Quinnipiac University
Laura B Simaitis

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Simaitis is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. A Quinnipiac University alumna ’09, ’13, Dr. Simaitis has been a full-time faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy since 2023. Dr. Simaitis is an active member in the department, serving on the Scholarship Committee. Dr. Simaitis is also involved with the American Physical Therapy Association at the state level, previously serving on the Nominating Committee for APTA CT. Currently, she serves as the Co-Chair of the Education and Quality Committee of APTA CT's Neurologic Special Interest Group.

Dr. Simaitis currently teaches Neurorehabilitation I, Neurorehabilitation II, and Professional Issues in Physical Therapy II. Her professional experiences span over 11 years in the inpatient and outpatient settings along the continuum of care. Recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2018, Dr. Simaitis became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy, demonstrating her commitment to excellence in clinical practice. She brings this excellence to the classroom through her active teaching style.

Dr. Simaitis’ current research interests include the use of outcome measures via telehealth and the use of outcome measures to predict fall risk in individuals with neurologic disease. Another research passion of Dr. Simaitis’ includes educational strategies to mitigate health disparities among underrepresented populations.


  • DIPL, Kimball Union Academy
  • BS, Quinnipiac University
  • DPT, Quinnipiac University
  • DED, University of St. Augustine for

Areas of Expertise

  • Neurorehabilitation/Neurosurgery


  • Physical Therapy

Office Location

  • Medicine, Nursing, Health Sci

Mail Drop

  • NH-HSC


Quinnipiac University

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Hamden, CT, USA

2023 - Present

Quinnipiac University

Visiting Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Hamden, CT, USA

2020 - 2023

Quinnipiac University

Adjunct faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy

Hamden, CT, USA

2018 - 2020

Hartford Hospital

per diem Physical Therapist (IRU)

Hartford, CT, USA

2018 - 2019

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

per diem Physical Therapist (inpatient and outpatient)

Wallingford, CT, USA

2018 - Present

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Physical Therapist

Wallingford, CT, USA

2013 - 2018

Selected Publications

Conference Presentation

Social Awareness within Cultural Competence Education among Doctor of Physical Therapy Students

Simaitis, L., Kupczynski, L., Gibson, A.

World Congress on Education, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Residence & Conference Centre - Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2023)

Peer Reviewed Journal

Effect of backward and forward walking on lower limb strength, balance, and gait in multiple sclerosis: A randomized feasibility trial

Delmastro, H.M., Ruiz, J.A., Simaitis, L.B., Gromisch, E.S., Neto, L.O., Cohen, E.T., Wong, E., Krug, R.J., Lo, A.C

25(2) International Journal of Multiple Sclerosis Care 45-50 March/April (2023)

Peer Reviewed Journal

Establishment of regression-based normative isometric strength values for major lower limb muscle groups in persons with multiple sclerosis

DelMastro, H.M., Simaitis, L.B., Gromisch, E.S., Gomes, K., Ruiz, J.A.

25 Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders 1-8 May (2023)

Professional Designation