Daniele Piscitelli, PT, PhD, OMPT

Daniele Piscitelli, PT, PhD, OMPT

Assistant Professor
Areas I Teach 

Teaching Responsibilities

DPT 520 | Rehabilitation Neuroscience I
DPT 522 | Rehabilitation Neuroscience II and Motor Control
DPT 542 │ Principles of Therapeutic Exercise Progression and Motor Learning
DPT 693 │ Advanced Evidence Based Practice

Areas of Interest:

Neurophysiology, neurorehabilitation and clinical neurology.


2017 │ Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Milano, Italy
PhD, Neuroscience 

2016 │ Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA, USA
Visiting Scholar, Motor Control, Neuroscience

2013 │ Università degli Studi di Firenze
Firenze, Italy
Sciences of Health Profession of Rehabilitation
MSc, Rehabilitation science

2009 │ Università degli Studi di Genova
Genova, Italy
Certificate Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders

2007 │ Università degli Studi dell'Insubria
Varese, Italy
BSc, Physical Therapy


  • Certificate Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT)
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) certified training
  • Evidence-Based Practice Core Curriculum


Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University
Montreal, Quebec
September 2017 – 2020 

School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University
Montreal, Quebec
September 2018 – December 2018

Physical Therapist
Azienda Socio Sanitaria Territoriale Lariana
Orthopedic and Neurorehabilitation Department
San Fermo della Battaglia, Italy
April 2009 – September 2017

Physical Therapist
C.O.F Lanzo Hospital S.p.A.
Orthopedic Rehabilitation Department
Alta Valle Intelvi, Italy
March 2008 – September 2008



Ravizzotti E, Vercelli S, Pellicciari L, Furmanek MP, Zagnoni G, Piscitelli D. Reliability and Validity of the Trunk Control Measurement Scale Among Children and Adolescents With Cerebral Palsy in Tanzania. Percept Mot Skills. 2021 Apr;128(2):731-745. doi: 10.1177/0031512520983701. Epub 2020 Dec 24. PMID: 33357090.

Beghi M, Piscitelli D, Diotti S, Harder G, Maffeis G, Giuseppe Cerri C, Cornaggia CM. ES/PNES differential diagnosis after a brief training of naive researchers using a linguistic Scoring Table. Epilepsy Behav. 2021 Jan;114(Pt A):107533. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2020.107533. Epub 2020 Dec 4. PMID: 33281056.

Solnik S, Furmanek MP, Piscitelli D. Movement Quality: A Novel Biomarker Based on Principles of Neuroscience. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2020 Dec;34(12):1067-1077. doi: 10.1177/1545968320969936. Epub 2020 Nov 13. PMID: 33185150.

Pellicciari L, Piscitelli D, Basagni B, De Tanti A, Algeri L, Caselli S, Ciurli MP, Conforti J, Estraneo A, Moretta P, Gambini MG, Inzaghi MG, Lamberti G, Mancuso M, Rinaldesi ML, Sozzi M, Abbruzzese L, Zettin M, La Porta F. 'Less is more': validation with Rasch analysis of five short-forms for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust Personality Questionnaires (BIRT-PQs). Brain Inj. 2020 Dec 5;34(13-14):1741-1755. doi: 10.1080/02699052.2020.1836402. Epub 2020 Nov 12. PMID: 33180650.

Baltar A, Piscitelli D, Marques D, Shirahige L, Monte-Silva K. Baseline Motor Impairment Predicts Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Combined with Physical Therapy-Induced Improvement in Individuals with Chronic Stroke. Neural Plast. 2020 Nov 25;2020:8859394. doi: 10.1155/2020/8859394. PMID: 33299400; PMCID: PMC7710411.

Beghi M, Cornaggia CM, Lozupone M, Piscitelli D, Perin C, Panza F. Late-life depression and its impact on rehabilitation after traumatic injuries. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2020 Nov 6. doi: 10.1007/s40520-020-01744-4. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33156505.

Perin C, Valagussa G, Mazzucchelli M, Gariboldi V, Cerri CG, Meroni R, Grossi E, Cornaggia CM, Menant J, Piscitelli D. Physiological Profile Assessment of Posture in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Typically Developing Peers. Brain Sci. 2020 Sep 27;10(10):681. doi: 10.3390/brainsci10100681. PMID: 32992546; PMCID: PMC7601261.

Piscitelli D, Perin C, Tremolizzo L, Peroni F, Cerri CG, Cornaggia CM. Functional movement disorders in a patient with COVID-19. Neurol Sci. 2020 Sep;41(9):2343-2344. doi: 10.1007/s10072-020-04593-1. Epub 2020 Jul 14. PMID: 32661885; PMCID: PMC7358315.

Piscitelli D, Turpin NA, Subramanian SK, Feldman AG, Levin MF. Deficits in corticospinal control of stretch reflex thresholds in stroke: Implications for motor impairment. Clin Neurophysiol. 2020 Sep;131(9):2067-2078. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2020.05.030. Epub 2020 Jun 23. PMID: 32682234.

Valagussa G, Balatti V, Trentin L, Piscitelli D, Yamagata M, Grossi E. Relationship between tip-toe behavior and soleus - gastrocnemius muscle lengths in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. J Orthop. 2020 Aug 20;21:444-448. doi: 10.1016/j.jor.2020.08.013. PMID: 32982098; PMCID: PMC7493131.

Perin C, Bolis M, Limonta M, Meroni R, Ostasiewicz K, Cornaggia CM, Alouche SR, da Silva Matuti G, Cerri CG, Piscitelli D. Differences in rehabilitation needs after stroke: A similarity analysis on the ICF core set for stroke. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Jun; 17(12): 4291. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17124291

Tomita Y, Turpin NA, Piscitelli D, Feldman AG, Levin MF. Stability of reaching during standing in stroke. Journal of Neurophysiology. 2020 APR. doi: 10.1152/jn.00729.2019. 

Basagni B, Piscitelli D, De Tanti A, et al. The unidimensionality of the five Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust Personality Questionnaires (BIRT-PQs) may be improved: preliminary evidence from classical psychometrics Brain Injury. Brain Injury. 2020 Apr 15;34(5):673-684. doi: 10.1080/02699052.2020.1723700. 

Piscitelli D, Pellicciari L. Predatory journals: a threat to public health. European Journal of Physiotherapy. 2020. Epub: Jan 15. doi: 10.1080/21679169.2019.1711176.

Perin C, Viganò B, Piscitelli D, Matteo BM, Meroni R, Cerri, CG. Non-invasive current stimulation in vision recovery: a review of the literature. Restorative neurology and neuroscience, 2019. Epub: Dec 24:1-12 doi: 10.3233/RNN-190948.

Basagni B, Piscitelli D, De Tanti A, et al. The unidimensionality of the five Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust Personality Questionnaires (BIRT-PQ) may be improved: preliminary evidence from Classical Psychometrics. Brain Injury. 2019 
doi: 10.1080/02699052.2020.1723700

Meroni R, Piscitelli D, Ravasio C, Ravasio C, Vanti C, Bertozzi L, De Vito G, Perin C, Guccione AA, Cerri CG, Pillastrini P. Evidence for managing chronic low back pain in primary care: A review of recommendations from high quality clinical practice guidelines. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2019 Epub: Aug 1:1-15. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2019.1645888.

Pellicciari L, Paci M, Geri T, Piscitelli D, Baccini M. Mobilization of the contralateral limb in Slump position: effects on knee extension in healthy adult subjects. Acta Bio Medica Atenei Parmensis. 2019 May; 90(3). doi:10.23750/abm.v90i3.7236.

Piscitelli D, Vercelli S, Meroni R, Zagnoni G, Pellicciari L. Reliability of the gross motor function classification system and the manual ability classification system in children with cerebral palsy in Tanzania. Developmental Neurorehabilitation. 2019 Feb;22(2):80-86. doi: 10.1080/17518423.2017.1342710.

Monte-Silva K, Piscitelli D, Norouzi-Gheidari N, Batalla MAP, Archambault P, Levin MF. Electromyogram-Related Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for Restoring Wrist and Hand Movement in Poststroke Hemiplegia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2019 Feb;33(2):96-111. doi: 10.1177/1545968319826053.

Piscitelli D. Neurorehabilitation: bridging neurophysiology and clinical practice. Neurological Sciences. 2019. Epub 2019 Jun 12. doi: 10.1007/s10072-019-03969-2.

Dos Santos RBC, Galvão SCB, Frederico LMP, Amaral NSL, Carneiro MIS, de Moura Filho AG, Piscitelli D, Monte-Silva K. Cortical and spinal excitability changes after repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation combined to physiotherapy in stroke spastic patients. Neurological Sciences. 2019 Jun;40(6):1199-1207. doi: 10.1007/s10072-019- 03765-y.

Piscitelli D, Furmanek MP, Meroni R, De Caro W, Pellicciari L. Direct access in physical therapy: a systematic review. La Clinica terapeutica. 2018 Sep-Oct;169(5):e249-e260. doi: 10.7417/CT.2018.2087.

Piscitelli D, Pellicciari L. Responsiveness: is it time to move beyond ordinal scores and approach interval measurements? Clinical Rehabilitation. 2018 Oct;32(10):1426-1427. doi: 10.1177/0269215518794069.

Chiarotto A, Viti C, Sulli A, Cutolo M, Testa M, Piscitelli D. Cross-cultural adaptation and validity of the Italian version of the Central Sensitization Inventory. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice. 2018 Oct;37:20-28. doi:10.1016/j.msksp.2018.06.005.

Pellicciari L, Piscitelli D, Caselli S, La Porta F. A Rasch analysis of the Conley Scale in patients admitted to a general hospital. Disability Rehabilitation. 2018 Jun 18:1-10. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1478000.

Chagas AP, Monteiro M, Mazer V, Baltar A, Marques D, Carneiro M, Rodrigues de Araújo MDG, Piscitelli D, Monte-Silva K. Cortical excitability variability: Insights into biological and behavioral characteristics of healthy individuals. Journal of the Neurological Sciences. 2018 Jul 15;390:172-177. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2018.04.036.

Furmanek MP, Solnik S, Piscitelli D, Rasouli O, Falaki A, Latash ML. Synergies and Motor Equivalence in Voluntary Sway Tasks: The Effects of Visual and Mechanical Constraints. Journal of Motor Behavior. 2018 Sep-Oct;50(5):492-509. doi: 10.1080/00222895.2017.1367642

Meroni R, Piscitelli D, Valerio S, Boria P, Perin C, De Vito G, Cornaggia CM, Cerri CG. Ultrasonography of the shoulder: asymptomatic findings from working-age women in the general population. Journal of Physical Therapy Science. 2017 Jul;29(7):1219-1223. doi: 10.1589/jpts.29.1219. 

Rasouli O, Solnik S, Furmanek MP, Piscitelli D, Falaki A, Latash ML. Unintentional drifts during quiet stance and voluntary body sway. Experimental Brain Research. 2017 Jul;235(7):2301-2316. doi: 10.1007/s00221-017-4972-x.

Dipasquale S, Meroni R, Sasanelli F, Messineo I, Piscitelli D, Perin C, Cornaggia CM, Cerri CG. Physical Therapy Versus a General Exercise Programme in Patients with Hoehn Yahr Stage II Parkinson's Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trail. Journal of Parkinson's Disease. 2017;7(1):203-210. doi: 10.3233/JPD-161015.

Piscitelli D, Falaki A, Solnik S, Latash ML. Anticipatory postural adjustments and anticipatory synergy adjustments: preparing to a postural perturbation with predictable and unpredictable direction. Experimental Brain Research. 2017 Mar;235(3):713-730. doi: 10.1007/s00221-016-4835-x.

Piscitelli D. Motor rehabilitation should be based on knowledge of motor control. Archives of Physiotherapy. 2016 Jun 23;6:5. doi: 10.1186/s40945-016-0019-z.

Pellicciari L, Piscitelli D, De Vita M, D'Ingianna L, Bacciu S, Perno G, Lunetta L, Rosulescu E, Cerri CG, Foti C. Injuries Among Italian Dance Sport Athletes: A Questionnaire Survey. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 2016 Mar;31(1):13-7. doi: 10.21091/mppa.2016.1003.

Geri T, Piscitelli D, Meroni R, Bonetti F, Giovannico G, Traversi R, Testa M. Rasch analysis of the Neck Bournemouth Questionnaire to measure disability related to chronic neck pain. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 2015 Oct 5;47(9):836-43. doi: 10.2340/16501977-2001.

Meroni R, Piscitelli D, Bonetti F, Zambaldi M, Cerri CG, Guccione AA, Pillastrini P. Rasch Analysis of the Italian version of Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS-I). Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. 2015;28(4):661-73. doi: 10.3233/BMR-140564.

Meroni R, Piscitelli D, Bonetti F, Zambaldi M, Guccione AA, Pillastrini P. Rasch analysis of the Italian version of fear avoidance beliefs questionnaire (FABQ-I). Disability and Rehabilitation. 2015;37(2):151-7. do 014.909890.


Scientific relationships Italian Association of Physiotherapy - Lombardia Region (AIFI).
2017 – 2020

Government committee to represent interests in decision-making processes at the Regional Council of Lombardy, regional law 17/2016.
2017 – 2020

Scientific Committee, Italian Society of Cervico-Cranio-Facial Integrated Therapy. 
2016 – present

Office for Continuing Professional Development, Association of Physiotherapy - Lombardia R
2014 - 2017

Editorial Board:
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Editorial Board Member for the “Rehabilitation, physical therapy and occupational health” section

Journal Reviewer:
•    Disability and Rehabilitation
•    European Journal of Physiotherapy
•    Physiotherapy Research International
•    Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
•    Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
•    Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy
•    Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
•    Gait and Posture
•    Motor Control 
•    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
•    Archives of Physiotherapy 
•    Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorder

Honors and Awards:

Supervisor of the Continuing Professional Development Office (2014-2017).  Italian Association of Physical Therapists - Lombardia Region (A.I.FI. Lombardia)
Distinction for high standards, September, 2017. Citation Actively contributed to the SIF scientific activities in 2016.   The Italian Society of Physiotherapy, June, 2017