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Merrill R. Landers, PT, DPT, Ph.D., OCS

Chair and Professor
School of Allied Health Sciences
Office: BHS 308
Mail Code: 3029
Phone: 702-895-1377
Fax: 702-895-4883


Dr. Merrill Landers was born and raised in Apple Valley, California. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University in 1993, and his doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) from Creighton University in 1997. He joined the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Department of Physical Therapy (UNLVPT) in 2001 after seeing patients for five years in outpatient clinics. He became department chair of UNLVPT in 2011, and earned a PhD in Biological Sciences from the university the following year. Dr. Landers is an ABPTS Certified Specialist in Orthopedics. 


  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences - Integrative Physiology (Cognates: neurobiology, statistics), University of Nevada, Las Vegas - 2012
  • DPT, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska – 1997
  • B.S. in Exercise Science (Minor: Scandinavian Studies), Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah – 1993

Courses Taught

  • DPT 746 Neuroanatomy
  • DPT 756 Neurophysiology
  • DPT 791 Applied Research Statistics
  • DPT 798 Directed Research

Research Interests

Dr. Landers primary research interests are in Parkinson’s disease, balance and fall assessment, neuroplasticity and neuroprotection, abnormal illness behavior, fear-avoidance behavior, and the cervical spine.