Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese, PT, EdD

 

Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine at CUMC
Program in Physical Therapy
la110@cumc.columbia.edu

Education

EdD Movement Science (Motor Learning and Control), Teacher’s College/Columbia University
EdM Movement Science (Motor Learning and Control), Teacher’s College/Columbia University
MS Physical Therapy, College of Physicians and Surgeons/Columbia University
BA Psychology, Columbia College/Columbia University

Professional Expertise

Geriatric Rehabilitation
Postural Control
Gait
Cri du Chat (5P-) Syndrome
Credentialed Clinical Instructor

Active Research Projects

Principal Investigator:
- Motor proficiency in children with Cri du Chat Syndrome
- Feasibility and Reliability of Functional Mobility Measures in Children with Cri du Chat (5P-) Sundrome
- Interventions to Improve Exercise Self Efficacy in Older Adults: A Systematic Review

Co-Investigator:
- Elder LGBT Interprofessional Collaborative Care Program
- Multi-component Interventions to Promote Physical Activity in Frail Adults
-Reliability of Dartfish video analysis system for reaching and gait activities
-Temporal-Spatial Measures of Gait in Children with Autism
-Premise reflection during the final physical therapy clinical internship after a course in reflective case management

Capstone Advisement Topics & Additional Research Interests:
-
Health Disparities in LGBT Older Adults
- Fall risk assessment and interventions for older adults
- Dual task coordination in children and older adults
- Effects of Speed on Gait Kinematics in Children
- Technology enhanced teaching methods
- Motor learning and control in dancers

 

Service

Performing Arts SIG-Description of Advanced Specialty Practice revalidation team
Reviewer, Journal of Physical Therapy Education, Pediatric Physical Therapy
NYNJ Clinical Education Consortium Technology Chair
CUDPT Development Task Force Chair
CUDPT National Scholarship & Awards Committee
College of Physicians and Surgeons Representative to Faculty Council
CUMC Committee to Build a More Supportive Climate for Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Students, Faculty & Staff
5P- Society Professional Advisory Board
St. Paul's School Board of Trustees
NJ Ross Scholars Board
Community advocate for educational & recreation opportunities for children with disabilities
Girl Scout Troop Leader
Volunteer, Crutches 4 Kids

Teaching Responsibilities

Clinical Geriatrics, Primary Instructor
 Kinesiology and Biomechanics II, Primary Instructor
Coordination of the Clinical Education Program with Dr. Randy Kolodny and Dr. Jean Timmerberg
- Clinical Seminars I, II, III, & IV
 - Clinical Education I and II
 - Clinical Internship
 Course Coordinator, Performing Arts Physical Therapy Elective
 Course Coordinator, Business and Marketing Management
Pathology, Lecturer
PT Procedures, Lecturer
Case Management, Small Group Facilitator
Lab Instructor: PT Management of Adult Neurological Conditions
Capstone Project Advisor
Research Practicum Advisor

Honors and Awards

National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging F31 Predoctoral Fellowship
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates Millennium Scholar
Columbia Program in Physical Therapy, Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence

Recent Scholarly Productivity

Pivko S, Abbruzzese LD,  Duttaroy P, Hansen RL, Ryans K. The Effect of Physical Therapy Students' Clinical Experiences on Clinician Productivity. J Allied Health. 2015; In Press.
Abbruzzese LD, Rao AK, Bellows R, Figueroa K, Levy J, Lim E, Puccio L. Effects of manual task complexity on gait parameters in school-aged children and adults. Gait Posture. 2014 Sep;40(4):658-63. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2014.07.017. Epub 2014 Jul 28.

Abbruzzese LD, Quam A, Cooper S, Bornheimer R. Effects of Speed and Dual Task Conditions on Temporal-Spatial and Kinematic Gait Measures in Individuals with Cri du Chat (5P-) Syndrome. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 2014;26(1)105.

Abbruzzese LD, Macpherson CE, Jo J. Interventions for Improving Exercise Self-efficacy in Older Adults: A Systematic Review. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, 2014;37(Supplement Issue)E25.

Wong, CK and Abbruzzese, LD (2011) Case Report: Collaborative Learning Strategies Using Online Communities. JPTE, 25 (3), 79-84.

Grant Activity

Elder LGBT Interprofessional Collaborative Care Project (E-LINC)
(PI: Jefrey Kwong, DNP  $1.5 million dollar grant funded by HRSA: 14-070 Funding Period: July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017)

Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research: CaMPR (Collaborative and Multidisciplinary Pilot Research Awards) Phase I Planning Grant. Multicomponent Interventions to Maintain Independence Among Homebound Older Adults (PI: Thuy-Tien Dam, MD; 2012-2013).

NYNJ Clinical Education Consortium Research Grant. The Effect of Physical Therapy Student Clinical Experiences on Clinician Productivity. (PI: Susan Pivko, DPT; 2011-2012).

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