Janey Prodoehl, PT, Ph.D.


College of Health Sciences
Physical Therapy Program
Alumni Hall 320B
555 31st St.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Office: 630-515-6451
Fax:    630-515-7224
e-mail: jprodo@midwestern.edu

Patient scheduling: 630-743-4500



PhD Movement Science University of Illinois at Chicago 2005
MS Physical Therapy Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School 1995
Diploma   Physiotherapy Leeds School of Physiotherapy 1989


Dr. Prodoehl has over 25 years of experience as a physical therapist primarily in out-patient orthopedics and was certified as an orthopedic clinical specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.  She provides physical therapy services at the Physical Therapy Institute located within the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic in Downers Grove, IL. Her clinical practice, teaching and research interests focus on understanding and treating problems associated with orofacial pain and headache. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.  She completed an orofacial pain shadowing program at the University of Kentucky. 

Dr. Prodoehl's doctoral studies examined motor control deficits in individuals with focal hand dystonia, and her post-doctoral work examined functional and structural neuroimaging in patients with various movement problems. Her clinical area of interest includes working with individuals with chronic orofacial pain and headache, other forms of chronic musculoskeletal dysfunction, and postural dysfunction.


Dr. Prodoehl is a physical therapist working to understand abnormal movement control and movement dysfunction in individuals with chronic movement problems and the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions for those populations.



Theme 1: Orofacial pain and headache can be separate problems, but they often occur together.  Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is one cause of orofacial pain and headache that can lead to movement problems including pain with eating, sleeping, talking, yawning, or problems simply maintaining normal jaw or head posture. The overall objective of this line of research is to examine the movement problems associated with TMD and headache and to develop effective treatments for these problems. We have a multidisciplinary team of researchers including physical therapists, dentists, speech language pathologists, exercise physiologists and osteopathic physicians that examine different facets of the problem.  We utilize three dimensional motion analysis, electromyography, and electroencephalography to examine postural and movement dysfunction in individuals with TMD and headache with an ultimate goal of developing effective interventions for patients with these problems.

Theme 2: Motor control and movement dysfunction in individuals with other forms of musculoskeletal dysfunction. The core of physical therapy practice is movement. The overall objective of this line of research is to expand and enhance the body of knowledge at the core of physical therapist practice. This includes the effect of pain and postural changes on movement control. 

Selected Publications


Kraus, S., Bender, S., Prodoehl J.  Muscle-Based Conditions in Temporomandibular Disorders: A Translational Approach From Basic Science to Clinical Applicability, Editors Gremillion H.A. and Klasser, G.D., © Springer International Publishing AG 2018, pp 141-171.

Prodoehl, J (2012). Mechanical Spinal Traction.  In: Hayes, K, Hall, K, Manual for Physical Agents (6th ed.).  Pearson, pp. 111-123.

Journal Articles (See PubMed results)

Kraus, S., Prodoehl, J. Outcomes and patient satisfaction following individualized physical therapy treatment for patients diagnosed with temporomandibular disc displacement without reduction with limited opening: A cross-sectional study. Cranio. 2017 Oct 4:1-8. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/CbaupcCTWxcBJRx6zt7T/full

Kraus, S., Prodoehl, J. Temporomandibular Disc Displacement without Reduction with Limited Opening: a Clinical Diagnostic Accuracy Study. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 2017; 33:3, 238-244.  

Prodoehl J., Rafferty M., David F.J., Poon C., Vaillancourt D.E., Comella C.L., Leurgans S.E., Kohrt W.M., Corcos D.M., Robichaud J.A. Two-Year Exercise Program Improves Physical Function in Parkinson's Disease: The PRET-PD Randomized Clinical Trial. Neurorehabil Neural Repair 2014 (epub). PMCID: 4961994 Impact Factor: 4.617

Prodoehl J, Burciu RG, Vaillancourt DE. Resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging in Parkinson's disease. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2014 Jun;14(6):4. PMCID:  24744021 Impact Factor: 3.669.

Prodoehl J, Li H, Planetta PJ, Goetz CG, Shannon KM, Tangonan R, Comella CL, Simuni T, Zhou XJ, Leurgans S, Corcos DM, Vaillancourt DE.  (2013) Diffusion tensor imaging of Parkinson's disease, atypical parkinsonism, and essential tremor Movement Disorders 28(13):1816-1822.  PMCID:  23674400 Impact Factor: 4.505.

Prodoehl, J., Planetta, P.J., Kurani, A., Comella, C.L., Corcos, D.M., Vaillancourt, D.E.  (2013).  Brain activation differences in tremor and non-tremor dominant Parkinson's disease.  JAMA Neurol 70(1):100-6.  PMCID: 23318516 Impact Factor: 7.584.

Kneely, K.A., Prodoehl, J., Planetta, P.J., Corcos, D.M., Comella, C.L., Goetz, C.G., Shannon, K.L., Vaillancourt, D.E.  (2013).  Force control deficits in individuals with Parkinson's disease, multiple systems atrophy, and progressive supranuclear palsy. PLoS One. 13;8(3).  PMCID: 23505500 Impact Factor: 4.092.

Vaillancourt, D.E., Spraker, M.B, Prodoehl, J., Zhou, X.J., Little, D.M.  (2012). Effects of aging on the ventral and dorsal substantia nigra using diffusion tensor imaging.  Neurobiology of Aging 33:35-42.  PMCID: PMC2908724. Impact Factor: 6.189.

Spraker, M.B., Corcos, D.M., Kurani, A., Prodoehl, J., Swinnen, S.P., Vaillancourt, D.E.  (2012).  Specific cerebellar regions are related to force amplitude and rate of force development.  Neuroimage 59: 1647-1656.  PMCID: PMC3230677. Impact Factor: 5.895.

David, F.J., Rafferty, M.R., Robichaud, J.A., Prodoehl, J., Kohrt, W.M., Vaillancourt, D.E., and Corcos, D.M.  (2012).  Progressive resistance training and Parkinson's disease: A review.  Parkinson's Disease.  PMCID: PMC3236435.

Heldman, D.A., Jankovic, J., Vaillancourt, D.E., Prodoehl, J., Elble, R.J., Giuffrida, J.P.  (2011). Essential tremor quantification during activities of daily living.  Parkinsonism and Related Disorders 17(7): 537-542.  PMCID: PMC3137659. Impact Factor: 3.795.

Planetta, J., Prodoehl, J., Corcos, D.M., Vaillancourt, D.E.  (2011). Use of magnetic resonance imaging to monitor Parkinson's disease.  Neurodegenerative Disease Management 1(1): 67-77.

Prodoehl, J., Spraker, M.B., Corcos, D.M., Comella, C.L., Vaillancourt, D.E.  (2010) Blood oxygenation level dependent activation in basal ganglia nuclei relates to specific symptoms in de novo Parkinson's disease.  Movement Disorders 25(13): 2035-2043.  PMCID: PMC2952037. Impact Factor: 4.505.

Spraker, M.B. Prodoehl, J., Corcos, D.M., Comella, C.L., Vaillancourt, D.E.  (2010).  Basal ganglia hypoactivity during grip force in drug naïve Parkinson's disease.  Human Brain Mapping 31(12):1928-1941.  PMID: 20225221. Impact Factor: 5.880.

Wasson, P., Prodoehl, J., Coombes, S.A., Corcos, D.M., Vaillancourt, D.E.  (2010).  Predicting grip force amplitude involves circuits in the anterior basal ganglia.  NeuroImage 49(4): 3230-3238.  PMCID: PMC2818558. Impact Factor: 5.895.

Prodoehl, J., Vaillancourt, D.E.  (2010)  Effects of spatial visual gain on force control at the elbow and ankle.  Experimental Brain Research 200(1): 67-79.  PMCID: PMC2842579. Impact Factor: 2.395.

Prodoehl, J., Corcos, D.M., Vaillancourt, D.E.  (2009) Basal ganglia mechanisms of precision grip.  Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 33: 900-908. PMCID: PMC2684813. Impact Factor: 8.650.

Vaillancourt, D.E., Spraker, M.B., Prodoehl, J., Abraham, I., Corcos, D.M., Zhou, X.J., Comella, C.L., Little, D.M.  (2009) High resolution diffusion tensor imaging in the substantia nigra of de novo Parkinson's disease.  Neurology 72(16): 1378-1384.  PMCID: PMC2677508. Impact Factor: 8.312.

Prodoehl, J., Yu, H., Wasson, P., Corcos, D.M, Vaillancourt, D.E.  (2008).  Effects of visual and auditory feedback on sensorimotor circuits in the basal ganglia.  Journal of Neurophysiology 99: 3042-3051.  PMID: 18287549. Impact Factor: 3.316.

Prodoehl, J., Yu, H., Abraham, I., Little, D.M., Vaillancourt, D.E.  (2008).  Region of interest template for the human basal ganglia: Comparing EPI and Standardized Space Approaches. NeuroImage 39(3): 956-965. PMCID: PMC2253186. Impact Factor: 5.895.

Prodoehl, J., Verhagen Metman, L., Rothwell, J.C., Corcos, D.M, Bakay, R.A.E., Vaillancourt, D.E.  (2007)  Effects of STN DBS on memory guided force control in Parkinson's disease.  IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering 15(2): 155-165.  PMCID: PMC2361426. Impact Factor: 3.436.

Prodoehl, J., Corcos, D.M., Vaillancourt, D.E.  (2006).  Effects of focal hand dystonia on force variability.  Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry 77(8): 909-914.  PMCID: PMC2077615. Impact Factor: 4.764.

Vaillancourt, D.E., Prodoehl, J., Sturman, M.M., Verhagen Metman, L., Bakay, R., Corcos, D.M.  (2006).  Effects of deep brain stimulation and medication on strength, bradykinesia, and muscle activation of the ankle in Parkinson's disease.  Movement Disorders 21: 50-58.  PMCID: PMC2373255. Impact Factor: 4.505.

Vaillancourt, D.E., Prodoehl, J., Verhagen Metman, L., Bakay, R., Corcos, D.M.  (2004).  Effects of deep brain stimulation and medication on bradykinesia and muscle activation in Parkinson's disease.  Brain 127: 491-504.  PMID: 14662520. Impact Factor: 9.457.

Prodoehl J., MacKinnon C.D, Comella C.L, Corcos D.M. (2006).  Rate of force production and relaxation is impaired in patients with focal hand dystonia.  Parkinsonism and Related Disorders. 12(6):363-71. Impact Factor: 3.795.

Prodoehl, J., MacKinnon, C.D., Comella, C.L., Corcos, D.M. (2006).  Strength deficits in primary focal hand dystonia.  Movement Disorders 21(1):18-27.  Impact Factor: 4.505.

Shapiro, M.B., Prodoehl, J., Corcos, D.M., Gottlieb, G.L. (2005).  Muscle activation is different when the same muscle acts as an agonist or antagonist during voluntary movement.  Journal of Motor Behavior 37(2): 135-145. Impact Factor: 1.638.

Prodoehl, J., Gottlieb, G. L, and Corcos, D.M. (2003).  The neural control of single-degree of freedom elbow movements: effects of starting joint position. Experimental Brain Research 153(1):7-15. Impact Factor: 2.395.

Corcos, D.M., Jiang, H-Y., Wilding, J., Gottlieb, G.L. (2002).  Fatigue induced changes in phasic muscle activation patterns for fast elbow.  Experimental Brain Research 142(1):1-12. Impact Factor: 2.395.