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Linda D’Silva, PT, Ph.D., NCS

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Linda D'Silva, PT, Ph.D., NCS is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. She is a board-certified specialist in neurologic physical therapy and is also a practicing vestibular therapist for The University of Kansas Health System.

Her primary teaching responsibilities in the doctoral program in physical therapy include interventions and modalities used in physical therapy practice and ethics in physical therapy practice. She belongs to the Vestibular Special Interest Group and the Telehealth Taskforce with the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy.

Academic Background

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 and bachelor's degree from King Edward Memorial Hospital. She earned her doctorate from KU in rehabilitation science in 2016. Her doctoral project examined the impact of type 2 diabetes on the vestibular system in people with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.


D'Silva's research interests are aimed at understanding the role of the vestibular system in healthy aging as well as the impact of vestibular dysfunction on physical function. Currently she is examining the visual vestibular interaction after mild traumatic brain injury and resulting consequences on mobility and balance.

Lab group: Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation Laboratory Small lab icon "Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation Lab"

As director of the STABILITI lab, D'Silva is leading projects related to research on the vestibular system. The goal of this work is to advance clinical research in vestibular rehabilitation.

Curriculum vitae PDF document icon

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 14, 2019


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

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