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Richard Lauer

Dr. Richard Lauer Temple University Department of Physical Therapy
Richard Lauer, PhD
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy 
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering


3307 North Broad Street
Jones Hall, Room 605
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Office: 215-707-5964
Fax: 215-707-7500


Richard T. Lauer received his bachelor’s in biomedical engineering with a minor in history from the Catholic University of America in 1993; his MS from Case Western Reserve University in 1996, and his PhD from Case Western Reserve University in 2001.  After completing a one-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. Lauer joined the Scientific Staff of Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, Philadelphia in 2003 where he worked as an Assistant Investigator before coming to Temple in 2008.

Course Involvement

PT 8513            Movement Science I

PT 8523            Movement Science II

PT 8525            Clinical Electrophysiology

PT 8555            Assistive Technologies

PT 8558            Evidence Based Practice I, Physical Therapy (DPT)

PT 8568            Evidence Based Practice II, Physical Therapy (DPT)

PT 9624             Human Movement Science II Mechanics and Models (PhD)


Pierce SR, Prosser LA, Lee SC, Lauer RT. The Relationship Between Spasticity and Muscle Volume of the Knee Extensors in Children With Cerebral Palsy. Pediatr Phys Ther;24(2):177-181, 2012.

Johnston TE, Modlesky CM, Betz RR, Lauer RT. Muscle Changes Following Cycling and/or Electrical Stimulation in Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil; 92(12):1937-43, 2011.

Johnston TE, Watson KE, Ross SA, Gates PE, Gaughan JP, Lauer RT, Tucker CA, Engsberg JR. Effects of a supported speed treadmill training exercise program on impairment and function for children with cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol;53(8):742-50. 2011

Lauer RT, Smith BT, Mulcahey MJ, Betz RR, Johnston TE. Effects of Cycling and/or Electrical Stimulation on Bone Mineral Density in Children with Spinal Cord Injury. Spinal Cord, 49(8):917-23, 2011.

Slaboda JC, Lauer RT, Keshner EA. Continuous Visual Field Motion Impacts the Postural Responses of Older and Younger Women During and After Support Surface Tilt. Exp Brain Research. 211(1):87-96, 2011.

Slaboda JC, Lauer R, Keshner EA. Time Series Analysis of Postural Responses to Combined Visual Pitch and Support Surface Tilt. Neurosci Lett;491(2):138-42, 2011.

Prosser LA, Lee SCK, Barbe MF, Van Sant A, Lauer RT. Trunk and hip muscle activity in early walkers with and without cerebral palsy – a frequency analysis. J Electromyograph Kinesiol, 20(5):851-859, 2010.

Prosser LA, Lee SCK, Barbe MF, Van Sant A, Lauer RT. Trunk and Hip Muscle Activation Patterns Are Different During Walking in Young Children With and Without Cerebral Palsy. Physical Therapy, 90(7):986-997, 2010.

Prosser LA, Lauer RT, Van Sant A, Barbe MF, Lee SCK. Variability and symmetry of gait in early walkers with and without bilateral cerebral palsy. Gait&Posture, 31(4):522-526, 2010.

Pierce SR, Prosser LA, Lauer RT. The Relationship between Age and Spasticity in children with Cerebral Palsy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 91(3):448-451, 2010.

Lauer RT, Pierce SR, Tucker CA, Barbe MF, Prosser LA. Age and Electromyographic Frequency Alterations during Walking in Children with Cerebral Palsy. Gait &Posture. 31(1):136-139, 2010.

Johnston TE, Smith BT, Mulcahey MJ, Betz RR, Lauer RT. A Randomized Controlled Trial on the Effects of Cycling with and without Electrical Stimulation on Cardiorespiratory Health in Children with Spinal Cord Injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 90(8):1379-1388, 2009. 

McRae CGA, Johnston TE, Lauer RT, Tokay AM, Lee SCK, Hunt KJ. Cycling for Children with Neuromuscular Impairments using Electrical Stimulation - Development of Tricycle-based Systems. Medical Eng & Physics. 31(6):650-659, 2009. 

Lauer RT, Prosser LA. Teager-Kaiser Energy Operation for Muscle Activity Assessment in Pediatric Gait. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 37(8):1584-1593, 2009. 

Johnston TE, Betz RR, Lauer RT. The Impact of Cycling on Hip Subluxation in Children with Spinal Cord Injury. J Pediatric Orthop, 24(9):402-4054, 2009.

Pierce SR, Lauer RT, Prosser LA, Mohamed, FB, Doughtery JB, Faro SH, Betz RR. Incidental Findings during fMRI: A Pediatric Case Report. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 88(4), 275-277, 2009.

Grants & Contracts

Balance and Posture in Adults with Cerebral Palsy. NIH, NICHD #1R01HD069769, 2012- 2016.                                                                 Role: Principal Investigator

Assessment of visual dependence on balance instability in adults with cerebral palsy. Temple University Faculty Senate Seed Money Fund, 2010-2011.
Role: Principal Investigator

Relationships of histochemistry to muscle activity in the child with cerebral palsy. Temple University Provost Seed Grant. 2010-2011.
Role: Principal Investigator


Balance and Posture in adults and children with cerebral palsy.

Locomotor adaptation in individuals with cerebral palsy

Increasing somatosensory feedback for imporved balance and gait in individuals with CP

Functional Electrical Stimulation for adults and children with spinal cord injury.