Dawn M Venema, PT, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Division of Physical Therapy Education
University of Nebraska Medical Center
984420 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4420
402-559-6598\
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Academic Appointments:
Associate Professor, Division of Physical Therapy Education, UNMC: 2019-present
Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy Education, UNMC: 2008-2019

Degrees/Certifications:
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)
Journal Club Coordinator (multiple courses throughout DPT curriculum)

Scholarly Activity:
Research interests: Dual-task performance and training in older adults and fall risk reduction in older adults.

Recent Publications (last 5 years):

Fallah Tafti F, Boron JB, Venema DM, Kim HJ, Yentes JM. Task specificity impacts dual-task interference in older adults. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2021;33(3):581-587. doi.org/10.1007/s40520-020-01575-3

Venema DM, Skinner AM, Nailon R, Conley D, High R, Jones KJ. Patient and system factors associated with unassisted and injurious falls in hospitals: an observational study. BMC Geriatr. 2019;19(1):348. doi:10.1186/s12877-019-1368-8.

Jones KJ, Skinner AM, Venema D, et al. Evaluating the use of multiteam systems to manage the complexity of inpatient falls. Health Serv Res. 2019;54(5):994-1006. 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. 2019;42(4):E32–E38. doi:10.1519/JPT.0000000000000194

Please visit Pubmed for the complete list of published works.

Selected peer-reviewed presentations (last five years):
Kim HJ, Yentes JM, Venema D, Boron JB. “High Cognitive Load Situations with Different Conversation Topics Affect Walking Speed and Cognitive Complexity.” Virtual poster presentation at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting Online, November 2021.

Perry BJ, Venema DM, Boron JB, Yentes JM. “Perturbation Dose-Response Curves for Standing Balance.” Virtual poster presentation at the American Society of Biomechanics 2021 Meeting Online, August 2021.

Kennel V, Skinner AM, Venema D. “Reporting and Learning from Assisted Patient Falls Over Time.” Oral presentation at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference; Austin, TX; June 16-30, 2020 (Virtual conference).

Reiners M, High R, Skinner AS, Kennel V, Venema DM. “Nursing and Rehabilitation Therapy Perceptions of Training on Safe Patient Mobilization.” Poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association NEXT 2020 Conference and Exposition, Phoenix, AZ; June 3-6, 2020. (Conference cancelled due to pandemic; Abstract available at http://aptaapps.apta.org/abstracts/default.aspx).

Fallah Tafti F, Kim HJ, Yentes JM, Venema DM, Boron JB. “Optic Flow Improves Spatial Gait Functioning Especially in Mediolateral Direction.” Poster presentation at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Austin, TX; November 13-17, 2019.

Kim HJ, Fallah Tafti F, Yentes JM, Venema DM, Boron JB. “Effect of Self-Paced Walking on Reducing Cognitive Demands of Walking While Talking.” Poster presentation at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Austin, TX; November 13-17, 2019.

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.

Service:
Board of Directors of New Cassel Retirement Center 2018-present
Member, Gerontological Society of America, 2016-present
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

Awards:
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