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Dr. Susan Duff

Associate Professor
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Physical Therapy
Expertise: Neural Recovery; Upper extremity rehabilitation; Neural Regeneration/Reorganization; Motor Learning; Motor Control; Peripheral and Central Neural Injury
Office Location: Rinker Health Science Campus 297P
Phone: (714) 997-6794
Eastern Michigan University, Bachelor of Science
Drexel University, Master of Physical Therapy
Columbia University in the City of New York, Master of Arts
Columbia University in the City of New York, Doctor of Education


Susan V. Duff, EdD, PT, OT/L, CHT is an Associate Professor in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy at Chapman University. She received her BS in OT from Eastern Michigan University, MPT from Hahnemann (Drexel) University and doctorate in Movement Science from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She completed post-doctoral training in Motor Control/Motor Lateralization at Penn State University and most recently completed a fellowship at the University of Southern California entitled, Training in Rehabilitation Efficacy and Effectiveness Trials. Dr. Duff is a clinical specialist is pediatric hand and upper extremity rehabilitation and will be teaching courses on Motor Control/Learning, Pediatrics, and Scientific Inquiry. Her research focuses on the assessment, acquisition, and recovery of prehension. Most recently, she has been collaborating with others on the design of home-based assessment and intervention strategies for infants, children, and adults with peripheral and central neurological disorders.


Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Duff SV, Wolff AL Fine Motor Skill Development in Children and Youth with Unilateral Cerebral Palsy. In Miller F, Bachrach S, Lennon N, O'Neil M, eds. Cerebral Palsy, 2nd ed. Springer Pub; In Press.
Roller ML, Duff SV, Umphred D, Byl N. Contemporary Issues and Theories of Motor Control, Motor Learning, and Neuroplasticity. In: Lazaro R, ed. Umphred’s Neurological Rehabilitation, 7th ed. Elsevier Pub; In Press.
Duff SV, Estilow T, Novak CB. Therapist’s Management of Peripheral Nerve Injury. In: Skirven T, Fedorczyk J, Feldscher S, Osterman AL, Amadio P, Shin E, eds. Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Pub; In Press.
Consultant/Lecturer. Criteria for Disability, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the Social Security Administration. Washington DC. May 9, 2019.
Honored Professor. Surgery and Rehabilitation of the Hand: Trending Topics in Hand to Shoulder Therapy. Philadelphia, PA. March 2018.
Atkinson H, Duff SV. Examination and Evaluation of Neuromotor Function. In Atkinson H, Nixon-Cave K, Smith SE, eds. Pediatric Stroke Rehabilitation: An Interprofessional and Collaborative Approach. Slack Inc; 2018.
Duff SV, Vanderlinden DW. Brachial Plexus Injury. In Palisano RJ, Orlin MN, Schreiber J, eds. Campbell’s Physical Therapy for Children, 5th ed. Elsevier; 2017.
Duff SV, Shumway-Cook A, Woollacott MH. (2017). Clinical management of reach, grasp and manipulation disorders. In Shumway-Cook A, Woollacott MH (Eds.), Motor Control: Theory and Practical Applications, 5th Ed. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Duff SV. Functional development. In: Abzug JM, Kozin SH, Zlotolow DA, eds. The Pediatric Upper Extremity. Springer Pub; 2015:25-36.