Department of Rehabilitation Sciences - The College of Allied Health

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Allied Health
University of Oklahoma HSC
1200 N Stonewall, Room 3092
Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0901
Phone: (405) 271-2131,
Fax: (405) 271-2432

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STOMP Dementia Study


Dr. Ciro was interviewed by Channel 4 (KFOR) to announce her new award by the Alzheimer’s Association for a two year grant to continue her examination of her rehabilitation technique, Skill-building through Task-Oriented Motor Practice (STOMP). The STOMP technique was developed to 1) improve activities of daily living in people with dementia, and 2) delay decline in activities due to progression of the disease. In this randomized-controlled trial, Dr. Ciro is specifically examining dosing.

Article and Video | STOMP Dementia Study

2014 Tulsa Run

Over 80 PT and OT student volunteers from both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City campus provided manual therapy and stretching to over 300 runners at the finish line of the Tulsa Run.  Student volunteers joined faculty to ease the musculoskeletal aches and pains associated with running 15 kilometers (9.3 miles).  The phrasing on the back of the shirts worn by Team Manual Therapy summed up how runners felt about this community-oriented service event: “You’re in great hands.”

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Derek Crawford, M.S., M.Ed.

Carol P. Dionne, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, Cert MDT

Derek Crawford, M.S., M.Ed.,

Derek Crawford, M.S., M.Ed., a third-year PhD candidate in Allied Health Sciences with emphasis in Rehabilitation Sciences, was recently awarded a foundation grant from the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) to fund his dissertation research. With guidance from his major advisor, Dr. Carol Dionne, Derek proposes to examine a modification of the Health Action Process Approach for predicting physical activity behavior in people with low back pain.  Derek’s research interests center on the inclusion of physical activity and exercise to minimize co-morbidity in clinical and disabled populations. Requisite to the award, Derek is slated to present his findings at the 2016 NASPSPA National Conference in Montreal. Derek holds membership in Sigma Xi, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and NASPSPA. He is also a recipient of the 2013 Bill Elam Graduate Student Scholarship.

2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Dr. Ciro was representing her new study, “Mass Practice to Decrease ADL Disability in Dementia”  at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association this past weekend.  She noted the OU football players that were volunteering at the event by holding signs at the Finish Line that said “See you next year.”

Alzheimer's Walk 2014

OKC Class of 2017 visit Tulsa

The OKC Class of 2017 came up the turnpike to visit OU TULSA campus, hanging out altogether as one class in the learning center, having lectures, Q&A, lunch and photos/tours of campus. 

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Occupational therapy program seeks outstanding Oklahoma high school seniors.
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Professor Tucker had the opportunity to talk about the OT early admit program to the Oklahoman.

Read more about the article and see the video here!
Spinal Manipulation Update:  Eleventh Annual Update for Physical Therapists, Osteopathic Physicians and Medical Doctors - March 7-11, 2014
Philip Tehan  D.O., Dip Physio., M.M.P.A., MHSc

Peter Gibbons MB, BS, DO, DM-SMed, MHSc

Now in its eleventh year, the annual Spinal Manipulation Update continuing education program, at OU TULSA Schusterman campus.  The program was attended by nearly 40 physical therapists from across the United States.  During the past decade, nearly 400 physical therapists, osteopathic physicians, and medical doctors hailing from nearly all 50 states and several foreign countries have come to Oklahoma to learn highly-refined techniques of spinal manipulation from Peter Gibbons and Philip Tehan of Melbourne, Australia.  While each has practiced nearly 40 years as an osteopath, Gibbons also is a medical doctor and Tehan also is a physiotherapist.  Dave Johnson, PT, PhD of the Dept. of Rehab Sciences has developed and directed this program since its inception in 2004.   

Click here for more information about the 2015 program, including the program brochure.