Susan Perry, PT, DPT, MS

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Hometown:  Gibsonia, PA
Joined Chatham:  1995


Management of patients with neurologic conditions; Knowledge translation: moving research evidence into clinical practice


Travel; historical fiction; cooking and gardening 

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Chatham College (Pittsburgh, PA) 2003
  • MS, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Education emphasis, University of Pittsburgh (PIttsburgh, PA), 1989
  • BS, Physical Therapy, S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY), 1982
  • Member, American Physical Therapy Association; Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Perry SB. Billek-Sawhney B. Schreiber J. Stroke Prevention: Education and Barriers for Physical and Occupational Therapists Caring for Older Adults. J Phys Occup Ther Geriatrics. 2020; 38:4, 338-354, DOI: 10.1080/02703181.2020.1755410
  • Downey PD. Perry SB. Marchetti G. Thompson D. Use of a fracture prevention screening algorithm predicts self-reported falls in post-menopausal women. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. Published online May 2018
  • Perry SB. Billek-Sawhney B. Woollard J. Little S. Szalinski A. Balance and mobility improvements during inpatient rehabilitation are similar in young-old, mid-old, and old-old adults with traumatic brain injury. Accepted to Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation March 2018.
  • Schreiber JS. Perry SB. Downey P. Williamson A. Knowledge Translation Outcomes Following Innovative Continuing Education. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2015;29:42-49.
  • Perry SB. Zeleznik H. Breisinger TP. Supporting evidence-based behavior change in neurologic physical therapists: a case study in knowledge translation. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 2014;38:134-143.
  • Perry SB. Woollard J. Little S. Shroyer K. Relationships among measures of balance, gait, and community integration in people with brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. March 2013 doi: 10.1097/HTR.0b013e3182864f2f
  • Downey PA. Perry SB. Anderson J. Screening post-menopausal women for fracture and fall prevention. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. 2013;36:138-145.
  • Perry SB. Downey PA. Fracture risk and prevention: a multi-dimensional approach. Phys Ther. 2012;92:164-178.
  • Perry SB. Rauk R. McCarthy A. Milidonis M. Competency-Based Validation of Specialty Practice. JNPT 2008;32:62-69
  • Downey P. Perry SB. Rehabilitation Approaches to the Prevention of Osteoporosis and Osteoporotic Fracture. Critical Reviews in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. 2007;19(1):55-77
  • Perry SB. Constraints on Practice. Invited commentary. JNPT. 2007;31(1):10-11
  • Perry SB. Marchetti GF. Wagner S. Wilton W. Predicting Caregiver Assistance Required for Sit-to-Stand Following Rehabilitation for Acute Stroke. JNPT. 2006;30(1):2-11
  • Billek-Sawhney B. Perry SB. Coordination and Proprioception in Huber F. Wells CW., eds., Therapeutic Exercise, Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2006
  • Rauk R. McCarthy A. Perry SB. Description of Specialty Practice in Neurologic Physical Therapy. APTA, 2005
  • Perry SB. “Strategies for Teaching and Applying Clinical Decision – Making Skills in Entry – Level Neurologic Content”. Neurology Report.1999;23(4):170-7
  • Perry SB. “Clinical Implications of a Dynamic Systems Theory”, Neurology Report.1998;22: 4-10
  • Board certified neurologic specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties 1994-2014
  • APTA Neurology Section Service to the Section Award 2014
  • APTA Section on Education Distinguished Educator Award 2012
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, School of Health Technology and Management, SUNY at Stony Brook, 1998
  • Director of Education, Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, American Physical Therapy Association, 2018-2021
  • Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, Co-chair, Compendium of Neurologic Entry-Level Teaching Resources, 2nd ed. 2016
  • Vice President of the Neurology Section, American Physical Therapy Association, 2006-2012
  • Member of the Neurologic Specialty Council, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, 2000-2004
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, August 1995-present
  • Romney W. Deutsch J. Perry SB. Salbach N. Does evidence based practice confidence and behavior change throughout the entry level physical therapy curriculum? A longitudinal study. Poster Presentation for APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, February 2018
  • Romney W. Salbach N. Perry SB. Deutsch J. Evidence based practice confidence upon entry to physical therapy school is related to previous research-related experience. Poster Presentation. World Confederation of Physical Therapy Congress, Singapore, May 2015
  • Perry SB. Zeleznik H. Breisinger TP. Supporting evidence-based behavior change in neurologic physical therapists: a case report, Poster Presentation, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, January 2013
  • Jameson S. Schafer DS. Perry SB. DPT Students’ Self-Assessment of Administration and Management Skills as Compared to a 2007 Study, Poster Presentation, PPTA Annual Meeting, Lancaster, PA October 2012
  • Perry SB. Little S. Sit-to-stand Phase Failure in Three Subjects with Acute Traumatic Brain Injury, Poster Presentation , APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, February 2010