Paula DiBiasio

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Education
Gerald L. Francis Center 100D
2085 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
pdibiasio@elon.edu (336) 278-6323

Brief Biography

Dr. Paula DiBiasio is a pediatric physical therapist with over 25 years of experience in her field.  She has practiced in every pediatric setting from the neonatal intensive care unit, to early intervention, outpatient clinics, hospitals and schools.  She is passionate in her service to children and families.  Dr. DiBiasio was part of the early development of the Department of Physical Therapy Education in 1999 as adjunct faculty.  Dr. DiBiasio teaches all of the DPT curriculum related to pediatrics and a course on evidence in practice.

Dr. DiBiasio is active in the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Pediatrics and works with Section leaders on issues related to curriculum and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Education

2007    Doctor of Physical Therapy

            Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions

            Charlestown, Massachusetts

1997    Master of Science in Human Movement

            University of North Carolina

            Chapel Hill, North Carolina

1986    Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

            Northeastern University

            Boston, Massachusetts

Specialty Certifications

1997    Neonatal Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP)

1997    Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale

1990    Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)-Pediatrics

 

Employment History

2012-present                        Alamance Regional Medical Center Pediatric Rehabilitation

Physical Therapist, Pediatric Team Mentor

2007-present                                                            Small Steps Pediatric Physical Therapy

Owner                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

1999- Present                                                                                                    North Carolina

Private Practice Physical Therapist                                                                            

1999 – 2010                                                                                                 WakeMed Hospital

Physical Therapist Developmental Team                                                                  Raleigh, NC

1997-1998                                                                                  University of North Carolina          

Division of Physical Therapy      Adjunct Faculty                            Chapel Hill, North Carolina               

1995-1998                                                                             Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital

Physical Therapist                               Duke University Medical Center Durham, North Carolina

1988 - 1997                                                                            Massachusetts, Rhode Island

Private Practice Physical Therapist                                                                                       

1992-1995                                                                                 In Motion Therapy Services

Physical Therapist, Coordinator of Pediatric Services                    Warwick, Rhode Island                          

1991-1992                                                                              Meeting Street Rehabilitation

Physical Therapist                                                                     East Providence, Rhode Island

September - December 1988                                                                                 APETREIMC

Visiting Physical Therapist                                                                                       Paris, France

1987-1990                                                                                                The Children's Hospital

Physical Therapist                                                                                        Boston, Massachusetts              

Courses Taught

DPT 609 Physical Therapy Science III (guest lecture)

DPT 610 Human Motor Development

DPT 612 Clinical Seminar I (guest lecture)

DPT 613 Clinical Seminar II (co-instruct)

DPT 701 Neuroscience (1 week on cerebral palsy)

DPT 703 Clinical Seminar IV (co-instruct)

DPT 709 Directed Research I

DPT 801 Management of the Pediatric Client

DPT 804 Advanced Clinical Practice Selective Track (independent study mentor)

ESS 101 Introduction to Exercise Science   Guest Lecturer

ESS 263 Structural/Functional Kinesiology   Guest Lecturer     

 

 

 

Leadership Positions

School of Health Sciences Global Learning Opportunities Committee Chair 2012-present

DPTE Curriculum Committee Co-chair, August 2010-Present.

Current Projects

Move Listen & Learn.  Elon IRB #12-043.  Study with over 100 elementary children from Alamance Burlington School System.  This study examined the benefits of a walking curriculum on academics, physical characteristics and quality of life along with examination of feasibility of a unique pedagogy.

 

The effects of hippotherapy on children with motor impairments.  Elon IRB #12-036 completed 1 case study 2011, 2 case studies 12/2012.

 

Grants Awarded

Civic Engagement Grant, Elon University, 2013.

Move, Listen & Learn, Elon IRB #12-043. LabCorp September, 2011.

Move, Listen & Learn, Elon IRB #12-04.  Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Grant, 2011.

Move, Listen & Learn,  Pilot Study, Elon IRB #12-043.  Elon DPT Student Research Mentor, 2011, Graduate Council.

The Effects of Infant Positioning on Gross Motor Milestone Development.  Elon IRB #10-036 Elon DPT Student Research Mentor, 2011, Graduate Council.

The effects of hippotherapy on children with motor impairments.  Elon IRB #12-036 Elon DPT Student Research Mentor, 2011, Graduate Council.

The Effects of Infant Positioning on Gross Motor Milestone Development.  Elon IRB #10-036Elon DPT Student Research Mentor, 2010, Graduate Council.

The Effects of Infant Positioning on Gross Motor Milestone Development.  Elon IRB #10-036Elon DPT Student Research Mentor, 2009, Graduate Council.

The Effects of Aquatic Therapy Intervention on Land-based Functional Ability as well as Perceived Quality of Life of a Pediatric Subject.  Elon DPT Student Research Mentor, 2008, Graduate Council.

The Feasibility and Efficacy of an Individualized Aquatic Program in a Community Facility. Elon DPT Student Research Mentor, 2007, Graduate Council.

 

Publications

Rapport MJ, Furze J, Martin K, Schreiber J, Dannemiller LA, DiBiasio PA, Moerchen VA. Essential competencies in entry-level pediatric physical therapy education. Pediatric Physical Therapy . In press.

 

DiBiasio, P., Hall, E., & Bailey, E. Move, Listen and Learn: An examination of a unique pedagogy to improve North Carolina End-Of-Grade tests. Abstract.  Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 35 (Supplement), S9.

 

DiBiasio P, Lewis C. “Exercise training utilizing body weight-supported treadmill walking with a young adult with cerebral palsy who was non-ambulatory”  Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. December 2012.

 

 “Community-engaged learning: doctor of physical therapy students provide aquatic therapy for elementary school children with disabilities”.  Paula A. DiBiasio. Abstract. Pediatric Physical Therapy, Fall 2011.

 

"Body weight support treadmill training as a means of exercise for a non-ambulatory 18 year old male diagnosed with cerebral palsy." Paula DiBiasio, Cynthia Lewis, Alyssa Bajdas, Renee Delamarter, Jenna Valaer.  Abstract. Pediatric Physical Therapy, Spring, 2011.

 

“The accessibility and efficacy of an individualized aquatic program in a community facility for a young man with spastic diplegia”. Hudson, Paula; Durke, Leslie; Gunther, Rachel; Miles, Amie. Abstract. Pediatric Physical Therapy, Spring, 2009.

 

“Aquatic intervention for an adolescent with muscular dystrophy”.   Hudson, Paula A;  Boone, Kadee ; Drogos, Justin; Husted, Carty; Stephens, Holly; Thorpe, Deborah.  Abstract.  Pediatric Physical Therapy, Spring, 2008.

 

“The feasibility of a community based aquatic exercise program for a non-ambulatory adolescent with limb girdle muscular dystrophy”. Hudson, Paula A;  Boone, Kadee ; Drogos, Justin; Husted, Carty; Stephens, Holly; Thorpe, Deborah.  Abstract. Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy, February 2008.

 

 

 

Presentations

Peer Reviewed Presentations

"Effective Parent Instruction and Early Referral of Positional Plagiocephaly; a Survey of Pediatricians' Practices." Jennings, J, Attermeier, S, DiBiasio, P. American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting, January 2013, San Diego, CA.

“The effect of infant positioning on the attainment of gross motor milestones”.  DiBiasio PA, Garcia, M, Grates, N, Leonard, E, Reynolds, K, Smid, J, Vincent, T.  PT 2012: American Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference. June 2012, Tampa, Florida.
 

The effects of hippotherapy with a child with motor impairments” DiBiasio, PA, Balkan, S, Carlson, F, Kasten, A, Muenzer, M. Poster Presentation, American Physical Therapy Association’s Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference, January 2012, Orlando, Florida.

 “Creating a learning community in & out of the classroom: pedagogy with innovative use of technology”. Paula A. DiBiasio. Platform Presentation, Pediatric Section, SoPAC 2011 Annual Conference Anaheim, CA, September 2, 2011. 
 

“Community-engaged learning: doctor of physical therapy students provide aquatic therapy for elementary school children with disabilities.” Paula A. DiBiasio.  Poster Presentation, American Physical Therapy Association’s Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference, August 31-September 2, 2011, Anaheim, CA.

 "Body weight support treadmill training as a means of exercise for a non-ambulatory 18 year old male diagnosed with cerebral palsy." Paula DiBiasio, Cynthia Lewis, Alyssa Bajdas, Renee Delamarter, Jenna Valaer.  Poster presentation,  APTA Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, New Orleans, LA, February 9-12, 2011.

“Beyond Babel – Using blogs to enhance and extend teaching and learning” Paula DiBiasio.  1 hour presentation. 5th Annual Summer Conference; Innovation in Instruction, Elon University, April 13, 2010, Elon, NC.

 “Applied Peda-Blog-y. Using the course blog as a motivational teaching tool”.  Paula DiBiasio. 1 hour presentation.  Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching, February 21, 2009, Greensboro, NC.

 

“The accessibility and efficacy of an individualized aquatic program in a community facility for a young man with spastic diplegia”. Hudson, Paula; Durke, Leslie; Gunther, Rachel; Miles, Amie. Poster presentation.  Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February 2009, Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

“The feasibility of a community based aquatic exercise program for a non-ambulatory adolescent with limb girdle muscular dystrophy”. Hudson, Paula A;  Boone, Kadee ; Drogos, Justin; Husted, Carty; Stephens, Holly; Thorpe, Deborah.  Platform presentation. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February 2008, Nashville, Tennessee.

 

 “Aquatic intervention for an adolescent with muscular dystrophy”.   Hudson, Paula A;  Boone, Kadee ; Drogos, Justin; Husted, Carty; Stephens, Holly; Thorpe, Deborah.  Poster presentation, Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February 2008, Nashville, Tennessee.

 

“Applied Peda-Blog-y: Using the Course Blog as a Motivational Teaching Tool”. Hudson P, Palmer, R. Session Presentation, August 2008, Innovation in Instruction Conference, Elon University, Elon, NC.

 

INVITED CONTINUING EDUCATION/ PRESENTATIONS

“Evidence in Practice” Continuing Education Session for Alamance Regional Medical Center Employees. July 2011

 

Session “Using blogs to enhance and extend teaching and learning”. Invited Presenter,

Elon Teaching & Learning Technology April, 2010.

 

Introduction to NDT; The Hemiplegic Adult and Child, Assistant Instructor, Durham, NC, February 9-11, 1996.

 

Introduction to NDT in the Pediatric Population, Warwick, RI, June 3-4, 1995.

 

Introduction to NDT: Treatment of Adults with Hemiplegia, Assistant Instructor, Warwick, Rhode Island, January 21-22, 1995

 

Treatment of Adult Hemiplegia: Focus on the Trunk, Assistant Instructor, Sarasota, Florida, December 2-4, 1994.

 

North Carolina Consortium of Partnerships: Families, Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) and Community Programs, Raleigh, NC, September 1-2, 2000.

 

North Carolina Consortium of Partnerships: Families, NICUs, and Community Programs, Raleigh, NC, September 1-2, 1999.

 

Service Activities

University

Academic Technology and Computing Committee member 2012, chair-elect 2013.

Faculty Research and Development committee member 2011-2013.

Invited career panel for Exercise Science, September, 2011.

Invited panel member, for Exercise & Sport Science, Elon University, Spring, 2011.

Collaborated with faculty in the School of Communications on a 2 month video project involving undergraduate communications students videoing and interviewing physical therapy students with pediatric patients. February, 2011.

Elon University Center for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning Advisory Committee, August 2009-Present.

Provide free developmental screenings to the infants of faculty, including free consultations and appropriate referrals. 2009-Present.

Mentor Elon undergraduate exercise science students for their clinical practicum. 2008-Present.

Elon University Library Committee, August 2009-2011.

Invited panel member, for Exercise & Sport Science, Elon University, October, 2010.

Invited panel member, Professional Development Panel for Exercise & Sport Science, Elon University, November 2008.

 

Department

School of Health Sciences Global Learning Opportunities Committee Chair 2012-present

DPTE Curriculum Committee Co-chair, August 2010-Present.

Alumni Award Committee, 2009-Present.

Student Awards Committee, 2009-Present.

Recruitment and Prospective Student Interviews, 2009-Present.

DPT Student Advisor, 2008-Present.

Alumni Event Committee, 2008-2009.

DPT International Experience in Costa Rica, task force leader. 2008-2009.

Module X Format Review, committee chair. 2008-2009.

 

Community

Initiated, organized and executed a morning of physical activity for summer campers in Elon’s Summer Learning and Enrichment Academy for children kindergarten through eighth grade.  Worked with Doctor of Physical Therapy first year students to provide fun exercise activities to promote health & wellness in children in our community.  Elon, NC, July, 2011 & 2013.

 

“Bones & Backpacks” Presented to 100 3rd grade elementary students with the assistance of 40 Elon Doctor of Physical Therapy students at Rashkis Elementary school in Chapel Hill.  Material integrated the elementary human body curriculum with anatomy and body mechanics along with an introduction to the career of physical therapy.  May 2011.

 

BikeAbility 2010: Lead organization, search for location, resources & planning for statewide bike clinic for individuals with disabilities.  Collaborated with colleagues from UNC, Duke & Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation. Arranged & prepared Elon student DPT volunteers.  Served 55 families. April 24, 2010.

 

Collaborated with Alamance Burlington School System parents, teachers & physical therapists to work with 15 elementary school children with disabilities and 38 Elon DPT students in therapeutic activities in the pool at the Maynard Aquatics Center in Burlington.  May 2010.

 

Bike Clinic: Collaborated with colleagues from UNC, Duke & Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation for planning & organizing a local bike clinic for individuals with disabilities.  Arranged & prepared Elon student DPT volunteers.    Served 15 families. April 18, 2009.

 

Career Day: Presented to South Graham Elementary School 5th graders. May 30, 2008.

 

Collaborated with and recruited volunteers for “Dancing Above the Barre" a dance class for young children with mental and physical disabilities sponsored by the Greensboro Ballet. 2008-Present.

 

Volunteer resource to parents on the Special Needs Advisory Council (SNAC) at Rashkis Elementary School in Chapel Hill. 2008-Present.

 

Awards

2013 School of Health Sciences Service Award