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Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation Lab

STABILITI Lab graphic

Researchers in the Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation Lab are currently involved in important research into the challenges individuals face due to damage to the inner ear due to disease, injury, or by aging.

Working with people impacted by a vestibular condition, the lab aims to help them overcome issues such as loss of balance and dizziness. Of particular focus are patients suffering from mild traumatic brain injury like concussion.

The lab's director, Linda D'Silva, PT, Ph.D., NCS, is currently leading projects related to research on the vestibular system. The goal of this work is to advance clinical research in vestibular rehabilitation. She is actively involved in presenting at KU Medical Center and at state and national conferences.


photo of lab team in front of research poster

D’Silva (above, center) presented a poster titled "A Model for Active Dissemination and Implementation of CPGs" at the 2019 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, January 23-26, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

She also presented a plenary session titled "Telehealth in Vestibular Rehabilitation: Are you Ready? Or are you Spinning?" View slides (PDF).


Funded/In Review Grant Awards

Mental Effort needed to Perform Visual Scanning Activities after a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
D’Silva (Co-PI), Devos (Co-PI)
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Grant
1/01/2019-12/31/2019

Multisite Implementation of "Vestibular Rehabilitation for Peripheral Vestibular Hypofunction: An Evidence -Based Clinical Practice Guideline"
Tilson (PI), D’Silva (Co-PI), Skop (Co-PI), MacDowell (Co-PI), Roth (Co-PI), Farrell (CO-PI), Dannenbaum (Co-PI)
Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy
11/1/2017 – 12/31/2019

photo showing models of inner ear structure


Selected Recent Peer-Reviewed 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: Jun 17, 2019

Principal Investigator

Sandra Billinger

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

KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science


photo of student working on ear model

The Great Vestibular Device Project

Learn how D'Silva and KU physical therapy students built a model of the vestibular system using 3-D printing technology. This educational tool is a great resource for students examining the ear's anatomy, complete with the three semi-circular canals, fluid within the canals, and dislodged otoconia. Learn more

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