Professor Emeritus, Otolaryngology
Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine

Office:   1441 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
Email: (University)
Office:   (404) 712-5660 (Office)


Being Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program has been an amazing experience. I know I am bragging but the Emory faculty are superb and the students represent the best of the best. Our academic program recognizes the challenges involved in an ever-changing healthcare environment and has the flexibility to meet and anticipate those changes. Emory is definitely an exciting place to work and learn. I am fortunate that my doctoral and post-doctoral training have enabled me to combine my research interests in recovery of function with my clinical practice specializing in the treatment of patients with vestibular deficits. The focus of my current research is determining predictors for successful rehabilitation of people with vestibular loss. These studies also examine the development of the mechanisms involved in the recovery of gaze stability. By identifying these mechanisms, we can develop more effective treatment protocols.


1976 Ph.D. Anatomy Philadelphia, PA, USA
1969 B.A.S. Biology Poughkeepsie, NY, USA


  1. Hall CD, Herdman SJ. Reliability of clinical measures used to assess patients with peripheral vestibular disorders.
    J Neurol Phys Ther. 2006 Jun;30(2):74-81.
    PMID: 16796772 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  2. Hall CD, Schubert MC, Herdman SJ. Prediction of fall risk reduction as measured by dynamic gait index in individuals with unilateral vestibular hypofunction.
    Otol Neurotol. 2004 Sep;25(5):746-51.
    PMID: 15354006 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  3. Schubert MC, Tusa RJ, Grine LE, Herdman SJ. Optimizing the sensitivity of the head thrust test for identifying vestibular hypofunction.
    Phys Ther. 2004 Feb;84(2):151-8.
    PMID: 14744205 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  4. Schubert MC, Das V, Tusa RJ, Herdman SJ. Cervico-ocular reflex in normal subjects and patients with unilateral vestibular hypofunction.
    Otol Neurotol. 2004 Jan;25(1):65-71.
    PMID: 14724495 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  5. Herdman SJ, Clendaniel RA. Re: Factors affecting recovery after acoustic neuroma resection by Cohen et al.
    Acta Otolaryngol. 2003 Sep;123(7):889-90; author reply 891. No abstract available.
    PMID: 14575408 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  6. Herdman SJ, Schubert MC, Das VE, Tusa RJ. Recovery of dynamic visual acuity in unilateral vestibular hypofunction.
    Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2003 Aug;129(8):819-24.
    PMID: 12925338 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  7. Schubert MC, Herdman SJ, Tusa RJ. Vertical dynamic visual acuity in normal subjects and patients with vestibular hypofunction.
    Otol Neurotol. 2002 May;23(3):372-7.
    PMID: 11981398 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  8. Schubert MC, Herdman SJ, Tusa RJ. Functional measure of gaze stability in patients with vestibular hypofunction.
    Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2001 Oct;942:490-1. No abstract available.
    PMID: 11710496 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  9. Herdman SJ, Schubert MC, Tusa RJ. Strategies for balance rehabilitation: fall risk and treatment.
    Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2001 Oct;942:394-412. Review.
    PMID: 11710480 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  10. Herdman SJ, Schubert MC, Tusa RJ. Role of central preprogramming in dynamic visual acuity with vestibular loss.
    Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001 Oct;127(10):1205-10.
    PMID: 11587600 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  11. Herdman SJ, Blatt P, Schubert MC, Tusa RJ. Falls in patients with vestibular deficits.
    Am J Otol. 2000 Nov;21(6):847-51.
    PMID: 11078074 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  12. Blatt PJ, Georgakakis GA, Herdman SJ, Clendaniel RA, Tusa RJ. The effect of the canalith repositioning maneuver on resolving postural instability in patients with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.
    Am J Otol. 2000 May;21(3):356-63.
    PMID: 10821549 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  13. Herdman SJ, Blatt PJ, Schubert MC. Vestibular rehabilitation of patients with vestibular hypofunction or with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.
    Curr Opin Neurol. 2000 Feb;13(1):39-43. Review.
    PMID: 10719648 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  14. Yen MT, Herdman SJ, Tusa RJ. Oscillopsia and pseudonystagmus in kidney transplant patients.
    Am J Ophthalmol. 1999 Dec;128(6):768-70.
    PMID: 10612521 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  15. Suzuki AR, Herdman SJ, Tusa RJ. [Diagnosis and therapeutic options in benign paroxysmal positional vertigo]
    Acta Otorrinolaringol Esp. 1999 Mar;50(2):106-17. Review. Spanish.
    PMID: 10217683 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  16. Herdman SJ, Tusa RJ, Blatt P, Suzuki A, Venuto PJ, Roberts D. Computerized dynamic visual acuity test in the assessment of vestibular deficits.
    Am J Otol. 1998 Nov;19(6):790-6.
    PMID: 9831156 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  17. Herdman SJ. Role of vestibular adaptation in vestibular rehabilitation.
    Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1998 Jul;119(1):49-54. Review.
    PMID: 9674514 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  18. Monsell EM, Furman JM, Herdman SJ, Konrad HR, Shepard NT. Computerized dynamic platform posturography.
    Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997 Oct;117(4):394-8.
    PMID: 9339802 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  19. Herdman SJ. Advances in the treatment of vestibular disorders.
    Phys Ther. 1997 Jun;77(6):602-18. Review.
    PMID: 9184686 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  20. Tusa RJ, Grant MP, Buettner UW, Herdman SJ, Zee DS. The contribution of the vertical semicircular canals to high-velocity horizontal vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) in normal subjects and patients with unilateral vestibular nerve section.
    Acta Otolaryngol. 1996 Jul;116(4):507-12.
    PMID: 8831834 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  21. Turano KA, Dagnelie G, Herdman SJ. Visual stabilization of posture in persons with central visual field loss.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 1996 Jul;37(8):1483-91.
    PMID: 8675390 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  22. Herdman SJ, Tusa RJ. Complications of the canalith repositioning procedure.
    Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996 Mar;122(3):281-6.
    PMID: 8607956 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  23. Herdman SJ, Clendaniel RA, Mattox DE, Holliday MJ, Niparko JK. Vestibular adaptation exercises and recovery: acute stage after acoustic neuroma resection.
    Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1995 Jul;113(1):77-87.
    PMID: 7603726 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  24. Turano K, Rubin GS, Herdman SJ, Chee E, Fried LP. Visual stabilization of posture in the elderly: fallers vs. nonfallers.
    Optom Vis Sci. 1994 Dec;71(12):761-9.
    PMID: 7898883 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  25. Herdman SJ. Canalith repositioning maneuver.
    Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1994 Nov;111(5):691; author reply 691-2. No abstract available.
    PMID: 7848466 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  26. Hain TC, Herdman SJ, Holliday M, Mattox D, Zee DS, Byskosh AT. Localizing value of optokinetic afternystagmus.
    Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1994 Oct;103(10):806-11.
    PMID: 7944173 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  27. Herdman SJ, Sandusky AL, Hain TC, Zee DS, Tusa RJ. Characteristics of postural stability in patients with aminoglycoside toxicity.
    J Vestib Res. 1994 Spring;4(1):71-80.
    PMID: 8186864 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  28. Turano K, Herdman SJ, Dagnelie G. Visual stabilization of posture in retinitis pigmentosa and in artificially restricted visual fields.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 1993 Sep;34(10):3004-10.
    PMID: 8360031 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  29. Herdman SJ, Tusa RJ, Zee DS, Proctor LR, Mattox DE. Single treatment approaches to benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.
    Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1993 Apr;119(4):450-4.
    PMID: 8457308 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  30. Konrad HR, Tomlinson D, Stockwell CW, Norre M, Horak FB, Shepard NT, Herdman SJ. Rehabilitation therapy for patients with disequilibrium and balance disorders.
    Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992 Jul;107(1):105-8. Review.
    PMID: 1528589 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  31. Tian J, Herdman SJ, Zee DS, Folstein SE. Postural stability in patients with Huntington’s disease.
    Neurology. 1992 Jun;42(6):1232-8.
    PMID: 1534875 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  32. Tusa RJ, Repka MX, Smith CB, Herdman SJ. Early visual deprivation results in persistent strabismus and nystagmus in monkeys.
    Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 1991 Jan;32(1):134-41.
    PMID: 1987095 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  33. Tian JR, Herdman SJ, Zee DS, Folstein SE. Postural control in Huntington’s disease (HD).
    Acta Otolaryngol Suppl. 1991;481:333-6.
    PMID: 1833947 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  34. Herdman SJ. Treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.
    Phys Ther. 1990 Jun;70(6):381-8. Review.
    PMID: 2189146 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  35. Herdman SJ. Exercise strategies for vestibular disorders.
    Ear Nose Throat J. 1989 Dec;68(12):961-4.
    PMID: 2620646 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  36. Tusa RJ, Demer JL, Herdman SJ. Cortical areas involved in OKN and VOR in cats: cortical lesions.
    J Neurosci. 1989 Apr;9(4):1163-78.
    PMID: 2703872 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  37. Herdman SJ, Tusa RJ, Smith CB. Cortical areas involved in horizontal OKN in cats: metabolic activity.
    J Neurosci. 1989 Apr;9(4):1150-62.
    PMID: 2703871 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  38. Zee DS, Tusa RJ, Herdman SJ, Butler PH, Gucer G. Effects of occipital lobectomy upon eye movements in primate.
    J Neurophysiol. 1987 Oct;58(4):883-907.
    PMID: 3681400 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  39. Tusa RJ, Zee DS, Herdman SJ. Effect of unilateral cerebral cortical lesions on ocular motor behavior in monkeys: saccades and quick phases.
    J Neurophysiol. 1986 Dec;56(6):1590-625.
    PMID: 3806184 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  40. Krebs DE, Harris SR, Herdman SJ, Michels E. Theory in physical therapy.
    Phys Ther. 1986 May;66(5):661-2. No abstract available.
    PMID: 3703928 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  41. Schank JA, Herdman SJ, Bloyer RG. Physical therapy in the multidisciplinary assessment and management of osteoarthritis.
    Clin Ther. 1986;9 Suppl B:14-23.
    PMID: 3829092 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  42. Herdman SJ, Hand CL, Hand PJ. Autoradiographic deoxyglucose study of visually activated extrastriate cortex in the primate: three-dimensional reconstruction.
    Exp Neurol. 1984 Aug;85(2):383-90.
    PMID: 6745380 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  43. Yu J, Chambers WW, Liu CN, Herdman SJ, Chen WP. Induction of spinal seizures by natural stimulation in cats.
    Brain Res. 1984 May 14;299(2):323-30.
    PMID: 6733453 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  44. Herdman SJ, Douglas MA, Shell DR, Volz DL, Yancey SD, Chambers WW, Liu CN. Recovery of the hopping response after complete spinal cord transection in the cat.
    Exp Neurol. 1983 Sep;81(3):776-80.
    PMID: 6884485 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  45. Herdman SJ. Effect of experience on recovery following CNS lesions.
    Phys Ther. 1983 Jan;63(1):51-5. No abstract available.
    PMID: 6849007 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  46. Herdman SJ. Recovery of shivering in spinal cats.
    Exp Neurol. 1978 Apr;59(2):177-89. No abstract available.
    PMID: 639914 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Awards and Honors

01/2003 John Maley Award for Innovative Clinical Practice American Physical Therapy Association
01/2001 Catherine Worthingham Fellow American Physical Therapy Association
01/2000 Excellence in Research Award American Physical Therapy Association
01/1998 Jack Walker Award Physical Therapy
01/1998 Faculty Achievement Award Div. of Physical Therapy, Univ. of Miami
01/1991 Faculty of the Year Award Department of Physical Therapy, Univ. of Maryland