This year due to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) will be virtual with a variety of pre-recorded sessions, live virtual presentations, platform presentations, poster presentations, and more. Even in a virtual environment, our alumni, faculty, and associated faculty are continuing to make a big impact on the conference. Below are some of their involvements this year.

Legend: Faculty Member (Bold name), Associated Faculty (Asterik), Alumni (Underlined)


  • Polly Cerasoli Lecture Award – Educating for Professionalism:  The science of caring, the art of healing

Laura Lee “Dolly” Swisher, PT, MDiv, PhD, FAPTA – Professor Emeritus

To learn more about the prestigious lecture award visit: https://aptaeducation.org/awards/cerasoli-lecture.cfm


  • DPT Student Professional Behaviors in Academic and Clinical Settings: Introducing a New Tool (RISE)

Stephanie Anderson, Rebecca Edgeworth Ditwiler, Dolly Swisher, Barbara Wagner

  • Hand and Upper extremity injuries in Athletes: Return to play considerations in Physical Therapy

Angela Stagliano, Jane Fedorczyk

Platform Presentations:

  • Current State and Future Directions of Sociocultural Education in PT Curriculum: A National Survey.

Tamara Gravano, Hina Garg, Gale Lavinder, and Joel Tenbrink

Poster Presentations:

  • Impact of Early PT Interventions for Medically Complex, Post ECMO, COVID-19 Patients: A Case Report

Bini Thomas, Joanna Tabisz*, Kelly Collins, Ok Kyung Kim*, and Sharmila Gupte*

  • Motor skill ability and its relationship to social function in toddlers with autism spectrum disorder.

Jamie Holloway & Emily Shaffer-Hudkins

  • Auditory Cueing to Reduce Freezing of Gait in People with Parkinson’s Disease: A Systematic Review

Andrea De Los Santos, Nora Nour, Skye Haddock, Mark Dinicola, Krysti Weierstahl, Seok Hun Kim

  • An Acute Episode of Gout Presenting as Lateral Ankle Pain

Lee Bland

  • Professionalism Curriculum & Assessment in Residency Education

Rebecca Edgeworth Ditwiler, Laura Lee “Dolly” Swisher, Aimee Klein

  • Effect of Pilates-Based Exercise on Core Muscle Performance in Women with Multiple Sclerosis

Jeannie Stephenson, Brittney Barrie, Jason Beckstead, Stephanie Carey, Derrick Robertson, Douglas Haladay

  • Effects of home-based exercise intervention in breast cancer survivors with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy

 Patricia Teran-Wodzinski, Douglas Haladay, Alana Adams, Samia Dutra, Jillian Coury, Lauren Schwab, Ellen Eckelman, Ji Ming, Constance Visovsky

  • Rehabilitation of Failed Forefoot Surgery in an Adolescent Female

Mackenzie Garreth, Craig Vecchiarelli,  Matt Lazinski

Other CSM Involvement:

  • Stefanie Bond – Has been selected to be an item writer for the Geriatric Clinical Specialist Exam
  • Jamie Holloway – Promoted to Chair of the Early Intervention Special Interest Group for APTA Pediatrics