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Martha F. Somers, P.T., D.P.T., M.S.

Assistant Professor
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Physical Therapy

Rangos 110
Phone: 412.396.5957

Education:

D.P.T., Physical Therapy, Slippery Rock University, 2006
M.S., Physical Therapy, Duke University, 1979
B.A., Psychology, Earlham College, 1977
Courses

Foundational Skills (PHYT 447)

Prosthetics and Orthotics (PHYT 615)

Clinical Neurologic Science IV (PHYT 621)


Expertise

Spinal cord injury, prosthetics, orthotics.

Publications

Somers M. Spinal Cord Injury: Functional Rehabilitation (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, 2010.

Somers M. & Wlodarczyk S. (2002). Use of a pushrim-activated, power-assisted wheelchair enhanced mobility for an individual with cervical C5/6 tetraplegia. Neurology Report, 27(1):, 22-28, 2002.

Somers M. (2001). Spinal Cord Injury: Functional Rehabilitation (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Somers M. (2000). SCI Lab - Developing and Modifying Interventions Based Functional Skills Analysis. In M. Schenkman & Gill-Body, K. (eds.) A Compendium for Teaching Professional Level Neurologic Content (pp. 67-68). Alexandria, VA: American Physical Therapy Association, 2000.

Somers D. & Somers M. (1999). Treatment of neuropathic pain in a patient with diabetic neuropathy using transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation applied to the skin of the lumbar region. Physical Therapy, 79 (8): 767-775, 2000.

Somers M. (1993). Addressing the Unique Mobility Requirements of Parenting from a Wheelchair: Case Report. Neurology Report, 17(4): 11-13.

Presentations

"A Model for Planning Functional Rehabilitation After Spinal Cord Injury," Annual Meeting of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, September 4, 2012.

2011 Changes in the International Standards for Classification of Spinal Cord Injury," 33rd Annual SCI Model Systems OT/PT Leadership Forum, October 21, 2011.

"RoughRider Wheelchair," 33rd Annual SCI Model Systems OT/PT Leadership Forum, October 21, 2011.

"Compensation and Restoration in Rehabilitation after Spinal cord Injury: A Review of the Evicence" (poster presentation); International Spinal cord Society and American Spinal Injury Association International conference on  Spinal Cord Medicine and Rehabilitation, June 4-8, 2011.

"Compensation and Restoration in Rehabilitation after Spinal Cord Injury: A Review of the Evidence and Implications for Practice," American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, February 10, 2011.

""Compensation and Restoration in Rehabilitation of Walking After Spinal Cord Injury," Annual Meeting of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, September 24, 2010.

"Conventional Gait Training vs. Body Weight-Supported Treadmill Training" 30th Annual Model Systems PT/OT Leadership Forum, October 18, 2008

"Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries" Southwest District Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association, September 9, 1997

"Control Options for Power Wheelchairs: Finding the Best Match" National Spinal Cord Injury Association Annual Conference, October 4, 1997

"Incomplete Spinal Cord and Cauda Equina Injuries", Fourth Annual Southeastern Spinal Cord Injury Conference, Charleston, SC, August 1996

"Early Management Following High Spinal Cord Injury," and "Case Presentations: Sometimes It Ain't So Simple" Third Annual Southeastern Spinal Cord Injury Conference, Charleston, SC, August 1995

Honors/Awards

Clinical Award, Therapy Leadership Council of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, September 2011.

Academy of Advanced Item Writers, Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, September 2008

Clinician Educator Award, Chatham College, August 1996

Teacher of the Year, Medical University of South Carolina College of Health Professions, May 1993