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Dr. Marcia J. Thompson, DSc., D.P.T.

Assistant Professor / Director of Clinical Education

Educational Background

  • DSc., Advanced Neurology in Physical Therapy, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, 2011
  • tDPT, Physical Therapy, University of the Pacific, 2004
  • BS, Physical Therapy, Russell Sage College, 1983

Honors and Awards (recent)

Provost Award – Provost faculty-release time awarded for scholarly activity; Fall 2014

APTA Neurology Section Best Professional Student Abstract 2014; Gill A, Avila R, Thompson MJ, Trueblood PR; "Clinical Versus Accelerometry-Based Tests of Fall Risk in Older Community Dwelling Adults " (2121); Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 38(1):26-99, January 2014.

President's Fellow – DISCOVERe (Tablet Initiative), California State University Fresno, January 2014

Courses Taught (entry-level DPT)

  • PhTh 527: Applied Neurosciences in Physical Therapy
  • PhTh 528: Management of Neurological Disorders in Physical Therapy I
  • PhTh 555: Clinical Learning II
  • PhTh 557: Clinical Experience I
  • PhTh 558: Clinical Experience II
  • PhTh 559: Clinical Experience III
  • PhTh 598: Doctoral Project

Scholarly Activities

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

Thompson, MJ; Gill, A; Trueblood, PJ; Rivera M. "The Identification of Fall Risk in Community Dwelling Older Adults on the mCTSIB Through Instrumentation with Wearable Inertial Measurement Unit"; Pending
submission Summer 2015.

Thompson, MJ; Trueblood, PR, Jackson, CGR; "Clinical Vs. Instrumented Balance Test Comparisons to Identify Fall Risk in Community Dwelling Older Female Adults"; Pending submission Summer 2015.

Jackson, CGR; Strauch, S; Thompson, MJ; Moore-Reed, S; "Fall Assessment in Community-Dwelling Older Adult Exercisers and Non-Exercisers"; Pending submission Summer 2015.

Thompson, MJ; "The Role of the Limits of Stability Test in Geriatric Balance Assessment:  A View of Technology through the Evidence" Pending re-submission to Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy 2013-2014

Thompson, MJ, Wrisley DM, et al; Identification of Fall Risk in Community Dwelling Older Adults Using Non-linear Measurement of Head Sway.  Accepted with revisions; pending resubmission,  Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2013

Recent Abstracts

None at the present time.

Recent Peer Reviewed Scientific & Professional Publications/Presentations

None at the present time.

Professional Interests/Activities 

Research

1. Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) studies in aspects of evaluation and treatment of falls, balance, gait, and mobility. (ongoing data collection)**; multiple projects

a. Clinical vs instrumented tool comparisons in the identification of fall risk (prospective)
b. Clinical vs instrumented tool comparisons in the identification of fall risk (retrospective, gold standard)
c. Determination of treatment efficacy (fall risk reduction; performance enhancement)
d. Relationship between somatosensory status and performance of key components of functional balance
e. Relationship between footwear, somatosensory status and performance of key components of static and dynamic balance

Population: Community Dwelling Older Adults (CDA); group and females only
Nature: Collaborative faculty (physical therapy, kinesiology) and student projects
Funding: Internal, California State University Fresno, CHHS Faculty Research and Creative Activity Support Funds (2012, 2013, 2014)

2. Tremor suppression and rehabilitation for human upper extremities –

Population: Individuals with PD with Upper Extremity Resting Tremor
Nature: Research Design and Funding - Collaborative research between Engineering and Physical Therapy; Student involvement from Physical Therapy, Kinesiology, Engineering.
Funding: Pending June 2015 Submission of NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Program (R15) FOA number: PA-13-313PI: The Nguyen, PhD

3. Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) studies in evaluation of aspects of balance, gait, and mobility in relationship to smell, cognitive decline and depression. (ongoing data collection)**

Population: CDA with mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
Nature: Collaborative faculty and student projects
Funding: Internal, California State University Fresno, CHHS Faculty Research and Creative Activity Support Funds (2013)

4. Non-linear analysis of aspects of balance, gait and mobility in the identification of fall risk

Population: Community Dwelling Older Adults (CDA)
Nature: Ongoing

5. Systematic Review of the literature

Topic: Limits of Stability (LOS) computerized test
Funding: Internal (pending), California State University Fresno, CHHS Faculty Research and
Creative Activity Support Funds (2014)

Services (Recent)

  • University: Member, Academic Senate
  • Department: Chair (Fall 2013 - present), Policy Committee
  • Department: Member, Outcomes Committee
  • Department: Member, Retention and Recruitment Committee
  • Department: Member, Curriculum Committee
  • Department: Ex Officio as DCE, Subcommittee CAR

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