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East Tennessee State University

Research Award

Dr. Courtney Hall

Courtney HallThe 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award in Research was presented to Dr. Courtney Hall, a professor in the ETSU College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Sciences Department of Physical Therapy and a research health scientist at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.

In receiving the award, Hall earned recognition for her years of research related to balance, gait and vestibular dysfunction. 

“My academic career has focused on building a programmatic research portfolio to better understand age-related changes, both normal and pathological, in postural control and how best to intervene therapeutically to prevent loss of mobility and falls,” Hall said. “My research has focused on motor, sensory and cognitive contributions to balance control in older adults and currently, my research is geared toward developing novel interventions to reduce dizziness and fall risk in older adults.”

Throughout her career, Hall has been the recipient of more than $7 million in research funds from federal and other entities as either the principal or co-investigator of 11 grants. Her research has resulted in 34 peer-reviewed journal articles, eight book chapters, 19 peer-reviewed abstracts and eight peer-reviewed scientific presentations. Hall currently has three active grants totaling over $2.6 million.

In addition to working with other physical therapy professionals through her research, Hall works interprofessionally with faculty from other areas, including audiology, medicine and pharmacology.

“Dr. Hall is one of the research leaders in our college,” said Dr. Don Samples, dean of the ETSU College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences. “Perhaps even more significant is the impact she has had on the patients she treats who have traumatic brain injuries and vestibular dysfunction. She is on the cutting edge of the field of rehabilitation science and makes a difference in the lives of the patients she treats.”

Hall has been on faculty at ETSU since 2011. Prior to coming to ETSU, Hall was an assistant professor at Emory University, held a joint appointment at the Atlanta VAMC, and was an investigator at the Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research and Education Clinical Consortium.

She earned two undergraduate degrees – one in mathematics from Davidson College and the other in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received a master’s degree in exercise and movement sciences from the University of Oregon and her Ph.D. in kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin.

[From ETSU News Release, 24 August 2018]

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