Dr. Peggy Trueblood, Ph.D., P.T.

Department Chair, Professor

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Physiological Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, California 1995
  • M.S., Physiological Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, California 1991
  • M.S., Physical Therapy & Neurological Disorders, University of Southern California 1985
  • B.A., Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastic, 1979

Honors and Awards (recent)

  • April 2015: Best Oral Presentation to DPT student Rebeka Garcia (Committee Chair, Trueblood PR) for her presentation entitled "Fall Incidence and the Use of Psychotropic, Opioid, or Cardiovascular Medications."
  • September 2012: Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of significant contributions to Fall Prevention from the National Council on Aging
  • May 2012:  Nominated, Provost's Award for Research Scholarship or Creative Accomplishment, Fresno State
  • May 2012:  Davin Youngclarke Award to DPT student, Hannah Williams (Committee Chair, Trueblood PR) for her presentation entitled "Predicting Fall Risk in Low Functioning Community dwelling Olde Adults"
  • May 2011:  Faculty Recognition Award, College of Health and Human Services

Courses Taught (entry-level DPT)

  • PhTh 598 - PT Project

Scholarly Activities

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

Baker BJ, Curtis A, Trueblood P, Vangsnes E : Vestibular functioning and migraine: pilot study comparing those with and without vertigo. The J of Laryngolgoy and Otology, 127(11), 1056-1064, 2013.

Baker, B.J., Curtis, A., Trueblood, P., Vangsnes, E. 2013. Vestibular functioning and migraines: comparing those with and without vertigo to a control population. Journal of Laryngology and Otology,127(12):1169-1176, 2013.

Recent Abstracts

Hudspeth J, Ibrahim H, Phanthachack L, Tyner T, Trueblood PR, Havard P:Intercollaborative Integration of Pharmacy Students to Improve Medication Reviews in Older Adults with Fall Risks. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD, July, 2015

Garcia R, Trueblood PR (mentor), Tracz S, Zarrinkhameh L, McCarthy M: Fall Incidence and the Use of Psychotropic, Opioid, or Cardiovascular Medications. Healthy Aging Summit 2015, Washington D.C., July 2015

Garcia R, Trueblood PR (mentor), Tracz S, Zarrinkhameh L, McCarthy M: Fall Incidence and the Use of Psychotropic, Opioid, or Cardiovascular Medications. Graduate Research Symposium, May 2015

Garcia R, Trueblood PR (mentor), Tracz S, Zarrinkhameh L, McCarthy M: Fall Incidence and the Use of Psychotropic, Opioid, or Cardiovascular Medications. 36th Annual Central California Research Symposium, April, 2015 (received Best Oral Presentation Award)

Keith E, Trueblood PR: Multisensory functional training for patient with lupus cerebritis: a case report. California APTA Annual Meeting, Oakland, 2014.

Altamirano B, Thompson MJ, Trueblood PR: The relationship between somatosensory status and performance of key components of functional balance as measured by inertial movement units (IMUs); submitted to California APTA Annual Meeting, Oakland, 2014.

Thompson, MJ, Trueblood, PR, Jackson CGR: Clinical vs. instrumented balance test comparisons to identify fall risk in community dwelling older adults, American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida, 887, May, 2014.

Marrone A, Trueblood PR (mentor): Effectiveness of an educational presentation in increasing the knowledge of fall prevention in older adults living in Fresno, California State University Fresno, 35th Annual Central California Research Symposium, April, 2014.

Marrone A, Trueblood PR (mentor): Effectiveness of an educational presentation in increasing the knowledge of fall prevention in older adults living in Fresno, California State University Fresno, 2014 CSU Honors Consortium Conference Fullerton, CA, May 2014.

Voelz K, Trueblood PR, Rosenfeld J: Novel treatment Paradigms for Patients with Upper Motor Neuron Dysfunction; California State University Fresno, Graduate Research Symposium, May 2014.

Alkan H, Thompson MJ, Trueblood PR, Singh B: Effectiveness of a structured balance and mobility program in community-dwelling older adults as compared to recommendations of a self-guided home exercise program on balance, physical function and psychological well-being: A Retrospective Study; California State University Fresno, Graduate Research Symposium, May 2014.

Farrer VC, Trueblood PR, Hickey CJ, Zarrinkhameh LT, Hart A: Current practice of senior adult fall risk screening by primary care providers in the ambulatory setting, APTA Combined Sections Meeting Program, February, 2014, Las Vegas, NV.

Gill A, Avila R, Thompson M, Trueblood P: Clinical versus accelerometry-based tests of fall risk in older community dwelling adults.  APTA Combined Sections Meeting Program, February, 2014, Las Vegas, NV.

Gill A, Avila R, Thompson MJ, Trueblood PR: Clinical versus accelerometry-based tests of fall risk in older community dwelling adults,  Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 38(1):26-99, January 2014. Neurology Section Best Graduate Student Abstract 2014.    

Thompson, MJ, Trueblood, PR: Clinical vs. instrumented balance test comparisons to identify fall risk in community dwelling older adults, Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy 38(1):26-99,January 2014.

Gill A, Avila R, Thompson MJ, Trueblood PR: Clinical versus computer-based tests of fall risk in older community dwelling adults, California State University Graduate Research Symposium, May 2014. Third Place Award winner.

Recent Peer Reviewed Scientific & Professional Publications/Presentations

Date Publication/Presentation
June 2014 SAFE and Successful Aging: The Importance of Appropriate Exercises for Balance, Gait, and Strengthening, St Agnes Medical Center, Fresno, CA
February 2014 Stepping out of harm's way: Minimizing falls risk in patients with dizziness and other movement disorders, UCSF Fresno Division of Geriatrics, CA
September 2013 Department Chairs Workshop Chair Panel, Fresno State, CA
September 2013 Post-concussive Dizziness and Balance Impairments: Evaluation and Treatment, Central Valley Post-Concussion Symposium, UCSF Fresno, CA
March 2012 How Many Falls Have Your Patients had this past year: why are they falling and what can you do about it, UCSF Fresno Division of Geriatrics, CA
August 2012 Assessment of Balance and Gait in the Older Adult at Risk for Falls in the Clinical Setting; Niigata University, Niigata, Japan August, 2012

Professional Interests/Activities 

Research

  • Fall Prevention; Balance and Gait; Neuroscience; Geriatrics

Services (Recent)

  • University: Member, University Graduate Committee
  • University: Member, University Search Committee for Director of University Health and Psychological Services
  • College: Member, Ad Hoc Committee for Honors Program
  • College: Member, Graduate Culture Committee
  • Department: Member, Personnel Committee
  • Community: Director, SAFE (Senior Awareness and Fall Education) Central Valley Coalition
  • Community: Chair, SAFE Executive Committee
  • Community: Member, Geriatrics Education Committee,UC San Francisco Campus
  • Professional: Member, American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT)
  • Professional: Member, Sections: Geriatric, Neurology, Education; California Chapter