Dr. Nancy Landgraff

Chair and Professor
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Dr. Nancy Landgraff

Chair Professor

Graduate Studies in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences

Cushwa Hall B321

phone: (330) 941-2703



Dr. Nancy Landgraff joined the YSU faculty in 1997 and, in 2012, became department chair. Prior to that, she had worked for 15 years in the physical therapy profession.
Before earning her doctorate in rehabilitation sciences from the University of Pittsburgh, Landgraff earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh, then a master’s degree from the University of Florida in health sciences.
Under her leadership, the Ohio Physical Therapy Association named YSU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, created in 2008, statewide Program of the Year for 2020 and 2021. Since the doctoral program began, 376 students have graduated from the program, including 35 during spring commencement in May, according to the university. All total, Landgraff has educated over 500 Physical Therapists at YSU.
Under Landgraff’s watch, the university’s physical therapy capabilities expanded as parts of Cushwa Hall underwent renovations to accommodate additional field training space. In addition, she supported the development of a doctorate program in health sciences and a revised master’s degree program in health and human services.
Landgraff also volunteers for a program called Walk with a Doc, which provides free, health practitioner led walking groups throughout the year and Heart Walk. In addition, she has served as a physical therapy consultant for Steward Health Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in Warren.
Landgraff also has held leadership positions at the American Heart Association and the Ohio Physical Therapy Association.
Dr. Landgraff’s hard work, expertise, and commitment to the physical therapy profession over 28 years at YSU have transformed PT into one of the university’s most successful academic programs.

Research Interests

Stroke rehabilitation, outcomes assessment, population health

Teaching Interests

Physical Therapy basic skills, professionalism, Interprofessional Education, leadership

  • Education
    • 2004

      Ph D, Clinical Neuroscience

      University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

    • 1988

      MS, Neurologic Dysfunction

      University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

    • 1982

      BS, Physical Therapy

      University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Awards and Honors
    • 2022

      Bitonte College of Health and Human Services

      Bitonte College of Health and Human Services College Appreciation Award

      Appreciate award bestowed by the Dean of the college for leadership and service.

    • 2022

      Youngstown State University

      Tressel Endowed Chair in Leadership

      The endowed chair was created in 2021 through a $1.6 million gift from a group of YSU Foundation trustees in recognition of Tressel’s leadership at YSU and across the region. The honor is bestowed annually on a YSU department chair with an established record of outstanding leadership.

    • 2020

      Youngstown State University

      Watson Merit Award for academic leadership

      Annual award to an outstanding Chairperson of a department for their leadership.

    • 2019

      American Heart Association

      2019 Great Rivers Affiliate Leadership Legacy Award American Heart Association

      Leadership recognition for work with the American Heart Association related to support of the American Heart Association mission.

    • 2018

      Youngstown State University

      Excellence Award Department Chairperson in Teaching

      Award reserved for a department chairperson who demonstrates excellence in teaching.

    • 2013

      Youngstown State University chapter

      Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society

      Honorary society for faculty and students that is a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for future generations.

    • 2013

      Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber

      Athena Award Nominee

      The ATHENA Award honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment: women who excel in their chosen field, have devoted time and energy to their community in a meaningful way and also open doors so that others may follow in their path.

    • 2009

      Youngstown State University

      Watson Merit Award for academic leadership

      Annual award to an outstanding Chairperson of a department for their leadership.

    • 2009

      Youngstown State University

      Distinguished Professor for Public Service

      Recognized for Distinguished service to the Regional American Heart Association

    • 2007

      American Physical Therapy Association

      APTA Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award

      Recognized fro an outstanding publication in the National American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

    • 2006

      Ohio Physical Therapy Association

      Ohio Physical Therapy Association Research Committee recognition for contribution to Physical Therapy research

      recognition at the State level fro contributions to Physical Therapy research.

    • 2006

      Youngstown State University

      Distinguished Professor for Scholarship

      Recognition as a distinguished professor for research and scholarship accomplishments.

  • Professional Positions
    • 2020 -

      Youngstown State University

      Professor and Chair

  • Intellectual Contributions
    • 2024

      "Integrating NIH “Press Reset on Stress” Strategies into DPT Curriculum: A Quasi-Experimental Design"

      S. Dudash, W. Ge, E. Ickert, N. Landgraff

      Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, Elsevier

    • 2023

      "High-intensity locomotor training during inpatient rehabilitation improves the discharge ambulation function of patients with stroke. A systematic review with meta-analysis"

      A. Tapp, D. Griswold, D. Dray, N. Landgraff, K. Learman

      Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation

    • 2018

      "Severe Pain in Veteran Students"

      B. Boccieri, K. Gazdik, L. Kerns, R. Williams, N. Landgraff, W. Ge

      J Allied Health, volume 48, issue 3, p. 172-180

    • 2016

      "An exploration of trunk reposition error in subjects with acute stroke: An observational design"

      K. Learman, J. Benedict, A. Ellis, A. Neal, J. Wright, N. Landgraff

      TOPICS IN STROKE REHABILITATION, volume 23, issue 3, p. 200-207

    • 2015

      "Establishing the reliability and concurrent validity of physical performance tests using virtual reality equipment for community-dwelling healthy elders"

      D. Griswold, K. Rockwell, C. Killa, M. Maurer, N. Landgraff, K. Learman

      DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION, volume 37, issue 12, p. 1097-1101

    • 2010

      "Cognitive and physical performance in patients with asymptomatic carotid artery disease"

      N. Landgraff, S. Whitney, E. Rubinstein, H. Yonas

      JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY, volume 257, issue 6, p. 982-991

    • 2009

      "Implementation of the Comprehensive Assessment Toolbox for Stroke in a Medical System"

      N. Landgraff, L. Passek, G. Kerns

      REHABILITATION NURSING, volume 34, issue 2, p. 74-82

  • Public Service
    • 2018 - 2022

      Board Member
      American Heart Association