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Lori Hochman, PT, PhD

Lori Hochman

Lori Hochman, PT, PhD

Executive Director of Clinical Education
Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist
Clinical Assistant Professor
Stony Brook University

Phone: 631-444-1193
Email: lori.hochman@stonybrook.edu

Dr. Hochman received her BS from Tulane University with a major in Psychology in 1994 and then completed her BS/MS in Physical Therapy from Long Island University in 1998.  She completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University, Florida, in 2018.  Her dissertation title is: Effects of Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycling versus Cycling Only on Walking Performance and Quality of Life in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis: A Randomized, Clinical Pilot Study.  She will be presenting this work at CSM in January of 2019 and at the New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA) Annual Conference in October of 2019.  Prior to coming to Stony Brook University in 2009, Lori served as an adjunct professor at NYIT in Old Westbury for seven years.  Presently, Dr. Hochman is the Executive Director of Clinical Education and responsible for the administration and coordination of the four clinical practice courses across both campuses. She is involved in teaching the neurological track of the curriculum and participates as a faculty mentor in the DPT Program’s Case Study courses.

Upon entering the profession, Dr. Hochman worked at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, NY, treating patients recovering from a wide variety of neurological and orthopedic impairments. She spent several years as the Clinical Specialist on the Brain Injury Unit before becoming the Rehabilitation Supervisor of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. She received her certificate of competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation in 2002 from Emory University and, in 2006, became a Board Certified Neurological Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

In an effort to provide evidenced-based care to individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Dr. Hochman completed her LSVT BIG certification in 2013 and continues to assist spreading the word about LSVT to her students and colleagues.  Recently, she assisted her students by organizing an on-line certification course, so they too can earn their certification in this treatment method.  She and her colleague, Christina Burke, organized a lab component to solidify clinical skills while providing the students with an opportunity to work with people living with PD.  

Dr. Hochman maintains her clinical practice by providing wellness services as a coach at Rock Steady Boxing - Eastern Long Island in Commack, NY, where she works with her long-time colleague and Stony Brook alumna, Susan Thomas, PT, DPT.  Lori completed her coaching certification through Rock Steady Boxing in September, 2018.  These non-contact, boxing inspired community-based classes help individuals who are living with PD combat their symptoms while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

One of Dr. Hochman’s passions for the past seven years has been volunteering her time as a clinical specialist for Empower SCI (www.empowersci.org).  This non-profit organization runs a 2-week residential rehabilitation program on Stony Brook University’s campus each summer that includes physical and occupational therapy, as well as adaptive recreational activities such as surfing, kayaking, swimming and cycling. 

Dr. Hochman has always demonstrated a strong commitment to her professional organization and has held several positions in the NYPTA, including Long Island District Chapter Director, Membership Liaison, Programming Committee member, Awards Committee member, and Delegate to the NYPTA Delegate Assembly, participating in events locally and at the state level. She is currently the Chair of the Long Island District, and previously held the position of Vice Chair. The groundwork for her involvement in the APTA started in PT school as the student liaison to the Brooklyn/Staten Island District. She was awarded the prestigious Mary McMillan Student Award from the APTA for her contributions in this role.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Hochman L, Squillace M, and Milazzo M.  (2014). Pediatric onset of MS fact sheet. Section of Neurology. http://www.neuropt.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/pediatric-ms.pdf?sfvrsn=941f4d43_0

Peer-Reviewed Presentations

Backus D, Sisto SA, Hochman L, Burke C, Alon G, Hebert J, and Warfield W. (2016, Nov).  Stimulating discussion: Functional electrical stimulation as a rehab tool for people with neurodegenerative diseases, spinal cord injury and stroke. Educational session at the ACRM, Chicago, IL.

Hochman L, Silberman N, and Recker-Hughes C. (2016, Oct).  Stakeholder perceptions of a novel student clinical internship in physical therapy research lab. Poster presentation at the APTA Educational Leadership Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Callahan C, Goodine J, Remillard L, Hochman L, Milazzo M, Santasier A, Squillace M, Block P, and Cesiro J. (2015, Apr) Empower SCI: A second chance at rehabilitation. Poster presentation at the Converging Sciences Summit, Stony Brook, NY.


Hochman L, Muratori L, Canbek J, and Cheng S. (2016) Effects of functional electrical stimulation cycling versus cycling only on walking performance and quality of life in individuals with Multiple Sclerosis:  A pilot study. Role: Primary Investigator. NYPTA Arthur J. Nelson Research Designated Fund.

Hochman L, Silberman N, and Recker- Hughes C. (2016) Stakeholder perceptions of a novel student clinical internship in physical therapy research lab. Role: Primary Investigator, NY/NJ Clinical Education Consortium.

Hochman L. (2016) Effects of functional electrical stimulation cycling versus cycling only on walking performance and quality of life in individuals with Multiple Sclerosis: A pilot study. Role: Primary Investigator, LVST Global Student Small Grant.