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Leah Nof, PT, MS, PhD, C/NDT, CEEAA

Professor, Physical Therapy - Ft. Lauderdale
(954) 262-1276
nofl@nova.edu

Education

Dr. Nof received her degrees from the following institutions:

PhD degree in Program Development an International Education – FL State University

MS degree in Behavioral Disabilities and Rehabilitation – University of Wisconsin, Madison

Bachelor degree in Physical Therapy– Physical Therapy Program Wingate Institute, Israel

Certifications

Dr. Nof is a Certified Neurodevelopmental Treatment (C/NDT) Therapist. She received manual certification from Cyriax, McKenzie, and Mainland manual therapy. She completed the APTA’s Clinical Instructional Education and Credentialing Program and in 2011 received her Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adult (CEEAA) from the APTA.

Teaching

Courses:

Dr. Nof is teaching at the Physical Therapy Entry-Level program (Neuromuscular Systems I and II, Clinical Skills, Gender Specific Health Issues) and at the PhD programs (Critical Inquiry and chairing several dissertation committees). She is also faculty member in the Health Professions Division – PhD Core Courses (teaching Bioethics courses).

Scholarly Activities and Interests

Dr. Nof’s research interests are varied, including topics in Neuromuscular treatments, Geriatrics, Education and Bioethics.  Her most recent work focuses on expectations of Physical Therapist employers, and academic and clinical faculty regarding entry-level knowledge, skills, and behavior of Physical Therapist graduates. Several of her studies have been supported by grants.

Areas of Practice

Dr. Nof has practiced in multiple settings over the course of her career; acute care, OP, Neuro Rehabilitation IP, and geriatrics. Her primary focus has been neurologic rehabilitation. She was the director of Physical Therapy and of Rehabilitation Services in acute care and rehabilitation hospitals prior to moving to academia.

Professional Activity Summary

Dr. Nof designed, established and directed the PhD in Physical Therapy program at NSU; the first Distance PhD in PT in the U.S. She currently supervises dissertations and teaches in the program. She has conducted numerous continuing education courses throughout the country on the topics of motor control, functional analysis and management of movement in patients with neurological pathology. She has been an APTA member since completing her physical therapy education, and is a current member of the, Neurology and Education sections.