Dr. Pirio Richardson is a tenured Professor of Neurology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and serves as Vice Chair for Faculty Development for the Neurology department. She is the Co-Director of The Nene and Jamie Koch Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center. She is the Chief of the Neurology Service at the New Mexico VA Health Care System.  

She completed an undergraduate degree at Stanford University in Human Biology. She then graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine with honors in research (2000), and trained in Neurology at the University of California, Davis (2004). At UC Davis, she received the Housestaff Professionalism Award (2004). She completed a fellowship in Movement Disorders and Motor Control at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in the Human Motor Control Section (2007). 

Dr. Pirio Richardson has an active research program focused on dystonia, Parkinson disease, clinical trial readiness and noninvasive neurostimulation in movement disorders and traumatic brain injury.She is the director of the noninvasive neurostimulation lab at the New Mexico VA which aims to non-invasively alter brain plasticity to improve symptoms and quality of life in patients with movement disorders and traumatic brain injury.  

Dr. Pirio Richardson is also active in international societies, serving on key committees. She was recently elected to the Movement Disorders Society-Pan American Section, Executive Committee. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Education Committee. She has been appointed to the Medical Advisory Board of the Benign Essential Blepharospasm Foundation and the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation.  

Areas of Specialty

Movement Disorders