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Janet Cope

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Education
Gerald L. Francis Center 100N
2085 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
jcope2@elon.edu (336) 278-6355

Brief Biography

Dr. Janet M. Cope is an anthropologist and clinical anatomist with expertise in skeletal pathology and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. She is an occupational therapist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with upper extremity injuries. Professor Cope has taught clinical and gross anatomy for more than 15 years to students from a wide variety of health care related backgrounds. She is completing research in the area of formaldehyde exposure levels in the anatomy laboratory while continuing her studies related to clinical application of anatomical variations.

Education

University of New Hampshire Durham, NH 1977-1980 Physical Education, Teacher Certified (K-12) BS, May 1980

Springfield College, Department of Occupational Therapy Springfield, MA 1992-1994 Occupational Therapy / Upper Extremity Rehabilitation MS, CAS, May, 1994

University of Massachusetts, Department of Anthropology Amherst, MA 2001-2003 Anthropology, Physical MA May 2003

University of Massachusetts, Department of Anthropology Amherst, MA 2003-2007 Anthropology, Paleopathology, Skeletal Analysis PhD May 2007

Employment History

Elon University Dept of Physical Therapy Education, 2006-present

Alamance Regional Medical Center Outpatient Rehabilitation 2006-present

Springfield College, Springfield, MA Dept of Physical Therapy

Courses Taught

Clinical Anatomy

Research

Anatomical Variation and Clinical Implications, Formaldehyde Assessment in Anatomy Labs, Canine Influence on Fitness

Current Projects

Ethnographic Research focusing on the Relationships in the anatomy laboratory between the living and the dead

Publications

Champion T, Cope JM. A severe case of hyperostosis frontalis interna and multiple comorbidities. Inter J of Anat Var 2012, 5:76-78.

Cope JM, Sanders, E, Holt SM, Pappas K, Thomas KJ, Kernick E, Corriher L, Templeton D, Starr, K. Comparison of Personal Formaldehyde Levels in the Anatomy Laboratories of Five Physical Therapy Education Programs. JOPTE 2011 Fall; 25(3): 21-29.

Mirabelli MC, Holt SM, Cope JM. Anatomy laboratory instruction and occupational exposure to formaldehyde. Occup Environ Med. 2011 May; 68(5): 375-8.

Cope JM. Discerning Health, Disease and Activity Patterns in a Bronze-Age Population from Tell Abraq, United Arab Emirates. [Abstract 11/08]. In: Weeks, L. (ed.) 2010. Death and Burial in Arabia and Beyond: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Oxford: Archaeopress. BAR International Series S2107. Society for Arabian Studies Monographs 10.

Cope JM, Looney EM, Craig CA, Gawron R, Lampros R, Mahoney R. Median Nerve Compression and the Reversed Palmaris Longus. Inter J of Anat Var. 2009; 2: 102–104.

Presentations

Cope JM, Zych J, Mankins A, Feldman J, Alcon J, Bailey E, Lewis C. Influence of canine on heart rate and rate of perceived exertion during one mile walk test. International Conference and Exhibition on Obesity & Weight Management, Philadelphia, PA: December 3-5, 2012.

Cope JM, Riggs R. Quenching an insatiable thirst? A comparison of perceptions of students and clinicians who participated in a collaborative learning experience in the anatomy laboratory. American Physical Therapy Association Education Leadership Conference, Greenwich, CT: October 7, 2012.

Sanders E, Cope JM, Holt SM, Pappas K, Thomas KJ, Kernick E, Corriher L, Templeton D, Starr K. Comparison of Personal Formaldehyde Levels in the Anatomy Laboratories of Five Physical Therapy Education Programs. North Carolina Physical Therapy Association Annual Meeting, Greensboro, NC: October 30, 2009.

Cope JM, Sanders, E, Holt SM, Pappas K, Thomas KJ, Kernick E, Corriher L, Templeton D, Spees M. Comparison of Personal Formaldehyde Levels in the Anatomy Laboratories of Five Physical Therapy Education Programs. American Association of Anatomists Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LO: April 18-22, 2009

Cope JM, Martin DL, Potts DT, Miller DJ. Discerning Health, Disease and Activity Patterns in a Bronze-Age Population from Tell Abraq, United Arab Emirates. [Abstract] Poster, London, England November 27-29, 2008. International Arabian Studies Annual Conference at British Museum (D Martin, D Potts, presented).

Cope JM, Martin DL, Potts DT. The transverse midtrochlear ridge: Significant stress at the humeroulnar joints at Tell Abraq, United Arab Emirates? Poster Presentation at American Association of Anatomists Annual Conference, San Diego, CA April 5-9, 2008.

Cope JM, Martin DL, Potts DT. Synergistic musculoskeletal attachment sites in the upper extremity and activity patterns at Tell Abraq, United Arab Emirates, 2300 BC. Platform presentation: Presented at American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting, Columbus, Ohio, April 7-13, 2008.

Professional Activities

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

American Association of Anatomists

American Occupational Therapy Association

American Association of Clinical Anatomists

Awards

Elon University School of Health Sciences: Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011-2012

Adjunct Faculty Award Springfield College, Department of Physical Therapy 1999

Woodbury Award: Graduate Student Research Presented at National Conference University of Massachusetts, Department of Anthropology, 2002 Presentation of Research: American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Cope JM, Berryman A, Martin DL, Potts DT. Incidence of osteoarthritis at the trapeziometacarpal joint from the tomb at Tell Abraq, United Arab Emirates [abstract]. AM. J Physical Anthropology 2002; (suppl. 34): 57