You are here

sgorman

Faculty Bio
Sharon Gorman
PT, DPTSc, GCS, FNAP

I've been a physical therapist for more than 20 years and my area of expertise is acute care physical therapy. I'm a board certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist and also have advanced certification and training in neurodevelopmental treatment and assessment/treatment of vestibular disorders. I enjoy traveling, including global medical outreach in Haiti and Panama. I've worked in a variety of different hospitals from large academic teaching hospitals to small community hospitals throughout California.

Education

DPTSc, University of California San Francisco/San Francisco State University
MS in Health Science, San Francisco State University
BS in Physical Therapy, Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles

Teaching Interest

My primary teaching interests are in acute care, neurologic physical therapy, geriatrics, and global health. I also serve as the faculty advsior to SMU's International Healthcare Club.

Courses Taught

Fall Semester

  • PT 710 Clinical Foundations of Physical Therapy Practice (course co-coordinator)
  • PT 715 Pt/Client Management: Special Populations (course coordinator)

Spring Semester

  • PT 713 Pt/Client Management: Neurology I (course co-coordinator)
  • PT 734 Pathology & Medical Management in Neurology

Summer Semester

  • PT 744 Health Care Systems and Regulatory Aspects of PT
Research Biography

My primary research focus is exploring the psychometric properties of the Function In Sitting Test (FIST). Current projects include the determination of the predictive validity of the FIST (data analysis and manuscript preparation) and fall risk associated with the FIST (study in planning stages). Learn more about the FIST here.

I'm involved in the assessment of the SMU Patient Safety & Communication Interprofessional Education initiative in conjunction with multiple other SMU faculty.

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.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Gorman SL, Harro C, Platko C, Greenwald C. Examining the Function In Sitting Test for validity, responsiveness, and minimal clinically important difference in inpatient rehabilitation. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014:95(12);304-2311..

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.

Peer Reviewed National & International Presentations

Hapai J, Gorman SL. Substantial functional improvements in a patient post stroke with a focus on family support and a multi-modal intervention approach. CPTA Annual Conference 2013 (poster).

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. CPTA Annual Conference 2009 (poster) and Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2010 (platform).

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) and 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.  Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2007 (platform).

McDonald V, Gorman SL, Zobac S.  Negative pressure wound therapy in the management of a complex abdominal wound. Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2006 (poster) and Samuel Merritt College Spring Science Symposium 2006 (poster).

Other Publications

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.

Grants & Fellowships

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.

Invited Presentations

Gorman SL, Harro C, Platko C. Don't Just Sit There: Evidence-based Sitting Balance Examination & Intervention. Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2015 (presentation).

Gorman SL. Moving Beyond "Good, Fair, Poor": Understanding and Measuring Sitting Balance. California Physical Therapy Annual Conference 2014 (presentation).

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. (invited lecture).

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.  Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2008 (presentation).

Professional and Community Service and Professional Memberships

Professional Associations:
Education Section, APTA
Acute Care Section, APTA
Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, APTA
Neurology Section, APTA
HPA-The Catalyst, APTA
California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics
National Academies of Practice, Physical Therapy Academy (inaugural class)

Current Leadership Positions:
National Academies of Practice, Physical Therapy Academy, Website Task Force & Nominating Committee
Golden Gate District Chief Representative (2012-2015), 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

Consulting:
Hands for Global Health, Board of Directors, Secretary, 2014
Northern California Geriatric Education Center, UCSF

Editorial Review/Peer Reviewer:
Physical Therapy
Journal of Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy Journal of Policy, Administration and Leadership
Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy
Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice
Physiotherapy Canada

Contact Info

Name
Sharon Gorman
PT, DPTSc, GCS, FNAP
Title
Associate Professor
Department
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Email

Faculty Profile

Sharon Gorman
Sharon
Gorman
PT, DPTSc, GCS, FNAP
Associate Professor
Doctor of Physical Therapy
SGorman@samuelmerritt.edu
510-869-6511

I've been a physical therapist for more than 20 years and my area of expertise is acute care physical therapy. I'm a board certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist and also have advanced certification and training in neurodevelopmental treatment and assessment/treatment of vestibular disorders. I enjoy traveling, including global medical outreach in Haiti and Panama. I've worked in a variety of different hospitals from large academic teaching hospitals to small community hospitals throughout California.

DPTSc, University of California San Francisco/San Francisco State University
MS in Health Science, San Francisco State University
BS in Physical Therapy, Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles

My primary teaching interests are in acute care, neurologic physical therapy, geriatrics, and global health. I also serve as the faculty advsior to SMU's International Healthcare Club.

Fall Semester

  • PT 710 Clinical Foundations of Physical Therapy Practice (course co-coordinator)
  • PT 715 Pt/Client Management: Special Populations (course coordinator)

Spring Semester

  • PT 713 Pt/Client Management: Neurology I (course co-coordinator)
  • PT 734 Pathology & Medical Management in Neurology

Summer Semester

  • 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 predictive validity of the FIST (data analysis and manuscript preparation) and fall risk associated with the FIST (study in planning stages). Learn more about the FIST here.

I'm involved in the assessment of the SMU Patient Safety & Communication Interprofessional Education initiative in conjunction with multiple other SMU faculty.

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, Harro C, Platko C, Greenwald C. Examining the Function In Sitting Test for validity, responsiveness, and minimal clinically important difference in inpatient rehabilitation. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014:95(12);304-2311..

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. CPTA Annual Conference 2013 (poster).

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. CPTA Annual Conference 2009 (poster) and Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2010 (platform).

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) and 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.  Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2007 (platform).

McDonald V, Gorman SL, Zobac S.  Negative pressure wound therapy in the management of a complex abdominal wound. Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2006 (poster) and Samuel Merritt College Spring Science Symposium 2006 (poster).

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, Harro C, Platko C. Don't Just Sit There: Evidence-based Sitting Balance Examination & Intervention. Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2015 (presentation).

Gorman SL. Moving Beyond "Good, Fair, Poor": Understanding and Measuring Sitting Balance. California Physical Therapy Annual Conference 2014 (presentation).

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. (invited lecture).

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.  Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2008 (presentation).

Professional Associations:
Education Section, APTA
Acute Care Section, APTA
Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, APTA
Neurology Section, APTA
HPA-The Catalyst, APTA
California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics
National Academies of Practice, Physical Therapy Academy (inaugural class)

Current Leadership Positions:
National Academies of Practice, Physical Therapy Academy, Website Task Force & Nominating Committee
Golden Gate District Chief Representative (2012-2015), 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

Consulting:
Hands for Global Health, Board of Directors, Secretary, 2014
Northern California Geriatric Education Center, UCSF

Editorial Review/Peer Reviewer:
Physical Therapy
Journal of Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy Journal of Policy, Administration and Leadership
Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy
Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice
Physiotherapy Canada

History

Member for
8 years 9 months