Cynthia Leone, PT, DPT, NCS, LSVT

Associate Professor/Industry Professional
Doctor of Physical Therapy, SUNY Stony Brook University 2005B.S. Psychobiology, SUNY Binghamton 2001

Cynthia Leone, PT, DPT, NCS, LSVT is an Associate Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at St. John’s University.

Dr. Leone earned her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in 2005 from SUNY Stony Brook University and her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology in 2001 from SUNY Binghamton University.  She has had her board certification as a clinical specialist in neurological rehabilitation since 2010. 

Dr. Leone has been a LSVT BIG certified clinician in the specialized treatment of Parkinson’s disease since 2016. Her clinical experience is concentrated in the area of neurological rehabilitation. 

Dr. Leone has worked at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital (White Plains, NY); The Mount Sinai Hospital (Manhattan, NY); and Northwell Health’s Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) (Long Island, NY). She has experience in both the inpatient and outpatient setting, as well as in the home care setting treating patients with a neurological diagnoses. 

Dr. Leone continues her clinical practice as a contributing therapist for STARS. She has held adjunct faculty positions at both Stony Brook University in their Doctoral PT program, as well as at Suffolk County Community College in the Physical Therapy Assistant program.

Dr. Leone’s research has focused on improving the recovery of people who have sustained a spinal cord injury; she has studied the effects of spinal electric magnetic stimulation on the recovery of a chronic spinal cord injury. She has volunteered as a clinical specialist for Empower Spinal Cord Injury, a program dedicated to filling the gap and encouraging independence after rehabilitation for those who have sustained a spinal cord injury.

As a therapist, Dr. Leone believes in the treatment of the whole person and looking beyond the disability, encouraging and empowering everyone to reach their full potential. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga, and running. She has completed two marathons and five half-marathons. Dr. Leone’s guiding purpose is to engage and enlighten students, to drive their passion and joy of helping others—and through the collaboration of all disciplines within physical therapy—enhance their knowledge and clinical experience.

Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurological Physical Therapy, 2010 and 2020, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties 

LSVT- BIG certification in Parkinson’s disease since 2016

Maschi, Robert; Leone, Cynthia; Lyman, Stephen.“The Q-Score: A Valid and Reliable Test for Grading Quadriceps Contraction”. Orthopedic Practice, Volume 23;1:11, 2011

VictorL. Arvanian, Hayk Petrosyan, Chuancai Zou, Cynthia Leone, Mohammad Zaidi, Wei Hou, Asrat Tesfa, Magda Fahmy, Mark Kaufman, Sue A. Sisto. Non-invasive spinal electro-magnetic stimulation (SEMS): a tool for evaluation and modulation of lower limb spinal-muscular transmission in healthy adults. BioRxi; August 2018

Poster presentations:

“Spinal Electromagnetic Stimulation Results in Frequency Dependent Depression with Healthy Adults” Poster presentation at SFN 2019

“Effects of Spinal Electric Magnetic Stimulation on Neurophysiological Responses in People with SCI Compared to Healthy Controls” Poster presentation at SCRIB 2019 

Professional membership:

Member of the American Academy of Physical Therapy

Member of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy