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Featured Researcher - Summer 2013

Dr. Sharon Gorman, PT, DPTSc, GCS

Photo of Sharon Gorman"I was honored to receive a CAL-PT-FUND grant while pursuing my DPTSc degree at UCSF/SFSU. This grant allowed me to pursue work developing and validating a performance-based, activity level sitting balance outcome measure--The Function In Sitting Test (FIST). Being new to both research and the grant process, the CAL-PT-FUND grant was a nice stepping stone that has allowed and encouraged me to pursue larger grants to continue my research into the reliability and responsiveness of the FIST, include a multi-center study that has just wrapped up data collection. Without smaller grants like those provided by the CAL-PT-FUND, beginning researchers or early pilot research often go unfunded, drawing out the research process and delaying getting valuable evidence to clinicians, educators, students, and other researchers. The project funded by my CAL-PT-FUND grant was presented at CPTA Annual Conference, Combined Sections Meeting, and has been published in the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. Additionally, my CAL-PT-FUND grant provided important ground work for the development of a free, web-based training in administration of the FIST (http://www.samuelmerritt.edu/fist). I am proud to be both a donor and recipient to the CAL-PT-FUND, and encourage you to make a donation to support important research into physical therapy right here in California."

Sharon Gorman , PT, DPTSc, GCS is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. She received her DPTSc at UCSF/SFSU, an MS in Health Science at SFSU, and a BS in Physical Therapy from Mt. St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. Clinically, her area of expertise is acute care physical therapy having worked in a variety of different types of hospitals from large academic teaching hospitals to small community hospitals.  Dr. Gorman is a board certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist and also holds advanced certification and training in assessment and treatment of vestibular disorders and in neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) approaches for adults with hemiplegia.  She is active in leadership of the Acute Care Section and serves as the Communications Chair and Chair of the Subject Matter Expert Task Force.

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