Erin Hussey, DPT, MS, NCS
Clinical Associate Professor
Associate Member of UW-L Graduate Faculty


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Massachusetts General Hospital - Institute of Health Professions (MGH-IHP), 2006
  • MS, Kinesiology at UW-Madison, 1992
  • BS, Physical Therapy, University of Illinois – Medical Center, 1981

Research Interests:

  • Rehabilitation and wellness of adults with neurological conditions
  • Safety for health care relating to patient handling requirements - integration of traditional and technology-assisted Safe Patient Handling Methods
  • Interprofessional models of education & clinical team development

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Adult Neuro-Rehabilitative Physical Therapy
  • Applied Adult Clinical Practice
  • Capstone Project
  • Early Intervention and Acute Care Physical Therapy
  • Functional Neuroanatomy
  • Foundations of the Physical Therapy Examination
  • Motor Behavior (control, learning, development)

Activities and Accomplishments:

  • Member of task force for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Neurology Section Outcomes Measures project - targeting clients with Parkinson Disease.

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation – certification of competency assessed from the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and the American Physical Therapy Association.

  • Member and item writer for board certification as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist with the Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE) for Physical Therapy

  • Certified as a PWR! MovesTM Group Instructor for Parkinson Wellness Recovery.

  • Board certification: Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) in Physical Therapy – National Board Certification process through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists.

  • Credentialed Clinical Instructor in Physical Therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association

  • Presentation: Radawiec S, Burnfield J, Hussey E. Work ergonomics in health care for safe patient handling: risks and safety for health care providers,  Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association, April 2010.

  • Publication: Thour D, Hussey E. Exercise program and functional improvement for a chronic stroke patient: a case study. GeriNotes. 2010;17:12-15.

  • Presentation: Safe patient handling: good for workers, bad for patients? West Central District Continuing Education series

  • Continuing Education: Darragh A, Hussey E. Safe Movement and Handling Methods - Applications in the School Setting. For the Statewide School-based OT/PT Conference sponsored by Cooperative Educational Services Agencies (CESA), 2008.

  • Presentation on Safe Patient Handling, the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Conference, Fall 2007

  • Liaison for Wisconsin Physical Therapy - Occupation Safety and Health Association

  • Presentation at UW Systems Women & Science Conference: McCannon R, Hussey E.  Case Based Interdisciplinary Service Learning Project.

  • Poster presentation: Hussey E, Komay J, Greany J. Do Physical Therapy and Physical Therapist Assistant students make similar improvements in awareness of each other’s background, educational experiences, and clinical roles by completing one interactive lab? Presented at APTA Combined Sections meeting, February, 2007.

  • Grant funding: UW-L Technology Improvement Grant ($8,350) for safe patient handling equipment to improve instruction in assisting patients during functional mobility.

  • Grant funding: UW Systems Lesson Study grant ($1,500) to assess student learning through an interactive lab with PT and PT Assistant students

  • Secretary of West Central District of Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association (past)

  • Experience on an advisory committee for OSHA to promote use of safe patient handling methods and authored newsletter article – “When Good Body Mechanics Fail” in PT Connections, April 2007

  • Program Director at Western Technical College Physical Therapist Assistant program (2003-2005)

  • Participation in development of national licensure exam for PT Assistant –item writer and member of Exam Development Committee (2004-2006)

  • Grant funding: Chopa – Western Technical College Foundation grant implement an multidisciplinary Wellness Program for older adults involving students in 4 therapy programs (PT, PTA, OT, OTA) in several regional facilities

  • Grant funding: Western Technical College Foundation grant to develop on campus training & evaluation for ergonomic safety


  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • APTA Section Memberships: Neurology, Geriatrics, Acute Care

Erin Hussey, DPT, MS, NCS
4069 Health Science Center
Department of Health Professions - Physical Therapy Program
University of Wisconsin La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: 608-785-5065
Fax: 608-785-8460

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