Ph.D. Motor Learning, Temple University
M.A. Physical Therapy, Advanced studies in neuromuscular dysfunction, Stanford University
B.A. Liberal Arts, University of Virginia
Certification, Neurodevelopmental Treatment for Hemiplegics
Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association
Research and Clinical Interests
Physical therapy interventions for people with CNS dysfunction.
Motor learning and motor control
Current research focus:
Biomechanical and ecological evaluations of older people and people with Parkinson's disease getting out of bed.
Teaching problem solving skills to people with multiple sclerosis
Thomas Jefferson University, 2010, $9,900
Feasibility study of SPRY (Solving Problems to Revitalize Yourself) -a program for teaching people with multiple sclerosis the knowledge and skills needed to optimize participation in life roles
Thomas Jefferson University, 2009, $7,500
Quantitative Analysis of Supine to Sit
Presentations (peer reviewed)
The effectiveness of mirror therapy following stroke: a systematic review. Presented at: Annual Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Conference; October 15, 2011; Valley Forge, PA.
The effectiveness of self-management programs for adults with multiple sclerosis: a systematic review. Presented at: Combined Sections Meeting; February 12, 2011; New Orleans, LA.
Self-management programs for adults with multiple sclerosis: a systematic literature review. Presented at: Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference; October 23, 2010; Harrisburg, PA
The use of simulation to teach physical assessment to head injury patients in the ICU to physical therapy students. Presented at: International Society of Simulation in Healthcare; January 2009; Orlando, Florida.
Professional and Community Service
Member, Clinical Advisory Committee, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter, 1996-current
Manuscript Reviewer: Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy, 2000-present
PT 616 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I
PT 716 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy II
PT 799: Group Exercise for People with Chronic Neurological Disability
Awards and Honors
Inducted into Health Professionals/Researchers Volunteer Hall of Fame
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2008
Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching, Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson College of Health Professions, 2002
Outstanding Service Award, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1999
Dean's Faculty Achievement Award, Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson College of Health Professions, 1996