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Division of Physical Therapy
UNM Health Sciences Center
MSC 09-5230
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: 505-272-5479
Fax: 505-272-8079

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Sue Leach, PT, PhD
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurological Physical Therapy
Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults

Sue Leach

Associate Professor

Dr. Sue Leach has been a physical therapist for over 25 years and has been teaching in entry-level physical therapy programs for the past 12 years. She obtained a MS in physical therapy from Columbia University and a PhD in kinesiology from Louisiana State University with a concentration in motor learning, the study of the acquisition and/or modification of movement. Included in this is recovery of function which refers to the reacquisition of movement skills lost through illness or injury.

As a clinician, Dr. Leach specializes in retraining individuals with neurologic disorders such as stroke and traumatic brain injury to regain the ability to perform functional tasks such as walking, climbing stairs and getting in and out of a car. She became a board-certified neurologic clinical specialist in 2000 and was re-certified in 2010.

Dr. Leach teaches Neurologic Evaluation and Treatment I and II. Her research involves developing interventions based on motor learning principles for individuals with neurologic dysfunction and older adults at risk of falling.

Contact Sue at SLeach@salud.unm.edu