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Dr.Lori Marie Walton Associate Professor Academic RankAssociate Professor

Specialization:

  • Neuroscience/Physiotherapy/Public Health

Research Interests:

  • Maternal & Fetal Health, Toxic Stress, Vulnerable Populations

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PhD, NSU, Florida, USA 2012 DPT, Creighton University, NE, USA 2005 MS, Andrews University, MI, USA 1995 BS, Andrews University, MI, USA 1993 MPH(s), Johns Hopkins University, MD, USA, In Progress
Employment History 2016-2017 Associate Professor Neuroscience, State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University, NY, USA 2012-2016 Professor Physical Therapy & Director of Research, Andrews University, MI, USA 2006-2012, Chair Physical Therapy, Assistant Professor, Washburn University, KS, USA 2009-2016 Research and Teaching & Accreditation/Development Consultant for PT Education Program (Bangladeshi Health Professions Institute/University of Dhaka) 2009-2016 Consultant Physical Therapist and Provider of Neurologic and Obstetrics/Gynecologic Continuing Education Programs to Center for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed, Savaar & Mirpur, Bangladesh 2009-2016 Consultant, Continuing Education Provider for Hope Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh, Cox Bazaar, Bangladesh (Women and Children’s Refugee Population) 1995-2006 Physical Therapist, Neurologic, Orthopedic, & Women’s & Children’s Health Physical Therapy 2011-2017 Founder & CEO of International Academy on Women’s Health and Gender Equity, non-profit organization, aimed at improving health related quality of life for women across the world.
Professional Activities Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association National Meeting, Educational Session Presenter, Research Platform and Poster Presenter, and volunteer for women’s health section, physical therapy, 2006-Present MPTA Educational Session Invited Presenter on Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2015 MPTA Research Committee Member and co-Chair of Poster Presentations, 2012-2015 Hope Foundation for Women and Children, Board of Directors (appointed 2010-2016) Michigan Physical Therapy Association, elected Research Officer (2012-2015) American Physical Therapy Association, Education Section, Elected Officer (2010-2012) Kansas Physical Therapy Association, Officer, (2006-2011) Women’s Health Special Interest Group Organizer, KPTA, (2005-2006) Bangladesh Physiotherapy Association Member (2009-2015)
American Physical Therapy Association, Current UAE Physiotherapy Association, Under Application Bangladesh Physiotherapy Association, 2010-2016 New York Physical Therapy Association Licensed Member Michigan Physical Therapy Association Licensed Member Illinois Physical Therapy Association Licensed Member Indiana Physical Therapy Association Licensed Member
Walton LM; Schbley, BH; Hegazy, F; & Zaaeed N (2017) Effects of Toxic Stress on Maternal and Child Health Related Quality of Life, Chronic Disease, Fetal Development and Health Outcomes for Women and Children Living with Refugee Status in USA, Jordan, Lebanon, & Egypt (Current) Walton, LM; Hernandez, M; Krivak, G; Buddy, C; & Vargas, R (2016). Effect of an 8-week prenatal and postpartum nutrition and exercise program on pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, colorectal distress, and nutritional status for socioeconomically challenged women: Bilingual Study/Spanish-English
Walton, LM (2017). The effects of “Bias Based Bullying” (BBB) on health, education, and cognitive-social-emotional outcomes in children with minority backgrounds: Comprehensive public health intervention solutions. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Walton, LM; Costa A; LaVanture D, McIlrath S, & Stebbins B (2016). The effects of a 6 week core stability exercise program compared to a traditional abdominal strengthening program on Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA) closure, pain, Oswestry Disability Index, and Pelvic Floor Disability Index Scores (PFDI), Journal of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. Colgrove YM, Walton LM, & VanHoose DL (2015). The Effects of Intraprofessional Collaborative Case-Based Learning. Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice. 5(1): 24-35. Walton LM, Ambia J, Parvin R, Schbley B (2014). Incidence and Impact of Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Pain, and other co-morbidities on health related quality of life for postpartum women living in rural Bangladesh. International Journal of Maternal and Child Health, 2(2): 86-100. Walton LM, Abreu C, Jeffus E, Trautwein A, & Xavier S (2014). Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Urinary and Colorectal Distress Impact and Relationship to Quality of Life and Birth Mode, Journal of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, 10(2). Al-Jarrah M, Batainch Z, Obaidar H, & Walton LM (2013). Endurance exercise training protects against the upregulation of nitric oxide in the striatum of MPTP/probenecid mouse model of Parkinson’s Disease. Neurorehabilitation, 32(1), 141-147.
I have supervised over 120 Doctoral Level Thesis in Physical Therapy and 15 Advanced Doctoral Level Thesis over the last five years.
Dean’s Scholarship, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2016. International Scholar Honor Society, Phi Beta Delta, 2011- Present Research Award, Highest Level Faculty Research Acknowledgement, Andrews University, 2015 Appointed Graduate Chair Research Status by Dean of School of Health Professions, Andrews University, 2014 Education Leadership Institute Acceptance, 2012, American Physical Therapy Association Grant Activity- Faculty Research Grant in May 2013-2014 ($9,873): Walton LM, Primary Investigator for research with Women Infants and Children (WIC) of South Bend and Memorial Hopspital. International Travel Grant, May 2012 ($2000). Research collaboration and development for pediatric and neurologic research with Center for Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed, Savar, Bangladesh. International Travel Grant, May 2012 ($2000). Research collaboration and development for pediatric and women’s health presentations in Hope Foundation for Women and Children, Cox Bazaar, Bangladesh. Faculty Development Grant ($2000): Awarded in 2010: Shanghai China, Conference on Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, invited speaker “Ethics Analysis on Stem Cell Research Debate”. International Travel Grant Awarded ($1500): Mumbai, India, World Confederation on Physical Therapy, Research on Balance Dysfunction in Patients with Fibromyalgia
University Level: University Accreditation Committee, SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2016-2017 University Diversity and Inclusion Committee, SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2016-2017 Scholarship Committee, 2016-2017 University Senate, Andrews University (2012-2015) Research Grant Committee, Andrews University, 2012-2015 Internal Review Board (IRB) Member, Ethics Committee, Andrews University, 2012-2015 College of Health Professions, Scholarly Research Committee, Andrews University, 2012-2015 University Senate, Washburn University (2006-2011) Academic Affairs Committee, Washburn University (2009-2011) University Assessment Committee (2007-2009) Accreditation Committee (2006-2009) Professional & Community Service Editorial Board for Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Journal, USA Visiting Editor for Journal of the Poor and Underserved, USA Board Member, Hope Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh Honorary Faculty, Center for Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed Refugee Women and Children’s Health, USA Pro Bono Physical Therapist, USA, 2006-2017, Women and Children, Vulnerable Populations, Refugees
Teaching Philosophy My teaching philosophy focuses on the development of critical thinking skills, problem based learning, and integration of theoretical knowledge with real life connections. I strive to provide a classroom of opportunity for students, where experiential learning, lecture, case based discussions, and other educational forums are central to the active learning process and participatory advancement in knowledge and understanding for a diverse group of student learners. As a classroom, we are partners in learning, both professor and student, in seeking evidence based truths from scientific literature, clinical experience and expertise, reason, and logic. I expect students to participate in the learning process by actively considering all possibilities, problem solving, individually and collectively, and reflecting upon what they have observed, read, studied, and experienced.
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