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 (1998), and earned a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Epidemiology from University of London (2008).
Dr. Batavia has published over 20 journal articles and books. 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
In 2010, Dr. Batavia authored The Wheelchair Evaluation: A Clinician's Guide 2nd Edition (Jones & Bartlett). In this second 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.
In August 2010, Dr. Batavia was invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy and in September of that year, 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.
Dr. Batavia was appointed Department Chair in 2013
In academic year 15-16, Batavia embarked on a Memoir Project, co-authoring Wisdom From a Chair: Thirty Years of Quadriplegia, The Memoirs of Andrew I Batavia, which waspublished during the American's with Disabilities (ADA) 25th Anniversary year. The Book 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 historic output in the US. (forewords by Former US Attorney General and Former Governor of Pennsylvania Dick Thornburgh and Senator John McCain of Arizona)
In Spring 2017, he was selected by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) to serve as an Item Writer for the National Physical Therapy Examinations (NPTE).
Dr. Batavia's broad research interests include evidence-based practice/risk guidelines, instrument development, augmented feedback and wheelchair/seating positioning.
In addition to his administrative, teaching and research responsibilities, he has served as a manuscript reviewer or referee for Perceptual Motor Skills, Butterworth Heinemann, the Cochrane Collaboration, and the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (JNPT).
At A Glance: Q & A on ADA's 26th Anniversary