Assistant professor - Master of Public Health
Assistant professor - Global health
|Education||Ph.D, education, Iowa State University, 2008|
MEd, Iowa State University, 2001
P.T., PA certificate, University of Pennsylvania, 1978
B.S., Iowa State University, 1976
|Certifications||Board Certified Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, 2010, 2000|
Gerontology Certificate, Iowa State University, 2003
Certified Professional Coder, American Academy of Professional Coders, 2009
Certified Clinical Instructor, American Physical Therapy Association, 2008
Registered Parliamentarian, National Association of Parliamentarians, 2008
My three primary categories of research are 1. Effective methodology for teaching cultural competency skills to health professions students; 2. Health care disparities and access to health care and public health services, including delivering culturally sensitive care to underserved populations; and 3. Measuring health care quality and efficiency. In 2013, I am continuing work on immigrant and refugee health care access, student learning outcomes in Interprofessional Education, and adverse childhood events (ACEs) impact on adult health.
I have three primary categories of research interest: 1. Effective methodology for teaching cultural competency skills to health professions students; 2. Delivering culturally sensitive care to underserved populations; and 3. Measuring health care quality and efficiency. In 2011, I am developing my research agenda, and interested in a literature review of tools to measure cultural competency and transformational learning, as well as surveying and studying micropopulations seeking health care services at free clinics in Iowa.
I am researching changes in health professions students’ attitudes as a result of cultural diversity training as measured by the Global Perspective Inventory© with Dr. Yogesh Shah, DMU global health Initiatives. I am also collaborating with researchers from the University of Iowa (College of Public Health) and University of North Carolina (Sheps Center) on a comparison of direct access versus physician-referred physical therapy episodes of care.
Duffy, P.A. Holes in the health care safety net: Voices of the Underserved. Journal of Physical Therapy Education, Special Edition on Service Learning., 2006
Duffy, P.A. Accessibility in Aging: Physical therapists as expert consultants. Gerinotes., 2005
Awards and honors
2003 - Lucy Blair Service Award, American Physical Therapy Association
1997, 1996 - Honored Professional of the National Directory of Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals
1992 - Olive Farr Distinguished Service Award, Iowa Physical Therapy Association
1992 - Young Business Leader of Iowa, Des Moines Register
1978 - Friar’s Senior Society, University of Pennsylvania