Dawn M Venema, PT, PhD

Assistant Professor

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-present

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 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.

Recent Publications (last 5 years):

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. First published online Sept. 2, 2014; DOI: 10.1111/jrh.12088.

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.

Please visit Pubmed for the complete list of published works.

Peer-reviewed presentations:
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.

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.

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.

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-Present, Vice-President, 2017-present
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