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Tara L. McIsaac, PT, PhD



School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy Faculty
Faculty - Pharmacy, OT, PT
PHX - Phoenix Health Sciences - 715T

Tara L. McIsaac, PT, PhD


Dr. McIsaac has over 29 years of clinical experience treating adults with neurological conditions, focused in the recent 17 years on the neurodegenerative disorders of Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Dr. McIsaac’s research focuses on the interaction of attention and movement (multi-tasking) in older adults and people with neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson disease. Her recent NIH-funded project used a driving simulator to identify how difficulties with multi-tasking affects drivers with Parkinson disease, aiming to develop targeted interventions that will extend the years of safe driving. Her other topics of scholarship include the use of horses in therapy for people with neurodegenerative disorders (hippotherapy), and the use of drumming as a therapeutic tool.
When not working, she and her wife, Marcia, and their dog, Jesse, can usually be found roaming the country in their camper, hiking, biking, and horseback riding, or relaxing with a good book or films.

Research Focus

Cognitive Motor Interaction; Neurorehabilitation, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Motor Learning and Control


Physical Therapy (Phoenix)