About Kim Dunleavy
Dr. Dunleavy is a Clinical Associate Professor and the Director of Community Engagement and Professional Education in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Florida. She has extensive academic experience in Physical Therapy education at the University of Central Arkansas, Wayne State University and the University of Florida. Dr Dunleavy’s training includes an entry level professional Physiotherapy Bachelors degree from the University of Cape Town, a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas, a Masters in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy and residency training from the Ola Grimsby Institute and a PhD in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University. She has been Board Certified by the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopaedic Specialist since 1993 and was elected as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice Physical Therapy Academy in 2017, serving on a taskforce to address the challenge of the organization’s response to the opioid crisis in 2019. She currently serves as the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy representative to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education. She recently served on the planning committee for a National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine joint workshop on the Non-Pharmacological Management of Pain in December 2018. As a follow up to this workshop, she is one of the leaders of a collaboration between Global Forum members and the International Society for the Study of Pain Education working group and a co-editor of a virtual special edition of the Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice on exemplars and models for interprofessional pain education. Dr Dunleavy is the PI of a NIOSH pilot study funded by the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety to identify modifiable work and movement solutions for seafood workers with chronic low back pain. She is also a co-investigator for a $1.25 million dollar grant from the Department of Education Training for interdisciplinary personnel preparation for early childhood interventions at the University of Florida, contributing to the interprofessional education and evaluation components. Her recent scholarship has included publications and presentations related to interprofessional peer teaching and interprofessional team experiences involving Physical Therapy, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Dental students. Dr Dunleavy is a member of the Healthcare Sciences Interprofessional Committee at the University of Florida and along with representatives from this group is working on interprofessional educational initiatives to address the opioid crisis. She has initiated and organized peer learning activities with Dentistry, Nursing and Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida and facilitated Physical Therapy students and faculty joining a global service trip to Mexico with medical, physician assistant and pharmacy students. Dr Dunleavy has merged her scholarship and service goals in the pursuit of enhancing professional development and instructional design for global physical therapy delivery. Her experience working in a rural South African area in Lebowa highlighted the need for training of health care providers who are able to provide care in underserved areas. She developed a training program for Physiotherapy Assistants that led to involvement in a non-profit organization Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) when she moved to the United States. She has been actively involved in global clinical and academic educational projects in multiple global locations including Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Suriname, South Africa, Rwanda and Haiti, providing consultation for needs assessment, instructional material design and program evaluation. She was one of two technical advisors who developed the proposal and provided consultation and evaluation for USAID funded grant to develop Physical Therapy continuing education in Rwanda, and contributed to the design and delivery of continuing education courses to upgrade Physical Therapy training in Vietnam. She has also conducted a USAID grant evaluation in Cambodia, served on USAID grant review and consultation committees for future USAID grant directions. She served for 12 years on the Board of Directors of HVO, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health through education in developing countries for 12 years. Her dissertation documented and evaluated the effectiveness of a culture-neutral instructional design model used by the World Health Organization to design materials for blood safety training across multiple countries. Along with a focus on educational design and delivery for entry level and continuing professional education in global settings and interprofessional education, Dr Dunleavy’s scholarship has been in the areas of evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal diagnoses. She has recently published a textbook on Therapeutic Exercise Prescription, with multiple international and national presentations and peer-reviewed publications related to management of musculoskeletal diagnoses. She currently teaches musculoskeletal and health promotion courses and coordinates the interprofessional and community engagement activities for the University of Florida Department of Physical Therapy.
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