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Sandra S. Brotherton

Sandra Brotherton, PT, PhD

Sandra S. Brotherton, PT, PhD
Professor
Division of Physical Therapy
151B Rutledge Avenue, MSC 962

Charleston, SC 29425

Phone: (843) 792-2930
Fax: (843) 792-0710
E-mail:
brothers@musc.edu

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Education

  • PhD, Exercise Science, University of South Carolina (2002)
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Gerontology, University of South Carolina (2000)
  • MHS, Medical University of South Carolina (1991)
  • BS, Physical Therapy, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1978)

Areas of Teaching

  • Physical Therapy Interventions I
  • Integumentary Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy for Older Adults
  • Health Care Delivery
  • Practice Management
  • Evidence Based Practice III and IV
  • Clinical Reasoning and Practice Lab
  • Community-Based Elective

Research Interests

  • Postural control in older adults and individuals with central and peripheral nervous system disorders
  • Balance and gait in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury
  • Outcomes following treatment interventions for individuals with open wounds

Publications

  • Ling C, Kelechi TJ, Mueller M, Brotherton SS, Smith S. Gait and function in class III obesity. J Obesity. Vol. 2012, Article ID 257468, 8 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/257468.2011.
  • Kelechi TJ, Green A, Dumas B, Brotherton SS. Online coaching for a lower limb physical activity program for individuals at home with a history of venous ulcers. Home Health Nurse. 2010;28:597-605.
  • Williams HG, Ullman G, Gossard J, Hussey JR, Brotherton SS, Laditka JN, Corman C. Functional status assessment for community long term care: Preliminary observations. Home Health Care Services Quarterly. 2009;28(4):151-171.
  • Ling C, Brotherton SS, Smith S. Review of the literature regarding gait and class III obesity. JEP online. Aug. 2009;12(5):51-61.
  • Krause JS, Carter RE, Brotherton S. Association of mode of locomotion and independence in locomotion with long-term outcomes after spinal cord injury. J Spinal Cord Med:2009:32: 6-17.
  • Wise HH, Brotherton SS, Mitcham M. From scholarly teaching to the scholarship of teaching: A retrospective look at strategies that foster the transition of scholarly work in allied health to credible forms of scholarship. J Allied Health. 2008;37(1):e50-e68.
  • Krause JS, Brotherton S, Morrisette D, Newman S, & Karakostas T. Does pain interference mediate the relationship of independence in ambulation with depressive symptoms after spinal cord injury? Rehabil Psychol. 2007;52(2):162-169.
  • Brotherton SS, Krause JS, Nietert PJ. A pilot study of factors associated with falls in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury. J Spinal Cord Med. 2007;30:81-88.
  • Brotherton, SS, Krause JS, Nietert PJ. Falls in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord. 2007;45:37-40.
  • Krause JS, Morrisette D, Brotherton SS, Karakostas T. Pain interference in ambulatory spinal cord injury. Topics Spinal Cord Injury Rehabil. 2007;12(3):91-96.
  • Brotherton SS, Williams HG, Gossard JL, Hussey JR, McClenaghan BA, Eleazer P. Are measures employed in assessment of postural control useful for detecting differences among groups that vary by age and disease state? J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2005;28(1):14-19.
  • Wise HH, Brotherton SS, Thomas KJ, Krause JS. Employment outcomes: Health factors and role of the physical therapist. Topics Spinal Cord Injury Rehabil. 2004;9(4):11-18.
  • Brotherton SS. Clinical and laboratory perspectives of postural control in older adults with and without disease [dissertation]. Columbia: University of South Carolina; 2002.
  • Saladin LK, Morrisette DC, Brotherton SS. Making the physical therapy referral. JAAPA. 1999;12(2):18-40.
  • Wager KA, Trickey BA, Mitcham M, Brotherton SS. An interdisciplinary approach to assessing the health care and health education needs of an elderly community in south carolina. J Allied Health. 1998;27:202-207.

Grants

  • Ambulation and Secondary Complications: Participants with Chronic Spinal Cord Injury
    National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Department of Education
    Field Initiated Research Grant
    Approved and funded January 2010 - December 2013, $599,937
    Role on project - co-investigator
  • Community Connections II
    Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration
    Approved and funded for one year, January 2005-January 2006; $450,000
    Role on Project - faculty mentor
  • Frequency, Severity, and Risk Factors for Falls and Fall-Related Injuries Sustained by Individuals with Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
    SCI Research Fund
    Approved and funded 2003-2005, $75,000
    Role on Project - principle investigator
  • Community Connections: Partners for Learning and Service
    Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration
    Approved and funded, 2002-2005, $341,000
    Role on project - faculty mentor
  • AGELink: Advancing Geriatric Education through Community Linkages
    Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration
    Approved and funded, 2000-2004, $342,000
    Role on project - geriatrics content expert
  • An Interdisciplinary, PBL, Distance Education Curriculum
    Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration
    Approved and funded, 1997-2000, $331,000
    Role on project-geriatrics content expert
  • South Carolina Rural Interdisciplinary Training Program (SCRIPT)
    Bureau of Health Professions, Department of Health and Human Resources
    Approved and funded, 1996-1999, $600,000
    Role on Project - faculty liaison
  • Award for Community-Based Education (ACBE)
    South Carolina Area Health Education Center
    Approved and funded, 1997-1998, $11,400
    Role on project - faculty liaison
  • Award for Community-Based Education (ACBE)
    South Carolina Area Health Education Center
    Approved and funded, 1996-1997, $12,000
    Role on project - faculty liaison
  • Low Country/MUSC Rural Interdisciplinary Training Grant
    Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration
    Approved and funded, 1993-1996, $463,000
    Role on project - faculty liaison
  • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Integrating Teaching, Research and Service in Geriatrics
    Bureau of Health Professions, Department of Health and Human Services
    Approved and funded, 1993-1996, $409,000
    Role on project - grant faculty

Honors and Awards

  • Best Paper Award, April 2008
    Krause JS, Brotherton S, Morrisette D, Newman S, Karakostas T. Does pain interference mediate the relationship of independence in ambulation with depressive symptoms after spinal cord injury? Rehabil Psych. 2007; 52(2):162-169. National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers, Washington, DC
  • Developing Scholar of the Year 2005, College of Health Professions, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
  • Nominated for the 2003 Doctoral Achievement Award 2003, Exercise Science Program, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  • Nominated for Outstanding Dissertation Award 2003 Exercise Science Program, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  • Senior Recognition Award 1978, Division of Physical Therapy, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Margaret L. Moore Scholar 1978, Division of Physical Therapy, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

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