Stephen Folger

Department Chair/Program Director and Professor of Physical Therapy Education
Gerald L. Francis Center 100C
2085 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
folgers@elon.edu (336) 278-6347

Education

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 

  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Dissertation Title: "Quantitative characteristics of the cortical neuronal population response to vibrotactile stimulation in man: Effects of NMDA receptor block on properties of the driving response." August 1991- August 1998.

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, Continuing Education Program, August 1990- May 1991

Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York,   B.S. in Physical Therapy, May, 1988

Employment History

Chair/Director and Professor, Department of Physical Therapy Edcuation, Elon Elon University, Elon, North Carolina, June 2013 - present.  Teaching responsibilities in the areas of neuroscience (neuroanatomy and neurophysiology).  

Associate Chair & Professor (Tenured), Department of Physical Therapy Education, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina, Employed August 1998 - present.  DPTE Coordinator for Technology. Teaching responsibilities in the areas of neuroscience (neuroanatomy and neurophysiology) and electrotherapy.  

Visiting Instructor, Division of Physical Therapy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, August 1996 - July 1998.  Teaching responsibilities in the MPT program in the areas of physical therapy assessment and treatment, and in the MS program in the areas of kinematic analysis and basic electronics for physical therapy research. Development of the Division of Physical Therapy world wide web site.

Research Assistant, Division of Physical Therapy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, August 1995 - August 1996. Teaching responsibilities in the MS program in the areas of kinematic analysis and basic electronics for physical therapy research; Technical consultant.

Survey Consultant, Elon College, Elon College, North Carolina, fall 1995-spring 1996. Completed a phone survey of potential physical therapy clinical education sites.

Research Assistant, Systems Neurophysiology EEG Lab, Dental Research Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, January 1992- August 1996. Responsibilities: Design and implement research protocols, EEG data acquisition and analysis. Computer languages: Matlab, Fortran, C, Visual Basic, Basic, and Pascal.

 

Leadership Positions

PA Department Chair/Program Director Search Committee (Chair, 2013)

Alamance Burlington School System & Elon University Partnership Committee (2012-present)

Managing Director of CATL Search Committee (2012-2013)

Academic Council, Elon University, 2009-2012 (Chair 2010-2011)

  • Long Range Planning Committee 2010-2011
  • Academic Affairs Advisory Council 2010-2011
  • Provost’s Advisory Council 2010-2011
  • Senior Staff Retreats 2010-2011

Task Force on Evaluating Teaching, Elon University, Fall 2009-2010

Neuroscience Advisory Committee, Fall 2009-present

Intellectual Property Task Force, Elon University, Spring 2009- 2010

School of Pharmacy exploration committee, Elon University, December 2008

North Carolina Research Campus Site Visit Team (NCRC; Jan. 29 2008, Kannapolis, NC)

Graduate Council, 2006-2008

Institutional Review Board, Elon University, 2003-2006.

Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Advocacy and Advising, Elon University, 2002-2004.

DPT Task Force, Elon University, 2001.

Academic Technology and Computing Committee, Elon University, 2000-2002. Chair 2001/2002.

Clinical Education Committee, DPTE, Elon University, 2000-present.

Curriculum Committee, DPTE, Elon University, 1999-present

Physical Therapy Advisory Council member, Elon College, 1996-1997.

Grants Awarded

External Grants

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Foundation Research Grant. “Influence of concussion history on cognitive performance in college student-athletes: A cross-sectional and longitudinal examination.” Co-investigators: Dr. Ken Barnes, Walter Bixby, Paul Miller and Stephen Folger.  $16,995 for 2012.

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Foundation Research Grant. “Influence of Concussion History on Cognitive Performance in College Student Athletes: A Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Examination” (Dr. Ken Barnes, PI)  $17,000 for 2011-2012. 

National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Program Project Grant: CNS Processes Underlying Pain Regulation and Persistence (Program Director: Maixner, William, UNC-CH). Subproject 3: Functional Imaging of CNS Regulatory Processes. Co-Investigator Consultant for Subproject 3. An fMRI and EEG study of touch-pain interactions. Funding started October 2004 (Subproject 3: ~$900,000/5 years).

Kate B. Reynolds S.E.L.F. Improvement Program Title: Improving nutritional behavior and physical activity for the prevention of chronic disease in the Hispanic community of Alamance County (P.I. Steve Bailey). Member of a core group responsible for writing and administering the grant. Funded through June 2006 ($540,000/5 years).

ACUHO (The Association of College and University Housing Officers) Multi-Media Grant. Title: Financial Planning Skills for Students. Co-Author. January 2003- December 2003 ($1000.00/ 1 year)

 

Internal Grants/Awards at Elon University

Faculty Research and Development Grant (Funding for 2010-2011; $5180.00). Title: “The effects of Mandibular Advancement on Exercise Performance in Individuals at High Risk for OSA”.

Summer Research Funding (~$1500.00)- Studying the coherence patterns of brain activity and muscle activity in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Collaboration with colleagues at the University of Utah.

EndNote Bibliographic Software for DPT Students. Elon University Academic Technology and Computing Committee Grant, December 2007, $1560.00, Co-investigator with A. W. Andrews

Sabbatical:  Learning and applying functional MRI to study brain plasticity. Included 9 weeks at the Magnetic Resonance and Imaging Analysis Research Center (MARIARC) at the University of Liverpool (July-October, 2007).

Practicing Clinical Decision Making with Simulated Cases: Assessing the Students’ Situation Awareness. Selected as one of the 2007-2009 Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) Scholars ($20,000.00 budget)

Summer Research Fund. Title: Test and measurement selection in the assessment of stroke patients (a survey). With Bill Andrews. Funded for 2005 ($1200.00).

Course Enhancement Software Grant. Title: Modeling the Human Form. Co-Author with LM Wood and JeanPaul Lavoie. Combining human movement data collection and 3D animation. Funded in September 2004 ($2427.92).

Technology Enhancement Grant. Title: Interactive Web-based Geriatric PT Cases. Co-Author with Charity Johansson. Funded in September 2003 ($1430.00).

Elon University Faculty Research and Development Grant. Title: The Application of EEG Spectral Analysis in the Study of Brain Function Related to Exercise and Sensory Stimulation.  Co-Author with Eric Hall.  Funded in 2002 ($4800.00).

Technology Course Enhancement Grant. Title: Development of a database to manage and create customized multimedia course packs. Co-Author. Funded through January 2001 ($4100.00).

Program Initiative Grant. Title: Web-based Neurological Case Studies: An interactive experience in patient evaluation and clinical decision-making. Co-Author. Funded through July 1999 ($1000.00).

Publications

Nebel MB, Folger S, Tommerdahl M, Hollins M, McGlone F, Essick G. Temporomandibular disorder modifies cortical response to tactile stimulation. J Pain, Nov;11(11):1083-94, 2010

Folger SE, Tannan V, Zhang Z, Holden JK, Tommerdahl M.  Effects of the N-methyl-D-Aspartate receptor antagonist dextromethorphan on vibrotactile adaptation. BMC Neurosci., 2008 Sep 16; 9:87.

Bailey SP, Hall EE, Folger SE, Miller PC. Changes in EEG during graded exercise on a recumbent cycle ergometer. J Sports Science and Medicine  2008; 7, 505-511.

Andrews AW, Folger SE, Norbet SE, Swift LC. Tests and measures used by specialist physical therapists when examining patients with stroke. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2008 Sep; 32(3): 122-8.

Cascio C, McGlone F, Folger S, Tannan V, Baranek  G, and Essick G. Tactile perception in adults with autism: A multi-dimensional psychophysical study. J Autism Dev Disord. 2008 Jan; 38(1): 127-37.

Folger SE. Curriculum Enhancement Database for Physical Therapy Education Programs(ã; Version 1.0),  Original released in April 2002.

Version 4.11 (substantial change with updated CAPTE criteria) released in Feb. 2006.

             Version 4.2, released August 2008.

Folger SE Curriculum Enhancement Database for Physical Therapy Assistant Education Programs (Version 1.0), Released in May 2002.

  • Version 4.11 (substantial change with updated CAPTE criteria) released in Nov. 2007.
  • Version 4.2, released August 2008.

Folger SE, Andrews AW.  Web-based Case Studies (ã; Version 2.0). Released in July 2001.

Francis ST, Kelly EF, Bowtell RW, Dunseath WJR, Folger SE, McGlone F.  fMRI of the responses to vibratory stimulation of digit tips. NeuroImage 11:188-202 (2000).

Kelly EF, Folger SE.  EEG evidence of stimulus-directed response dynamics in human somatosensory cortex. Brain Res., 815:326-336 (1999).

Ygierewicz  J, Kelly  EF, Blinowska  KJ,  Durka  PJ, Folger SE. Time frequency analysis of vibrotactile driving responses by matching pursuit, J. of Neurosci. Methods, 81: 121-129 (1998).

Kelly EF, Trulsson M, Folger SE.  Periodic microstimulation of single mechanoreceptive afferents produces frequency-following responses in human EEG. J. of Neurophys., 77:137-144 (1997).

Kelly EF, McLaughlin DF, Dunseath WJ, Folger SE, Jones F, Hudnell HK.  Frequency domain measurement of vibrotactile driving response in first order afferent populations,  Exp. Brain Res., 109:500-506 (1996).

Robinson AJ, Folger S, DeWeese  C. Tetanic contraction force of plantar flexors in response to monophasic and biphasic pulsatile stimulation (abstract), Physical Therapy, May 1988.

Presentations

Evans, K.M., Sundman, M.H., Gardner, R.A., Ketcham, C.J., Hall, E.E., & Folger, S.E. Sensory integration of balance, simple sensory reaction time, and ImPACT scores in Division I collegiate athletes. Concussions in Athletics Conference, State College, PA, October 2012.

Hall, E.E., Ketcham, C.J., Bailey, S.P., Bixby, W.R., Folger, S.E., Kostek, M.C., Miller, P.C., Vallabhajosula, S., & Barnes. K. Elon BrainCARE: A neuroscience approach to examine the impact of concussions in college student-athletes. Concussions in Athletics Conference, State College, PA, October 2012.

Ketcham, C.J., Hall, E.E., Folger, S.E., Bailey, S.P., Bixby, W.R., Miller, P.C., Vallabhajosula, S., & Barnes, K. Elon BrainCARE: Concussion Assessment, Research and Education outreach program for high school football athletes. Concussions in Athletics Conference, State College, PA, October 2012.

Sundman, M.H., Hall, E.E., Gardner, R.A., Bixby, W.R., Miller, P.C., Folger, S.E., Kostek, M.C., Gordon B.S., & Barnes, K.P. Catechol-o-methyltransferase genotype influences cognitive performance and concussion history in college football players. Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Meeting, Jacksonville, FL, February 2012.

Gardner, R.A., Lawton, D.J., Hall, E.E., Bixby, W.R., Miller, P.C., Folger, S.E., & Barnes, K.P.  The influence of concussion history on cognitive performance in college athletes. Southeast American College of Sports Medicine, Greenville, SC, February 2011.

Thieme K, Gracely RH, Folger S, Tommerdahl M, Essick G, Young M, Monbureau O, Kniesche R, Pinkpank T, Miller V, Day S, Holden J, Birhaumer N, Maixner W, Pain inhibition in fibromyalgia,  American Pain Society, Austin,TX, May 19-21, 2011.

Nebel MB, Cascio C, Moana E, Baranek G, Folger S, McGlone F, Essick G, Auditory cortex involvement in processing inaudible vibrotactile inputs: differences between tactile hypo- and hyper-sensitive groups. Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL, October 17-21, 2009.

Nebel MB, Cascio C, Moana E, Baranek G, Folger S, McGlone F, and Essick G. Aberrant cortical processing of heat pain in autism: an fMRI study. 15th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, San Francisco, CA, June 2009.

Folger S, Chorak A, Cunningham C, Brady M, Nebel MB, Essick G.  Modulation of tactile  responsiveness in somatosensory cortex by noxious heat: Implications for chronic pain.  APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, Feb 9-13, 2009.

Folger S, Tannan V, Zhang Z, Holden J, Tommerdahl M.  Assessing somatosensory cortical function non-invasively: The effects of the N-methyl-D-Aspartate receptor antagonist dextromethorphan on vibrotactile adaption. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, Feb 9-13, 2009.

Nebel NB, Folger S, Hollins M, Essick G. fMRI brain representation of non-facial tactile stimulation in TMD.  International Association for Dental Research, Toronto, CN, July 2-5, 2008.

Nebel MB, Folger S, and Essick G. Modulation of tactile responsiveness in somatosensory cortex by noxious heat: Implications for TMD patients. 5th Scientific Meeting of the TMJ Association, Bethesda, Maryland, June 2008.

Parkes LM, Vidyasagar R., Folger SE.  Measuring connectivity in sensory cortex using an fMRI adaptation paradigm.  International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Conference, Toronto, Canada, May 3-9, 2008.

Nebel MB, Folger SE, Essick GK. Modulation of tactile responsivity in somatosensory cortex by noxious heat: Implications for female TMD patients. Women’s Health Meeting, Chapel Hill, NC, April 2008.

Chorak A, Folger SE, Essick G.K.  Functional Imaging of CNS Regulatory Processes.  AADR Meeting, Dallas, April 2-5, 2008.

Andrews BA, Folger SE, Clark L, Norbet S. Tests frequently used by expert clinicians when examining patients post-stroke, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Nashville, TN, Feb 6-9, 2008.

Nebel NB, Folger SE, Essick GK. Modulation of tactile information processing by pain: an fMRI study. Society for Neuroscience, San Diego Nov 7, 2007.

Cascio C, McGlone F, Folger S, Tannan V,  Baranek G, Pelphrey K, Essick G. Tactile Perception in Adults with Autism, 5th International Meeting For Autism Research, Montreal, Canada, June 2006.

Hall EE, Martin BE, Bailey SP, Miller PC, Folger SE.  Changes in EEG activity during exercise: Due to duration or intensity of exercise? American College of Sports Medicine. Denver, CO, June 2006

Bailey S, Hall E, Miller P, Folger S.  Changes in brain activity, affect, and perception during graded exercise.  American College of Sports Medicine National Meeting.  Nashville, TN, June 2005.

Folger SE, Ellington D, Deyle G.  Web-based Clinical Imaging Teaching Tool.  APTA Annual Conference, Boston, MA, June, 2005.

Ellington D, Folger SE. Using Flash with a Database to Create a Web-Based Interactive Teaching Tool. Educause Southeast Regional Conference, Atlanta, GA, June, 2005.

Bailey SP, Hall EE, Cain JM, Miller PC, Folger SE.  Changes in brain activity during a graded exercise test on a recumbent cycle ergometer. American College of Sports Medicine National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, June 2004.

Hall EE, Folger SE, Miller PC, Cain JM, Bailey SP. Affective responses to a graded exercise test on a recumbent cycle: When do I start feeling bad? American College of Sports Medicine National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, June 2004.

Miller PC, Hall EE, Folger SE, Cain JM, Bailey SP.  Physiological correlates of perceived exertion during recumbent cycle ergometry. American College of Sports Medicine National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, June 2004.

Hall E, Folger S, Cain J, Miller P, Bailey S. Brain Activity Changes during a Graded Exercise Test on a Recumbent Cycle Ergometer. Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Atlanta, January 29-31, 2004.

Anderson S, Markel R, Folger SE, Hollingsworth J.  Financial Planning Skills for Students. ACUHO-I Annual International Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 29-July 1, 2003.

Folger SE, Andrews AW. Interactive Web-Based Case Studies: Practicing Patient/Client Management. World Confederation for Physical Therapy, Barcelona, Spain, June 7-12, 2003.

Bailey SP, Kussman C, Russell C, Mead L, Baez H, Folger SE.  Impact of Length of Stay in the U.S. and Country of Origin on Behaviors and Risk Factors for Chronic Disease in Latinos. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, May 28-31, 2003.

Bailey SP, Folger SE. Participation of Physical Therapy Students in a Community-Based Program Designed to Reduce the Risk for Chronic Disease in Latinos. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Tampa, FL, February 12-16, 2003.

Folger SE, Andrews AW.  Practicing clinical reasoning and intervention selection using an interactive web-based program. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Boston, MA, February 20-24, 2002 (platform presentation).

 

Folger SE, Iglarsh A, Rogers EA. Curricular analysis: Tracking curricular threads. APTA Section for Education, Academic Administrators Special Interest Group Forum, Portland, OR, October 5-7, 2001.

Folger SE, Andrews AW. Web-based case studies: An interactive experience in patient examination and clinical decision-making. APTA Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA, June 20-24, 2001 (multimedia presentation).

Rogers EA, Folger SE.  Evaluating an MPT curriculum using a relational database. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Antonio, TX, February 15-18, 2001 (platform presentation).

Folger SE,  Andrews AW. Web-based case studies: An interactive experience in patient examination and clinical decision-making. NCPTA Fall Conference, October 14, 2000 (platform presentation).

Kelly EF, Trulsson M, Folger SE, Dunseath WJR., Francis ST, Westling G, Bowtell R,  McGlone F. Neuroelectric and hemodynamic responses produced by periodic microstimulation of single mechanoreceptive afferents in human median nerve. Neuroscan Workshop, Duke University, North Carolina, March 17, 2000.

Francis ST, Kelly E, Dunseath R, Folger S, Bowtell RW, McGlone F.  Somatotopic Mapping of the Human Postcentral Gyrus. 7th Annual Meeting, Int. Soc. for Mag. Res. Med., Philadelphia, 1999.

Folger SE, Kelly EF.  EEG evidence of short-term plasticity in human SI cortex. 4th International Conference on Functional Mapping of the Human Brain, Montreal, Canada, June 1998 (poster presentation).

Folger SE, Kelly E, Tommerdahl M.  The effect of an NMDA receptor antagonist on the spatial topography of EEG frequency following responses during adaptation to a vibrotactile stimulus. UNC-CH Biomedical Engineering Research Review, January, 1997.

Folger SE, Tommerdahl M, Kelly E. The role of NMDA receptors in human adaptation: An investigation of EEG and concurrent psychophysical changes. UNC-CH Biomedical Engineering Research Review, February 4, 1995.

Prince DF, Folger SE. Modeling the role of NMDA receptors and extracellular potassium in enhancing spatial contrast of stimulus representation in the somatosensory cortex. TANNS Spring Symposium (1993)(Poster Presentation).

Erickson KL, Folger SE, Susman W, Krasinski D.  Comparison of initial goals versus treatment outcomes for short term rehabilitation of above knee amputee patients. New York State Physical Therapy Conference (1988) (Platform Presentation).

Awards

2012-2013 Elon University Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Spring, 2012 Excellence in Service Award (School of Health Sciences)

Spring, 2007 Excellence in Scholarship Award (School of Education, Elon Unversity)

May, 1988 Faculty Award (Ithaca College PT Department)