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Linda D’Silva, PT, Ph.D., NCS

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Currently a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, Linda D’Silva, PT, Ph.D., NCS is also a practicing physical therapist for the University of Kansas Health System. She is a board-certified specialist in neurologic physical therapy. D'Silva earned her doctorate in rehabilitation science in 2016 and a health professions educator certificate in 2014 from the University of Kansas.

Prior to rejoining the KU faculty in her current position, D'Silva was a clinical instructor, graduate research assistant, and graduate teaching assistant at KU Medical Center (2011-2016). She also previously served as an assistant professor at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Mo. (2016-2018).

During 1990-2013, D'Silva developed a significant base of clinical experience as a physical therapist and as a supervisor specializing in neurological rehabilitation at health care facilities in the Kansas communities of Olathe, Gardner, and Winfield.

Early in her career, D'Silva studied physical therapy in Mumbai, India, where she earned a master's degree from the All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1990) and bachelor's degree from King Edward Memorial Hospital (1988). She also served a stint in the early 1990s as a staff physical therapist in pediatric nerology at the city's King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

D'Silva is an active participant in local, regional, and national professional organizations and presents at events relating to physical therapy and rehabilitation. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Kansas Physical Therapy Association, and is involved with the Society for Neuroscience Kansas City Chapter and Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy.


D'Silva actively publishes relating to areas of her research interests. Her current research focus is in examining vestibular dysfunction after concussion injuries.

Selected Current Projects

Multisite Implementation of “Vestibular Rehabilitation for Peripheral Vestibular Hypofunction: An Evidence -Based Clinical Practice Guideline”
11/1/2017 – 12/30/2018 (Co-PI, ongoing)
Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy

Construction and Validation of a short version of the Functional Gait Assessment in People with Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
11/28/2016-11/01/2017 (PI, completed)
Kansas Partners in Progress Inc.

Selected Recent Peer-Reviewed Scientific Publications

D’Silva LJ, Kluding PM, Whitney SL, Hongying D, Santos M. Postural Sway in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes and Concurrent Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. International Journal of Neuroscience 2017 Apr 25:1-9

D’Silva LJ, Whitney SL, Santos M, Hongying D, Kluding PM. The impact of diabetes on mobility, balance, and recovery after repositioning maneuvers in individuals with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Journal of Diabetes and its Complications 2017 Jun; 31(6): 976-982.

D’Silva LJ, Staecker H, Lin J, Maddux C, Ferraro J, Hongying D, Kluding PM. Otolith Dysfunction in Persons with both Diabetes and Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. Otology and Neurotology 2017 Mar;38(3): 379-385.  

Selected Recent Peer-Reviewed State/National Scientific and Professional Presentations

Fagan M, Lakin J, Mularoni M, D’Silva LJ. Persistent post-concussive symptoms can affect sleep, stress and anxiety levels. International Conference of Vestibular Rehabilitation. August 2018, Chicago IL (Poster).

D’Silva LJ, Kluding PM. The Impact of Type 2 Diabetes on mobility deficits measured by the Functional Gait Assessment in individuals with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. February 2018, New Orleans (Poster).

Skop K, Dannenbaum E, MacDowell S, D’Silva LJ, Tilson J, Crowner B, Farrell L, Roth H. A Model for Active Dissemination and Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines Published by Academies and Sections of the APTA. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. February 2018, New Orleans (Poster).

Tilson J, MacDowell S, Dannenbaum L, D’Silva LJ, Farrell L, Roth H, Skop K. Concurrent adaptation of a new clinical practice guideline in diverse healthcare organizations. 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health, November 2017, Washington DC.

Last modified: Nov 01, 2018

Linda D’Silva, PT, Ph.D., NCS
Clinical Assistant Professor