Dawn M Venema, PT, PhD

Associate Professor

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

Academic Appointments:
Associate Professor, Division of Physical Therapy Education, UNMC: 2019-present
Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy Education, UNMC: 2008-2019

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

Primary Teaching Responsibilities:
PHYT 640, Critical Inquiry (course coordinator)
PHYT 562 Seminar 3 (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.

Recent Publications (last 5 years):

Jones KJ, Skinner A, Venema D, et al. Evaluating the use of multiteam systems to manage the complexity of inpatient falls in rural hospitals. Health Serv Res. 2019; 00: 1‐ 13. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1475-6773.13186

Venema DM, Hansen H, High R, Goetsch T, Siu KC. Minimal Detectable Change in Dual-Task Cost for Older Adults With and Without Cognitive Impairment. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2018 Jun 1. doi: 10.1519/JPT.0000000000000194. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29864048.

Jones KJ, Venema DM, Nailon R, Skinner AM, High R, Kennel V. Shifting the paradigm: An assessment of the quality of fall risk reduction in Nebraska hospitals. J of Rural Health. 2015 Spring;31(2):135-145. DOI: 10.1111/jrh.12088.

Please visit Pubmed for the complete list of published works.

Selected peer-reviewed presentations (last five years):
Tafti FF, Kim HJ, Yentes JM, Venema DM, Boron JB. “Task Specificity Impacts Dual Task Interference in Older Adults.” Poster presentation at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston, MA; November 14-18, 2018.

Wells T, Burge S, Miller E, Jackson C, Venema D, Crowe J, Cochran T, Jones K. “Physical Therapy, Radiography, and Nursing Student Attitudes Toward Interprofessional Interaction Following a Student-led Hospital Simulation.” Platform presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, New Orleans, LA; February 20-24, 2018.

Jackson CM, Burge S, Wells TM, Miller E, Cochran T, Venema D, Jones K. “Creating Meaningful Student-Led Interprofessional Education Experiences.” Poster presentation at the 18th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare; Los Angeles, CA; January 13-17, 2018.

Jones KJ, Venema DM, Skinner A, Topliff, K, High R. “Association Between Safe Transfer/Mobility Techniques and Fall-Related Injury in the Acute Care Setting: Implications for Physical Therapists.” Poster presentation at Center for Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) Summer Institute on Health Services Research; Boston, MA; June 28-29, 2016.

Venema DM, Nelson E, Jones, KJ. “Teaming Up for Inpatient Falls-Risk Reduction.” Educational presentation at APTA NEXT 2016 Conference and Exposition; Nashville, TN; June 10, 2016.

Hansen H, Venema D, High R, Goetsch T, Siu KC. “Minimal Detectable Change in Dual Task Cost for Older Adults With and Without Cognitive Impairment.” Poster presentation at APTA NEXT 2016 Conference and Exposition; Nashville, TN; June 8-11, 2016.

Topliff KA, Venema DM, Jones KJ. “Rehabilitation Therapists in Inpatient Fall Risk Reduction: Playing a More Valuable Role.” Poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association NEXT 2015 Conference and Exposition; National Harbor, MD; June 3-6, 2015.

Board of Directors of New Cassel Retirement Center 2018-2021
Member, American Physical Therapy Association 1996-present
Member, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association 2005-present
Member, Education Section of the American Physical Therapy Association 2014-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
Board Member, Nebraska Foundation for Physical Therapy 2014-2019, Vice-President, 2017-2019
Faculty Advisor, Interprofessional Aging Interest Group 2014-Present

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

2017 UNMC Faculty Senate Outstanding Teacher Award
2017 Excellence in Teaching Award for the College of Allied Health Professions
2015 Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Excellence in Geriatric Research Award
2013 Nebraska Physical Therapy Association Achievement in Education Award