Professor, Physical Therapy
Julia Looper is responsible for courses in pediatrics and critical inquiry. Her clinical experience is in early intervention and working with children with developmental disabilities. Looper’s research focuses on the development of walking, and on physical therapy interventions that help children walk better. She frequently presents at conferences and has been published in Journal of Motor Behavior, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, and Physical Therapy. She frequently lectures at national conferences on interventions such as the use of orthoses (foot and ankle braces) and treadmill training for children with developmental disabilities. Articles include “Transition to Locomotion,” in Infant Behavior and Development (2015) and “How do toddlers increase their gait velocity?” in Gait and Posture (2013). Her research projects include Kick Training in Infants with Down Syndrome, and Intensive Home-Based Treadmill Training and Walking Attainment in Young Children with Cerebral Palsy.