Maninderjit Kaur, PT, PhD

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Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy
(617) 726-5368
Office Location: 
Shouse 414

Maninder Kaur is Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Dr. Kaur completed her physical therapy education in India, and soon after moved to the US for higher education. She completed her doctoral degree from the Biomechanics & Movement Sciences department at University of Delaware, which currently hosts the #1 Physical Therapy Program in the country. She then continued her research training as a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University with Dr. Amy Needham in Infant Learning Lab.

Research Interests

Dr. Kaur’s research is focused on understanding the motor delays in children with neuromotor disorders such as Down Syndrome (DS) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is interested in examining the impact of motor delays on other domains of development such as cognitive, language, and social development of children. The ultimate goal of her research is to devise multi-system interventions which can impact the global development of children with DS and ASD. Further, her goal is to promote use of play-based assessments and interventions which are fun and inherently engaging for children.


BPhT, Physical Therapy, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India
MS, Kinesiology & Exercise Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
PhD, Biomechanics & Movement Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, DE


*Kaur, M., *Srinivasan, S., & Bhat, A. (2018). Comparing motor performance, praxis, coordination, and interpersonal synchrony between children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Research in Developmental Disabilities, 72, 79-95.

Van Etten, H. M., Kaur, M., Srinivasan, S. M., Cohen, S. J., Bhat, A., & Dobkins, K. R. (2017). Increased Prevalence of Unusual Sensory Behaviors in Infants at Risk for, and Teens with, Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1-15.

Kaur, M., Srinivasan, S., & Bhat, A. (2015). Atypical object exploration in infants at-risk for autism during the first year of life. Frontiers Psychology, 6.

•Srinivasan, S., Kaur, M., Park, I., Gifford, T., Marsh, K., & Bhat, A. (2015). The effects of rhythm and robotic interventions on the imitation/praxis, interpersonal synchrony, and motor performance of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A pilot randomized controlled trial. Autism Research and Treatment.

Kaur, M., Gifford, T., Marsh, K. L., & Bhat, A. (2013). Effects of robot-child interactions on the bilateral coordination skills of typically developing children and a child with autism: Preliminary study. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 1, 31-37.

Gifford, T., Srinivasan, S., Kaur, M., Dotov, D., Wanamaker, C., Dressler, G., ... & Bhat, A. (2011). Using robots to teach musical rhythms to typically developing children and children with autism. University of Connecticut.
*First co-authors

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Kaur, M. & Needham, A. (2019). Object exploration in infants with and without Down Syndrome. Selected for symposium at 52nd Annual Gatlinburg Conference.

Kaur, M. & Needham, A. (2019). Kinematic assessment of reaching movements in school-going children with Down Syndrome. Selected for poster presentation at 52nd Annual Gatlinburg Conference.

Kaur, M. & Needham, A. (2018). Improving Learning in Infants with Down Syndrome. Educational Webinar organized for parents by LuMind RDS, Marlborough, MA.

Kaur, M. (2016). Novel movement-based interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Presented at Brown Bag Series, Vanderbilt University.

Kaur, M. (2016). Creative yoga intervention for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Presented at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.

Kaur, M., Srinivasan, S., & Bhat, A. (2015). Sensory responsiveness in infants at-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) within the first 2 years of life. Poster presented to the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR).

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Curriculum Vitae