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Kelly E. Lyons, PhD

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Research Professor, Neurology

Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training

Professional Background

Kelly Lyons, Ph.D., completed a bachelor of arts in psychology and a master of arts in psychology at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She received her Ph.D. in experimental and cognitive psychology with a concentration in gerontology from the University of Kansas in 1993. She completed a fellowship in neurodegenerative disorders in the Parkinson's Disease Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

In 1995, Dr. Lyons became an instructor in the Department of Neurology and was a research assistant professor from 1998-00. She served as a research assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami Medical Center in Miami, Florida, from 2000-03, before rejoining the neurology faculty at KU Medical Center as a research associate professor and director of research for the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center. She became a research professor in 2011.

Education and Training
  • BA, Psychology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
  • MA, Experimental/Cognitive Psychology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
  • PhD, Experimental/Cognitive Psychology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas



Dr. Lyons' primary areas of research are Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. In addition to more than 200 articles and presentations to her credit, she is co-editor of the Handbook of Parkinson's Disease, 3rd, 4th and 5th editions; Therapy of Parkinson's Disease, 3rd Edition; and Handbook of Essential Tremor and Other Tremor Disorders. Dr. Lyons is President of the International Essential Tremor Foundation.

  • Pahwa, R, Pilitsis, J, Groppa, S, Fasano, A, Ostem, J, Phibbs, F, Lyons, K, Jimenez-Shahed, J, Pourtain, N, Neimat, J, Defresne, F, Karst, E, Cheeran, B, Schnitzler, A. 2020. Study design and rationale for an international study of DBS for movement disorders. Parkinsonism Relat Disord, 79 (Suppl 1), E17
  • Sharma, VD, Lyons, KE, Pahwa, R, Chitnis, S, Khemani, P, Okun, MS. 2020. Deep Brain Stimulation, 97-100
  • Dafsari, HS, Chaudhuri, KR, Ashkan, K, Sachse, L, Mahlstedt, P, Silverdale, M, Rizos, A, Strack, M, Jost, ST, Reker, P, Samuel, M, Visser-Vandwalle, V, Evans, J, Antonini, A, Martinez-Martin, P, Timmermann, L, EUROPAR, the IPMDS Non-Motor PD Study Group. 2020. Beneficial effect of 24-month bilateral subthalamic stimulation on quality of sleep in Parkinson's disease. J Neurol, 267 (6), 1830-1841
  • Kahya, M, Lyons, KE, Pahwa, R, Akinwuntan, AE, He, J, Devos, H. 2020. Reliability and validity of pupillary response during dual-task balance in Parkinson disease. Arch Phys Med Rehabil
  • Moon, Kahya, M, Lyons, KE, Pahwa, Akinwuntan, AE, Devos, H. 2020. Cognitive workload during verbal abstract reasoning in Parkinson's disease: a pilot study. Int J Neurosci, 7, 1-7
  • Moon, S, Sarmento, CVM, Steinbacher, M, Smirnova, IV, Colgrove, Y, Lai, SM, Lyons, KE, Liu, W. 2020. Can qigong improve non-motor symptoms in people with Parkinson's disease - a pilot randomized controlled trial?. Complement Ther Clin Pract
  • Moon, S, Song, H-J, Sharma, VD, Lyons, KE, Pahwa, R, Akinwuntan, AE, Devos, H. 2020. Classification of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor based on balance and gait characteristics from wearable motion sensors via machine learning techniques: a data-drive approach. J Neur, 17
  • San Luiciano, M, Tanner, CM, Meng, C, Marras, C, Goldman, SM, Lang, AE, Tolosa, E, Schule, B, Langston, JW, Brice, A, Corvol, J-C, Goldwurm, S, Klein, C, Brockman, S, Berg, D, Brockmann, K, Ferreira, JJ, Tazir, M, Mellick, GD, Sue, CM, Hasegawa, K, Tan, EK, Bressman, S, Saunders-Pullman, R, Michael J Fox Foundation LRRK2 Cohort Consortium. 2020. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory use and KRRK2 Parkinson's disease penetrance. Mov Disord, 35 (10), 1755-1764
  • Sharma, VD, Lyons, KE, Nazzaro, JM, Pahwa, R. 2020. Does post-operative symptomatic lead edema associated with subthalamic DBS implantation impact long-term clinical outcomes?. J Neurol Sci, 15 (410), 410:
  • Zeldenhurst, F, Lidstone, S, Wu, S, Okun, MS, Cubillos, F, Beck, J, Davis, T, Lyons, J, Nelson, E, Rafferty, M, Schmidt, P, Dai, Y, Marras, C. 2020. Variations in hospitalization rates across Parkinson's Foundation Centers of Excellence. Parkinsonism Relat Disord, 81, 123-128