Eileen Ricci

Eileen Ricci, PT, D.P.T., M.S., PCS


Clinical Professor

Maine LEND Program Director

Maine LEND Pediatric PT Residency Program


Blewett Hall 117
Portland Campus

Dr. Ricci joined the PT faculty in 2009 after many years of successful pediatric clinical practice in a variety of settings, including early intervention, school based PT, community homes and private practice. She received a BS in Physical Education from Springfield College, a MS degree in Physical Therapy from Boston College, and a DPT degree from Drexel University. Since 2007, she has been a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. She is an active member of the university, with special interest in interprofessional education, especially pediatric interprofessional education. Since 2010, she has collaborated with WCHP faculty members from OT, social work and nursing to provide an interprofessional pediatric experience for students to work with children in a Transdisciplinary Toddler Playgroup, which has been the subject of several poster and platform presentations nationally and internationally.

Dr. Ricci was also one of the first physical therapists in the United States to be certified in the Prechtl General Movement Assessment of Infants (GMA), holding both basic and advanced certifications. The GMA is an evidence based, highly validated assessment which identifies cerebral palsy in infants as early as four months of age. She hosts a basic GMA course on the campus of WCHP each June for pediatric residents and practicing clinicians and is currently involved in research to facilitate clinical application of the GMA in the US.

Dr. Ricci is the director of the Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program, administered through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and funded by Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA). The Maine LEND program trains healthcare and education providers and people with developmental disabilties and their family members in leadership to promote best evidence-based practice, advocacy, and research to improve the lives of children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilties. She is also director of the developing Maine LEND Pediatric PT Residency Progam, which is undergoing the process of accreditation.



Springfield College, Springfield, MA
Boston University, Boston, MA
Drexel University, Philadelphia


Child development
Developmental disabilities
Early intervention
Pediatric physical therapy

Clinical Affiliations

Child Development Services (Statewide, Maine)
Maine LEND Family Interprofessional Team (Portland, Maine)

Board Certifications and Licenses

Physical Therapy- State of Maine registration

Post-Doctoral Training

Prechtl General Movements Assessment of Infants Basic Certification 2011
Prechtl General Movements Assessment of Infants Basic Certification 2013


Current research

Clinical Application of the Prechtl General Movement Assessment of Infants in the United States- study in process (2019-2024 and on-going)

Selected publications

Christa EinspielerArend F. BosMagdalena, Krieber-Tomantschger...Eileen Ricci...Giovanni CioniFabrizio FerrariAndrea Guzzetta, Peter B. Marschik, (2019) Cerebral Palsy: Early Markers of Clinical Phenotype and Functional Outcome, J. Clin. Med. 20198(10), 1616;

Eileen Ricci, Christa Einspieler & Alexa K. Craig (2017): Feasibility of Using the
General Movements Assessment of Infants in the United States, Physical & Occupational Therapy
In Pediatrics, DOI: 10.1080/01942638.2017.1395380

Interprofessional Student-led Trandisciplinary Playgroup
Education, Service, Practice, and Joy
July, 2013; Rising Tide, UNE

Loukas, K. M., Whiting, A., Ricci, E. & Cohen Konrad, S.Transdisciplinary Playgroup: Interprofessional Opportunities in Early Intervention Practice Education. Occupational Therapy Practice, February 2012. Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Other scholarly activity

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) grant submission (2016- funded) for the State of Maine through the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Health Resource Service Administration (HRSA) federal agencies. The Maine LEND program is funded for five-year cycles. Next planned submission: 2021.

Funded grants

Maine LEND Program

HRSA through MCHB

Initial funding 2016, funding continuation 2021 until 2026.

Invited plenary presentation

Platform presentation at the Education Leadership Conference of the American Physical Therapy Association, Clearwater, FL, 2011:

Transdisciplinary Integrated Playgroup:Interprofessional Training in the Promotion of Development, Physical Activity, Playfulness, and Health in Toddlers

Research interests

Early detection and treatment of cerebral palsy. (on-going)