Patricia Blau, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department: Physical Therapy


Dr. Blau received her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida, her MEd from the University of Rochester in 1972, and her PhD in Neuroscience and Cognition from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2002. Dr. Blau has been a practicing physical therapist for 44 years. She has specialized in rehabilitation for patients with vestibular dysfunction for the past 23 years in the Center for Auditory, Vestibular & Facial Nerve Disorders.

In her clinical practice at the School of Health Professions, Dr. Blau works with patients who have balance deficits, dizziness related to inner ear dysfunction, facial nerve disorders as well as many other physical therapy-related problems resulting from surgery of disease of the head and neck. Dr. Blau has given continuing education courses on topics such as:

  • Balance Disorders
  • Postural Instability in the Vestibular-Related Patient
  • Clinical Management of the Dizzy Patient, specifically related to sensory organization problems.
  • UTSW Neurologic Clinical Specialist Preparatory Series


Medical School University of Rochester (), Educational Foundation
Graduate School University of Texas at Dallas ()

Research Interests

  • Facial nerve dysfunction
  • Geriatric fall prevention
  • Role of complex visual environments in postural control
  • Vestibular system dysfunction


Featured Publications Legend

Featured Publications

Reliability of a rating scale used to distinguish direction of eye movement using infrared/video ENG recordings during repositioning maneuvers.

Blau P and Shoup A. International Journal of Audiology 2007 46:8 427-432

Diazepam Tolerance Effects on Vestibular Function Testing, Part II: Vestibulo-ocular Reflex Parameters During Rotational Testing

Patricia A. Blau, PT, PhD, Nathan Schwade, PhD, Peter Roland, MD Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology September 2005 114 722-729

Diazepam Tolerance Effects on Vestibular Function Testing, Part I: Saccadic Parameters During Electronystagmography

Patricia A. Blau, PT, PhD, Nathan Schwade, PhD, Peter Roland, MD Annals of Otology, Rhinology, & Laryngology August 2005 114 621-628

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  • Texas Physical Therapy Association
    Outstanding Research Platform Presentation (1998)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association
  • Vestibular Disorders Association