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re+active Schmidt movement disorders fellowship

Are you a physical therapist looking to take your learning to the next level?


Are you tired of endless patient sessions without feedback and mentorship?  


Do you love an intellectual challenge and exploring big clinical questions with neurologists and other clinicians?  


Then you are in the right place!

The Schmidt Fellowship is one of TWO movement disorders physical therapy fellowship programs (as of now!) in the world.  It is an in-person program focused on your growth and movement disorders specialist.  


And why do we call it the Schmidt Fellowship?

The Schmidt Fellowship is named for Richard Schmidt PhD, a beloved mentor of re+active PTs, who was a client here.  He had a unique perspective as both a person with corticobasal degeneration and progressive supranuclear palsy and a prominent motor control researcher. He mentored us in motor control and learning and entertained us with his wit as we worked with him to maintain his function, movement and quality of life. Though no longer with us, he continues to inspire us to pursue excellence and critically question the principles behind our practice.  His spirit and contributions to the field of motor control will continue to live on in the Schmidt Fellowship. 


What is the Schmidt Fellowship?


The Schmidt Movement Disorders Fellowship develops you as a physical therapist expert in movement disorders through focused patient care, mentoring, learning, community service and collaboration with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The fellowship provides a concentrated experience to PTs like you who have an interest in subspecializing in movement disorders including Parkinson’s Disease, dystonia, Huntington’s Disease and others.  You will become an expert in treatment, collaboration with movement disorder specialists, promotion and development of health and wellness programs, and designing and and implementing intensive programs to target neuroplasticity.  

The Fellowship is a year long program starting in September and involves clinical work, mentorship at UCLA in the neurology clinics, mentorship at re+active, learning, research and community service.


How to apply? 

It's easy! Simply submit an application below with resume, personal statement and letters of reference.


Applications for 2024:

Applications and letters of recommendation due May 30th

The application is now available online:  Apply here!

Application decision date: end of June at latest

Start Date:  September 2024


Email any questions and letters of recommendation to Chelsea Richardson, Fellowship Director at

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there any pre-requisites for applying to the fellowship?
    Experience in neurologic physical therapy with an interest in movement disorders. NCS not currently required but it is helpful!

  • What is the cost of the fellowship?
    No cost except for transportation and housing to two courses per year (CSM and Aspen course).  We provide all of the learning and mentoring for you, however, you are not paid for those mentored hours (for example, you might work 36 hours out of the week and you are paid for 24 of them because 12 of them are mentored in the neurology clinic or our physical therapy clinic)

  • What are the hours of work involved with the fellowship?
    M-Friday, generally 8-5
    , MD clinics 2x/month for ~8 hours.

  • How much mentoring time is provided? 
    Minimum 2 hours per week of PT mentoring time, 4-8 hour per month of neurologist and research mentoring. 
















Meet Richard Schmidt, PhD


Dr. Schmidt was professor emeritus in the department of psychology at UCLA who ran his own consulting firm, Human Performance Research, working in the area of human factors and human performance. Known as one of the leaders in research on motor behavior, Dr. Schmidt had more than 35 years' experience in this area and has published widely. 

The originator of schema theory, Dr. Schmidt founded the Journal of Motor Behavior in 1969 and was editor for 11 years. He authored the first edition of Motor Control and Learning in 1982, followed up with a second edition of the popular text in 1988, and collaborated with Tim Lee for the third edition in 1999 and fourth edition in 2005. 


Dr. Schmidt received an honorary doctorate from Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, in recognition of his work. Schmidt is a member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (of which he was president in 1982), the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the Psychonomic Society. Dr. Schmidt has received the C.H. McCloy Research Lectureship from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

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