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Susan G Klappa

Susan G Klappa

Briar Cliff University, USA


Susan G Klappa is a Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Briar Cliff University, USA. She has completed her PhD in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota with a focus on community engagement and obtained her Masters of Physical Therapy degree from St. Catherine University. she is a PT educator and clinician who has practiced physical therapy internationally. She has a special interest in global and local public health. She has worked in outpatient clinics, at a Level I trauma center and in disaster relief tent hospitals with patients with neurological, cardiopulmonary, integumentary and other problems. Her research interests explore how inter-professional collaboration, global health work and international community engagement influence the formation of professional identity among physical therapists.

1.Xia R, Stone J, Hoffman J and Klappa S (2016) Promoting community health and eliminating health disparities through community-based participatory research.
Physical Therapy; 96(3):410-417. DOI: 10.2522/ptj.20140529.
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4.Spreitzer G M, Sonenshein S (2004) Toward the construct definition of positive deviance. Am Behav Sci.; 47(6): 828-847.
5.Marsh D R, Schroeder D G, Dearden K A, Sternin J, Sternin M (2004) The power of positive deviance. Brit Med J.; 329:1177-1179.


Abstract : Transcending clinic walls: Physical therapy transforms society through community engagement