The Chapel Hill News featured an opinion piece by Dr. Carol Giuliani, which focuses on improving mobility and preventing falls to allow older adults to age in place.
UNC Physical Therapy, Service Learning
Stephen Hooper, PhD, Chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences and Associate Dean for the UNC School of Medicine, appointed Deborah Givens, PT, DPT, PhD, as Director of the Division of Physical Therapy.
Dr. Prudence Plummer, Assistant Professor, has received a NIH R21 grant to fund “Real-world assessment of dual-task performance after stroke,” an interdisciplinary endeavor involving researchers in physical therapy, biomedical engineering, and psycholinguistics. The grant will provide $275,000 in direct costs over two years.
Dr. Vicki Stemmons Mercer, Associate Professor, has been selected for Class V of the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars (FES) program.
The UNC Division of Physical Therapy received an Honorable Mention Award for the 2013-2014 Miami-Marquette Challenge, which supports the Foundation for Physical Therapy.
Private gifts enabled the purchase of the Cosmed K4B2, which will help advance research in the areas of adult onset stroke and cerebral palsy.
A message from Lisa Johnston, PT, MS, DPT, Interim Director and Associate Professor, June 2014.
Dr. Angela Gisselman, DPT, became the first person to complete UNC’s Orthopedic Residency program in the spring of 2014.
The Carolina Center for Public Service has awarded a Community Engagement Fellowship to an interdisciplinary team of student researchers from the Department of Allied Health Sciences: Tyson Harmon (PhD student in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences), Mei-Ling Lin (PhD student in the Division of Occupational Science), and Gabrielle Scronce (DPT student in the Division of Physical Therapy).
UNC Doctor of Physical Therapy student Sarah van der Horst recently received the 2014 Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award from the Carolina Center for Public Service. The award, which honors the accomplishments of alumnus Robert E. Bryan (’26), is given annually to five individuals in the Carolina community who demonstrate outstanding service to the state of North Carolina.
Seven UNC PT alumni gathered to talk with current, third-year DPT students on March 24 at the Carolina 1663 restaurant in Chapel Hill. The panelists represented a diverse variety of accomplishments and interests and drew from their experiences to present perspectives on navigating post-graduation life.
In the fall of 2013, Dr. Prudence Plummer brought her expertise and passion for neurological physical therapy to UNC Chapel Hill, joining the Division of Physical Therapy faculty.
UNC Physical Therapy students joined with students from the UNC School of Nursing, the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and the School of Social Work to perform community service in Tyrell County during spring break in March.
The 11th annual Human Movement Science Research Symposium was held February 21, 2014, at UNC Chapel Hill.
Rear Admiral Penelope Slade-Sawyer (UNC PT Class of 1971) has been appointed Director of the North Carolina Division of Public Health, effective March 3, 2014.
The UNC Division of Physical Therapy held its 56th Annual Commencement Ceremony on August 2, 2013 at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill.
Researchers with the UNC Department of Allied Health Sciences (DAHS) and the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering have received $25,000 in seed grant funding from the Rehabilitation Engineering Center (REC) to further development of a hamstrings muscle stretching device prototype.