A., Sisto, S.A., Milazzo, M., Block, P., Burke, C., Cesiro, J. Empower SCI: A Second Chance at Rehabilitation, Poster Presentation, Converging Science Conference, Stony Brook University, April 2015.
Honors & Awards
- Merit Award, New York Physical Therapy Association, May 2014
- Outstanding Service to the District, New York Physical Therapy Association, April 2009
Courses I Have Taught at NYIT
- PHTH 601 Introduction to Physical Therapy
- PHTH 645 Seminar in Physical Therapy I
- PHTH 745 Seminar in Physical Therapy II