Rosemary Gallagher is an associate professor and admissions coordinator at New York Institute of Technology’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She teaches Human Gross Anatomy (PHTH603) and the Introduction to Physical Therapy (PHTH601) courses but is also involved in biomechanics, neurorehabilitation, and activities of daily living courses. Gallagher graduated from Colorado State University in 1983 with a B.S. in Physical Education and has earned two degrees from Stony Brook University—a B.S. in Physical Therapy in 1989 and a Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008. She graduated with her Ph.D. from the Health Sciences program at Rutgers University, with a concentration in Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences in October 2017.

Gallagher is actively involved in research with an interest in improving the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease. She is a Parkinson’s Foundation Physical Therapy Faculty Scholar dedicated to improving physical therapy care in Parkinson’s disease through instruction to future physical therapists. She is also involved in the Rock Steady boxing program for people with Parkinson’s disease on the NYIT-Long Island campus. Her Ph.D. work investigated cycling as a rehabilitation strategy in individuals with Parkinson’s disease using a virtual environment, under a leader in the field of virtual environments, Judith Deutsch, Ph.D., and continues as she investigates increasing exercise intensity during stationary cycling while viewing a virtual environment in people with Parkinson’s disease. Gallagher is also interested in biomechanics, motion capture technology, and in falls and balance among older adults as she collaborates with computer scientists and engineers at New York Tech. She has presented her work at national and international events.

Gallagher is an APTA Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She has over 25 years of clinical experience with a variety of patient populations including geriatric, neurologic, and orthopedic patients, in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient, acute care, acute and sub-acute rehabilitation, long term, and home care.

Recent Projects/Research

  • Gallagher, R., Farella Accurso, M., Johnson, D., Kang, R., Rodriquez, A., Cohen, E. The relationship between cognition and balance using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment and the MiniBESTest in Parkinson’s disease.
  • Balgani, K., Gasti, P., Kurtzer I., Gallagher R. National Science Foundation Grant. Evaluating the Security and Resilience of Smartphone Behavioral Biometrics using 3-D Motion Capture.
  • Oreste, A., Gallagher, R. (PI), Werner, W., Zaman, N., Bloom, O. Ankle foot orthoses to treat genu recurvatum in hemiplegic stroke patients.
  • Gallagher, R., Donohue, J., Deutsch, J.E. Does cycling in a VE increase VO2 max in healthy adults and persons with PD?
  • Gallagher, R., Donohue, J., Deutsch, J.E. Virtual Cycling Environment (VCYCLE) Increases Exercise Intensity in Persons with Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Serac, A., Gu, H., Gallagher, R., Werner, W., Dong, Z., Energy-efficient body area sensor network for nonintrusive freezing-of-gait study of individuals with Parkinson’s disease.


  • Gallagher R., Damodaran H., Werner W., Powell W., Deutsch J.E. (2016). “Auditory and visual cueing modulate cycling speed of older adults and persons with Parkinson’s disease in a Virtual Cycling (V-Cycle) system.” J of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation. 13:77.
  • Gallagher R, Damodaran H, Werner W, Deutsch, JE. (2015). “The influence of cueing, feedback, and directed attention on cycling in a virtual environment: Preliminary findings in healthy adults and persons with Parkinson’s disease.” IEEE 11-17.
  • Kegelymeyer D, Ellis T, Esposito A, Gallagher R, Haro C, Hoder J, Hussey E, O’Neal S. (2015). “Measurement Characteristics and Clinical Utility of the Mini BESTest in Individuals with Parkinson Disease.” Arch of Phys Med and Rehab: 96; 1367-1368.
  • Gade V, Gallagher R, Maidan I, Patel C, Deutsch JE. (2013). “Path width, path difficulty, and optic flow differentially affect young, older adults, and individuals post-stroke in a virtual cycling environment.” IEEE. 2013; 277-288.
  • Gade V., Maiden I., Gallagher R., Torres C., Deutsch J.E. (2011). “Cycling Rate is modified by optic flow in a virtual bicycle environment.” International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation (ICVR), IEEE conference publications.
  • Southard V., Gallagher R., Stith, N. “The 6MWT: Do different Methods of Instruction and Measurement Affect Performance of Healthy Aging and Older Adults?” JGPT. 2013; 36 (2): 68 77.

Honors and Awards

  • Parkinson’s Foundation Physical Therapy Faculty Scholar, June 2018
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, NYIT School of Health Professions, 2016
  • Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, NYIT School of Health Professions, 2013

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • PHTH603: Human Gross Anatomy
  • PHTH601: Introduction to Physical Therapy
  • OCTH602: Human Gross Anatomy

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