Neurologic PT Residency

The APTA-Credentialed Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy is a comprehensively planned Program for licensed physical therapists designed to enhance the clinical reasoning, movement analysis and critical assessment skills of the Resident.

Kessler, which is ranked as the #2 rehabilitation hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, possesses significant strength in the areas of educational opportunities, special programs, technologically advanced equipment, research, relationships within the community, and clinical expertise, including having numerous staff members with ABPTS Neurologic Certification. The expert Faculty and team of dedicated rehabilitation professionals foster opportunities for the Resident to develop advanced evidence-based skills and clinical expertise in the area of neurologic practice, and facilitate the Resident to become a leader in the profession of physical therapy.

Residency Program Goals

The goals of the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy are to prepare Graduates who will:

  1. Practice advanced clinical decision-making skills, with emphasis on complex neurologic patient management through the lifespan.
  2. Provide superior neurologic clinical practice and highly developed therapy skills that are progressive, evidenced-based, and fiscally responsible.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to participate as part of a multi-disciplinary team, fostering an environment of staff engagement and a culture of learning and growth.
  4. Demonstrate collaboration with the Neurologic Residency Program to ensure a consistent clinical learning experience.
  5. Become a resource to the organization and the community through education of others via professional speaking, clinical teaching, and program development.
  6. Contribute to advancement of the physical therapy profession through research, education, and leadership skills.

Program Components

The Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy is a strategically planned Program consisting of a vast range of components designed to advance the specialized skills and clinical expertise of the Resident. The elements of the Program include:

  • Program Year: The Residency is 13 months in length, beginning the first week of June annually and concluding the last day of June the following year.
  • Rotations: The Program consists of rotations to 4 different departments to expose Residents to a range of patients with unique neurologic sequelae, including Stroke, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Vestibular Dysfunction, and Parkinson's Disease with each inpatient rotation emphasizing a specific core diagnostic category:
    • Kessler Saddle Brook Inpatient Department (Stroke)
    • Kessler Chester Inpatient Department (Brain Injury)
    • Kessler West Orange Inpatient Department (Spinal Cord Injury)
    • Kessler Outpatient Therapy Department
  • Billable Treatment Time: The Resident participates in billable treatment time averaging 24 hours per week with a focus on evaluation and treatment of patients in varied diagnostic categories outlined in the APTA Neurologic Description of Specialty Practice (DSP).
  • Mentored Time: The Resident receives greater than 150 hours of 1:1 patient-centered mentored time with expert PT Residency Faculty, with seven members of the Faculty having the distinguished honor of ABPTS Neurologic Certified Specialist (NCS).
  • Didactic: Kessler's Residency Program has partnered with the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium. This coursework offers didactic education that assists the Resident in successful completion of the Program and in preparation for specialty certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy. The Consortium includes two four-day live courses, a 26-webinar series, and participation in journal clubs. In addition to the Consortium, the Resident will also be provided with on-site learning experiences including specialty clinics, grand rounds, interdisciplinary observations, exposure to state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and in-services and lectures provided by members of the Faculty.
  • Teaching Opportunity The Resident serves as a Teaching Assistant, Lab Instructor, and Guest Speaker to Doctoral Physical Therapy (DPT) students at two local universities in their respective Neurologic Physical Therapy Courses. The Resident additionally has a range of opportunities for professional speaking at Kessler across all rotations.
  • Research: The Resident will be given the opportunity to participate in research through a number of avenues throughout the Residency year. This may include participation in a current research project with a member of the Kessler Foundation, research collaboration with a member of the Residency Faculty, or development of a novel research project.

Application Process

The Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy currently only accepts internal candidates, with less than two years of experience. The selection process consists of a two-part interview in February/March annually, with one Resident chosen for the position by April 1st of the Program Year. There is no application fee. For further questions about the Residency Program or application process, please contact Lauren Snowdon, Program Director at 973-731-3600, x2539 or via email at

In order to apply for an employment position as a therapist at Kessler Institute, and subsequently be eligible as a candidate for the Neurologic Residency Program, please contact Karen Dresher at The PT Residency Faculty and entire therapy team are committed to the Program and have opportunities to benefit and grow from the comprehensive Neurologic Residency Program offered at Kessler Institute.

Contact Us

For additional information, please contact Lauren Snowdon, Residency Program Director at: 973.731.3600, extension 2539 or