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Dora Gosselin

Thesis title

The impact of unpredictability on gait biomechanics and mobility-based participation in children with cerebral palsy.

Area of study

Pediatrics, gait, natural walking, neuromotor disorders

Supervisors

  • Professor David Baxter, CHARR, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago (Primary Supervisor)
  • Dr Gisela Sole, CHARR, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago

Advisors

  • Professor Leigh Hale, CHARR, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago

International Advisors

  • Gay Girolami, PT, PhD, cNDT – University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Jeffrey Taylor, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS - High Point University
  • Alexis Wright, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT – High Point University

Educational background

  • Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, Magna Cum Laude, California State University Sacramento, USA
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Duke University, USA

Publications

  • Lardinois K, Gosselin D, McCarty D, Ollendick K, Covington C. A Collaborative Model of Integrated Clinical Education in Physical Therapist Education: Application to the Pediatric Essential Core Competency of Family-centered Care. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. Accepted. July 2017.

Presentations

  • Lardinois K, Gosselin D, McCarty D, Ollendick K, Covington C. A Collaborative Model of Integrated Clinical Education in Physical Therapist Education: Application to the Pediatric Essential Core Competency of Family-centered Care. Journal of Physical Therapy Education: 31:2;2017
  • Gosselin, D. Examination of the Pediatric Client. In Reiman, M. Orthopedic Physical Evaluation. Human Kinetics. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL. 2016.
  • Valentine, P., Onsomu, E. O., Duren-Winfield, V., Bamby, S., Harwell, G., Boykin, M., Bethea, D., & Gosselin, D. Healthcare on wheels: Addressing the needs of a medically underserved community via a mobile clinic. Journal of the National Society of Allied Health. June 2014.
  • Gosselin D and Gyr B. Osteotomies, Muscle Lengthenings and Tendon Transfers Oh My: Indications for and descriptions of orthopedic surgery in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy. Presentation at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting. Indianapolis, IN. February 2015.
  • Gyr B, Frost A, Long B, Gosselin D. The Effects of Obesity on Gait Variability in Children, Podium Presentation accepted for the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference. San Diego, CA. October 2014.
  • Gosselin D, Griffin A, Serafino C, Frost A, Gyr B, Foxworth J. The Effects of Obesity on Self- Selected and Fast-Paced Gait Velocity in Children. Poster presentation at APTA NEXT Conference. Charlotte, NC. June 2014.
  • Griffin A, Serafino C, Long B, Gosselin D, Gyr B, Foxworth J. The Effects of Obesity on Participation Levels in Young Children. Poster presentation at NCPTA Spring Conference and Chapter Meeting. Asheville, NC. March 2014.
  • Gosselin, D, Long, B, Gyr B and Tanaka, M. Intra-Limb Coordination Changes After Botulinum in Two Children With Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy. Abstract. Physical Therapy. February 2013.
  • Gosselin D, Long B, Gyr B, Kolaski K, Foxworth J. Clinical Motion Analysis:Clinical Decision Making in Children with Cerebral Palsy. Speaker at NCPTA Fall Conference and Chapter Meeting. October 2012.
  • Long BL, Sole DG, Gyr BM, Tanaka ML. Intra-limb coordination changes after botulinum toxin injection in a child with spastic diplegia: a case report. Poster Presentation at Human Movement Science Research Symposium. February, 2012.
  • Sole D, Long B, Foxworth J. Decreased Gait Velocity in Obese Children Ages 7 to 9 Years. Poster presentation at North Carolina Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference. Greensboro, NC. October, 2011.

Academic service

  • Knowledge Translation Committee, Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Practice Committee, Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Publications Committee, Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association
    Awards:
  • Jan K. Richardson Excellence in Teaching Award, Duke University, USA

Why did you choose Otago Physio?

The University of Otago’s Department of Physiotherapy has a long tradition as an international leader in physiotherapy education and research. The faculty evaluates each student’s strengths and essential areas for growth and collaborates with students to lead and mentor them through individualized PhD programmes. The flexibility of the programme and expertise of the faculty has allowed me to expand upon over ten years of clinical and academic experience in pediatric physiotherapy as I begin my PhD journey.

Best things about study?

Because I am a full-time faculty member in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at High Point University, the ability to enroll as an international student is essential. The staff and faculty has been excellent with their communication as well as ensuring that the infrastructure is in place to facilitate the ability for me to participate in University culture and experience.