Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Chair, Department of Physical Therapy
Dr. Mitchell Zackery Batavia, Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at New York University, holds a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware, an MA in Motor Learning from Columbia University, and a PhD in Pathokinesiology from New York University. He completed a Robert Salant Post Doctoral Fellowship at NYU / NYU Medical Center in 1998, and earned a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Epidemiology from University of London in 2008.
Dr. Batavia has published around 20 journal articles and textbooks. His earlier books include The Wheelchair Evaluation: A Practical Guide (1998 Butterworth Heinemann; 2004 Korean Translation), a "nuts and bolts" textbook on wheelchair prescription The Wheelchair Evaluationand Clinical Research for Health Professionals: A User-Friendly Guide (2001, Butterworth Heinemann) Clinical-Research-Health-Professionals-User-Friendly, an introduction to research/ scientific inquiry using metaphors to drive home challenging and often misunderstood concepts. In Spring 2002, Dr. Batavia received the Goddard Award to fund his research on testing functional rotation abilities in non-disabled adults and in persons with Parkinson's disease. In 2006, Batavia penned the comprehensive reference textbook Contraindications in Physical Rehabilitation: Doing No Harm, (2006, Saunders/ Elsevier Best Seller) aimed at informing practice and improving patient care by bringing variant physical rehabilitation safety guidelines/ concerns under "one roof."Contraindications in Physical Rehabilitation
More recently, Dr. Batavia authored The Wheelchair Evaluation: A Clinician's Guide 2nd Edition (2010, Jones & Bartlett). In this new edition, he dedicated four new chapters to address timely prescriptive issues as funding for equipment becomes tighter and documentation comes under increasing Medicare scrutiny. He also created animation and video clips in an accompanying CD for the book to assist teachers and learners. (see sample at http://www.jbpub.com/Catalog/9780763761721/Resources/).The textbook has been adopted for use in accredited continuing education.
Dr. Batavia's broad research interests include evidence-based practice/risk guidelines, instrument development, augmented feedback and wheelchair/seating positioning.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities and research, he has served as a manuscript reviewer for Perceptual Motor Skills, Butterworth Heinemann, and the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (JNPT).
In August 2010, Dr. Batavia was invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy.
In September 2010, he joined the Cochrane Collaboration, an international, not-for-profit, independent organization aimed at examining evidence for health care. He serves as a peer-reviewer refereeing for the Cochrane Injuries Group.
In fall of 2013, Dr. Batavia became Department Chair.
In AY15-16, Batavia embarked on a Memoir Project, co-authoring Wisdom from a Chair: Thirty Years of Quadriplegia, The Memoirs of Andrew I Batavia Wisdom From a Chair published in spring 2016, during the ADA's 25th Anniversary year. The Book (with forewords by Former US Attorney General and Former Governor of Pennsylvania Dick Thornburgh and Senator John McCain of Arizona), describes the life of an international disability activist and scholar with high level quadriplegia and illustrates how modest accommodations at the work place can lead to massive and historic output in America.
At A Glance: Q & A on ADA's 26th Anniversary