Kathleen G Volkman, PT, MS, NCS

Associate Professor and Associate Director

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: 2016-present
Adjunct faculty, Tongji University , Shanghai, China: 2015-present
Associate Director, Division of Physical Therapy Education, UNMC: 2014-present
Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy Education, 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
Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy: ABPTS, 2009

Primary Teaching Responsibilities:
PHYT 616, Neuromuscular Physical Therapy II (course coordinator)
PHYT 617, Neuromuscular Physical Therapy III (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

Publications (last 5 years):
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. Jun 30 epub ahead of print.

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 (2015):
Becker BJ, Volkman K, High R, Using Active Learning Strategies to Teach DPT Students How to Assertively Address Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior (IPSB). APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA February 17-20, 2016.

Volkman K, Jones KJ, Miller C, Zhang, C. Using Theoretical Frameworks to Develop and Evaluate Interprofessional Education (IPE) for Nursing and Physical Therapy Students. Invited Presentation to Collaborating Across Borders V International Conference, Roanoke, VA, September 29-October 2, 2015.

Volkman K, Jones K, Nebel A, Abboud K. Teamwork: The Most Important Thing About Patient Care You May Not Know. National Student Conclave of the American Physical Therapy Association, Omaha, NE. October 23, 2015.

Reelfs HK, Davies BL, Volkman KG, Arpin DJ, Liu Min, Healy K, Corr B, Zabad R, Kurz, MJ. Twice-A-Day Exercise Dose Improves Mobility, Balance, and Fatigue Measures in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. Poster, Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA,   February 17-20, 2016.

American Physical Therapy Association: member of Acute, Education & Neurology sections
Nebraska Physical Therapy Association: member, Membership Committee, 2015-present
Nebraska Physical Therapy Association: Chair of Continuing Education Committee, 2007-2014
Member, Nebraska Stroke Advisory Council Steering Committee, 2012-present
Member, Nebraska Stroke Advisory Council Rehab Task Force, 2010-present
Advisory Board, Clarkson College Physical Therapist Assistant Program, 2008-2015
UNMC Sharing Clinic

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

2014 SAHP Excellence in Teaching Award recipient
2012 SAHP Outstanding Researcher Award recipient