Regina T. Harbourne, PT, PhD, PCS

Reggie HarbourneRegina T. Harbourne, PT, PhD, PCS
Physical Therapy Department
Munroe-Meyer Institute
985450 NE Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450

Phone: (402) 559-5067

Professional Summary:

Reggie Harbourne, PT, PhD, PCS is Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation (MMI). She directs research in the Infant Development Laboratory, which focuses on the emergence of early learning of motor skills and the relationship of movement ability to cognitive skills. She has taught courses nationally and internationally on intervention for infants and children with movement disorders. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Mentorship Award and the Stephen Haley Research Award from the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association. Her funded grant projects focus on investigating intervention and development in infants and young children with movement disorders.


PhD, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 2009
MS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1988
BS, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA, 1977

Courses Taught:

UNMC PHYT 612 Pediatric Physical Therapy
UNMC MMI 902 Infant Development
UNMC PHYT 740 Critical Inquiry II
UNMC PHYT 942 Special Topics (motor/cognitive change in development, grant writing)

Research Interests and Projects:

  • Intervention to advance postural transitions in young children with neuromotor disabilities and resulting effects on play, American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Pediatrics, $30,000, 1/1/12-12/30/12, PI
  • Center for Neural Basis of Motor Development and Rehabilitation, Hattie B. Munroe Foundation, $500,000, 2011-2015, Co-PI
  • Bioengineering a Medical Device for the Evaluation of Sitting Posture in Infants with a Motor Disability. Nebraska Research Initiative, $453,863. 2/15/09-2/15/11. Role: Consultant
  • Does Early Postural Intervention Effect Sitting Balance or Reaching in Infants Born Preterm. American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Pediatrics Planning Grant. No Number. PI: S. Dusing; Co-PI: R. Harbourne, N. Stergiou, C. Galloway 1/1/09-6/30/10 $30,000
  • Investigation of Interventions for Sitting Postural Control in Young Children with Moderate to Severe Cerebral Palsy (H133G080023), 10/01/08-9/30/11, $600,000, Role: Co-PI
  • Nonlinear Analysis of Postural Function in Infants. National Institute of Health 1K25 HD 047194-01A1, 8/01/05-8/01/10, $577,182 Direct cost, $692,618 Role: Co-PI
  • Investigation of the dynamics of sitting posture control in infants with cerebral palsy, U.S. Department of Education, Field Initiated Program 84.133G-1. 12/01/04 - 12/01/07, $450,000 Direct cost, $540,000 Total cost, Role: Co-PI

Selected Publications: (last 5 years)

  • Harbourne, R., Lobo, M., Karst, G. M., Galloway, J. A. C. (2013). Sit happens: Does sitting development perturb reaching development, or vice versa? Infant Behavior and Development, 36(3): 438-50. PMID: 23644424
  • Harbourne, R., Stergiou, N., Ryalls, B. (2013). Sitting and Looking: A Comparison of Stability and Visual Exploration in Infants with Typical Development and Infants with Developmental Delay, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, in press. PMID: 23901882
  • Lobo, M.A., Harbourne, R., Dusing, S. C., Westcott McCoy, S. (2013). Grounding physical therapy education and practice: Incorporating the concept of grounded cognition in early intervention. Physical Therapy, 93, 94-103. PMID: 23001524
  • Kyvelidou A, Harbourne RT, Willet SL, Stergiou N. (2013) Sitting postural control in infants with typical development, motor delay, or cerebral palsy. Pediatric Physical Therapy 25(1):46-51. PMID: 23288009
  • Haworth, J., Harbourne, R., Vallabhauosoula, S., Stergiou, N. (2013). Center of pressure and the projection of the time-course of sitting skill acquisition. Gait and Posture, April, 2013 on-line pub.
  • Deffeyes, J., Harbourne, R. T.,Kyvelidou, A., Stergiou, N. Nonlinear analysis of sitting postural sway indicates developmental delay in infants. Clinical Biomechanics, online publication 2 June, 2009.
  • Harbourne, R. T.,Stergiou, N. Movement variability and the use of nonlinear tools: principles to guide physical therapist practice. Physical Therapy, 89: 267-282, 2009.
  • Harbourne, R. T., Deffeyes, J., Kyvelidou, A., Stergiou, N. Complexity of postural control in infants: linear and nonlinear features developed by principal component analysis. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology and Life Sciences, 13; 123-144, 2009.
  • Kyvelidou, A., Harbourne, RT, Stuberg, W., Stergiou, N. Reliability of center of pressure measures for assessing the development of sitting postural control. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90, 2009; 1176-1184.


  • Harbourne, RT. Cerebral Palsy. In Sullivan, K and Ryerson, S, Neurologic Physical Therapy, in press.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • North American Sports PE and Sports Psychology Association
  • International Society of Infant Studies