Laura Plummer, PT, DPT, EdD, NCS

Interim Co-Dean, Chair, Associate Professor
Physical Therapy
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
(617) 643-6324
Office Location: 
Shouse - 408

Laura Plummer, PT, DPT, EdD, NCS is Chair of and Associate Professor in Physical Therapy. She received the Institute's Nancy T. Watts Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2017.

Dr. Plummer received her bachelor's of PT at the University of Vermont and her Doctor of Physical Therapy and Post-Professional Master's with Neurology Specialization at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.

She has extensive clinical experience, with a primary interest in treatment of patients with neurological disorders.

Research Interests

Dr. Plummer came to the IHP as a clinician and explored a few different avenues for scholarship. Her focus now is the scholarship of teaching and learning.


Baldwin, J, Plummer, L, Joshi, S, Sangave, A: Effectiveness of Aerobic Training in Individuals with Chronic Stroke: A Systematic Review. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , October 2016, Vol. 97 Issue: Number 10

Plummer L, Sridhar S, Beninato M, Parlman K. Physical therapist practice in the emergency department observation unit. Phys Ther 2015:95(2):249-256.

Beninato M, Frenandes A, Plummer L. Minimal Clinically Important Difference of the Functional Gait Assessment in Older Adults. Phys Ther 2014:94:1594-1603.

Beninato M, Parikh V, Plummer L. Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as a Framework for Analyzing the Storke Impact Scale-16 Relative to Falls. Physiother Theory Prac 2014;30:149-156.

Beninato M, Parikh V, Plummer L. Analysis of Individual SIS-16 Items Relative to Fall History in People with Stroke. Physiother Prac Res 2012;33:81-88.

Poster Presentation: Baldwin J, Plummer L, Gandhi J, Gilder F: Describing Physical Therapy Practice and Determining Consistency in Use of Standardized Outcome Measures at the PT Center for Clinical Education and Health Promotion: A Quality Assurance Study. APTA of Massachusetts Annual Conference, Waltham, MA, 2014.


BS, PT University of Vermont
MS, Physical Therapy with Neurology Specialization, MGH Institute of Health Professions
DPT, MGH Institute of Health Professions

Curriculum Vitae