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Faculty Profile

Sharon Gorman
Sharon
Gorman
DPTSc
Professor
Doctor of Physical Therapy
SGorman@samuelmerritt.edu
510-869-6511

I've been a physical therapist for more than 20 years with expertise in acute care physical therapy. I'm a board-certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist and still work clinically in acute care a few day per month as a Senior Physical Therapist at Kaiser Walnut Creek. I also have advanced certification in neurodevelopmental treatment and treatment of vestibular disorders.

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 University, 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 744 Health Care Systems & Regulatory Aspects of PT
  • PT 702 Capstone II: Exploration and Planning
  • PT 715B Pt/Client Management: Special Topics 2 (course coordinator)
  • PT 704 Capstone IV: Completion
  • IPE 700 Interprofessional Team Practice for Error Management (IGNITE) elective

Spring Semester

  • PT 713 Pt/Client Management: Neurology I 
  • PT 734 Pathology & Medical Management in Neurology

Summer Semester

  • PT 715A Pt/Client Management: Special Topics 1 (course coordinator)
  • PT 703 Capstone III: Implementation

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 (manuscript preparation), adapting the FIST for the spinal cord injured population (approval and data collection), and fall risk associated with the FIST (study in planning stages). Learn more about the FIST here.

I have a research line related to interprofessional teams. In conjunction with other SMU faculty, I'm investigating how our short term medical trips to Panama enhance interprofessional team attitudes and practice (data collection).I'm involved in the assessment of the SMU Patient Safety & Communication Interprofessional Education initiative in conjunction with multiple other SMU faculty.

With Dr. McGregor-Garske, I am working on a study to describe the changes in DPT students' confidence in acute care practice over the curriculum, and how both simulation and clinical experiences may play a part. This study will, in part, also be a multi-center study with two other DPT programs (in addition to SMU) in the US.

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.

Gorman SL, DeRosa M. Short-term global health medical service trip positively effects interprofessional skills and attitudes.(platform) National Academies of Practice Annual Meeting and Forum, Philadelphia, PA, March 17, 2017 & SMU Spring Science Symposium, Oakland, CA, May 5, 2017.

Gorman SL, Thomas E, Apke T, Maurer C. Behind the curtain: enhancing clinical mentoring in acute care practice. (presentation) APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Feb 17, 2017, San Antonio, TX.

Sanabria A, Ho B, Garlin A, Gorman SL, Azzam A. Refining future generations of healthcare professionals: Project IGNITE’s unique error disclosure curriculum. (poster at Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science National Conference 2016, Oct 13-15, 2016 Long Beach, CA).

Schroeder S, Gorman SL. Relationship of dynamic balance and pitching characteristics in young baseball players. (platform at CPTA Annual Conference 2016).

Tagliareni I, Gorman SL. The physical therapy management of an individual with an acute exacerbation of Parkinson disease symptoms using a salient, multimodal approach: a case report. (poster at CPTA Annual Conference 2016).

Gorman SL, Liu J, Marino R, Mason R, Romanini A. Physical therapy patients presenting to a rural, ambulatory care clinic in Panama. (platform) Samuel Merritt University Spring Scholarship Symposium, Oakland, CA, April 22, 2016 & CPTA Annual Conference.

Gorman SL, DeRosa M, August S, Durham R. Global health clinic provides unique interprofessional education benefits. National Academies of Practice Annual Meeting and Forum (platform presentation).

Gorman SL, Villanueva CG, Negrete M, Nordstrom T. Developing institutional collaborations for sustainable and effective interprofessional education and research. (symposia) National Academies of Practice Meeting and Forum, Baltimore, MD, April 8, 2016.

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

Gorman SLSo Many Measures, So Little Time. Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2014 (presentation).

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).

Gorman SL, Ryan J. Strategies to address interprofessional communication and behaviors that hinder acute care practice. Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2013. (presentation).

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).

Taniguchi N, Chism S, Gorman SL. Translating evidence into practice for acute care interdisciplinary fall prevention. Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2009 (presentation).

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, Baldwin A, Schmidt SG.  Evidence-Based Practice When There’s a Paucity of Evidence.  Combined Sections Meeting APTA 2008 (presentation).

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. Congratulations, graduate (and their team)! (President's Message). J Acute Care Phys Ther. 2017;8(3):77-78.

Gorman SL. CSM 2017 goes strategic (President's Message). J Acute Care Phys Ther. 2017;8(2):41.

Gorman SL. It's both what you say and how you say it (President's Message). J Acute Care Phys Ther. 2017;8(1):1-2.

Gorman SL. We are building a path but need you (President's Message). J Acute Care Phys Ther. 2016;7(4):127-128.

Gorman SL. Transforming society through the #ChoosePT campaign (President's Message). J Acute Care Phys Ther. 2016;7(3):85-86.

Gorman SL. Launching the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy (President's Message). J Acute Care Phys Ther. 2016;7(2):45-46.

Gorman SL. Building a bridge into 2016 and beyond (President's Message). J Acute Care Phys Ther. 2016;7(1):1-2.

Gorman SL. Acute care education is moving forward....are you? (President's Message) J Acute Care Phys Ther. 2015;6(3):77-78.

Gorman SL. Capturing the unmeasured value in acute care physical therapy (President's Message). J Acute Care Phys Ther. 2015;6(2):35-36.

Gorman SL. Why we must look at the bigger picture (President's Message). J Acute Care Phys Ther. 2015;6(1):1.

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.

Faculty Scholarship Grant Program team awarded grant of $27,800 to evaluate the effectiveness of Project IGNITE: An Evaluation of Team Behaviors Among Interprofessional Students in an IPE Course Using Simulation and Problem Based Learning

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. Using Outcome Measures to Show Value and Progress in the Acute Care Setting. Physical Therapy Association of Washington State Conference, Oct 7, 2017.

Gorman SL. Complex Patient Rehabilitation Challenges: Using Evidence to Improve Acute Care Practice. Physical Therapy Association of Washington State Conference, Oct 7, 2017.

Gorman SL. CPTA Talks. California Physical Therapy Annual Conference 2016 (invited talk).

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

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

Current Leadership Positions:
Samuel Merritt University, Faculty Organization President
National Academies of Practice, Physical Therapy Academy, Secreatary
Golden Gate District Chief Representative (2012-2015), CPTA
California Delegate to House of Delegates (2013-2015), CPTA
Golden Gate District Representative (2009-2012, 2017), CPTA
President, Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy

Consulting:
Hands for Global Health, Board of Directors, Treasurer & founding board member

Editorial Review/Peer Reviewer:
Physical Therapy
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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
Physiotherapy Research International

History

Member for
11 years 6 days

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