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

Allan B, Guilford E, Jackson J, Kelly M, Johansson C, Vallabhajosula S.  Both static and dynamic balance training interventions effective in improving gait in older adults. Human Movement Science Research Symposium, February 27, 2015.

Schallhorn, A., Seibert, R., Johansson, C., Vallabhajosula, S. A 12-week static balance training program shows improvements in medio-lateral components of balance. Poster presented at the 2015 APTA Combined Sections Meeting. Indianapolis, Indiana, February 2015.

Smith, K., VanDyke, S., Riffanacht, K., Johansson, C., Vallabhajosula, S. Functional mobility measures show improvement after a home exercise program following clinic-based balance training. Poster presented at the 2015 APTA Combined Sections Meeting. Indianapolis, Indiana, February 2015.

Johansson C, Fogleman S“Interacting effectively with LGBTQIA and sexual minority clients,”. 1.5-hour workshop presented at the APTA Educational Leadership Conference, Kansas City, MO. October 10, 2014.

Vallabhajosula, S., Johansson, C. Dynamic Balance Training Improves the Variability of Postural Control in Persons with Moderate Fall Risk. Poster presented at the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, Massachusetts, July 2014.

Johansson C, Skillman N.  “Integrating standardized patients into a physical therapy curriculum.” with Nita Skillman. 1.5-hour workshop presented at the Association of Standardized Patient Education, June 25, 2014., Indianapolis, IN.

Vallabhajosula, S., Johansson, C. Are Static and Dynamic balance training beneficial for older adults with increased fall-risk? Poster presented at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting. Las Vegas, Nevada, February, 2014.

Vallabhajosula, S., Johansson, C. Effects of static and dynamic balance training protocols on gait in older adults with moderate fall risk. Poster presented at the 19th Annual Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society Meeting, Newark, Delaware, June 2014.

Riffanacht, K., Smith, K., VanDyke, S., Johansson, C., Vallabhajosula, S. Does a home exercise program after supervised training help improve balance among older adults? Poster presented at the 61st Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Orlando, Florida, May 2014.

Johansson C, Bailey S, Skillman N. “Using standardized patients within physical therapy education.” Presented at NCPTA, October 11, 2013

“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

 “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.

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.