Daiva A. Banaitis, PT, PhD

Distinguished University Professor
Professor Emerita

Professor of Physical Therapy
Email   banaitid@pacificu.edu
A faculty member from 1981-2006


BS, New York University, 1962
MS, Northwestern University, 1966
PhD, Southern Illinois University, 1975


Certified NDTA Instructor in Adult Hemiplegia, 1994

Areas of Interest

Adult neurology
Stroke rehabilitation
Higher education

Representative Publications

Banaitis, DA. Question from the Field: What is the best balance evaluation tool to record outcome measures for an adult client with hemiplegia? Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association  .Network, 2004; 11: (1)4,10.

Gillard AJZ, Rabon JM, Farrell MK, Banaitis DA, Rutt RA. Predicting Falls in Two Populations
of Older Adults. Platform presentation at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Nashville, TN, Feb. 2004.

Smith KL, Banaitis DA, Rutt RR. Orthopeaedic Training: A Survey of the Perspective of
Graduates from Programs in the USA. International federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative 
Therapists, 7th Scientific Conference, Nov. 6-10, 2000.  Poster presentation.

Hendrickson, S., Lyden, S., Banaitis, D. Integration of the Americans with Disabilities Act Into Physical Therapy Programs. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. Fall 1998 (2); 9-15.

Tangeman, PT, Banaitis, D.A., Williams, A.K. Rehabilitation of Chronic Stroke Patients: Changes in Functional Performance. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1990 (71); 876-880.


Co-Instructor - NeuroDevelopmental Treatment of Adult Hemiplegia (Bobath Method) Certification Courses:
January 2-13, Aug. 5-10, 2001, Texas Woman's University, Dallas, Texas
      January 3-14, Aug., 4-9, 2000,Texas Woman's University, Dallas, Texas
      January 1-15, Aug. 2-7, 1999, Texas Woman's University, Dallas, Texas
      January 5 -16, Aug. 1-6, 1998, Texas Women's University, Dallas, Texas

"An Introduction to the Neurodevelopmental Treatment of Adult Hemiplegia for Physical Therapist Assistants", Forest Grove, OR , Nov. 7-8, 1997.

"An Introduction to the NDT (Bobath) Approach to Adult Hemiplegia", St. Elizabeth's Hosp.,
Toronto, Canada, June 16-20, 1996.

"An Introduction to the NDT (Bobath) Approach to Adult Hemiplegia."  Newport, OR, April 30-
May 1, 1994.

"Treatment of the Geriatric Patient" given in conjunction with Ann Williams, Ph.D., Pendleton, OR,  October 20 & 21, 1991.

"Functional Changes Following Rehabilitation of Chronic Stroke Patients." World Confederation
for Physical Therapy, 11th International Congress, London, July 29-August 2, 1991.

"Strategies for the Treatment of the Stroke Patient." Brain Injury Update '90, University of
Washington, Seattle, WA, November 9-10, 1990.


Principal Investigator - Model Program for Stroke Management.  Two year grant of $200,000
from Fred Meyer Charitable Trust to demonstrate that individuals who are at least one year post

stroke can gain functional improvement with appropriate therapy.  1985-1987