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The Physical Therapy Learning Institute was proud to host the

“Challenging Our Assumptions About Teaching and Learning: Creating Cultures of Excellence in Education and Practice"

on April 19-20, 2024

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Maria Mylopoulos, PhD

Dr. Mylopoulos holds her PhD in human development and education. She is currently Senior Scientist and Associate Director of the Wilson Centre for Research in Education, Program Director and Associate Professor in the Health Professions Education Research PhD concentration at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Curriculum Scientist in MD Education at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Over the last 15 years she has successfully led a program of research aimed at understanding the development and performance of adaptive expertise in medicine, with a particular focus on identifying the ways in which expert clinicians move beyond application of their past knowledge when appropriate to address the needs of patients as well as the limits and opportunities of their own contexts. In her work, Maria uses a range of methodologies and theoretical frameworks from cognitive psychology, clinical reasoning, and the learning sciences to

evolve understanding of the knowledge, capabilities and learning experiences that underpin adaptive expertise. The ultimate goal of her research is to translate this understanding to educational design that promotes the development of expert clinicians who are able to handle the complexities and challenges of the healthcare workplace.

Dr. Nicole (Nikki) Woods is the Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chair for Research in Health Professions Education. She is also Director of The Institute for Education Research (TIER) at University Health Network and Senior Scientist at The Wilson Centre, University of Toronto. Dr. Woods leads an internationally recognized research program that uses methods and principles from cognitive psychology to advance medical education theory and practice. Her research has significant implications for education across the developmental continuum and various health disciplines. A Fellow of the Karolinska Institute Prize for Medical Education Research since 2019, Dr. Woods is currently a Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. In 2021, Dr. Woods was recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN.

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Nicole Woods, PhD


Topic Speakers

Topic 1: Application of the Learning Sciences to PT Education

Saturday, April 20, 2024 11:00a-1:00p ET

Adam Persky, PhD

Dr. Persky is the Associate Dean of Professional Education, and a professor, at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He received his BS in biology from Purdue University and a MS in exercise science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He completed his PhD in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Florida and did an industry-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship in pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and GlaxoSmithKline. Currently, he is a clinical professor and faculty fellow in CIPhER at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.


Susannah Steele, PT, DPT, PCS

Dr. Steele has been a practicing clinical PT since 1999 largely focused on pediatrics and actively teaching in DPT programs since 2014.  She is a founding member of the faculty at the Concordia University Ann Arbor entry-level DPT program.  Her research interests include educational practices and assessment in DPT education and contemporary teaching and learning practices in higher education.

Priscilila Weaver, PT, DPT, PhD

Dr. Weaver is a Clinical Professor within the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Northern Arizona University (NAU). She completed a Fellowship in Higher Education Leadership through the APTA and is an ABPTS Pediatric Certified Specialist (PCS). Dr. Weaver has served in previous leadership roles such as DPT Program Director in both residential and developing hybrid programs and as a Director of Clinical Education in a residential program. She is currently assisting in the leadership for transforming physical therapy education at NAU. Dr. Weaver is passionate about transforming physical therapy education and building a community for learners near and far.


Christopher Kevin Wong, PT, PhD, MS

Dr. Wong is a professor in the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.  A past program director, Dr. Wong currently coordinates the Clinical Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy curriculum.  He is a recipient of the APTA Education Section Distinguished Educator Award and continues to teach Prosthetics, Soft Tissue Mobilization, and Advanced Orthopedics in the Columbia University Programs in Physical Therapy. His research has been published in over two dozen journals and presented at national and international prosthetics, physiotherapy, and physical medicine conferences. Throughout his career Dr. Wong has maintained an active clinical practice and board certification in orthopedic physical therapy.


Topic 2: Faculty Preparation/Development

Saturday, April 20, 2024 1:30p-3:00p ET

Lisa Van Hoose, PT, PhD, MPH

Dr. Van Hoose is an Associate Professor and Program Director in the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Louisiana Monroe. Dr. VanHoose received her PhD in Rehabilitation Science and MPH from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She completed fellowships at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute PRIDE Summer Institute with an emphasis in Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology. Her Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master of Science in Physical Therapy were completed at the University of Central Arkansas.

Carl DeRosa, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Dr. DeRosa is Clinical Professor and Program Director for the Northern Arizona University DPT Hybrid Program and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. DeRosa has served in past leadership roles as Program Chair for DPT residential and hybrid programs and was a founding faculty for the NAU Physical Therapy Program.  He has served as a consultant for DPT hybrid program development throughout the United States. He has been active in several Components of the American Physical Therapy Association, including the Private Practice, Education, and Orthopaedic Sections and has been a licensed physical therapist since 1975 providing patient care in the orthopedic, sports, and cardiac conditioning sectors.  Dr. DeRosa has championed transformational educational models throughout his career and has been recognized for his educational leadership on many fronts.


Stanley Wilson, PT, EdD, CEAS, FASAHP

Dr. Wilson is currently serving as the Acting Dean of the College of Health Care Sciences at NOVA Southeastern University. During his almost 25 years at NSU, Dr. Wilson has been the recipient of many awards and has been recognized for his teaching, leadership and active participation in professional and community service organizations. He has maintained an active record of scholarly accomplishments that includes author of many peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts and presentations and investigator of grant funded research.   Dr. Wilson is, and has been active in service to his profession and the community. He presently serves as a member of ASAHP’s Leadership Committee and as a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Educational Leadership Institute Fellowship Work Group.


Topic 3: Assessment Practices

Saturday, April 20, 2024 3:15p-4:45p ET

Tamara Struessel, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC

Dr. Struessel is an Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center.  Dr. Struessel’s priority areas for scholarship include engagement and joy in work within physical therapy, aspects of the healthcare system such organizational culture and its impact on patient safety in practice, and clinical physical therapist practice in the orthopedic setting. 

Kimberly Topp, PT, PhD

Dr. Topp is Professor Emeritus, Physical Therapy and Chair, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

in the School of Medicine at the University of San Francisco.  Dr. Topp has a distinguished record of research publications and grant funding.  She has also published extensively on best practices in neuromusculoskeletal anatomy education for Doctor of Physical Therapy students, interprofessional education, and the impact of personal autonomy and self-determination for the development of professionalism among health professions students

Ellen Wruble, PT, DScPT

Dr. Wruble is Director of the Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program and Associate Professor at the University of Delaware. She also serves as Academic Co-Director in the joint acute care and cardiovascular and pulmonary residencies between Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Delaware. Dr. Wruble currently serves on the Facilitation Standards Sub-Committee for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning and on the Systemic Discrimination and Racism Mitigation Task Force for the American Council of Academic Physical Therapists. She has provided lectures both nationally and internationally on academic and student affairs as well as on best practices in the use of simulation.

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