The Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy (ANPT) has announced that Clarkson University Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Rebecca Martin, PT, DPT, has been elected Chair-Elect for the Degenerative Disease Special Interest Group (DDSIG).
Martin will serve in this position during 2019-20 and then move into the Chair position in July 2020.
As the Chair-Elect, Martin will work with the current chair to develop the goals for the DDSIG and then with the SIG board and committees to implement them. The work of the SIGs is closely aligned with the strategic vision of the Academy so she will also work with the ANPT Board of Director and Executive Office. Martin said, “My clinical practice and local volunteering with the Seaway Parkinson’s Coalition will provide me with great perspective as I work with this great team of experts to improve the care of those with degenerative diseases. I am also very excited about connecting our group to the newly formed Functional Movement Disorder Special Interest Group within the International Neurological Physical Therapy Association.”
Martin received her B.S. in Health Services and Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Misericordia University in 2008, her Doctor of Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professionals and is expecting to finisher her Ph.D. in Physical Therapy next year at Nova Southeastern University.
Martin transitioned from full-time clinician to full-time academician at Clarkson University in 2013. Her primary teaching area is neuromuscular physical therapy and she coordinates the neuromuscular semester. This aligns well with her clinical practice that encompasses a wide variety of neurological conditions but focuses on concussion and Parkinson’s disease rehabilitation. Other teaching roles include motor learning and multiple systems management.
Martin’s research projects are primarily focused on identifying best rehabilitation practices in caring for those with neurological disease and in the education of physical therapy students. Currently, in her dissertation phase, Martin is focusing on identifying the most effective cues to help individuals with Parkinson’s disease to complete a sit to stand transfer. Additionally, she is collaborating with academicians in Lima, Peru to identify the impact of intercultural learning opportunities.