Debra Clayton Krasinski, PT, PhD, MS


Dr. Krasinski's area of specialization is pediatric physical therapy. Her areas of professional expertise include rehabilitation of infants, children and young adults with neuromuscular involvement; special emphasis on treating children with cerebral palsy, dvelopmental coordination disorders and brain injury; reliability and validity of pediatric tests and measurements. She serves as liaison to the New York City Department of Education.

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy) at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Assistant Dean, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Director, Programs in Physical Therapy

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BS, Physical Therapy, University of Texas Health Science Center
  • PhD, Pathokinesiology, New York University
  • MS, Physical Therapy, Texas Woman's University
  • Fellowship: National Institute of Child Health

Honors & Awards

Robert S. Salant Research Award, NY State Chapter, American Physical Therapy Association (2-time recipient)


Reliability and validity of pediatric standardized tests and measures designed to detect motor delay in infants and children Effect of clinical interventions on functional capacity and overall quality of life in children with neuromuscular disease (Above research is being conducted in collaboration with the Division of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Morgan Stanly Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian/ Columbia)


Grant Activity (completed)

POSNER Research Award: Assessing outcomes in children with neuromuscular disease. Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, 2005.

Selected Publications

1. Krasinski, D, Toelken, K, Reyes, D, Kimpland, C, Vonnegut, K. Concurrent validity of the motor scale of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development- Second Edition and the Alberta Infant Motor Scale on a sample of infants with typical and atypical motor performance (in progress).

2. Belt A, Hertel T, Marks T, Mante J, Rockett V, Wade C, Krasinski, D. (2001). Movement characteristics of persons with Prader-Willi Syndrome rising from supine. Pediatric Physical Therapy. 13:110-121.

3. Lim H, Marriott D, Potter P, Krasinski D. (2000). Comparison of two methods of training physical therapy students to score the Gross Motor Function Measure. Pediatric Physical Therapy. 13:127-132.

Book Chapters

1. Krasinski D, Klepper S. (2004). Impaired Neuromuscular Development. In: Cameron, M, ed., Physical Rehabilitation: From Research to Practice. Philadelphia: Elsevier (in press).

2. Krasinski D, Fieback, LE. (2004). Pediatric Nonprogressive Central Nervous System Disorders. In: Cameron, M, ed., Physical Rehabilitation: From Research to Practice. Philadelphia: Elsevier (in press).