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Faculty Bio
Monica Rivera
DPTSc, PT
Clinical Practice: I have been a clinician for over 25 years,primarily in pediatrics. I have had diverse experiences in all clinical settings with specialization in motor development in the preterm infant and spina bifida.

Teaching Interest
My research is in collaboration with the UC Berkeley Infant Studies laboratory investigating the interaction between the onset of mobility and spatial cognitive development. My other research interest is the motor behaviors in typically and atypical developing infants and the relationship to the development of spatial cognitive skills.

Courses Taught
I am the primary instructor for the pediatric curriculum in the Physical Therapy Department and co-teach in Teaching and Learning coursework in the third semester.
Peer Reviewed Publications
He M., Rivera MJ. Changes in visual proprioception from crawling to walking in typically developing infants (platform). California Physical Therapy Association, Annual Meeting, 2012.

Powell A, Arth C, Rivera MJ, He Minxuan. The effects of experience on prone locomotion in infants. California Physical Therapy Association, Annual Meeting(poster), Santa Clara 2012.

Rivera MJ. Prone Mobility: A pilot study. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (platform), Chicago, 2012.

Rivera MJ. Spatial cognition in infants with myelomeningocele, impact of mobility. (highlighted poster award), American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Cerebral Palsy, 65th Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, 2011.


Gorman SL, Rivera MJ, Slusarz E. Successful course changes to an entry-level DPT program: preparations for an early acute care clinical experience (platform). American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Section Meeting. 2007.

Rivera MJ. "Guidelines for Entry- Level Pediatric Physical Therapy Education”. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Section Meeting. San Diego. 2006.

“Rehabilitation of a Child with Rheumatic Disease”. American College of Rheumatology Annual Conference. New Orleans, 2002.

“Splinting and Casting: Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis". American College of Rheumatology Annual Conference. San Francisco, 2001.

Grants & Fellowships
Rivera MJ. Deprivation and Enrichment in Infant Spatial Cognition. Mentored Grant Award. Pediatrics Section, American Physical Therapy Association 2010.

Campos J, Anderson D, Rivera MJ. Deprivation and Enrichment in Infant Spatial Cognition. National Institutes of Health. 2010-2013.

Professional and Community Service and Professional Memberships
American Physical Therapy Association 1998–present.

California Physical Therapy Association 1998- present.

Pediatric Section, American Physical Therapy Association. 2001- present

Neurology Section, American Physical Therapy Association 2001- present.

Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2006-present.

Task Force on Childhood Motor Disorders (NINDS & NICHD). Measurement of negative motor signs in children (meeting). Palo Alto, California. March 2007.



Contact Info

Name
Monica Rivera
DPTSc, PT
Title
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Email

Faculty Profile

Monica Rivera
Monica
Rivera
DPTSc, PT
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Doctor of Physical Therapy
MRivera@samuelmerritt.edu
Clinical Practice: I have been a clinician for over 25 years,primarily in pediatrics. I have had diverse experiences in all clinical settings with specialization in motor development in the preterm infant and spina bifida.

My research is in collaboration with the UC Berkeley Infant Studies laboratory investigating the interaction between the onset of mobility and spatial cognitive development. My other research interest is the motor behaviors in typically and atypical developing infants and the relationship to the development of spatial cognitive skills.

I am the primary instructor for the pediatric curriculum in the Physical Therapy Department and co-teach in Teaching and Learning coursework in the third semester.
He M., Rivera MJ. Changes in visual proprioception from crawling to walking in typically developing infants (platform). California Physical Therapy Association, Annual Meeting, 2012.

Powell A, Arth C, Rivera MJ, He Minxuan. The effects of experience on prone locomotion in infants. California Physical Therapy Association, Annual Meeting(poster), Santa Clara 2012.

Rivera MJ. Prone Mobility: A pilot study. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (platform), Chicago, 2012.

Rivera MJ. Spatial cognition in infants with myelomeningocele, impact of mobility. (highlighted poster award), American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Cerebral Palsy, 65th Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, 2011.


Gorman SL, Rivera MJ, Slusarz E. Successful course changes to an entry-level DPT program: preparations for an early acute care clinical experience (platform). American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Section Meeting. 2007.

Rivera MJ. "Guidelines for Entry- Level Pediatric Physical Therapy Education”. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Section Meeting. San Diego. 2006.

“Rehabilitation of a Child with Rheumatic Disease”. American College of Rheumatology Annual Conference. New Orleans, 2002.

“Splinting and Casting: Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis". American College of Rheumatology Annual Conference. San Francisco, 2001.

Rivera MJ. Deprivation and Enrichment in Infant Spatial Cognition. Mentored Grant Award. Pediatrics Section, American Physical Therapy Association 2010.

Campos J, Anderson D, Rivera MJ. Deprivation and Enrichment in Infant Spatial Cognition. National Institutes of Health. 2010-2013.

American Physical Therapy Association 1998–present.

California Physical Therapy Association 1998- present.

Pediatric Section, American Physical Therapy Association. 2001- present

Neurology Section, American Physical Therapy Association 2001- present.

Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2006-present.

Task Force on Childhood Motor Disorders (NINDS & NICHD). Measurement of negative motor signs in children (meeting). Palo Alto, California. March 2007.



History

Member for
7 years 5 months