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Gail L. Widener

Professor PhD, PT

Programs and Courses Taught

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

PT 722 Clinical Physiology, PT 727 Neuroscience I, PT 735 Exercise Prescription I, PT 732 Pathology and Pharmacology I, PT 733 Pathology and Pharmacology II, PT 729 Neuroscience III, PT 713 PCM Neuromuscular, PT 734 Pathology and Pharmacology III, PT 702 Capstone II, PT 703 Capstone III, PT 704 Capstone IV

About Me

Physical therapy has been a wonderful career for me. I have practiced in several areas including sports medicine, acute care, neurorehabilitation, and geriatrics and in many different practice settings including inpatient, outpatient and home care.  I live in Oakland and enjoy the rich diversity of people, food, outdoor activities, and entertainment that the Bay Area has to offer.

Education

I earned a BS in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman's University and a PhD in Physiology with an emphasis on neuroscience from the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Scholarly Interests

I have an active research agenda investigating interventions for people with neurologic dysfunction focusing specifically on people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and cerebellar ataxia. Additionally, I am investigating self-reported fatgue versus motor fatiguability in people with MS. My work has been supported by grants from the California Physical Therapy Association, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) and the National Institutes of Health. I two active grants from the Faculty Grant Scholarship program at Samuel Merritt University. I have co-authored chapters on MS and on muscle tone. 

Publications

  Horn K, Allen DD, Gibson-Horn C, Widener GL. Torso-weighting produces improved standing balance and fall reduction during sensory organization testing in people with multiple sclerosis. IJMSC. 2017 DOI:10.7224/1537-2073.2015-090
  Mielke A, Lazaro R, Widener G. Using symptoms to effectively dose therapeutic exercises for a female with multiple sclerosis after an acute exacerbation: A case report. Phys Ther Rehabil. 2016; 3:2. http//dx/ doi/org/10.7243/2055-2386-3-2
  Cohen ET, Potter K, Allen DD, Bennett SE, Brandfass KG, Widener GL, Yorke AM. Selecting rehabilitation outcome measures for people with multiple sclerosis.  Int J MS Care. 2015:17:181-189.
  Widener GL, Allen DD. Measurement characteristics and clinical utility of the 29-item Multiple Sclerosis Impact Scale. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Mar;95(3):593-4. PubMed PMID: 24701634
  Cohen ET, Potter K, Bennett SE, Brandfass KG, Allen DD, Widener GL, Yorke AM. Selecting rehabilitation outcome measures: applying the findings of the American Physical Therapy Association MSEDGE Task Force. Int J MS Care. 2014;16(3):76-80
  Hunt CM, Widener GL, Gibson-Horn C, Allen DD. Postural control in standing with and without balance-based torso weighting in people with multiple sclerosis and healthy controls. Phys Ther. 2014; 94(10):1489-1498
  Gorgas A-M, Widener GL, Gibson-Horn C, Allen DD. Gait changes with balance-based torso-weighting in people with multiple sclerosis. Physther Res Int. 2014; DOI: 10.1002/pri.1595
  Cohen ET, Allen DD, Bennett SE, Brandfass KG, Widener GL, Yorke AM. Outcome measures for individuals with multiple sclerosis: recommendations from the American Physical Therapy Association Neurology Section task force. Phys Ther. 2014; 94(5):593-608.
  Widener GL, Allen DD. Measurement characteristics and clinical utility of the 29-item Multiple Sclerosis Impact Scale. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Mar;95(3):593-4.
  Crittendon A, O’Neill D, Widener GL, Allen DD. Standing data disproves biomechanical mechanism for balance-based torso-weighting. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014; 95(1): 43-9.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Member of the APTA (Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy, Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, Academy of Physical Therapy Education, Academy of Physical Therapy Research)
Member of the International MS Rehabilitation Therapists
Member of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers

Community Service

Dr. Widener serves as a member of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) MS EDGE Task Force on Outcome Measures, the Awards Committee for the California Chapter of the APTA (CPTA), and as a member of the CPTA Research Council. I was a long-standing member of the Health Care Advisory committee for the Northern California Chapter of the NMSS. 

Honors & Awards

CPTA’s 2010 Faculty Research Publication Award for “Randomized clinical trial of balance-based torso-weighting for improving upright mobility in people with multiple sclerosis.” Awarded Sept, 2010