Kathleen G Volkman, PT, MS, NCS

Associate Professor and Associate Director

Department of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Physical Therapy Program
University of Nebraska Medical Center
984420 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4420

Academic Appointments:
Graduate Faculty, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2016-present
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Program, UNMC: 2016-present
Adjunct faculty, Tongji University , Shanghai, China: 2015-2022
Associate Director, Physical Therapy Program, UNMC: 2014-present
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy Program, UNMC: 2007-2016

MS: Exercise Science, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2004
BS: Allied Health Sciences-Physical Therapy, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1979
Credentialed in the Functional Independence Measure under the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation: 2014-2020
Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy: ABPTS, 2009-2029

Primary Teaching Responsibilities:
PHYT 512 Neuroscience Foundations (course coordinator)
PHYT 623, Psychosocial Aspects of Health Care 2 (course coordinator)
PHYT 617, Neuromuscular Physical Therapy 2 (course coordinator)

Scholarly Activity:
Research interests: Physical therapy outcome measures, educational simulation, interprofessional education, neurological physical therapy interventions (pediatrics and adults), stroke rehabilitation and quality outcomes

Feng C, Wagoner C, Volkman K, Siu KC. (2021) The effects of different viscous liquids and solid foods on swallowing speeds and sounds among healthy adults. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1111/1460-6984.12675

Davies BL, Arpin DJ, Liu M, Reelfs H, Volkman KG, , Healey K, Zabad R, Kurz MJ. (2016) Two different types of high-frequency physical therapy promote improvements in the balance and mobility of persons with multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. e3. PMID: 27373745

Davies BL, Arpin DJ, Corr B, Reelfs H, Volkman KG, Harbourne R, Healey K, Zabad R, Kurz MJ. (2015) Individuals with multiple sclerosis have improved ankle plantarflexion force control after intensive neurorehabilitation. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 39(4):225-232;e-pub Aug 5.

Zhang C, Miller C, Volkman K, Meza J, Jones K. Evaluation of the team performance observation tool in simulation-based interprofessional education for nursing and physical therapy students. Journal of Interprofessional Care,  29(3):202-8; e-pub Nov 25.

Jones KJ, Cochran T, Jensen L, Roehrs T, Volkman K, Goldman A. (2012). A Cross-Sectional Assessment of Stroke Rehabilitation in Nebraska Hospitals. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93:1662-1670.

Kurz MJ, Wilson TW, Corr B, Volkman K (2012). Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training Influences the Neuromagnetic Activity of the Somatosensory Cortices of Children with Cerebral Palsy. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 36 (4):166-172.

Kurz MJ, Corr B, Stuberg W, Volkman KG, Smith N (2011). Evaluation of Lower Body Positive Pressure Supported Treadmill Training for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 23:232-239.

Presentations (2020-2022):
Becker BJ, Cochran TM, Wells T, Sleddens N, Volkman K. Student Wellness Using a Lifestyle Medicine Approach for Self, Classmates, Patients and Communities. UNMC Interprofessional Academy of Educators Spotlight on Scholarship, Omaha, NE, March 30, 2022

Malina, B, Jensen L, Volkman K, Nichols L, Christensen S, Jones O. Guidelines for Acute Stroke Discharge: A Tool Developed by Nebraska Mission: Lifeline Stroke Rehabilitation Taskforce. Poster, International Stroke Conference, New Orleans, LA, Virtual presentation, February 9-11, 2022.

Malina B, Jensen L, Volkman K, Weissling K. Mission: Lifeline Stroke – Addressing the Medical Rehabilitation Needs of Nebraska Stroke Survivors. Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska 2021 Conference. Virtual presentation. March 19, 2021.

Sleddens N, Volkman K, Becker B, Siu, K, Smith J, Norman JF. Designing a Course to Acculturate Professional Behaviors of International Students in Physical Therapy Education. Poster, Combined Sections Meeting, Denver, CO, February 11-15, 2020.

American Heart Association: Post-Acute Stroke Rehabilitation Standards Writing Group (2019-present)
American Heart Association Mission Lifeline Task Force Nebraska (2018-present)
Member, Nebraska Physical Therapy Association: Legislative Committee (2019 -present)
Member, Nebraska Stroke Advisory Council Steering Committee, 2012-present
Member, Nebraska Stroke Advisory Council Rehab Task Force, 2010-present
Member, UNMC Interprofessional Academy of Educators (2017-present)
Chair, Pathways Programs, Division of Physical Therapy Education (2013-present)
Member, American Physical Therapy Association: Academies of Acute, Education & Neurology
Member, Nebraska Physical Therapy Association: Legislative Committee, 2019-present
Member, Nebraska Physical Therapy Association: Membership Committee, 2015-2019
Nebraska Physical Therapy Association: Chair of Continuing Education Committee, 2007-2014
Advisory Board, Clarkson College Physical Therapist Assistant Program, 2008-2015
UNMC Sharing Clinic, faculty advisor, 2007-present

Clinical Experience:
Acute and outpatient neurologic rehabilitation, pediatric physical therapy in outpatient and school-based setting, acute care

2014 School of Allied Health Professions Excellence in Teaching Award recipient
2012 School of Allied Health Professions Outstanding Researcher Award recipient