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IPTA Report

Read about our first semester in Meridian, our recent research, and giving back to the community in our IPTA Report January 2019 


In the News

Students Win Student Brochure Contest

Congratulations to Physical Therapy doctoral students Ashley Kenney and Jake Bratton for winning second and third places, respectively, in the Student Brochure Contest held by the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Winners were announced at the 2019 AGPT meeting in January. Ashley and Jake, who will both graduate this spring, created the brochures in a geriatric management course.  View their brochures at  under  2019 Contest Winners. The brochures are available for anyone to download and use, and will be posted on the AGPT website for several years.  

Senior Activity Center living up to its name thanks to Fit and Fall program and Dr. Cindy Seiger- February, 2019

POCATELLO-  Doctor of Physical Therapy students and faculty at Idaho State University are helping the Senior Activity Center live up to its name.  Watch the KPVI news report for more information.

Dr. Derek Gerber among state-level advocates honored at 2018 APTA Policy and Payment Forum

KANSAS CITY,MO- The American Physical Therapy Association honored four PTs for their service to the profession at the state level. Dr. Gerber, Clinical Assistant Professor, was among those honored. 


ISU completes $3.4 million expansion

MERIDIAN- The Idaho State University campus in Meridian is growing. Officials announced the completion of its expanded Physical Therapy program. (KIVI)


ISU readies Meridian campus for physical therapy program

MERIDIAN—Idaho State University will begin offering the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at its Meridian campus this fall.


It takes a team: ISU health professions students participate in IPE Case Day

POCATELLO—More than 150 Idaho State University students, faculty and administrators participated in the Interprofessional Education Case Day Experience on April 26—an event organizers would like to expand to other campuses next year.


ISU Professor Cindy Seiger honored at 10-Year celebration of Pocatello Fit and Fall Proof program

POCATELLO – It’s all about “using it or losing it” and one participant said he was able to “skate and ski” with his grandsons because of it. The Pocatello Senior Activity Center’s Fit and Fall Proof program celebrated its 10-year anniversary, Tuesday, Jan 16. Idaho State University’s Cindy Seiger, associate professor of physical therapy, was recognized at event because of her involvement with the program.


Idaho State University researchers continue work on augmented reality device to aid arm rehabilitation

POCATELLO — Idaho State University mechanical engineering and physical therapy faculty and graduate students have teamed up to create a virtual reality system that will potentially assist with arm rehabilitation for people who have suffered from strokes.


Scholarly Activity

Arnold JC, Cantu MA, Kasanga EA, Nejtek VA, Papa EV, Bugnariu N, Salvatore MF. (2017) Aging-related limit of exercise efficacy on motor decline. PLoS ONE 12(11):e018538. PMID:29176896 PMCID: PMC5703560

Papa EV, Dong Xiaoyang, Hassan Mahdi. (2017) Resistance training for activity limitations in older adults with skeletal muscle function deficits: A systematic review. Clin Interv Aging. Jun 13;12:955-961 PMC5479297 

Foley, MP, Hasson, SM, Kendall,E. Effects of a Translational Community-Based Multimodal Exercise Program on Quality of Life and the Influence of Start Delay on Physical Function and Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Study. Integrative Cancer Therapies, September 2017:

Foley, MP, Hasson. Effects of community-based multimodal exercise program on health-related physical fitness and physical function in breast cancer survivors: a pilot study. Integrative Cancer Therapies, January-March 2016: 1-9. Sage, DOI: 10.1177/1534735416639716

Papa EV, Hassan M, Bugnariu NB. The effects of performance fatigability on postural control and rehabilitation in the older patient. Curr Geri Report. 2016, 5(3), 172-178. 

Dye D. Physical Therapy. Book chapter in Today’s Health Professions: Working together to provide quality care. Royal PL.  2016; FA Davis; Philadelphia; ISBN: 9780803644656

Foley MP, Barnes VA, Hasson SM. Effects of a community-based multimodal exercise program on physical function and quality of life in cancer survivors: a pilot study. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 2015 Jul; 31(5): 303-12. DOI:10.3109/09593985.2015.1004390 PubMed PMID: 25613524

Foley M, Bowen B. Comparison of metabolic cost and cardiovascular response to stair ascending and descending with walkers and canes in older adults. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2014 Sep; 95(9):1742-9. PubMed PMID: 24755046.

Brockett J, Ralphs J, Dye D. Experiences with a transdisciplinary approach to the assessment of patients with dizziness and/or balance concerns. Perspect Hear Hear Dis: Res Diag. 2014;18(1):4 doi:10.1044/hhd18.1.4