Dr. Allison joined the WSSU DPT faculty in 2013, with nine years of prior experience as a physical therapy educator at Midwestern University and East Carolina University. She brings 12 years of clinical experience in adult neuro-rehabilitation and geriatrics in acute, inpatient and outpatient settings.
Early in her clinical practice she became certified in Adult Neurodevelopmental Treatment and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, later becoming an ABPTS Neurologic Clinical Specialist. Subsequently she followed her strong interest in balance rehabilitation with seven years of experience as a clinical applications specialist for NeuroCom International, Inc. She is an invited speaker who has presented numerous courses on balance rehabilitation and fall prevention nationally and internationally. Her dual research focus includes (1) impaired multi-sensory integration mechanisms in individuals with balance deficits, and (2) fall prevention in older adults. She has published two book chapters and four peer-reviewed articles, and received external funding for research, on these topics. She has provided national professional service in the Neurology and Geriatric Sections of the APTA, as a peer-reviewer for numerous publications, and as an invited member of the CDC’s Division of Injury Prevention Workgroup on Exercise Interventions for Fall Prevention.
- BS Physical Therapy, University of Pennsylvania
- MS Motor Control and Learning, Oregon State University
- PhD Human Movement Science, University of Maryland, College Park
- ABPTS Neurologic Clinical Specialist, 1990-2000
- Adult Neurodevelopmental Treatment, 1981
- Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, 1983
Research and Project Interests
- Age-related changes in multisensory integration
- Differences between healthy and fall-prone older adults that may be associated with a history or high risk of falls
- How sensory-challenge balance exercise intervention programs may contribute to improved balance and reduce the risk of falls in older adults
Life Span Motor Control – DPT 6304
Movement Disorders – DPT 7209
Adult Neuromuscular I Lecture & Lab – DPT 7205, 7206
Adult Neuromuscular II Lecture & Lab – DPT 8201, 8202