DPT Program Faculty

 

Marcia Thompson, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy


Marcia Hall ThompsonMarcia Hall Thompson, PT, DPT, DSc
is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Alvernia University and a returning member of the Reading community.  She joins us most recently from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Fresno State, where she taught within the Neurologic Rehabilitation Curriculum and was the Director of Clinical Education (ACCE).  She hails originally from NH and is elated to be back ‘home’ with her family, friends and colleagues throughout the northeast.

Dr. Thompson earned a BS in Physical Therapy from Russell Sage College in 1983, clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from University of the Pacific in 2004, and her Doctor of Science (DSc) in Advanced Neurology in 2011 from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (Provo, UT). Her research is in the investigation of mechanisms underlying balance and postural sway of low and high fall risk community dwelling older adults, specifically utilizing Inertial Measurement and Non-linear analysis tools. She has presented her collaborative work, along with highly successful student research projects, both at the state and national levels in PT, ATC, Geriatrics and Neurosciences. She is also the co-author of a book chapter on the Limbic System in Umphred’s Neurologic Rehabiliation textbook (5th and 6th editions).

Dr. Thompson has more than 30 years of clinical experience in patient care across the lifespan and across all settings. In her clinical history she has managed multi-disciplinary neuro rehab services in several large hospital systems and has started two successful balance programs in hospital based outpatient settings utilizing advanced technology. From 1999 - 2008 she was the Director of Clinical Education for a medical equipment company that focused on the diagnosis of balance & falls. In that capacity, Dr. Thompson had the great pleasure to educate clinicians in the integration of balance testing into effective patient management strategies. From Nov 2009 to Feb 2011, she was the Director of Clinical Services for The Institutes for Balance and Dizziness (Tucson and Scottsdale AZ), providing clinical services, direction and oversight to developing state of the art facilities. She was also a consultant educator for Dr. John Epley as he brought his clinical inventions through NIH funded validation research and to the marketplace. 

Marcia's clinical focus has been geriatrics, neurology, and vestibular, with a focus on fall risk identification and management. She practices on a consultant basis, maintaining licenses in PA, FL and WA. She has been an active member of the Neurology Section and the Vestibular & Balance Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of the American Physical Therapy Association. She has advanced competencies & certifications in Adult NDT (Neuro Developmental Treatment) and Vestibular Rehabilitation and Vestibular Test Interpretation (Emory University/Herdman et.al.).  


View Marcia Thompson's Curriculum Vitae




Effective November 12, 2014, Alvernia University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.

Contact Info

 
Dr. Marcia Thompson, PT DPT DSc
Assistant Professor

Office: PEC B9

Phone: (cell) 360-291-9523 (texting permitted)
marcia.thompson@alvernia.edu




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