Dawn M. Venema

Division of Physical Therapy Education
University of Nebraska Medical Center
984420 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4420

Academic Appointments:
Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy Education, UNMC, 2008

PhD, Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area, UNMC, 2007
MPT, Division of Physical Therapy Education, UNMC, 1999

Primary Teaching Responsibilities:
PHYT 640, Critical Inquiry I (course coordinator)
PHYT 505, Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I
PHYT 506, Functional Mobility (course coordinator)
PHYT 740, Critical Inquiry II

Scholarly Activity
Research interests:
Dual-task performance and training in older adults and fall risk reduction in older adults.
Manuscript reviewer for Physical Therapy.

Active Grant Support:
Primary Investigator, The Relationship of Cognition and Spatiotemporal Gait Variables during Dual Task Performance in Older Adults, School of Allied Health Professions Pilot Research Grant Program, 2013-2014.

Co-Investigator, CAPTURE Falls: Collaboration and Proactive Teamwork Used to Reduce Falls (1 R18 HS021429), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2012 -2014.

Recent Publications:
Venema DM, Bartels ED, Siu KC. Tasks Matter: A Cross-Sectional Study of the Relationship of Cognition and Dual Task Performance in Older Adults. J Geriatr Phys Ther. Phys Ther. 2013 Jul-Sep;36(3):115-22. 
Venema DM, Karst GM. Individuals with total knee arthroplasty demonstrate altered anticipatory postural control strategies compared to healthy control subjects. J Geriatr Phys Ther.  2012;35(2): 62-71.

Recipient, 2013 Nebraska Physical Therapy Association Achievement in Education Award

Member, American Physical Therapy Association 1996-present
Member, Geriatric Section of the American Physical Therapy Association 2005-present
Member, Nebraska Physical Therapy Association 1996-present
Member, Education Committee of Nebraska Physical Therapy Association 2002-present
Co-Chair, Education Committee of Nebraska Physical Therapy Association 2006-2010

Clinical Experience:
Outpatient geriatric and neurologic rehabilitation with an emphasis on balance rehabilitation and fall risk reduction

Dawn M. Venema, PT, PhD
Dawn Venema
Assistant Professor