Patricia Noritake Matsuda, P.T., Ph.D., D.P.T.

Patricia Noritake Matsuda, P.T., Ph.D., D.P.T.

Patti Matsuda is a UW Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Her clinical practice is in the Outpatient Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Department, Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Virginia Mason Medical Center, in Seattle.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Matsuda teaches Neuroscience III: Applied Neurology-Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Neurological Problems and Lifespan III: Geriatric Physical Therapy. She assists in Rehab 514: Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapists.

Clinical Interests

Treatment of patients with neurological problems (Stroke, MS, Parkinson's Disease, TBI, ALS) and patients with musculoskeletal problems. Other areas of interest include working with older adults, balance and fall prevention, and treatment of performing artists (instrumentalists).

Research Interests

Community mobility following stroke, in MS and in older adults; effectiveness of treatment interventions, motor learning in both geriatric and neurologic patient populations; falls and fall prevention, fear of falling and associated activity restriction, self-efficacy and quality of life, issues related to exercise adherence.




Geriatrics, Neurology, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Medicine, Stroke

Selected Publications