PT, EdD, FNAP
I am Assistant Academic Vice-President at the University. My responsibilities include interprofessional education, clinical relationships with Sutter Health and opportunities for faculty practice and further community engagement for our students and faculty. I continue to teach in the Department of Physical Therapy in the areas of professionalism and ethics. I was Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy from 2003 through 2012 and before that was the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education. I have been a physical therapist since 1977 and have worked in many clinical environments, including pediatrics, home health, and outpatient orthopedics. I have been a Director of Rehabilitation Services, a partner in a private PT clinic and Director of a PT clinic. In my most recent clinical practice, I treated many patients with significant chronic pain problems. I also worked with students as a clinical instructor nearly all of these years.
University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California School of Education, Department of Organization and Leadership, Doctor of Education, May 2008. 2002 to 2008. Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, Master of Arts, Physical Therapy, 1977 University of California, Santa Cruz, California, Bachelor of Arts, Psychobiology, Cum Laude, 1975
I teach courses in professional issues and ethics in the DPT program. I am also involved in developing and implementing interprofessional education courses and other learning experiences at the University.
Current First Year DPT Course Taught: PT 741: Professional Issues I Current Third Year DPT Courses Taught: PT 747 Professional Issues II
I am part of a research team conducting a large national study, Physical Therapy Education for the 21st Century. We are studying innovation and excellence in academic and clinical education with funding from the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy and the Education and Orthopaedic Sections of the APTA. My other area of research is in ethics and ethical reasoning among physical therapy students. As the University increases interprofessional education we are studying the effects those experiences have on students' learning and practice.
Peer Reviewed Publications
Hoeger Bement MK, St. Marie B, Nordstrom T, Christensen N, Mongoven,JM, Koebner IJ, Fishman SM, MD, Sluka KA. An Interprofessional consensus of core competencies for prelicensure education in pain management: Curriculum application for physical therapy. Phys Ther: 2014:94:451-465. doi:10.2522/ptj.20130346 Nordstrom, T. Physical therapist students as moral agents during clinical experiences. Dissertation Abstracts International, 69(06) 2008A. University of San Francisco; 2008. (UMI Number AAT 3317689). Bloch, D and Nordstrom, T. Complexity-based Ethics: Martin Buber and dynamic Self-Organization. In Explorations in Complexity Thinking: Pre-proceedings of the 3rd international Workshop on Complexity and Philosophy. Ed. KA Richardson and P Cilliers, ISCE Publishing, Mansfield, Massachusetts. 2007 Winograd, CH, Lemsky, C, Nevitt, M, Nordstrom, T, Stewart, A, Miller, C, Bloch, D Development of a physical performance and mobility examination (PPME), Journal of The American Geriatric Society, 1994, 42(7):743-9. Perham H., Smick J, Hallum A, and Nordstrom T, Development of the lateral equilibrium response in stance, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 1987, 29:758-765. Book Chapters Rideout D, Nordstrom TM, Lazaro R. Coccidiomycosis Meningitis. In A Burke-Doe, ed. Physical Therapy Case Files: Neurologic Rehabilitation. McGraw-Hill; 2013. Christensen N and Nordstrom T. Facilitating the Teaching of Clinical Reasoning In GM Jensen and E Mostrom, ed. Handbook of Teaching and Learning for Physical Therapists 3rd ed. St. Louis MO: Elsevier;183-199: 2013.
Peer Reviewed National & International Presentations
Jensen G (PI), Gwyer G, Hack L, Mostrom E, Nordstrom T. National Study of Excellence in Physical Therapist Education: Emerging Findings. Accepted for presentation at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis IN, February 2015. Furze J, Jensen GM, Rapport MJ, Christensen N, Briggs M, Paschal KA, Hartley G, Nordstrom T. Domains of Professional Competence: Looking Across the Educational Continuum. Accepted for presentation at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN. February 2015. Jensen G (PI), Gwyer G, Hack L, Mostrom E, Nordstrom T. Promoting Excellence in Physical Therapist Clinical Education: Preliminary Findings from Excellence in Physical Therapist Education for the Twenty-First Century (PTE-21). Education Leadership Conference. October 11, 2014. Kansas City MO. Jensen G (PI), Gwyer G, Hack L, Mostrom E, Nordstrom T. Physical Therapy Education in the 21st Century: Preliminary Findings. Education Leadership Conference. October 5, 2013. Portland OR. Nordstrom, T. Physical therapist students as moral agents during clinical experiences. World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 21-23, 2011. Nordstrom, T and Christensen, N. Integrating clinical reasoning and ethical reasoning in physical therapist entry-level education. Combined Section Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, February 9-12, 2009. Nordstrom, T. Physical therapist students as moral agents during clinical experiences and their relationship with patients. Combined Section Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, February 9-12, 2009. Nordstrom, T. Ethical reasoning of physical therapist students, Combined Section Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, February 9-12, 2009. Bloch, D and Nordstrom, T. “Complexity-based ethics: Martin Buber and dynamic self-organization.” 3rd International Workshop on Complexity and Philosophy. Sponsored by Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study and Cathedra for the Study of Complexity. Stellenbosch, South Africa. February 22-23. 2007. Duffy, C. and Nordstrom, T. Case report: Nerve-gliding techniques in the treatment of one woman with carpal tunnel syndrome, Combined Section Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, February 2006. Mitchell, P, Moore, V, Nordstrom, T, Skinner-Martin, V, VanZant, C. Emotional intelligence (EQ) and its applications in education, Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 4, 2005 Heydman, A., and Nordstrom, T. Understanding student learning: Research and praxis to improve effectiveness, Western Association of Schools and Colleges Annual Conference, San Jose, CA, April 15, 2004 Nordstrom, T. On-line clinical case discussion groups to facilitate learning across the physical therapy curriculum, American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section Meetings, Boston, MA, February 22, 2002.
Book Chapters Rideout D, Nordstrom TM, Lazaro R. Coccidiomycosis Meningitis. In A Burke-Doe, ed. Physical Therapy Case Files: Neurologic Rehabilitation. McGraw-Hill; 2013. Christensen N and Nordstrom T. Facilitating the Teaching of Clinical Reasoning In GM Jensen and E Mostrom, ed. Handbook of Teaching and Learning for Physical Therapists 3rd ed. St. Louis MO: Elsevier;183-199: 2013.
Grants & Fellowships
Grant Activity: Jensen G, Gwyer J, Hack L, Mostrom E, Nordstrom T. Physical Therapist Education for the Twenty First Century. American Physical Therapy Association. September 2011-2016. $70,000. Nordstrom, T, Christensen, N, Clark, L, Gorman, S, Lazaro, R. Developing student critical self-reflection and analysis in physical therapy patient management through audio-video feedback. Samuel Merritt College Curriculum and Innovation Award, December 2002- 2003. $2,160. Carol Winograd, Project Director, Efficacy of Physical Therapy in Preserving Function in Hospitalized Elderly. Division of Gerontology, Stanford University School of Medicine. Funded by Hartford Foundation, 1989-1992. The purpose of the study was to assess whether inclusion of physical therapy in the treatment of hospitalized, deconditioned elderly patients was successful in preserving physical function at discharge and up to six-months post-discharge. Served as physical therapy consultant and co-investigator in Department of Rehabilitation at Stanford University Hospital
Nordstrom, T. Students and Ethical Reasoning During Clinical Experiences. UCSF/SFSU Department of Physical Therapy and Samuel Merritt University Department of Physical Therapy, Clinical Education Symposium. March 31, 2014. Nordstrom, T. Ethical Reasoning in Physical Therapy Practice. Tri-Counties District, California Physical Therapy Association. October 19, 2013. Nordstrom, T. Justice and Beneficence in Physical Therapy Practice. Sutter Health. Sacramento CA. April 26, 2013. Nordstrom, T. Ethical Reasoning in Physical Therapy Practice. University of California San Francisco Alumni Seminar, April 26, 2013. Nordstrom, T. Ethical Reasoning in Physical Therapy Practice. California Physical Therapy Association. September 29, 2012. Nordstrom, T. Ethics in Physical Therapy. Sutter Health. Sacramento CA. April 28, 2012 Arriaga R, Carlisle P, Nordstrom T, Radovich M. Ethics in Practice. University of California San Francisco Alumni Seminar. April 21, 2012 Nordstrom T. Ethics and PT Students During Clinical Experiences. University of San Francisco and Samuel Merritt University Clinical Educators Conference. April 17, 2012. Nordstrom, T. Understanding and Applying the APTA Code of Ethics in Clinical Practice. Golden Gate District, California Physical Therapy Association. July 10, 2010. Nordstrom, T. The Ethical Terrain of Clinical Education: How Students and Clinical Instructors can Address Ethical Issues During Clinical Experiences. UCSF/SFSU Program in Physical Therapy and Samuel Merritt University Joint Clinical Instructor Symposium. April, 2010. Hiller, P, Kontney, L, Levison, D., Nordstrom, T, Swisher L. Ethics in clinical education: a panel discussion. Education Leadership Conference, Section for Education, American Physical Therapy Association, October 3, 2008. Nordstrom, T. Physical therapist students’ relationship with patients and role as moral agents. Samuel Merritt College Spring Health Science Symposium. May 16, 2008.
Professional and Community Service and Professional Memberships
American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (Previously Academic Council, American Physical Therapy Association) President, February 2012 to Present Vice-President, October 2010 to February 2012 American Physical Therapy Association APTA Ethics and Judicial Committee, July 1, 2009 to present. Chair 2013-14. APTA Clinical Instructor Education Board, 2002 to 2005. Chair, 2004-2005. Education Section, APTA Task Force on Council of Physical Therapy Education Programs, 2008- 2011. California Physical Therapy Association Chapter Ethics Committee, 2000-2009, Chair 2003 - 2009 Investigator, Chapter Ethics Committee, 1995-2009 Delegate, 1989-1991, 1995-1998, 2000-2002, 2008-2011, 2013 Practice and Quality Service Committee 1997-1999 Nominating Committee, 1990-1992 (Chairperson, 1992)