Kathy Mercuris, P.T., D.H.S. ProfileResearchPublicationsPosition(s)Associate ProfessorDoctor of Physical Therapy ProgramPhysical Therapist (limited availability)Physical Therapy ClinicAssociate Professor, Doctor of Physical TherapyStudent Research MentorsResearchers Clinic Appointment 515-271-1717 Fax 515-271-7078Email email@example.comEducationDoctor in Health Sciences, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, INMasters in General Studies, Drake University, Des Moines, IABachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Northwestern University, Chicago, ILCertificationsNeuro-Development Treatment 3-week training program for Adults with HemiplegiaExercise Experts for Aging Adults: Evidence-based Examination and Exercise PrescriptionTai Chi for Arthritis (TCA) CertificationIowa Physical Therapy LicenseAwards and honors2016-17 Iowa Campus Compact Engaged Scholar Faculty Fellow.DMU Outstanding Service Award presented by DMU Faculty.Areas of ExpertiseFall PreventionService LearningStrokeTai ChiClinical Practice OP adult neurology; vestibular dysfunction, fall prevention. Des Moines University Medical ClinicsProfessional Organizations, Committees and BoardsDes Moines area Stroke ClubExplorer Scouts- Medical Troop- pastNeuro-developmental Treatment Association (NDTA)Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA)American Physical Therapy Association, Neurology, Education, and Geriatric Sections Geriatric Section: Research CommitteeSCRIPT Committee for the State of Iowa (Systems Change and Reform in Interprofessional Preservice Training)/pastAlpha Eta Society: Chapter SecretaryFederation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, Item Writer and Review Committee-PT/past Iowa Fall Prevention CoalitionServiceCommunity:Served Stroke Club anniversary refreshments with PT studentsProfessional:Reviewed poster and platform presentation abstracts for APTA Education Section (ELC Conference)Fall Prevention Awareness Day: Community event co-sponsored with Wesley Life,Drake Pharmacy ProgramDMU Discover Day- speaker and Enrollment tableHealth Fair PT coordinator/supervisorNumerous presentations on PT as a career in schoolsSpeaker ISU Women in Science Career Exploration 2x/yearAlpha Eta Chapter SecretaryVolunteer for Special Olympics FunFitness State and National CompetitionsMidwest Parkinson Disease Conference- Balance screens providedSpecial Olympics laison for FunFitness Day at Van Meter/SmouseStaffed APTA Neurology Section Booth at CSMStaffed DMU Clinic booth at Parkinson Health FairCOPD Community Screens with PAAssisted with Wesley Acres Annual Fitness ScreenUniversity:Rank, Promotion, and Tenure Committee- co-chairUniversity Facilities Committee- member; SecretaryUniversity Faculty Welfare Committee – Chairperson;University Performance and Improvement CommitteeAQIP TeamUniversity Qualitive Initiative CommitteeCHS SPEC- member; Co-chairCHS Scholarship CommitteeAdmissions CoordinatorDPT Scholarship CommitteePT Department Neurology Faculty Search Committee- ChairDPT Performance and Improvement CommitteeFaculty Advisor for P.T. ClubDPT Initiative/New Programming CommitteeDPT Curriculum CommitteeMini-Medical SchoolDMYou SurveyFaculty committee to review Provost job descriptionCollege of Health Sciences Workload CommitteePT Club Faculty AdvisorPrimary focus is balance, gait, and fall risk in the older population and in individuals with neurologic pathology. Educational research is focused on changes in students’ empathy during completion of the physical therapy curriculum.Grant ActivityMercuris, K. Primary Investigator$9,279.00 IOERPostural stability in healthy older adults following Tai Chi lessons from a novice versus experienced instructor. September 1, 2013- June 30, 2016.Mercuris, K. Co-Primary Investigator$14,129.00The effects of an exercise program compared to a walking program on bone mineral density and balance in persons over the age of 65 years March 31, 1995-June 1, 2008 Iowa Osteopathic Education and Research FoundationPublicationsPeer Reviewed PublicationsNeuromuscular Rehabilitation: A Patient-centered Approach from Examination to Interventions and Outcomes; Fell, Dennis W; Lunnen, Karen Y; Rauk, Reva P Chapter 15: Neurologic Rehabilitation, K. Mercuris, J. Stephenson Chapter 35: Functional Activities in Sitting, R. Rauk, K. Mercuris Chapters submitted and revisions completed. Publication set for December 2014Peer Reviewed Scientific and Professional PresentationsPoster Presentations:Rindfleisch A, Stevermer C, Mercuris K. Relationship Between Timed-Up-and-Go and Functional Ambulation Profile. CSM February, 2014. Las Vegas, NV.Mercuris KL, Wilkening K, Fielitz K, McDermott M. Impact of Electrical Stimulation Training on Gait and Function in Six Children with Disability. CSM February, 2014. Las Vegas, NV.Mercuris KL, Frandsen M. Effects of an intense week-long exercise program in chronic CVA: a case series. CSM January, 2013. San Diego, CA.Rindfleisch A, Mercuris KL, Severmer C. Analysis of Turn Initiation and Termination. CSM January, 2013. San Diego, CA.Wilkening K , Mercuris KL. The Impact of Civic Engagement on DPT Students’ Attitudes Toward Service: A Literature Review. DMU Research Symposium, December 6, 2012.Mercuris KL, Morrow C. Book Club Elective Course on Individuals with Disability and the Impact on Empathy in Physical Therapy Students. CSM February 2011, New Orleans LA.Buchanan, P. A. & Mercuris, K. L. (2010, July). Developmental changes following complementary Feldenkrais Method lessons to rehabilitation in a child with hemispherectomy. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Feldenkrais Guild â of North America, Chicago, IL.Mercuris KL, Bradley-Diehl S, Schider R. Correlation of Gait and Balance Parameters to Self-Reported Functional Measurements in Community-Dwelling Subjects with CVA. CSM April, 2010. San Diego CA.Mercuris KL, Vardaxis V, Killian C. Relationship of Temporal Gait Asymmetries and Clinical Balance Measures in Community Dwelling Subjects with CVA and Controls. CSM Feb 9-12, 2009 Las Vegas, NVBuchanan P, Deshpande P, Mercuris K, Ronnenbaum J, Vardaxis V. Ambulatory Adult with Cervical Spina Bifida: Case Study. CSM February 9-12, 2009. Las Vegas, NVProfessional Publications/PresentationsProfessional:Stepping Out of the Box: Assessment and Intervention of Neurologic Gait. K. Mercuris, G. Beecher, G. McGaughy. IPTA Spring Conference, April 25, 2014. Ames, Iowa. 6 hours.Pearls from the Podium. Stroke Camp- What it Can do for You. IPTA Fall Conference. Ames, Iowa. Fall, 2013Making Tracks with Gait Research in Parkinson Disease. Invited speaker at the Annual Iowa Parkinson’s Disease Conference sponsored by the Iowa and American Parkinson Disease Association. June 14, 2013.Lower Extremity Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation. Inservice at Mercy Riverside. May, 2012Neuromuscular Interventions. Continuing education course for Mary Greeley Hospital therapists. October 20, 2011.Upper Extremity Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation. Inservice to Mercy Riverside therapists. August 17, 2011.Evidenced-Based Concepts for Planning and Implementing a Community-Based, Parkinson’s Specific Exercise Class based on the Delay the Disease Fitness Program. KL Mercuris presentation: Evidence Based Research on Exercise in Parkinson’s Disease. April 15, 2011. West Des Moines, IA.BPPV Guidelines. Southwest District IPTA Speaker- November 10, 2009Community:Slip, Sliding, Away: Fall Prevention. Presented through the Des Moines Adult Community Education Department. Co-Presenter Michelle Brown, PT. Presented 2013 Spring/Fall; 2014 Spring.DMU Mini-Medical School- Applying Neuroplasticity Concepts to Rehabilitation. February, 2011.Iowa Chapter Parkinson Association- Current Trends in Exercise for Individuals with Parkinson Disease. Sept. 2010Mercuris, K: Update on Research Results for the CVA population. Stroke Club, Des Moines, IA. June 16, 2009.