The CU Physical Therapy Program faculty have much to celebrate this summer, including a promotion, acceptance into a grant writing workshop, earning new educational credentials, and successful passage of a residency cohort!
Colorado was selected as 1 of 3 states for the “Early Childhood Developmental Health Systems: Evidence to Impact” award. Sites will focus on strategies that “put families and equity first”. Dr. Dawn Magnusson will be serving in a consulting role and will be expanding the work that has been done around shared decision making to support the design, implementation, and evaluation of a statewide, comprehensive roadmap for early childhood developmental promotion, screening, and intervention that improves outcomes and reduces disparities for historically underserved/marginalized communities.
Editor-in-Chief of the Physical Therapy Journal Alan Jette discusses academic career earnings and the projected shortage of physical therapy researchers with Alexander Garbin and Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, whose recent study evaluated the short- and long-term financial impacts of a full-time PhD program for physical therapists with a DPT.
Robyn Gisbert, PT, DPT, assistant professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Margaret Schenkman, PT, PhD, FAPTA, professor emerita at the University of Colorado, studied the impact of heartfulness meditation on current health science students to measure reductions in anxiety, stress, and depression and boosts to resilience.
Franchises such as StretchLab and Stretch Zone are popping up across the country, adding another self-care outlet for fitness-focused consumers. Associate Professor, Dr. Amy McDevitt, and current CU PT student, Victoria Pennington, take on the recent assisted stretching craze, highlighting the benefits and potential downfalls.
CU Anschutz researchers assessed the financial payoff of pursuing a PhD in physical therapy after obtaining a Doctor of Physical Therapy. They found that long-term earnings do outweigh early deficits, and PhD-holders out-earn those with a DPT only. Additionally, there is a shortage of PhD-trained DPTs, as PT programs expand nationwide.
Dr. Michael Harris-Love contemplates the need for "brave spaces" rather than "safe spaces" centered around fostering dialogue, building mutual respect, and being intentional in the creation of inclusive work environments.
Dr. EJ Gann joined the CU PM&R and PT faculty on January 17, 2023. Dr. Gann will be involved in teaching the neurologic rehabilitation curriculum for physical therapy students and the Interprofessional Education Program. He will also continue to see patients with neurologic conditions at the UC Health outpatient clinic.
The University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program (CU PT) congratulates Lara Canham, PT, DPT, OCS, on her appointment as Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator and Co-Chair of the Recruitment and Admissions Committee!
The University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program (CU PT) congratulates Amy McDevitt, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, on her appointment as Section Director of Curriculum and Musculoskeletal Track Coordinator!
The President of the American Physical Therapy Association, Roger Herr, PT, MPA, visited the CU Anschutz Medical Campus on November 2, 2022. He toured UCHealth, met with faculty, and did a Q&A session with current Physical Therapy students.