Jody Feld, PT, DPT, PhD

Jody Feld
Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery

311 Trent Drive

Dr. Jody Feld is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division in the Department of Orthopaedics and has a secondary appointment in the Division of Stroke and Vascular Neurology in the Department of Neurology in the Duke University School of Medicine. She became a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in May 2002. Dr. Feld’s teaching efforts in the first-year curriculum are focused on gait, motor learning, and motor and postural control. In the second-year curriculum, she teaches the stroke module in the Foundational Neurologic Practice Management Course and in multiple Advanced Practice Courses in Neurorehabilitation. Her primary clinical research interests include reducing mobility disability, falls, and chronic sedentary behavior in geriatric population and in people living in the community with subacute stroke. She has also contributed to a number of Interprofessional Education (IPE) programs and Service-Learning Experiences at Duke.


    •    PhD in Human Movement Science in Neurorehabilitation, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 2019
    •    DPT, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, 2005
    •    MPT, Hahnemann University and Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1995
    •    BS, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, 1991


Course Director

  • PT 742 C – Advanced Practice Course: Advanced Exercise Prescription in Neurorehabilitation
  • PT 742 D – Advance Practice Course: Facilitation of Movement for Function in Neurorehabilitation
  • PT 739 – Interprofessional Education (IPE) Geriatric Clinic
  • PT 740 – Service-Learning Experience (SLE) – Durham Neuro Camp

Course Instructor

  • PT 633 – Movement Science
  • PT 646 – Foundational Neurologic Practice
  • PHYASST 232 – Patient Assessment & Counseling II    


  • Adapted Sports Experience IPE
  • Geriatric Ambulatory Care Clinic IPE


Neurologic physical therapy with focus on adults with neurological conditions, disease, and injury (stroke, acquired brain injury, and spinal cord injury).


Dr. Feld is the site-PI for a multicenter randomized controlled clinical trial funded by NIH, StrokeNet, for upper extremity stroke recovery (TRANScranial direct current stimulation for POst-stroke motor Recovery - a phase II sTudy. TRANSPORT2; 1U01NS102353; PIs: Feng, Schlaug) examining whether there is an overall treatment effect among 3 transcranial direct current stimulation dosing groups (2mA, 4 mA, and sham) combined with modified Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy. She is a co-I on a study examining musculoskeletal and cognitive resiliency following elective surgery in older adults and quantifying the association between predictive tests and biomarkers and the resilience phenotypes funded by National Institute on Aging (4UH3AG056925-03; PI: Whitson, Colon-Emeric). Dr. Feld is a co-I on an NIH-funded study focused on better understanding potential mechanisms that explain the association between hearing loss and falls in older adults.  

Awards and honors

  • UNC Graduate School, Horizon Award 2020
  • UNC Graduate Student Transportation Grant 2019
  • UNC Louis and Eleanor Duquette Scholarship Award 2018 
  • Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) Scholar Award 2018 – 2019
  • UNC Graduate School Tuition Incentive Scholarships 2017 – 2019
  • Foundation for Physical Therapy Promotion of Doctoral Studies II Scholarship 2017 – 2018
  • UNC Allied Health Sciences Graduate Student Research Ambassador Award 2017
  • UNC Graduate School, Donald and Alvene Buckley Doctoral Summer Research 2017


  • Foundation for Physical Therapy Promotion of Doctoral Studies I Scholarship 2016 – 2017
  • UNC Graduate School Doctoral Merit Assistantship 2015 – 2016
  • The Jan K. Richardson Excellence in Teaching Award from Duke University 2014

Doctor of Physical Therapy Division 

  • Alpha Eta—National Honor Society for Allied Health Professionals 2005
  • U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Training Grant 1994
  • Certificate of Academic Distinction, Hahnemann University 1995
  • Professional Distinction, Hahnemann University 1995