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Michael Chiacchiero

Associate Professor

Since beginning his career as a physical therapist in 1995, Dr. Chiacchiero has treated patients throughout the health care continuum beginning in the Acute Care Hospital through Inpatient Rehabilitation, Outpatient Therapy, Home Care, and Skilled Nursing Facilities.  He has also worked in a Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinic, Vestibular Clinic, and was Director of the Day Rehabilitation and Chronic Pain Management Clinics. After beginning his teaching career as an adjunct professor in 2000, Dr. Chiacchiero became an Assistant Professor in 2008.  His teaching expertise includes Prosthetics and Orthotics, Neurological Rehabilitation and Vestibular Rehabilitation.  His research interests include Balance and Falls in the Elderly and Motor Imagery.


DPT, Massachusetts General Hospital

MPT, Rutgers/UMDNJ Joint Program  

Scholarship and Publications

Chiacchiero, M, Rabinovich, Y; Cagliostro, P;  DeGenaro, J;  Giannina, C.  The effects of  Motor Imagery in the elderly. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation  June 2015, Volume 31 Number 2, p 159 - 163

Chiacchiero M, Cirelli M, Fettner B, Ismali L, Jordan D.   Motor Imagery and Action Observation as an alternative gait training intervention for older adults.  Gerinotes.  Jan 2015   22(1):17-22

Chiacchiero, M; Hazan, N; Kronenberg, J; Maskaron, J.  Lower extremity strength and balance - A comparison of fallers and non-fallers.  Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. July/September, 2012.  Volume 28, Number 3, 182–189

Chiacchiero, M; Dressely, B; Silva, U; DeLosReyes, R; Vorik, B.  The relationship between Range of Movement, Flexibility, and Balance in the Elderly.  Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. April/June 2010. 26(2):148-155

Chiacchiero, M.  Patellofemoral Syndrome motor task interventions evaluated.  The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine.  December, 2009, Pages 493-494

Last Updated: 10.17.2016

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