Prue Plummer, PhD, PT, BPhysio(Hons)

Prue Plummer
Physical Therapy
(617) 724-3103
Office Location: 
Shouse - 408

Prue Plummer, PhD, PT, BPhysio(Hons), is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at MGH Institute of Health Professions.

She is an Australian-trained physiotherapist and earned a PhD in Physiotherapy from La Trobe University in 2004.  She completed post-doctoral training at the University of Florida (2004-2006) and the University of California Los Angeles (2006-2008).  Before joining the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2019, Dr. Plummer held faculty appointments in physical therapy at Northeastern University (2008-2013) and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2013-2019).

Dr. Plummer’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Currently, she serves as Chair of the Clinical Research Network for the American Society of Neurorehabilitation, Critically Appraised Paper Editor for the Journal of Physiotherapy, and scientific reviewer for the Clinical, Translational, and Rehabilitation Research Committee for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  In 2019, Dr. Plummer received the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Annual Volunteer Award in the category of Health Professional.

Research Interests

Dr. Plummer’s interdisciplinary research focuses on investigating the interaction between cognition and motor performance during walking in people with neurological disorders (mainly stroke and multiple sclerosis) and developing rehabilitation approaches that target individualized contributing impairments as well as environment and lifestyle factors contributing to mobility disability.


BPhysio(Hons), La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia

PhD, School of Physiotherapy, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia


Zukowski LA, Feld JA, Giuliani CA, Plummer P. Relationships between gait variability and ambulatory activity after stroke. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 2019;26:1-6.

Feld JA, Plummer P. Visual scanning behavior during distracted walking in healthy young adults. Gait & Posture. 2019;67:219-223.

Motl R, Backus D, Neal WN, Cutter G, Palmer L, McBurney R, Schmidt H, Bethoux F, Hebert J, Ng A, McCully K, Plummer P.  Rationale and design of the STEP for MS trial: Comparative effectiveness of Supervised versus Telerehabilitation Exercise Programs for Multiple Sclerosis. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2019;81:110-122.

Plummer P, Iyigun G. Effects of physical exercise interventions on gait-related dual-task interference after stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2018;99:2548-2560. 

Plummer P, Bohling CJ, Nickles LE, Williams AA, Thomas A, Markovic-Plese S, Giesser B. Case report: Combining dalfampridine with multicomponent exercise and gait training in a person with multiple sclerosis: a case report. International Journal of MS Care. 2018;20:238-243.

Feld JA, Zukowski LA, Giuliani CA, Altmann LJP, Howard AG, Najafi B, Plummer P. Relationship between dual-task gait speed and walking activity post stroke. Stroke. 2018;49:1296-1298. 

Thompson J, Plummer P, Franz JR. Age and falls history effects on antagonist leg muscle coactivation during walking with optical flow perturbations. Clinical Biomechanics. 2018;59:94-100.

Curriculum Vitae