PT Welcomes Largest Class Ever

MUPT Class of 2017
The MUPT Class of 2017 will officially be the largest in school history, with 60 students, compared to 44 last year. All students have successfully completed the core required courses, 40 hours of observation of a licensed PT, as well as the GRE.

The PT program at Mizzou began in 1963, graduating its first class of 10 in 1965. Since then, the department’s mission has been “to prepare exemplary physical therapists for clinical and academic cares, to excel in scholarly activity, and to serve the profession and community at large.”

MUPT has been an accredited physical therapist education program through Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapist Education (CAPTE) since its beginning.

SHP is very excited to help these young students continue their education and make a positive impact in their community and profession. Best of luck to the Class of 2017, our largest yet!

Cheak-Zamora Receives Funding for Study on Autism Spectrum Disorder


Assistant Professor Nancy Cheak-Zamora has received a $500,000 Autism Research Program Idea Development Award to continue research regarding transitions into health care for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

“The majority of individuals with ASD currently are 18 years old or younger, which means an influx of adults with ASD will enter the health care system throughout the next decade,” said Cheak-Zamora.

Because young adults with ASD are less likely to gain the skills needed to increase their independence, such as managing personal health care, Cheak-Zamora has designed a study to change the current standard, in which providers and caregivers make decisions for youth with ASD.

Her study will focus on helping youth with autism improve their ability to increase their own independence and transition into adulthood. Research will be done in conjunction with the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

For more information, view the full news release here.

David Colt Named Director of Athletic Training Program

David "DC" Colt (center) has been named Director of ATP.

David “DC” Colt (center) has been named Director of ATP.

David Colt, formerly the Head Athletic Trainer at Northwest Missouri State University, has accepted a position as Director of the Athletic Training Program at Mizzou. Colt served at NMSU for 27 years, providing care for more than 10,000 student-athletes during his tenure.

Colt’s 27 years of experience speak for themselves. Some of his recent honors include his induction to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame, Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, along with numerous other awards. Assistant Teaching Professor Susan Wehring called him a “solid, grounded professional that can take our academic program to a top program in the nation.”

But Colt’s experience in athletic training isn’t his only forte. His leadership and vision are promising, as well. Assistant Teaching Professor Keith Belmore said he fully expects “the program to enter the national conversation when it comes to the top AT Education Programs in the country.”

The level of confidence in Colt from his new faculty and staff is a sign of good things to come. Interestingly, this is not Colt’s first time at Mizzou; he received his doctorate from the University of Missouri in 2007!

So from all of us here at SHP and at Mizzou, welcome, David Colt!

Interdisciplinary Inter-Institutional Stroke Research Collaborative Funded

Doctor Looking in Microscope

A proposal for over $500,000 of funding for a stroke research collaborative among the University of Missouri, the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, the University of Kansas Medical Center, and Washington University was recently approved.

According to the project proposal, this will “create a successful, multi-disciplinary, externally-supported program in stroke research at MU within the next 5 years.”

One major goal of the project is to create a registry of stroke patients in the state of Missouri to assist in research. According to Associate Professor of Health Psychology Cheryl Shigaki, the creation of such a registry will make it easier to find patients by specific data.

“The difficulty is that so many people don’t know the research is going on. The main problem is figuring out who is eligible, getting to them and encouraging them to participate,” Shigaki said.

The registry, formed in combination with the previously mentioned institutions, will help researchers to determine the effects of their work on those it is designed to help, as well as provide an opportunity to researchers considering clinical work who are worried about not being able to find patients. As Dr. Shigaki put it, “the registry would be a lot more attractive to someone considering MU for stroke research.”

Currently, MU serves patients from every county in the state, with a large amount being from rural areas. By working with institutions in urban areas, MU can hope to gain a more representative sample of patients from urban areas, specifically African-American stroke patients.

This collaborative will receive over $500,000 in funding from Mizzou Advantage over the next five years. This is a remarkable accomplishment, one that deserves recognition. According to Colleen Devlin, Director of Marketing and Communications for Mizzou Advantage, this year saw approximately 120 submittals, with about 100 of those being research proposals. 30 research projects were given a total of $3.2M, with the stroke collaborative receiving a hefty $500,000.

Devlin said, “The research proposed and the teams collaborating to do the work really showcases the researcher and faculty talent on this campus, as well as the networks surrounding this talent.”

With the funding taken care of, all that is left to do is begin the journey, but not without a few obstacles. Dr. Shigaki said that she suspects bureaucracy will be the most prominent obstacle to any progress.

“Everything takes longer than you expect it to, everybody has different requirements, and things need to be done in a standardized way,” she said. “We are trying to keep a very limited burden on clinical work flow. We want to do as much of the work as possible without having clinical people add more work to their jobs, but maintain good partnerships.”

The outcome of this research collaborative will be more than just creating a registry of data on stroke patients, it will greatly change research and patient care in Missouri. This project will help researchers and caregivers to think more clinically and understand patients’ needs. It will also provide a lot of opportunity, seeing as a stroke patient registry would be an attractive aspect to those considering doing research at MU.

Furthermore, this will undoubtedly raise the stature of MU in the eyes of National Institutes of Health (NIH). Once the infrastructure is in place, others may be more easily started. Dr. Shigaki emphasized the importance of the task at hand, seeing as it will set a precedent for how to create and maintain a registry in health science.

“It could lay a foundation in the clinical world that we could build upon,” Shigaki said. “Having this experience and information would be greatly helpful for future collaboratives, research, and funding for grants.”

Additionally, the members of the project will host an annual research symposium on stroke research for clinicians and scientists from the collaborative institutions. This will increase MU’s national visibility, as well as give opportunities to invite prominent keynote speakers.

All in all, this five-year project looks to be promising to both researchers and patients across the state of Missouri.

Associate Dean Reid-Arndt Elected to National Office

Dr. Reid-Arndt
Dr. Stephanie Reid-Arndt, Associate Dean of the School of Health Professions, has recently been elected a Member-at-Large to the Board of Directors of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Reid-Ardnt has previously served as a Chair, Co-Chair, Federal Advocacy Coordinator and Member of APA Division 22, among other positions. Her role is “to represent the membership in discussions about planning and direction of the organization.”

Her committee works with the president of the APA Division 22 to develop plans for the upcoming year. “It’s a lot of planning for new initiatives and conferences,” Reid-Ardnt said. “It’s more about strategy than anything. The APA is the main professional organization for psychologists and is involved in overseeing teaching programs (accreditation) and advocating at the national level for issues related to psychology.

Dr. Reid-Arndt is not the only Mizzou Tiger to serve, or have previously served, on the APA. Dean Hagglund and Dr. Janet Farmer have both served, and Krystal Drake is an early career representative.

Reid-Arndt will meet with the rest of the Division in August, where the new president will set the year’s agenda.

“This is another opportunity to serve the division,” she said. “I can see myself continuing my activity as long as I am fit to. I feel most aligned with this group in terms of my research and interest area.”

PT Hard at Work: FUNFitness at Special Olympics

The Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games were held in Columbia from May 30 to June 1, marking the last of three years in the city’s term for hosting the games. More than 2,500 athletes, coaches, friends, family, and supporters came to compete in track & field, aquatics, basketball, bowling, powerlifting and volleyball.

Ten current students (and some recent grads) of MU PT from around the Show-Me State participated in FUNFitness, performing over 170 fitness screens, meeting and greeting the athletes. For more information on MU PT, check out their website.

PT students helping with Special Olympics.

FUNFitness Provided Physical Screenings for Special Olympics Athletes.

FUNFitness Provided Fitness Screenings for Special Olympics Athletes

PT Alumni Return for CI Credentialing

P T C I Credentialing.

CI Credentialing Class

42 physical therapists attending the Clinical Instructor Credentialing course taught by Dana Martin and Teresa Briedwell from May 31-June 1. The goal of the course, according the to American Physical Therapy Association, is “not to improve individual clinical skills, but to develop and each refine participant’s ability to teach, instruct, and guide the development of his or her student” (APTA Website).

Over half of this year’s course participants were SHP alumni. Seeing this many familiar faces always promises a great time!
Participants in the CI credentialing course.

SHP Honors 2014 Award Winners

SHP 2014 Awards Luncheon

On May 9, the School of Health Professions hosted it’s Tenth Annual Awards Luncheon, and honored, faculty, staff, students and alumni who have received scholarships, awards and other recognition throughout the academic year. We congratulate all our honorees! Please click on the photo to view the full image gallery online. All images are free for personal use.

SHP & Thompson Center Hire SungWoo Kahng to Develop New Program in Applied Behavior Analysis

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University of Missouri administrators today announced they have hired SungWoo Kahng, currently an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a senior behavior analyst at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, to develop a new program in applied behavior analysis (ABA) at MU. Kahng will join the MU faculty July 1.

The Department of Health Psychology in the MU School of Health Professions and the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders are collaborating to establish the new academic program in ABA in order to address the high demand throughout the state and the nation for ABA providers. Kahng has been tapped to lead the program’s development and will work closely with the Thompson Center’s Intervention Division, which consists of master’s level professionals providing ABA services to children and youth with autism spectrum disorders.

 “Dr. Kahng’s work with the School of Health Professions and the Thompson Center is a reflection of the interdisciplinary and collaborative culture at MU,” said Kristofer Hagglund, dean of the MU School of Health Professions. “The new program in applied behavior analysis will expand our capability to train students, who, with Dr. Kahng’s leadership, will learn from the best in the field.”

At MU, Kahng will develop the curriculum for the ABA program and oversee faculty hiring as well as student instruction. Kahng will continue research and clinical practice, which will occur primarily at the Thompson Center.

“Dr. Kahng’s expertise will help us elevate the Thompson Center academically and clinically by bolstering our behavior analysis capabilities,” said Stephen Kanne, Thompson Center executive director. “With this addition to our clinical faculty, we are solidifying the Thompson Center’s status as a national leader in autism research, training and treatment.”

Kahng’s research focuses on behavioral assessment of severe problem behaviors, such as self-injury and aggression, among individuals with developmental disabilities. Kahng also researches behavioral interventions to treat problematic behaviors. In particular, his research has focused on improving individuals’ communication skills to decrease problem behaviors as well as identifying and modifying factors that contribute to problem behaviors.

“I was drawn to the MU Thompson Center because of its emphasis on high-quality, evidenced-based practice,” Kahng said. “We share a goal of developing not only the leading ABA academic program in the state, but one that will become recognized nationally and internationally. This academic program will be housed in a major research university, which gives us sufficient resources to reach this goal. I’m very excited to start collaborating with the MU community to develop this program.”

Kahng has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journals articles and nine book chapters and is on the board of editors of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavioral Intervention. Additionally, he has given nearly 50 lectures, workshops and invited presentations.

Supervisors Recognized for Program Contributions

Faculty, staff and advisers play a crucial role in a student’s education. Their relationship with a student can enhance learning and provide significant experiences in their time in college.

Internship supervisors play a similar role, one with a more real-world feel. Recently, the Department of Health Sciences recognized two clinical affiliates who acted as exemplary hosts to interns.

Jeff Zimmerman of the Boone Hospital Wellaware Program has been recognized as the Community Affiliate Supervisor of the Year. Interns spoke highly of their experiences with Zimmerman, even saying that “Jeff is a positive and selfless person– I can’t imagine a better internship supervisor.” Another said “he was so helpful in helping us understand our responsibilities, and always had a positive attitude. Thanks to him I had a great internship experience.”

Zimmerman with his award.

Zimmerman with his award.

Another supervisor received recognition. Blaine Snow from the TE Atkins Wellness Program was named the Campus Affiliate Supervisor of the Year. One intern said “he makes working fun with his wit, his constant smile and his upbeat personality. Even when things were busy, he never lost his patience. He is a role model for the kind of employee and supervisor I want to be. It has been a pleasure knowing Blaine and having the opportunity to work with him.”

Blaine Snow

Blaine Snow

It is through the testimonies of students and interns that we are able to recognize the impact of supervisors. Congratulations to both gentlemen, and keep up the great work!

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