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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. Named a Visiting Expert in Frailty by the Singapore Ministry of Health in 2018, she is an educator and a clinician who has reached national and international acclaim. Dr. Avers consistently receives exceptional reviews by her students as she delivers dynamic and thoughtful educational sessions. 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.
  • 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, and a former editorial board member of the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy..


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

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  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

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Peer-Reviewed Publications

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  • Avers D. Infusing an optimal aging paradigm into an entry-level geriatrics course. J Phys Ther Educ. 2014;28(2).
  • 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, Brown M. White paper: Strength training for the older adult. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2009;32(4):148-52, 158. Review.
  • 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.
  • Miller E, Sahrmann SA, Avers D. A Movement system impairment approach to evaluation and treatment of a person with lumbar radiculopathy: A case report. Physiother Theory Pract. 2017 Mar;33(3):245-253.

Other Publications

  • Avers D, Resnick, B. Foreword (to issue on Resiliency). Top Geriatr Rehabil. 2014;30(3).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Avers D. Community-based exercise. (Editorial) Top Geriatr Rehabil. 2010;26(4).
  • Avers D, VanBeveren, PJ. Exercise for the older adult. Home Study Course, Section on Geriatrics, APTA. Published by the Orthopedic Section, APTA. 2007.
  • Avers D. Scope of practice in geriatric physical therapy. GeriNotes. 2006;13(2). Section on Geriatrics, APTA.
  • Sinnott MC. Kovacek P. Morris D. et al. Challenges. PT Magazine. 2000;8(1):43-7.


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Avers D, Gardner D. Patient education as an intervention. In: Guccione A (ed.). Geriatric Physical Therapy. 2nd ed. New York: Mosby Yearbook; 2000.
  • 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.
  • Avers D, Williams A. Cognition. 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. Published in English, Chinese, Philippino, Spanish, Japanese.
  • Guccione A, Wong R, Avers D (eds). Geriatric Physical Therapy. 3rd ed. Baltimore, MD: Elsevier; 2012. Published in English and Polish.

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