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Deborah Thorpe, PT, PhD, PCS

Principal Investigator
Division of Physical Therapy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB#7135, Chapel Hill, NC  27599-7135

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Bio: Dr. Thorpe has been a pediatric physical therapist for 18 years.  Previously she was an elementary educator with an advanced degree in motor development and motor learning from West Virginia University. Dr. Thorpe has maintained a clinical practice throughout her 15 years as an academician and researcher, previously at the University of Texas Medical Branch and presently at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Pediatric Certified Specialist with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). In 2003, Dr. Thorpe was the recipient of the United Cerebral Palsy Association Research and Education Foundation, Ethel Hausman Clinical Research Scholars Award. This award funded Dr. Thorpe’s research in fitness and strengthening programs for adolescents with cerebral palsy (CP) as well as her career development activities through 2006. Her research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and is focused on adults with CP. Dr. Thorpe was a co-coordinator for the very successful first APTA, Section on Pediatrics- sponsored research summit in October 2004 on “Promotion of Fitness and Prevention of Secondary Complications for Children with Cerebral Palsy.” She has traveled around the country to present her research and ideas about land- and water-based fitness and health promotion for persons with developmental disabilities.
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School of Medicine
Division of Physical Therapy
Center for Human Movement Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Approved by UNC-CH IRB 08/01/06
Funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Center for
Research Resources :  # 1 K23 RR024054-01

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