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Jacqueline Montes, PT, EdD, NCS

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (in Neurology) at the Columbia University Medical Center
Jacqueline Montes, PT, EdD, NCS

Jacqueline Montes, PT, EdD, NCS obtained her Bachelors degree and physical therapy certification at Hunter College here in New York. She is a licensed physical therapist since 1994 and certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities as a neurological clinical specialist since 2005. She also received an MA and EdD in Motor Learning and Motor Control from Columbia University's Teachers College. Dr. Montes has worked at the Columbia University Medical Center her entire career first joining the Physical Therapy Department rotating through specialties such as Pulmonary, Orthopedics and Wheelchair Clinic. In 1997 her focus and specialization became the care of acute neurological and neurosurgical patients. In 2003, Dr. Montes joined the multidisciplinary team at the Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA ALS Research Center at Columbia University. Her work included evaluating and treating patients with motor neuron disease, as well as coordinating their care at home, rehabilitative services, durable medical equipment and mobility aids.

As a member of a prominent multidisciplinary group of experienced clinical researchers at Columbia University’s SMA Clinical Research Center and the Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinical Research Network (PNCRN) she has had the opportunity to play a role in the development and execution of numerous clinical research studies. She has a particular interest in neuromuscular conditions such as spinal muscular atrophy where her research has been focused. Dr. Montes’ research training includes development of outcome measures, kinematic evaluation of movement, and electromyography to describe weakness and physiologic fatigue during walking. She has also had the opportunity to play a key role in a randomized, controlled, clinical trial of exercise in patients with SMA. Her goals now are focused on a better understanding of disease mechanisms underlying weakness, fatigue and motor impairments, and salutary responsiveness to exercise in SMA and other genetically determined neuromuscular conditions.

Departmental Appointments

  • Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine

Education & Training

  • BS, Physical Therapy, Hunter College, City University of New York
  • EdD, Motor Learning and Motor Control, Columbia University, Teachers College

Centers/Institutes/Programs

  • SMA Clinical Research Center, Columbia University

Licenses

  • NYS PT License NPI
    Number: 1851679971
    From: 10/1/1994, to: 9/20/2018

Contact Info

Research Interests

  • SMA

NIH Grants

  • CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE AWARD (Federal Gov)

    Jul 1 2016 - May 31 2021

    EVALUATION OF OXIDATIVE CAPACITY AND EXERCISE TOLERANCE IN AMBULATORY PATIENTS WITH SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY (Federal Gov)

    Aug 1 2016 - Apr 30 2021

    MITOCHONDRIAL ENCEPHALOMYOPATHIES: APPROACHES TO TREATMENT (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2014 - May 31 2019

    MITOCHONDRIAL ENCEPHALOMYOPATHIES AND MENTAL RETARDATION (Federal Gov)

    Dec 1 1996 - Feb 29 2016

    SMA FOUNDATION CENTER GRANT (Private)

    Jul 1 2015 - Dec 31 2015

    PEDIATRIC NEUROMUSCULAR CLINICAL RESEARCH NETWORK FOR SMA (Private)

    Jul 1 2012 - Jun 30 2015

    COLUMBIA SMA PROJECT: 4-AP AS A POTENTIAL SMA THERAPEUTIC AGENT AND BIOLOGICAL MECHANISMS OF ACTION (Federal Gov)

    Sep 1 2011 - Aug 31 2014

    COLUMBIA SMA PROJECT: A RANDOMIZED, CONTROL TRIAL OF THE EFFECTS OF EXERCISE ON MOTOR FUNCTION AND STRENGTH IN PATIENTS WITH SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY (SMA) (Federal Gov)

    May 3 2010 - May 2 2014

    PEDIATRIC NEUROMUSCULAR CLINICAL RESEARCH NETWORK (Private)

    Jul 1 2004 - Jun 30 2012