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Simulation in Bouvé College: The Arnold S. Goldstein Laboratory Suite

We are delighted to announce the opening of the Arnold S. Goldstein Simulation Laboratory Suite.  This state of the art medical practice simulation center was made possible by a generous donation from the Goldstein family to honor the late Arnold S. Goldstein (P’61, Ph.D’90). Dr Goldstein was not only an alumnus, but a member of the faculty and Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions. This gift honors his memory and commitment to the importance of experiential education.

The Goldstein Laboratory will provide an opportunity for inter-professional learning as students from multiple disciplines within Bouve can interact in real time to provide high quality interventions for simulated patients in a risk free environment.  The suite will feature video-capturing technologies to record student and instructor activities as well as four simulation bays and two debriefing rooms. In addition there are nine high-fidelity computer driven patient simulators (mannequins) that can provide real-life patient symptoms and realistic responses. Recording of students’ experiences as they interact with the latest high-fidelity human patient simulators and other students, will allow for analysis during structured debriefing sessions, which is a vital component of simulation and a critical piece that drives heightened student learning.

 A priority of the Simulation Suite will be to incorporate inter-professional solutions by using laboratory experiences, academic teaching, and cutting edge technology.  Simulation-learning is considered a vital component of experiential education and the hallmark of inter-professional education to facilitate collaborative practice.  The Goldstein Simulations Laboratory is uniquely designed to engage Bouvé students from more than eight different health professions to learn about, from, and with each other to improve health outcomes. These inter-professional simulations will focus not only on developing core competencies for inter-professional collaborative practice, but will stress the development of a team-based approach to health care delivery.


Lillian Nelson, SPT (’15) attended the University of Cape Town’s Annual Department of Health and Rehabilitation (DHR) Conference September 2-4, 2013. She presented a poster presentation of the research she participated in while on Co-op.  The poster was based off the paper "Childhood Obesity in Children with Intellectual Disability: A Situational Analysis" which was written by Lillian with mentorship by her co-op supervisor Nirmala Naidoo. Lillian had the opportunity to be very involved with Ms. Naidoo’s research while on co-op, through literature review, project administration, data entry, and data collection at schools for both typically developing children and children with intellectual disability across the Western Cape of South Africa. Top photo: Lillian (L) and a study participant at Molenbeek Skool, a school for children with special needs. Bottom Photo: Nirmala Naidoo (L) and Lillian Nelson (R) with their poster at the DHR Conference.

Lillian was able to attend due to the generosity of donors to the PT Department fund for student research.



Eliza Keith, DPT (’13) was the recipient of the 2013 APTA of Massachusetts Ruth P. Hall Clinical Fellowship Award. The award is designed to recognize a physical therapist and physical therapist assistant student who demonstrate the professional qualities of dedication and caring which exemplified the physical therapy career of Ruth Hall. Ruth P. Hall had dedicated her career to the profession of Physical Therapy. Eliza received her award for her work at Fort Defiance Indian Hospital in Fort Defiance, AZ

On October 20, the NUPT club hosted the 3rd annual Rock for Research, which raises money for physical therapy research for the Marquette Challenge. This year the PT club traded its rocking chairs for physical activities. Students competed in a relay race-style event on Centennial Quad. Students raised money through individual and business sponsorships. We would like to thank our generous corporate sponsors: MGH Sports Medicine, Ivy Rehab, and Sports and Physical Therapy Associates who supported our students and PT research.  If you or your facility would like to be involved or sponsoring next year’s event, please email the club at


Shaw Bronner PT, PhD, OCS joined our Department this fall as  an Associate Professor. Dr. Bronner directs the Analysis of Dance and Movement (ADAM) Center, a laboratory dedicated to the study of human movement and dance, examining movement from many perspectives including biomechanics, neuroscience, ergonomics, epidemiology, injury, and prevention and rehabilitation. Dr. Bronner’s research focuses on behavioral change and neural plasticity using video game paradigms with tools such as fMRI and fNIRS.

The goal of Dr. Bronner’s research is to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders and injuries in dancers, improve rehabilitation, and optimize function in dancers. In addition, it is to understand the interaction of dance and other arts on human motor and cognitive performance.

Dr. Bronner also directs Physical Therapy Services at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, where she created and coordinates the in-house program for the two companies and over 5,000 students annually. Her research on the Ailey program was able to demonstrate that an in-house program with emphasis on prevention and timely treatment reduces injuries, time loss, and is cost effective.

She has published over 100 articles and abstracts on biomechanics, dance, orthopaedics, and neuroscience and presents frequently at national and international forums. Some of her research has included analysis of forces in tap dance, differences between sneakers in hip hop dance, and optimization theory in motor learning in dancers. Most recently, Dr. Bronner and her colleagues have employed functional brain imaging to examine differences in attentional mechanisms related to skill while playing the dance video game, Dance Revolution.



A Special thank you to Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Christopher P. Diehl, PT, MHP (’95) and Kathleen Young, for their generous donation of a hospital bed to our Physical Therapy Program.   

Dr. Amee Seitz, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS was the recipient of the 2013 APTA of MA Clinical Research Award, which is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the body of scientific knowledge within physical therapy by performing, presenting and publishing outstanding research relevant to physical therapy. Dr. Seitz is the Director of the Biomotion Research Laboratory which investigates neuromuscular and biomechanical mechanisms, the efficacy of rehabilitation, and associated clinical outcomes of upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders related to aging and repetitive overuse during work or sport. Photo: Diane Fitzpatrick (L) Amee Seitz (R)


 On April 22, 203 the North Carolina Board of Governors approved the Phase II masters and doctoral degree programs for the Charlotte campus.  The transitional DPT program is one of the programs now licensed to offer degrees in North Carolina.  Although the tDPT program is 100% on line there is now onsite support for students at the Charlotte campus.  For more information please visit    Quote from Dean Richards regarding the licensure,    "In addition to celebrating this successful licensure, we have now earned designation as the first University to have doctoral level programs approved by the UNC Board of Governors."



Christopher Diehl, PT (‘94)

Chris Diehl, PT received his BS PT degree from Northeastern in 1994 and in 2001 became a “Double Husky” by earning his MHP in 2001. Currently, Chris is the Director of operations for the North Shore and Boston regions for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network where he oversees 18 outpatient clinics serving a variety of programs and patient populations. 

Chris recalls that his professional journey began when he was a Northeastern affiliating student and was assigned to the pediatric intensive care unit at Mass General Hospital (MGH). He loved that experience and changed his entire career plan.  Before completing his affiliation, he was offered a job at the MGH.

Experiential education was a key component of a Northeastern University education  for him, and Cooperative Education provided important lessons. He has tried to  give back to the program by increasing the amount of co-op positions at Spaulding Rehab Hospital where he increased the number of positions from 2-3 per year to 11 inpatient and 1 outpatient per year.

After 4 years at MGH, Chris moved to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital as the senior therapist for the orthopedic program.  With his skills in both physical therapy and management he was able to move up through the ranks becoming the program director of the orthopedic program, then director of the inpatient physical therapy department. He recently switched to the outpatient setting where he presently works.

In April 2013, Spaulding moved from their location in Boston to a new facility in the Charlestown Navy Yard. He had a unique opportunity to help design the rehabilitation gyms, aquatic therapy center, and therapeutic path. It was exciting to coordinate the patient experience, patient care needs, and technology in one space. The new facility has a wide range of technologies in the building ranging from patient lifts and new media platforms to robotics and exoskeletons.

Chris sees exciting times ahead for the PT profession. Hot topics include reducing cost of care and reducing length of stay or number of visits. He believes that the emergence of technology will only enhance our ability to take care of patients.  Measuring outcomes and improving quality of care using evidence based practices are also important. He believes direct access will also help with this vision to be seen as a member of the medical team.  We must be open to change in order to not only maintain, but expand our roles.

When planning for your future as a PT, he would like to advise students to use their clinical education experiences wisely and not be afraid to make mistakes.  See each experience as an opportunity to learn something.  Think about the positive and not the negative.  Don’t think about failing but about what you are going to learn.  Further, he believes that new graduates should be like a sponge.   Consider where you want to be in 5 years and then think about a plan on how to get there. 







Kate Ambrose Stout, PT, DPT, MBA, CBIS (‘06) is currently Chief of Telerehabilitation for the Army’s Northern Region Medical Command providing strategic leadership for clinical program development and service line growth. An extension of her expertise in telemedicine is that she was asked to write a chapter on “Telerehabilitation in the Military” in the textbook Telerehabilitation, published Fall 2013 by Springer. Dr. Stout is on several committees to examine and create telerehabilitation development plans with both the American Telemedicine Association and the American Physical Therapy Association where she is working to develop a Telehealth toolkit. In addition, Kate is the mother of a one year old named Charlie!

Alyson Jodoin, PT, DPT, CBIS (‘11) was featured in a Boston Globe story about the rehabilitation of survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing in April.  She is a staff therapist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and is shown working with a person who sustained a lower extremity amputation. This April, Alyson played an integral part in moving the hospital from the West End of Boston to the historic Charlestown Navy Yard. This move occurred just twelve days after the tragic marathon bombings. She also had the privilege of being part of the skilled team of therapists who aided in the recovery of over forty marathon survivors. Among them were Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, the mother-daughter duo featured in a Boston Globe photo with Alyson. Celeste lost both of her legs and Sydney’s femoral artery was severely severed. (Boston Globe Photo)


Jonah Feldman, PT, DPT (‘09), Clinical Manager for the Haiti Rehabilitation Program, is fulfilling a personal dream by working in Haiti with Partners In Health (PIH) PIH is an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential healthcare option to the poor in many countries around the World.  He is also developing and implementing education and training for young Haitian community health workers to provide high quality, sustainable therapy for the people of their community. The photo was taken  during his first visit to Haiti in January 2013, in the mountain town of Cange, where the founders of Partners In Health set up their first site in 1985. (Photo from Feldman’s tumbler site/blog

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