Charity Johansson

Professor of Physical Therapy Education
Gerald L. Francis Center 100H
2085 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
cjohanss@elon.edu (336) 278-6348

Professional Expertise

Geriatric Clinical Specialist

Brief Biography

Charity Johansson is a physical therapist with over 30 years of experience as an educator and practitioner in the field of healthcare.  Currently a professor of physical therapy in Elon University’s School of Health Sciences and a certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist, Dr. Johansson has published and presented widely on healthcare, geriatrics, and education.  

Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, from 1985-1992.   Adult and Higher Education, Doctor of Philosophy.  August 1992.

Stanford University School of Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy, Palo Alto, California, from 1980-1982.  Physical Therapy, Master of Arts, June 1982.

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, from 1975 to 1980. French, Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, February 1980

Employment History

Full Professor, tenured, Elon University, Elon, NC.  March 2005 to present.

Staff Physical Therapist, PRN, Alamance Regional Medical Center, Burlington, NC. 2001 to present.

Staff Physical Therapist, Elderfit, Burlington, NC.  September 2010 to present.

Faculty Administrative Fellow and Special Assistant to the President, Elon University, Elon, NC.  June 2007 to May 2009.

Associate Professor, Elon University, Elon, NC, from June 1999 to March 2005

Adjunct Professor, Elon College, Elon, NC, from January to June 1999.

Owner,  Dayspring Physical Therapy, Pittsboro/Burlington, NC, from 1997 to present.

Associate Professor, Winston-Salem State University, School of Physical Therapy, Winston-Salem, NC, from March 1995 to May 1998.

Staff Physical Therapist, NovaCare, Inc.  Pittsboro, NC, from 1997 to 1998.

Physical Therapy Clinical Practice Director, NovaCare, Inc., Raleigh, NC, from 1994 to 1995.

Clinical Program and Professional Development Manager, NovaCare, Inc., Raleigh, NC, from 1993 to 1994.

Staff Physical Therapist, CommuniCare /ProRehab, Inc.  Siler City, NC, from 1990 to 1993.

Graduate Assistant, Office of Research and Development for Education in the Health Professions, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, from 1985 to 1988.

Home Health Physical Therapist, Home Health Agency of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 1985.

Physical Therapist and Clinical Instructor, North Carolina Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC, from 1983 to 1985.

Staff Physical Therapist, Fauquier Hospital, Warrenton, VA, from 1982 to 1983.

Courses Taught

DPT 600  Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Wellness

DPT 607  Physical Therapy Sciences I

DPT 609  Physical Therapy Sciences III

DPT 613  Clinical Seminar II

DPT 803  Geriatrics

Research

 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Johansson C,  Felten P.  Transforming Students:  Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education.  Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Press, 2014.

Johansson C, Chinworth S.  Mobility in Context: Principles of Patient Care Skills.  Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Publishers, 2012.

Andrews WA, Johansson C, Chinworth SA, Akroyd D. Cognitive, Collegiate, and Demographic Predictors of Attrition in Professional Physical Therapist Education. Journal of Physical Therapy Education  2006;20(1):14-21.

Guest Editor, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation,  issue entitled, Geriatric Rehabilitation for the Soul. 2003;19(4).

Johansson C.  Rising with the Fall: Addressing Quality of Life in Physical Frailty.   Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation 2003;19(4):239-248.

Thomas WH, Johansson C.  Elderhood in EdenTopics in Geriatric Rehabilitation 2003;19(4):282-290.

Johansson C.  Integrity vs. Despair:  An Eriksonian Framework for Geriatric Rehabilitation. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation 2002;17(73):1-12.

Textbook manuscript invited review : Drench ME, et al. Psychosocial Aspects of Health Care:  An Integrated Approach. NJ:  Prentice Hall, 2003.

Invited Book Review: Complementary Therapies, by Carol Davis.  Physical Therapy Case Reports, vol. 2 no. 5, Sept 1999.

Johansson C.  Invited commentary: (on “Use of Functional Tests and Interviews to Describe Changes in Function in One Patient with Parkinson’s Disease”, Rosemond, Benn, & Godwin) Physical Therapy Case Reports, vol. 1, no. 1, Jan 1998, pp. 17-18.

Goodwin-Johansson C.  How Caregivers Can Affect Quality of Life in the Nursing Home,  Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation 11(4): 25-33,  Jun 1996.

Goodwin-Johansson C.  The Psychosocial Educational Needs of Physical Therapists Working in Nursing             HomesDissertation, August 1992.  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Goodwin-Johansson C.  Educating the Adult Patient, Lifelong Learning, vol. 11, no. 7  May 1988.

Collins M, Stritter F, Goodwin-Johansson C. Instructional Design for Adult Learners.  In Summers, S., MacPherson, R., and Kennedy, M. (eds) Alternative Educational Methods for Continuing Education, Arlington, Virginia, American Association of Blood Bankers, 1987.

Johansson C, Shepard K, and Kent B. Relationship between Verbal Command Volume and Magnitude of Muscle Contraction Physical Therapy, vol. 63, no. 8, 1260-1265, 1983.

Johansson C, et al.  Students’ Perspective on Physical Therapy Curriculum Design, Physical Therapy Education, no. 26: 5-7, 1982.

PEER-REVIEWED & INVITED PRESENTATIONS

“Educating healthcare professionals for tomorrow’s world: An appreciative inquiry approach to positive change and transformative learning.” International conference. Presented with Teresa J. Carter, Laura P. Gogia, Elizabeth P. Marlowe, & Mark T. Nelson from Virginia Commonwealth University, at the 10th Annual International Transformative Learning Conference, Nov 1-4, 2012, San Francisco, CA.

“Using language to transform judgmental attitudes.” International conference. Presented at the 4th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference and 6th NAIRTL Annual Conference, June 28-29, 2012, Dublin, Ireland.

“Does transformative learning have a parallel in organizations?”  International conference. Presented with Mary Knight-McKenna at the 9th Annual International Transformative Learning Conference, May 28, 2011. Athens, Greece.

“Responding ethically to difficult patient encounters.”  Workshop sponsored by Supplemental Healthcare, approved by NCPTA and NCBOT for 3 contact hours.  Wake Medical Center, Raleigh, NC, March 12. 2011.  Greensboro, NC, May 8, 2010.  Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville, NC, Oct 5, 2010.

 “8th Annual International Transformative Learning Conference,” Steering Committee member, 2009.

“Disintegration to integration:  Aging as a transformative process.”  International conference. “8th Annual International Transformative Learning Conference,” Bermuda.  November 18-21, 2009.

“The call home:  Undergraduates communicating their transformative learning to family members,” with Mary Knight-McKenna.  International conference. “8th Annual International Transformative Learning Conference,” Bermuda.  November 18-21, 2009.

“Choosing a path of transformative aging.”  Six-week series, First Presbyterian Church, Burlington, NC.  January 16-February 27, 2008

AERC 2008

 “Application of a transformative learning model to service learning experiences.”  Regional conference, “10th Annual Service-Learning Conference” sponsored by the North Carolina Campus Compact.  Elon University, NC.  February 13, 2008.

“Periclean Scholars for life:  Transforming lives in theory and practice.”  Invited plenary speaker with Dr. Tom Arcaro.  Regional conference. 4th Annual Innovation in Instruction Conference, Elon University, Elon, NC. August 16, 2007. 

“Teaching physical therapy students to increase self-awareness in difficult patient encounters using the Mirror Insight Tool.”  Regional conference, 18th Annual Carolinas Clinical Education Conference.  Rocky Mount, NC. March 16-17, 2007.

“The Tertium Quid model of adaptation in geriatric rehabilitation.” International  conference, “Toward a New Perspective:  From Ageing to Ageing Well,” Montreal, Canada.  October 5, 2004.

“Scientific basis for a developmental rather than disintegrative aging model.”  International  conference, “Toward a New Perspective:  From Ageing to Ageing Well,” Montreal, Canada.  October 5, 2004.

“What can pediatrics offer to geriatric rehabilitation?”  Johansson CA, Lewis CL, and Folger KE.  National conference. Poster presentation at Combined Sections Meeting, Nashville, TN.  February 2004.

“Use of craniosacral therapy to treat infant post-traumatic torticollis.” National conference. Johansson CA. Poster presentation at Combined Sections Meeting, Nashville, TN.  February 2004.

 “Geriatric Physical Therapy in a Holistic Context.”   Regional conference. Geriatrics Forum, sponsored by the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association and Triad District. Elon, NC, August 27-29, 2004.

“Functional Assessment of Fall Risk in the Geriatric Patient.”  Regional conference. NCPTA Fall Conference, Greensboro, NC.  October 3, 2003.

“The FIM Game:  Preferred rehabilitation strategies of first-year physical therapy students.”   National conference. Johansson CA. Platform presentation for Combined Sections Meeting, Tampa, Florida.  February 14,  2003.

“Adding life to years:  Quality of life and the older adult.”  National conference. Johansson CAInvited presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting, Boston, MA. February 2002.

“Falls as the central organizer for a video-based geriatrics course.” National conference. Johansson CA.  Platform presentation for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting, Boston, MA. February 2002. 

“Working with Underserved Populations.”  Regional conference. Panel Presentation, NCPTA Fall Conference, Greensboro, NC.  October 4, 2002.

“Educating for uncertainty:  Models for clinical decision making.”  National conference. Johansson CA.  Platform presentation, American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting, February 2001. 

“Safe Exercise Programs for the Older Adult.”  Guest lecture for the Triangle Orthopedics Study Group, November 14, 2000.

“Evidence-based Decision Making in Physical Therapy.”  Regional conference.  A platform presentation with Dr. Stephen Folger, given October 14, 2000 at the NCPTA fall conference. Folger

“Craniosacral Therapy—An Introduction for Health Care Professionals.”  One-day workshop presented with Glenna Batson, MS, PT at Elon College, April 2000.

“PNF and Developmental Positioning for the Skilled Nursing Patient.”  Hands-on training seminar for physical and occupational therapists at the Laurels of Chatham, Pittsboro, North Carolina.  July 16 & 23, 1997.

“Transitional Movement—NDT and Beyond.”  Regional conference. An interdisciplinary patient treatment workshop sponsored by Area Health Education Centers, November 16, 1997, Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

“Lower Extremity Arthroplasty:  Treatment Techniques for the Older Adult.”  Regional conference. Training for physicians and allied health professionals, integrating creative treatment approaches to standard rehabilitation protocols.  Sponsored by Northwest Area Health Education Centers.  January 16, 1997, Hickory, North Carolina; September 19, 1996,

“Principle-Centered Patient Care:  Staying True to Treatment Principles in the Midst of Changing Reimbursement Strategies.”  Regional conference. Joint training with Sheryl Reitz, OTR.  Annual Spring Conference, North Carolina Physical Therapy Association. Greenville, North Carolina. May 16, 1996.

“A Team Approach to Leadership.”  90 minute presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association Joint Conference, June 4, 1994.  Toronto, Canada.

“Craniosacral Therapy for the Nursing Home Therapist.”  A one-day workshop sponsored by NovaCare, Inc. Seminar Series.  April 23, 1994.  Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

“Rehabilitation in the Nursing Home.” Regional conference. A three-day seminar taught with Frank Hielema, PhD, PT.  Annual Spring Conference, North Carolina Physical Therapy Association.  May 13-15, 1994.  Boone, North Carolina.

“Consulting for Restraint Reduction:  An Interdisciplinary Approach to Restraint Reduction in the Nursing Home.”  Regional conference. NovaCare, Inc.  Seminar Series. December 8, 1993.  Knightdale, North Carolina.

“The Emotional Aspects of Physical Therapists Working with the Ill Elderly.”  National conference. Presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference.  June 19, 1992.  Denver, Colorado.

“Clinical Teaching for the Physical Therapist.”  Workshop co-taught with Dr. Frank T. Stritter and Dr. Michael Gross, PT, sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Office of Research and Development for Education in the Health Professions.  April 1987.  Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

 

Grants Awarded

Quincy,B, Tonsor T, DiBiasio P, Johansson C, Skillman J. $4659.30.Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning grant funding of the iPad Project.

Johansson CA, Knight-McKenna, M. $2,000. Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning grant funding of the Transformative Learning Initiative, including the development of the Transformative Learning Gallery on the CATL website featuring transformative learning projects by Elon faculty and staff.

Johansson CA, Brown J, Smith C, Walch R.  $5,000. Course Enhancement grant funding the purchase of age progression image launcher (APRIL) software for use in 4 different Elon courses.  Elon University. Fall 2003.

Johansson CA, Folger S.  $1,430.  Course Enhancement Grant funding the development of a series of interactive web-based case studies involving real geriatric clients that will serve as a common thread for all students throughout the geriatrics course.  Elon University.  Fall 2003.

Johansson CA.  $2,980. Active Learning grant funding the implementation of active learning experiences into the Geriatric Physical Therapy course MPT 534.  Elon College.  Fall 2000.

Folger S, Johansson C, Chinworth SA. $4,100.  Course Enhancement Technology grant funding the creation of customized multi-media course packs on CD-ROM.  Elon College. Fall 1999.

Goodwin-Johansson C.  $2,000. Scholarship grant for research in the field of geriatric rehabilitation. CommuniCare / ProRehab, Inc.  1991.

Professional Activities

American Physical Therapy Association, Active member since 1981.  Member of the Sections for Geriatrics and for Education.

North Carolina Physical Therapy Association

Women’s Resource Center, active member 2002 to present.

International Association of Healthcare Practitioners, active member since 1997

Service Activities

Current Service Activities:

Board of Directors, Member, Twin Lakes Retirement Community, Burlington, NC. 2013-2014-2016.

University Parliamentarian, appointed, 2010 to present.

Presidential Task Force on Black Student, Faculty and Staff Experiences, 2013 to present.

Contemplative Pedagogy Committee, 2013 to present.

Client & Standardized Patient Committee, appointed (School of Health Sciences) 2012 to present

DPTE Curriculum Review Committee, 2010 to present.

DPTE Sabbatical Assignment Task Force

Awards

Board Certified Specialist in Geriatrics, APTAInitially certified April 1994, recertified May 2003-April 2014.

2012 President’s Report. University-wide recognition of scholarship achievements.

Distinguished Educator Award, American Physical Therapy Association Section for Geriatrics.  2005.

Excellence in Teaching Award, Elon University School of Education Faculty Award.  2003-2004.

National Essay Award, Physical Therapy Forum. “Physical Therapy in the Nursing Home—A Personal and Professional Challenge” judged best article in the 1990.

Dorothy Briggs Scientific Inquiry Award by the American Physical Therapy Association for publication entitled “Relationship between Verbal Command Volume and Magnitude of Muscle Contraction”, 1984.

AMBUCS Award for graduate studies in physical therapy, AMBUCS.  1980-1982.