Clinically, my area of expertise is acute care physical therapy. I've worked in a variety of different types of hospitals from large academic teaching hospitals to small community hospitals. My clinical work is currently limited to my research in sitting balance testing and the Neuro Clinic. I'm a board certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist in physical therapy. I also have advanced certification and training in neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) approaches in adults with hemiplegia and assessment and treatment of vestibular disorders. I enjoy traveling all over the world, including medical mission trips to Haiti and Panama. I have two cats who keep me honest and laughing.
DPTSc, UCSF/SFSU Graduate Programs in Physical Therapy
MS in Health Science, San Francisco State University
BS in Physical Therapy, Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles
- PT 710 Foundations of Physical Therapy Practice (co-course coordinator)
- PT 715 Special Populations (course coordinator)
- PT 713 Neuro Pt/Client Management I
- PT 734 Pathology & Medical Management in Neurology
- PT 744 Health Care Systems and Regulatory Aspects of PT
My primary research focus is exploring the psychometric properties of the Function In Sitting Test (FIST). Current projects include the determination of the clinic utility of the FIST in inpatient rehabilitation populations, the predictive validity of the FIST, and the applicability of the FIST to acute neurologic populations.
Additionally, I a working on updating and revising the Acute Care Physical Therapy Practice Analysis with the Subject Matter Expert Task Force of the Acute Care Section-APTA.
I am also working with community therapists to investigate the relationship of dynamic standing balance with pitching characteristics in youth baseball players.
Gorman SL, Ryan JM. How clinical reasoning can and should impact interprofessional communication to address behaviors that hinder acute care practice. J Acute Care Phys Ther. 2014;5(1):18-29.
Mustille R, Petersen H, Abele J, Hutchinson N, Kramer L, Rivera M, Gorman SL. A pilot study of the FIST as a functional outcomes measure in a neurological acute care population. J Acute Care Phys Ther. 2013;4(3):129-130.
Gorman SL, Harro C, Platko C. Validity and responsiveness of the Function In Sitting Test (FIST) in adults in inpatient rehabilitation: preliminary results. J Rehab Med. 2013;6(Suppl 53):99.
Gorman SL, Rivera M, McCarthy M. Reliability of the Function In Sitting Test (FIST). Rehabil Res Prac. 2014; Article ID 593280, 6 pages. doi:10.1155/2014/593280.
Ghoissi B, Gorman SL, Aguiar P. Rehabilitation management of dizziness after cerebellar CVA: a case report. J Student Phys Ther Res. 2013;6(3):article 3.
Gorman SL, Curry A. A pilot study exploring the variability of physical therapy practices of members of the total joint replacement listserv. J Acute Care Phys Ther. 2010:1(2);46-53.
Gorman SL, Radtka S, Melnick M, Abrams G, Byl NN. Development and validation of the Function In Sitting Test (FIST) in adults with acute stroke. J Neuro Phys Ther. 2010:34(3);150-160.
Gorman SL, Wruble Hakim E, Johnson-Pugh W, Basu S, Harris KS, Christ MH, Holtgrefe K, Rush J, Simpson MS, Bryan Coe J. Nationwide acute care physical therapy practice analysis: knowledge, skills and behaviors reflective of acute care specialized practice. Phys Ther. 2010:10(90);1453-1467.
Gorman SL, Lazaro R, Fairchild J, Kennedy B. Development and implementation of an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) in neuromuscular physical therapy. J Educ Phys Ther. 2010:24(3);62-68.
Sanger TD, Chen D, Fehlings DL, Hallet M, et al. Definition and classification of hyperkinetic movements in childhood. Mov Disord. 2010;25(11):1538-49.
Horning E,Gorman SL. Vestibular rehabilitation decreases fall risk and improves gaze stability for an older individual with unilateral vestibular hypofunction. J Geri Phys Ther. 2007;30:121-127.
Hapai J, Gorman SL. Substantial functional improvements in a patient post stroke with a focus on family support and a multi-modal intervention approach. (poster at CPTA Annual Conference 2013).
Gorman SL. Validity and Responsiveness of the Function In Sitting Test (FIST) in Inpatient Rehabilitation: Preliminary Analysis. 7th World Congress of the ISPRM 2013 (platform).
Gorman SL. Function in Sitting Test (FIST) Web-based Training: Development and Dissemination. Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2013 (platform).
Athan L, Gorman SL.Shoulder mobilizations with movement for a patient with secondary adhesive capsulitis. CPTA Annual Conference 2010 (poster).
Gorman SL, Radtka S, Melnick M, Abrams G, Byl NN. Development and validation of the Function In Sitting Test (FIST) in adults with acute stroke. (poster at CPTA Annual Conference 2009 and platform at CSM 2010).
Streeton A, Gorman SL. Does rhythmic auditory stimulation improve the gait of a young male one year post traumatic brain injury with associated severe ataxia? Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2009 (poster).
Garakian J, Gorman SL. Complex acute physical therapy management of a patient with abdominal compartment syndrome. Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2009 (platform).
Clark L, Gorman SL, Lazaro R. Self-assessment of clinical performance improved by modified Objective Structured Clinical Examination testing. Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2008 (poster), 13th Ottawa International Conference on Clinical Competence 2008 (platform), 2nd European Congress on Physiotherapy Education (poster).
Gorman SL, Lazaro RT, Clark L. Development and implementation of a modified Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in neuromuscular physical therapy: a pilot study. 13th Ottawa International Conference on Clinical Competence 2008 (poster), 2nd European Congress on Physiotherapy Education (platform).
Gorman SL, Monica R, Slusarz E. Successful course changes to an entry-level DPT program: preparations for an early acute care clinical experience (platform). Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2007.
McDonald V, Gorman SL, Zobac S. Negative pressure wound therapy in the management of a complex abdominal wound (poster), APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Feb 2-4, 2006 & Samuel Merritt College Spring Science Symposium, May 12, 2006.
Gorman SL. Chapter 4: Intervention Procedures. In Lazaro RL, Umphred D, eds. Neurorehabilitation for the Physical Therapist Assistant. 2nd ed. Thorofare, NJ: Slack; 2013.
Harvey T, Gorman SL. Case 18: Non-traumatic spinal cord injury. In Jobst E, ed. Case Files in Physical Therapy (Neurological Rehabilitation). Boston, MA:McGraw-Hill; 2014.
Gorman SL, Holt E. Case 2: Cerebrovascular accident. In Jobst E, ed. Case Files in Physical Therapy (Neurological Rehabilitation). Boston, MA:McGraw-Hill; 2014.
Lazaro RT, Gorman SL, Novello AR, Widener GL. Case 8: Conversion disorder. In Jobst E, ed. Case Files in Physical Therapy (Neurological Rehabilitation). Boston, MA:McGraw-Hill; 2014.
Lazaro RT, Gorman SL. Case 21: Post-polio. In: Jobst E, ed. Case Files in Physical Therapy (Neurological Rehabilitation). Boston, MA:McGraw-Hill; 2014.
Gorman SL. Acute hip fracture. In: Jobst E, ed. Case Files in Physical Therapy (Acute Care). Boston, MA:McGraw-Hill; 2013.
Gorman SL. Acute cerebrovascular accident. In: Jobst E, ed. Case Files in Physical Therapy (Acute Care). Boston, MA:McGraw-Hill; 2013.
Multiple Sclerosis Foundation grant of $20,000 to provide Computerized Dynamic Posturography testing and recommendations for persons with MS.
Samuel Merritt University Curriculum Innovation grant of $1940 to fund a pilot study of implementation of a modified Objective Structured Clinical Examination in neuromuscular physical therapy.
California Physical Therapy Fund grant of $2007 to fund a pilot study of the Function in Sitting Test in adults with acute stroke.
Gorman SL. So Many Measures, So Little Time. Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2014 (presentation).
Gorman SL. The Third Annual Acute Care Lecture: Leveraging technology to advance acute care practice. J Acute Care Phys Ther. 2013;4(1):6-12.
Gorman SL, Ryan J. Strategies to address interprofessional communication and behaviors that hinder acute care practice. Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2013. (presentation).
Taniguchi N, Chism S, Gorman SL. Translating evidence into practice for acute care interdisciplinary fall prevention. Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2009 (presentation).
Gorman SL, Baldwin A, Schmidt SG. Evidence-Based Practice When There’s a Paucity of Evidence (presentation). Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2008.
APTA & CPTA:
Education Section, APTA
Acute Care Section, APTA
Section on Geriatrics, APTA
Neurology Section, APTA
Health Policy & Administration Section, APTA
California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics
Current Leadership Positions:
National Academies of Practice, Physical Therapy Academy, Website Task Force & Nominating Committee
Golden Gate District Chief Representative (202-2015), CPTA
California Delegate to House of Delegates (2013-2015), CPTA
Golden Gate District Representative (2009-2012), CPTA
Communications Chair, Acute Care Section APTA
Subject Matter Expert Committee Chair, Acute Care Section, APTA
Hands for Americas USA, Board of Directors, Secretary, 2014
Northern California Geriatric Education Center, UCSF
Northern California Editorial Advisory Board, Today in PT magazine, Gannett Healthcare Group. 2007-present.
Editorial Review/Peer Reviewer:
Journal of Physical Therapy Education
Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy
Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice