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Physical Therapy Continuing Education eProfessor Profile

Dale Avers PT, DPT, Ph.D., FAPTA


Dr. Avers has pioneered the field of Gerontology in Physical Therapy. She is an educator and a clinician who has reached national acclaim. She consistently receives exceptional reviews by her students as she delivers dynamic and thoughtful educational sessions. Her academic appointments have been numerous. She is well published in the field as her works cover a wide range of journals and books.

Examples of Dr. Avers' accomplishments include:

  • Catherine Worthingham Fellow, APTA, 2014.
  • Director of the Transitional DPT program at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and former academician at numerous Physical Therapy schools.
  • Editorial Board member of the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy.
  • 2007 recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award given by the APTA's Section on Geriatrics.
  • Past President of the Section on Geriatrics of the APTA.
  • 1997 recipient of the Anna Tracey Memorial Award given by Pi Lambda Theta to recognize contributors of a communications medium that enhances the image of the elderly.

Courses

Functional Assessment and Exercise for the Aging Adult (7.00 hours)

Dale Avers PT, DPT, Ph.D., FAPTA and Patrick VanBeveren PT, DPT, MA, OCS, GCS, CSCS

Recommended Lecture Sequence:
  1. Introduction to Functional Assessment (1.50 hours) - $44.93 -    - Buy Course
  2. Introduction to Exercise (1.00 hour) - $29.95 -    - Buy Course
  3. Mobility Disability (2.00 hours) - $59.90 -    - Buy Course
  4. Strengthening Principles (2.50 hours) - $74.88 -    - Buy Course
$209.66

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Peer-Reviewed Publications


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  • Avers D, Wharton MA. Improving exercise adherence: instructional strategies. Top Geriatr Rehabil. 1991;6(3), 62-73.
  • Boling E, King K., Avers D, Hsu Y-C, Lee J, Frick T. Navigating backward: concrete vs. abstract representation in hypertext buttons. Canadian Journal of Educational Communication. 1997;25(2);161-76.
  • Bichelmeyer BA, Hara N, Yi J, Dennen V, Avers D, Tzeng J. Educational technology services at Indiana University: a case study. College and University Media Review. 1998;5:1.
  • Odom C, Avers D. Hormonal replacement therapy: myths and facts. Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinics of North America. 1998;7(2).
  • Avers D, Brooks G. Impact of a circuit-style task specific activity program on falls and injurious falls in a PACE program. The Gerontologist. 2007;47(special issue 1). Abstract.
  • Gmitter JP, Mangione KK, Avers D. Case report: an evidence-based approach to examination and intervention following hip fracture. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2009;32(1):39-45.
  • Avers D, Brown M. Strength training for the older adult. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2009;32(4):148-152.
  • Wells M, Avers D, Brooks G. Resilience, physical performance measures, and self-perceived physical and mental health in older Catholic nuns. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2012 Jul-Sep;35(3):126-31.
  • Avers D. Infusing an optimal aging paradigm into an entry-level geriatrics course. J Phys Ther Educ. 2014;28(2).
  • Avers D, Resnick, B. Forward (to issue on Resiliency). Top Geriatr Rehabil. 2014;30(3).
  • Avers D. Community-based exercise programs. Top Geriatr Rehabil. 2010; 26(4):275-98.
  • Avers D, Brown M, Chui KK, Wong RA, Lusardi M. Editor's message: Use of the term "elderly." J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2011 Oct-Dec;34(4):153-4.

Other Publications

  • Avers D. President’s message. GeriNotes. 1995;2(2). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. Change. GeriNotes. 1995;2(3). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. The cost of providing non-skilled care. GeriNotes. 1995;2(4). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. A member-responsive organization. GeriNotes. 1996;3(1). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. Advocacy is treating health. GeriNotes. 1996;3(2). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. Is it money, or commitment? GeriNotes. 1996;3(3). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. Advocacy. GeriNotes. 1996;3(4). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. A novice’s reflections on an Asilomar experience. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conversation on Comprehensive Design of Social Systems. International Systems Institute, 1996.
  • Avers D. State of the Section Address. GeriNotes. 1997;4(1). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. A reality shift. Acute Care Perspectives. 1997 Winter. Acute Care/Hospital Clinical Practice Section, APTA.
  • Avers D. Solving problems through a systemic approach. GeriNotes. 1997;4(2). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. Change agents for a restraint-free environment. GeriNotes. 1997;4(3). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. Transitions. GeriNotes. 1997;4(4). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. The rehabilitation provider’s role in creating a restraint-free environment. Untie the Elderly. 1997 Aug;9(2). Kendal Corporation.
  • Avers D. Ethics and vision. GeriNotes. 1997;4(5). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. Is it a job or a profession? GeriNotes. 1997;4(6). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. 20/20: Come celebrate the vision. GeriNotes. 1998;5(1). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. Leadership. GeriNotes. 1998;5(2). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D, Brown S, Hammond D, et al. Design choices and complications. Proceedings of the Ninth International Conversation on Comprehensive Design of Social Systems. International Systems Institute, 1998.
  • Avers D. The PPS. GeriNotes. 1998;5(3). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. Geriatric physical therapy presents many challenges. PT Bulletin: Student Quarterly. 1998;(S27). American Physical Therapy Association.
  • Avers D. Ideal environments in later life. GeriNotes. 1998;5(4). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. The use of physical therapy aides in long-term care. GeriNotes. 1998;5(5). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. Responsiveness. GeriNotes. 6(1). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. The fittest survive. How fit are you? GeriNotes. 1998;5(6). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. Life after the balanced budget act. GeriNotes. 1999;6(3). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. Time for a change in focus?. GeriNotes. 1999;6(4). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. The guide to physical therapist practice. GeriNotes. 1999;6(5). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. The need for philosophical shifts. GeriNotes. 1999;6(6). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. Thank you. GeriNotes. 2000;7(1). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Sinnott MC. Kovacek P. Morris D. et al. Challenges. PT Magazine. 2000;8(1):43-7.
  • Avers D. Letter to the editor: A challenge to collaborate. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2000;14:1:3.
  • Avers D. Scope of practice in geriatric physical therapy. GeriNotes. 2006;13(2). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Avers D. Community-based exercise. (Editorial) Top Geriatr Rehabil. 2010;26(4).
  • Wong RA, Avers D, Barr, J et al. Essential competencies in the care of older adults at the completion of the entry-level physical therapist professional program of study. GeriNotes. 2011;18:27-30. Section on Geriatrics, APTA.

Awards

  • Anna Tracey Memorial Award (1997). Pi Lambda Theta. To recognize producers of a communications medium that enhances the image of the elderly.
  • Distinguished Educator Award (2007). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Catherine Worthingham Fellow (2014). The highest honor awarded by the American Physical Therapy Association.
  • Lucy Blair Service Award, APTA (2011). For contributions of exceptional service to the American Physical Therapy Association.
  • Joan Mills Award, Section on Geriatrics (1991). Highest award for exceptional contributions to the Section on Geriatrics, APTA.

Books

  • Avers D, Williams A. Cognition. In: Guccione A, Wong R. Avers D (eds). Geriatric Physical Therapy. 3rd ed. Elsevier. Baltimore, MD: Elsevier;2012.
  • Reigeluth CM, Avers D. Educational technologies, chameleons and systemic reform. In: Branch RM, Minor BB (eds.). Educational Media and Technology Yearbook. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, Inc.;1997.
  • Avers D, VanBeveren PJ. Exercise for the Older Adult. Home Study Course, Section on Geriatrics, APTA. 2007: Orthopedic Section, APTA.
  • Avers D, Gardner D. Patient education as an intervention. In: Guccione A (ed.). Geriatric Physical Therapy. 2nd ed. New York: Mosby-Yearbook;2000.
  • Avers D, Gardner D. Patient education as a treatment modality. In: Guccione A (ed.). Geriatric Physical Therapy: Principles and Practices. New York: Mosby-Yearbook;1993.
  • Avers D. Physical therapy and the geriatric client. In: Frengle, Murray, Wykle (eds). Practicing Rehabilitation With Geriatric Clients. New York: Springer Publishing;1990.
  • Brown M, Avers D. Wellness. In: Guccione A, Wong R. Avers D (eds). Geriatric Physical Therapy. 3rd ed. Elsevier. Baltimore, MD: Elsevier;2012.
  • Hislop H, Avers D, Brown M. Daniels and Worthingham’s Muscle Testing. 9th ed. Baltimore, MD: Elsevier;2014.
  • Kemmis K, Avers D. Osteoporosis: a significant cause of disability and mortality. In: Battle CU (ed). Essentials of Public Health Biology: A Guide to the Study of Pathophysiology. Sudbury, MA:Jones & Bartlett;2009.
  • Guccione A, Wong R, Avers D (eds). Geriatric Physical Therapy. 3rd ed. Baltimore, MD: Elsevier;2012.
  • Avers D, Resnick B. Motivation and learning. In: Guccione A, Wong R. Avers D (eds). Geriatric Physical Therapy. 3rd ed. Elsevier. Baltimore, MD: Elsevier;2012.
  • VanBeveren P, Avers D. Exercise for the older adult. In: Guccione A, Wong R. Avers D (eds). Geriatric Physical Therapy. 3rd ed. Elsevier. Baltimore, MD: Elsevier;2012.

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