Betsy Becker, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA

Assistant Professor

Division of Physical Therapy Education
University of Nebraska Medical Center
984420 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4420
402-559-5053
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Academic Appointments
Adjunct Associate Professor, Tongji University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China: 2015-present
Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy Education, University of Nebraska Medical Center: January 2013-present
Program Chair, Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE: December 2008 – December 2012

Degrees/Certifications
DPT: University of South Dakota, 2014
MPT: Division of Physical Therapy Education, UNMC, 1999
Credentialed Clinical Instructor: American Physical Therapy Association, 2002
Certified Lymphedema Therapist: Lymphology Association of North America, 2001

Primary Teaching Responsibilities
PHYT 502, Foundations of Physical Therapy Practice (course coordinator)
PHYT 511, Integumentary - teach content on lymphedema
PHYT 605, Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II - teach content on pregnancy
PHYT 606, Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy III - teach content on breast cancer rehabilitation
PHYT 614, PT Management of Individuals with Chronic Health Conditions (course coordinator)

Publications, Abstracts, Platform Presentations (last 5 years):
Bernardo LM,  Becker BJ (Eds.). (2017). Integrating physical activity into cancer care: An evidence-based approach. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society. ISBN 978-1-935864-91-2. Available at this link.

Eisenhauer CM, Hageman PA, Rowland S, Becker BJ, Barnason SA, Pullen CH. Acceptability of mHealth Technology for Self-Monitoring Eating and Activity among Rural Men. Public Health Nursing. 2016 E-pub ahead of print doi: 10.1111/phn.12297

Sleddens N, Becker BJ, Norman JF, Johnson G, Lausterer K, Promoting Student Success in
the Clinic Through Collaboration:  A Novel Approach to Clinical Performance Instrument Review. Education Leadership Conference 2016, American Physical Therapy Association Education Section, Phoenix, AZ, October 7-9, 2016  (Poster)

Sleddens N, Becker BJ, Bills S, Click Here! E-Learning Modules for Innovative Instruction and Learning.  Accepted for the APTA Educational Leadership Conference, Phoenix, AZ, October 6-9, 2016.

Becker BJ, Moore P, Step Up to the Plate!  Using Multimedia Content and Game Winning Strategies for Implementation.  Innovation in Pedagogy and Technology Symposium, University of Nebraska Online Worldwide, Lincoln, NE May 10, 2016.

Eisenhauer CM, Hageman PA, Rowland SA, Becker BJ, Barnason S, Pullen CH. Feasibility of using mHealth technology to self-monitor eating and activity in midlife and older rural men. Submitted to the Midwest Nurses Research Society (MNRS) 40th Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI, March 17, 2016.

Becker BJ, Eisenhauer C, Pullen C, Dizona P, Hageman P.  Feasibility of mHealth Technology Use Among a Sample of Isolated Rural Men at High Risk for Cardiovascular Disease. Accepted for the APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA February 17-20, 2016.

Becker BJ, Volkman K, High R, Using Active Learning Strategies to Teach DPT Students How to Assertively Address Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior (IPSB). Accepted for the APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA February 17-20, 2016.

Berry J, Becker BJ, Perceptions of PTA Program Directors on the Proliferation of PTA Educational Programs: A National Survey. Accepted for the APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA February 17-20, 2016.

Majerus T, Johnson M, Becker BJ, Effectiveness of Electronic-Based (eLearning) Compared to Traditional Classroom Education for Improving Clinical Skill Performance in PT Students. Accepted for the APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA February 17-20, 2016.

Hemingway E, Hannan J, McGuire T, Becker BJ, Siu K; Berger AM, Woscyna G, Hanson C, Skinner A, Bilek L. Development of a Multidisciplinary Wellness Program for Cancer Recovery. Accepted for the APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA February 17-20, 2016.

Sleddens N, Becker BJ, Johnson G, Gill J, Clinical Education Placement Approach of Peer-Peer Negotiations while Developing Professionalism. Accepted for the APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA February 17-20, 2016.

VanGerpen RE, Becker BJ. Development of an Evidence-Based Exercise and Education Cancer Recovery Program. Clin J of Oncol Nurs. 2013;17: 539-543

Fuchs RH, Becker BJ, Johnson GC, Lausterer K, Volkman K, Norman J, Willett G, Using a Team Building Activity to Teach Clinical Decision-Making Concepts to Physical Therapy Students. Poster Presentation accepted for the American Physical Therapy Association, NEXT Conference, National Harbor, MD, June 3-6, 2015.

Becker BJ, Nelson TF, Health related quality of life in persons with type 2 diabetes in a rural community served by a critical access hospital. Geriatrics Section Platform presentation, American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, February 4-7, 2015.

Becker BJ, Evidence for the use of exercise in patients with breast cancer to reduce cancer-related fatigue. Oncology Section Platform presentation, American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, February 3-6, 2014.

Becker BJ, Sleddens N, Thompson I, Multidisciplinary Simulation in PTA Education. Education Section, Poster presentation, American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, February 3-6, 2014.

Becker BJ, Jones KJ, Hageman PA, VanGerpen R. Integrating best evidence into practice: Outcomes of a community-based 12-week exercise and education intervention in women with cancer. “What a Difference an X Makes,” 4th Annual The State of Women’s Health Research Conference, Washington, DC, July 17-18, 2013.

E-Learning Modules
Becker BJ, Majerus, Johnson, Sleddens. A Six-Module Series: Range of Motion Examination of the Shoulder, Elbow/Wrist/Hand, Hip, Knee/Ankle/Foot, Cervical Spine, Lumbar/Thoracolumbar Spine E-Learning module, 2015. UNMC E-Gallery

Becker BJ, Johnson. Range of Motion Examination of the Cervical Spine Using an Avatar in Case Simulations. E-Learning module, 2015. UNMC E-Gallery

Please visit Pubmed for the complete list of published works.

Book Chapters
Westlake F, Newell A, Becker BJ. Assessing Motivation and Readiness for Physical Activity. In Bernardo LM, Becker BJ. Integrating Physical Activity into Cancer Care: An evidence-based approach. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society. ISBN 978-1-935864-91-2

Westlake F, Newell A, Becker BJ. Assessing Readiness for Physical Activity: Physical Considerations. In Bernardo LM, Becker BJ. Integrating Physical Activity into Cancer Care: An evidence-based approach. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society. ISBN 978-1-935864-91-2

Westlake F, Newell A, Becker BJ. Creating and Evaluating Physical Activity Programs. In Bernardo LM, Becker BJ. Integrating Physical Activity into Cancer Care: An evidence-based approach. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society. ISBN 978-1-935864-91-2

Becker BJ, Huffman O, Tisher K, McCormick K. Physical Activity Resources and Support Groups for Cancer Survivors. In Bernardo LM, Becker BJ. Integrating Physical Activity into Cancer Care: An evidence-based approach. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society. ISBN 978-1-935864-91-2

Active Grant Support
Primary Investigator for Early Career Faculty LINK: Leveraging Individual Network Knowledge, funded by the College of Allied Health Professions Pilot Research Grant and the Education Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, 2016- present

Completed Grant Support
Primary Investigator, Blending Learning of Range of Motion using eLearning Modules, funded by the UNMC College of Medicine Educational Support Grant
Co-Investigator, Feasibility of Using Technology to Promote Self-Monitoring for Healthy Eating and Activity in Rural Men in Northeast Nebraska, funded by SAHP UNMC Pilot Research Grant Program
Co-Investigator, Multidisciplinary Simulation Scenario Project, Funded by the US Department of Education (Perkins), PI:  Jill Sand, Southeast Community College 2014-2016    
Primary Investigator Range of Motion Examination of the Shoulder E-Learning Module, funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UNMC, 2014-2015
Primary Investigator Range of Motion Examination of the Spine E-Learning Module, funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UNMC, 2014-2015

Service
Nebraska State Board of Physical Therapy, 2016-present
Faculty Advisor, SUNAPTA, 2013-2016
Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy - PTA Exam Development Committee, 2012 – present
Member, American Physical Therapy Association, 1996-present
Member, APTA Education Section Academic Faculty Special Interest Group, 2013-present
Member, APTA Sections: Education, Oncology, Research, Women’s Health
Member, Nebraska Physical Therapy Association, 1996-present
Federal Grant Reviewer for the Office of Assistant Secretary for Health Mobilization for Health: National Prevention Partnership Awards Program, 2014
Advancing Rural Primary Care Conference, Omaha, NE, Education Technology Consultant, 2014
Member, APTA Education Section PTA Educators Special Interest Group, Executive Committee, 2011-2012
Advisory Committee: Southeast Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program
American Cancer Society volunteer
Textbook Reviewer: Dreeban O. Ethics and Professionalism (chapter 7), Laws and Regulation (chapter 8). In: Intro to Physical Therapy for Physical Therapist Assistants, 2nd Ed. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett;2011:123-153.

Clinical Experience
Primarily women’s health, cancer and lymphedema