Missouri State University

Barbara Susan Robinson, PT, DPT

Associate Professor

Education

Dr. Susan Robinson received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Viola Performance from the University of Michigan and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Creighton University. She has over 12 years of academic experience, beginning as a teaching assistant at Creighton University, then as an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Winston-Salem State University, and currently as an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Missouri State University.

Teaching

Dr. Robinson is course director at Missouri State University for: 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; and PTE 701 Vestibular Rehabilitation. She also contributes to: PTE 773 Patient Management Advanced Differential Diagnosis and serves as a student research advisor. 

Research 

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.  

Publications and Presentations 

Publications:

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.

Presentations:

Robinson BS, McCormick C, Cook JL, Price SE. Use of an electrotactile vestibular substitution system to facilitate balance and gait of an individual with gentamicin-induced vestibular loss and bilateral trans-tibial amputation. APTA CSM meeting, February 2008.

McCormick-Richburg C, Robinson BS, Cook JL, Price S. (Spring 2007) “Use of Vestibular Substitution for a Unique Case of BVD” Research Podium at the American Academy of Audiology Convention; Denver, CO, April 18-21, 2007.

McCormick-Richburg C, Robinson BS, Cook JL, Price S. (Spring 2006) “Vestibular Substitution: A Case of BVD with Bilateral Prosthetic Legs” Poster presentation at the American Academy of Audiology Convention; Minneapolis, MN, April 5-8, 2006.

Robinson BS, Gordon JM, Wallentine SW, Visio M. (Spring 2001) “Effectiveness of physical therapy intervention to decrease the risk of falls in a community dwelling aging population” Poster Presentation at MNRS Conference; Cleveland, OH.

Robinson BS, Pittenger M. (February 2000) “Evaluation and treatment of performing artists from the perspective of a Feldenkrais Practitioner” Platform presentation at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting; New Orleans, LA.

Robinson BS. Kincaid A. (June 1998) “The effects of repetitive motion on the perception of tactile sensation in the digits” Poster presentation at the APTA Scientific Meeting and Exposition; Orlando, FL.

Robinson BS, Nachtweih J, Krtek K. (April 20-22, 2007) Correlation Between Fear of Falling, Modified Falls Efficacy Scale, Sensory Organization Test Composite Score, and the Ability to Control Center of Gravity During Limits of Stability Testing. Poster presentation at the Missouri Physical Therapy Association Spring Meeting, Kansas City, MO.

Robinson BS, Cook JL, Cahoj PA. (April 20-22, 2007) The Effects of an Electrotactile Vestibular Substitution System on Balance, Gait, and Posture of Two Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. Poster presentation at the Missouri Physical Therapy Association Spring Meeting, Kansas City, MO.

Miller T, Newton SC, Robinson BS. (April 20-22, 2007) The Effects of Infrared Photo Energy on Early Stage Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. Poster presentation at the Missouri Physical Therapy Association Spring Meeting, Kansas City, MO.

Price SE, Robinson BS, Cook JL, McCormick Richburg C. (April 28-30, 2006) The use of the BrainPort™ balance device to facilitate balance and gait in an individual with bilateral prosthetic legs and bilateral vestibular dysfunction (BVD) due to gentamicin ototoxicity. Poster presentation at the Missouri Physical Therapy Association Spring Meeting, St. Louis, MO.

Chy M, Robinson BS. (April 2005) “Evaluation of a heel lift as a treatment option to decrease vertical forces and control forces due to avascular necrosis of the hip with contralateral leg length discrepancy: a single subject design” Poster presentation at the Missouri Physical Therapy Association Spring Meeting, Osage Beach, MO

Chy M, Robinson BS, Cook JL. (April 2005) “Effects of monochromatic near infrared energy (MIRE) on phantom limb pain: a single subject design” Poster presentation at the Missouri Physical Therapy Association Spring Meeting, Osage Beach, MO.

Hudson M, Robinson BS, Cook JL. (April 2005) “Access and utilization of healthcare services by individuals residing in community shelters in Greene County” Poster presentation at the Missouri Physical Therapy Association Spring Meeting, Osage Beach, MO.

Edwards D, Wallentine SW, Robinson BS. (April 2005) “Effects of backpack usage on forward trunk lean, forward head posture, and back, should or neck symptoms in college age students” Poster presentation at the Missouri Physical Therapy Association Spring Meeting, Osage Beach, MO.

Abstracts:

Robinson BS, Mccormick C, Cook JL, Price SE. Use of an electrotactile vestibular substitution system to facilitate balance and gait of an individual with gentamicin-induced vestibular loss and bilateral trans-tibial amputation. Accepted for Physical Therapy, August 2007

Horacek MJ, Migliarese S, Robinson S, Sawyer L, Wallentine S, Williams E. Interactive multimedia programming to implement classroom, CD-ROM, intranet, and internet access to educational materials. Physical Therapy 78(5): Abstract CP-139-SA, P. 547, 1998.

Robinson BS, Kincaid A. The effects of repetitive motion on the perception of tactile sensation in the digits. Physical Therapy 78(5): Abstract PO-RR-075-SA, P. 526-527, 1998.

Murphy LL, Newton SC, Robinson S, Barker G, Snow M, Horacek MJ. RGD peptide increases, and anti-beta 1 integrin decreases prolactin secretion from rat pituitary glands in vitro. FASEB J. 10(3): Abstract 2328, P. A402, 1996. 

Clinical Experience and Service 

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 serves 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 is a member of the Executive Board of the Missouri Physical Therapy Association (MPTA) and is 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. She previously served as Secretary of the MPTA for six years.