» Dr. Susan Duff
Associate Professor

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Physical Therapy
Dr. Susan Duff
Office Location:
Rinker Health Science Campus 297P
(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
Atkinson H, Duff SV. (2017). 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.
Duff SV, Vanderlinden DW. (2017). Brachial Plexus Injury. In Palisano RJ, Orlin MN, Schreiber J. (Eds), Campbell’s Physical Therapy for Children, 5th ed. Elsevier Inc.
Duff SV, Sargent B, Kutch JJ, Berggren J, Leiby BE, Fetters L. Using contingent reinforcement to increase muscle activation after Perinatal Brachial Plexus Injury. Phys Occup Ther Peds. 2017:1-11 (Epub).
Duff SV, Shumway-Cook A, Woollacott MH. (2016). 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. (2015). Functional development. In Abzug JM, Kozin SH, Zlotolow DA. (Eds.). The Pediatric Upper Extremity. Springer Pub. pp. 25-36.
Duff SV, He J, Nelsen MA, Lane CJ, Rowe VT, Wolf SL, Dromerick AW, Winstein CJ (2015). Inter-rater reliability of the Wolf Motor Function Test-Functional Ability Scale: Why it Matters. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 29(5):436-43.
Duff SV, Aaron D, Gogola G, Valero-Cuevas FJ. Innovative evaluation of dexterity in pediatrics. J Hand Ther. 2015;28(2):144-9.
Duff SV, DeMatteo C. Clinical assessment of the infant and young child following perinatal brachial plexus injury. J Hand Ther. 2015;28(2):126-33.
Duff SV, Aaron D, Fetters L. Drawing Inspiration from Children. J Hand Ther. 2015;28(2):126-33.
Edwards B, Duff SV. Commentary on “Reliability of the detailed assessment of speed of handwriting on Flemish children”. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2014;26(3):324.
Kalsi-Ryan S, Beaton D, Curt A, Duff S, Jiang D, Popovic MR, Rudhe C, Fehlings MG, Verrier MC. Defining the role of sensation, strength, and prehension for upper limb function in cervical spinal cord injury. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2014;28(1):66-74.
Muratori LM, Lamberg EM, Quinn L, Duff SV. Applying principles of motor learning and control to upper extremity rehabilitation. J Hand Ther. 2013;26(2):94-102.