Mar 2, 2020
In this two part interview, Dr. Gammon Earhart, PT, PhD, Director of the Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University in St Louis and Dr. Steven Ambler, PT, DPT, PhD, MPH, Associate Director of Professional Curriculum in Physical Therapy at Washington University in St Louis come onto the HET Podcast to discuss the competency-based curriculum, educational leadership, WashU's transition from a traditional model of learning to a competency-based model of learning, and more.
Dr. Gammon Earhart, PT, PhD, is a physical therapist and neuroscientist whose work focuses on the neural control and rehabilitation of movement, particularly gait and balance, in Parkinson disease. Dr. Earhart completed her physical therapy training at Arcadia University, her PhD at Washington University in St. Louis and a postdoctoral fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University. She is currently Professor of Physical Therapy, Neuroscience, and Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine, where she also serves as the Director of the Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University in St Louis. As director of the program in physical therapy, Dr. Earhart oversees the education, practice, and research missions of the program. She is past President of the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Research. Dr. Earhart has authored over 100 scientific publications and garnered grant support for her research from many sources including the National Institutes of Health, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, American Parkinson Disease Association and Davis Phinney Foundation. Dr. Earhart’s research on the benefits of dance for people with PD has been featured in the New York Times, in Oliver Sacks’ book Musicophilia, on National Public Radio, and in numerous other media outlets. Gammon’s achievements have also been recognized by various honors including the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from Washington University in St. Louis, the Friedman Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Geriatric Care, the Arcadia University Alumni Achievement Award, and the Eugene Michels New Investigator Award from the American Physical Therapy Association.
Dr. Steven Ambler, PT, DPT, PhD, MPH, CPH, OCS is the Associate Director of Professional Curriculum in Physical Therapy and Associate Professor of Physical Therapy & Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University in St Louis. Dr. Ambler received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Washington University in St Louis in 2005, his Master's of Public Health in 2014 and PhD in Higher Education in 2016 from University of South Florida. Dr. Ambler is actively involved in the American Physical Therapy Association, American Educational Research Association, and Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Dr. Ambler’s research interests are focused on access and affordability in higher education. Specifically, the return on investment in academic physical therapy. Dr. Ambler has received the Dean's Teaching Award from the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida and the Emerging Leader Award from the American Physical Therapy Association.