Nancy Byl, PhD, PT

Professor and Chair Emeritus, UCSF
(415) 514-1007


  • BS, Physical Therapy, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1963
  • MPH, Medical Care Administration, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1968
  • PhD, Special Education, University of California, Berkeley / San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, 1985

Board Certifications

Physical Therapist (PT)

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Principles of neural plasticity and the origin of repetitive strain injuries and focal hand dystonia using an animal model
  • Effectiveness of onservative sensorimotor strategies for rehabilitating patients with focal hand dystonia
  • Application of the principles of neuroplasticity and intense, dual task aerobic exercise to effective intervention programs for the elderly and those with neurological or musculoskeletal degenerative disease
  • Determining the biomarkers for the origin of impairments and neuroprotection for patients with Parkinson’s disease
  • Initiation studies with the Department of Radiology on the effects of transmagnetic stimulation as an effective rehabilitation strategy to aid retraining and recovery post-stroke, PD or aging
  • Integrating rehabilitation robotics into paradigm shifts for neurorehabilitation to augment usual physical therapy