Angela Merlo, PT, DPT, PhD

Angela Merlo Assistant Professor
Northern Arizona University
Physical Therapy, Phoenix Campus
Phone: 602-827-2428

Angela Merlo, PT, DPT, Phd Assistant Professor

Dr. Merlo graduated from the University of South Carolina with an interest in neurorehabilitation.  Her interests include intervention strategies for chronic neurologic conditions, including dosage and timing of therapeutic interventions, as well as patient/participant perceptions of intervention strategies.  Most recently Dr. Merlo has explored individual perceptions of the feasibility and benefits of participation in an intensive therapy for individuals with chronic stroke.  


  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.  PhD in Exercise Science Emphasis: Motor Control and Rehabilitation.
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.  DPT in Physical Therapy
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA. MS in Exercise Science Emphasis: Exercise Science and Health Promotion.
  • University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA. BS in Physical Education


  • Fritz SL, Peters DM, Merlo AR and Donley J.  Active Video Gaming Effects on Balance in Individuals with Chronic Stroke: A Randomized Control Trial.  Submitted to Topics in Stroke Rehab, June 2012. In Review.
  • Merlo AR, Fritz SL, Jay M, McClenaghan B and Goodman A.  Participants’ perspectives on the feasibility of an intensive, task-specific intervention for chronic stroke: A qualitative analysis. Accepted to Physical Therapy, In Press.
  • Fritz SL, Merlo AR, Rivers ED, Peters D, et al. An intensive mobility intervention to improve gait, balance and mobility in individuals with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury: A pilot study of activity tolerance and benefits.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2011; 92(11): 1776-1784.
  • Frits SL, Merlo A, Rivers, ED, Brandenburg B, Sweet J, Donley J, Mathews H, deBode S, McClenghan B.  Intensive mobility training as an intervention for improving gait, balance and mobility in persons with chronic neurological conditions: A case series.  Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 2011; 35(3): 141-7.
  • Fritz SL, Rivers ED, Merlo AM, Reed AD, Mathern GW and De Bode, S.  Intensive mobility training postcerebral hemispherectomy: early surgery shows best functional improvements. European Journal of Rehabilitation, 2011; 47.
  • Yancey,  AK, McCarthy, WJ, Taylor, WC, Merlo, A, Gewa, C, Weber, MD, Fielding, JE. 
The Los Angeles Lift Off: a sociocultural environmental change intervention to integrate physical activity into the workplace.Preventive medicine, 2004;38(6):848-56