Dr. Julie Ries


Physical Therapy

Julie Ries

Contact Information

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Ballston 4040, 205

Academic Credentials

B.S., Quinnipiac College
M.A., The George Washington University
Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Licensed Physical Therapist in VA

Teaching Areas

  • Foundations of Physical Therapy (Kinesiology & Basic Clinical Skills)
  • Amputations and Prosthetics
  • Neurological Rehabilitation

Research Interests

  • Balance interventions for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Validity and reliability of outcome measures for use with individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Intensive physical therapy models in children with movement disorders


Dr. Julie D. Ries, PT, has been on the faculty at Marymount University’s Physical Therapy program since its inception. She has extensive physical therapy clinical experience in acute care, home care, and neurological rehabilitation, and she continues to be active in regular clinical practice at Inova Fairfax Hospital and the Arlington Free Clinic.

Dr. Ries has been recognized by the Malek School of Health Professions for her excellence in teaching with the SHP Outstanding Teacher Award in 2003, 2006, and 2014. She has been recognized by the APTA’s Section on Geriatrics for her research efforts with the 2010 Excellence in Geriatric Research Award, and received the SHP Faculty Scholarship Award in 2012.


​Her recent professional publications and presentations span the content of geritatric physical therapy, prosthetic training, the study of outcome measures and balance training in individuals with Alzheimer's disease. She has been an invited speaker at APTA national conferences on multiple occasions.  Recent publications include:
  • Ries JD, Hudson J, Maralit LA, Brown MB. Group balance training specifically designed for individuals with Alzheimer's disease: Impact on Berg Balance Scale, Timed Up and Go, Gait Speed, and Mini Mental Status Exam. J Geriatr Phys Ther. Epub ahead of print, January 22, 2015;
  • Ries JD. Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias: Medical overview and rehabilitation management. GSC Home Study Course (3 CEUs), SC Publishing, West Bridgewater MA; 2015.
  • Ries JD & Vaughan V. Early rehabilitation in lower-extremity dysvascular amputation (Chapter 26). In Orthotics & Prosthetics in Rehabilitation, 3rd ed. Lusardi, Jorge, & Nielsen, eds. Elsevier Saunders: St. Louis; 2013.
  • Ries JD. Ambulation: Impact of age related changes on functional mobility (Chapter 17). In Geriatric Physical Therapy, 3rd ed. Guccione, Wong, Avers, eds. Mosby: St. Louis; 2012.
  • Ries JD, Drake JM, Marino C. A small-group functional balance intervention with individuals with Alzheimer disease: A pilot study. J Neurolog Phys Ther. 2010;34:3-10.
  • Ries JD, Echternach J, Nof L, Gagnon Blodgett M. Test-retest reliability and minimal detectable change scores for the timed “up & go” test, the six-minute walk test, and gait speed in people with Alzheimer disease. Phys Ther. 2009;89(6):569-79.