Suzanne M Giuffre, PT, EdD
 Title: Associate Prof / Prg Dir PT
 Dept: Health Sciences
 Office: HS 102
 Phone: 216-687-3581,  216-687-3581
 Fax: 216-687-9316
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. HS 102, Cleveland, OH 44115

Courses Taught


Faculty Only:
Update Profile

Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
PT, Advanced Masters in Neurology and Pediatrics, Temple University, 1997
PT, Entry-level PT degree, Daemen College, 1992
Brief Bio:
Dr. Giuffre has taught full-time in Physical Therapy since 1999.  She joined the CSU DPT faculty on July 1, 2015 as the Program Director.  Her clinical experience has been diverse as she started in a large teaching hospital in 1992 working with patients with orthopedic, neurologic, vascular, cardiopulmonary and traumatic diagnoses.  She has also worked as a PT in home care (adult and pediatric), hospice, rehab and skilled-nursing settings.  In 1997, Dr. Giuffre pursued a position in pediatrics and this continues to be her area of clinical expertise.  Prior to joining the faculty at CSU, Dr. Giuffre was the Director of Clinical Education in a DPT program and has much experience in this area.
Creative and Activities:
Peer-Reviewed Scientific and Professional Presentations:

Giuffre S & Both A. Clinical Instructors Perceptions on Providing Students:
Supports, Clinical Education to Physical Therapy Barriers, and Preferences for Change. Platform Presentation: APTA's Educational Leadership Conference, Kansas City, MO. October 2014.

Sarac E. Physical performance in ambulatory patients on dialysis. Poster Presentation: National Kidney Foundation (NKF) 2014 Spring Clinical Meetings, Las Vegas, NV, 2014

Apke T, Gallivan S, Giuffre S, Howman J, McCallum C, Siles A. Grassroots Initiatives in Clinical Education to Discover Collaborative Strategies. Educational Session: APTAs Combined Sections meeting, San Diego, CA, 2013

Giuffre S, Iannucci M. Scaffolding the Learner: A Theoretical, Practical, and Linguistic Model for Progressing Experiences in Natural Settings. Platform Presentation: Third International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Prado, Italy, 2008
Research Interests:
Current Research interests include: Clinical Education of Physical Therapy students, Pediatric Physical Therapy, and issues related to mobility of those with chronic renal disease.  See below for current, ongoing research projects.

Wetzel J, Giuffre S, Sarac E. Impact of End Stage Renal Disease staging on disablement and fall risk.  Manuscript in draft, to be submitted for publication in Fall 2015.

Giuffre S & Both A.  Clinical Instructors¿ Perceptions on Providing Students:
Supports, Clinical Education to Physical Therapy Barriers, and Preferences for Change.  Manuscript in draft, to be submitted for publication in Spring 2016.

Wetzel J, Giuffre S, Sarac E. ¿Safety and Efficacy of ACTHAR Gel in an Outpatient Dialysis Population.  Currently in Data collection phase. Planned Presentation (American Society of Nephrology) and Publication (American Journal of Kidney Diseases) in 2017/2018.

Giuffre S, Bieber-Parrott C & Whiteside J. Impact of a flexible material for ankle- foot orthotics in the neurologic population.  IRB approval granted, data collection to begun, anticipate data collection completion Summer 2017.
Teaching Areas:
Content Areas with expertise to teach include: basic PT exam and treatment, Pediatric PT, Wound Care, Oncology, Clinical Education, PT Board exam preparation and professional issues.

CSU Doctorate Program Courses:

Comprehensive Exam Preparation & Completion (DPT 890)         2015
        PT Professional Issues in Clinical Education II (DPT 683) 2015-2016
Professional Affiliations:

American Board of Physical Therapy Specialty, Pediatric Certification, 2001-2011

AIDS Education Certification, 1992

APTA Clinical Instructor Credentialing Trainer, 2004

APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor, 2002

APTA Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor Trainer, 2010

APTA Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor, 2008-2015

Certified Baby¿s First Massage Instructor, 2008

CPR Certification; American Heart Association
Professional Experience:
2015-Present Program Director & Associate Professor (Tenure-track Faculty Member)
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

2013-Present Instructor, National PT Examination Course

2010-2015 Tenured Faculty Member & Associate Professor
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH

1999-2010 Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy,
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH

2004-2005 Interim Chair, Department of Physical Therapy,
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH

2009-2015 Regular Graduate Faculty Member

2001-2009 Adjunct Graduate Faculty Member

1999-2004 Director of Clinical Education (DCE),
& 2007- Department of Physical Therapy, YSU, Youngstown, OH

2007- 2014 Physical Therapist, St. Elizabeths Hospital, Youngstown, OH
Pediatric Outpatient

2008-2015 Physical Therapist, Blick Clinic, Akron, OH
Adult MR/DD and Pediatric PT

2005-2007 Physical Therapist (Contract), Forum at Home, Youngstown, OH
Pediatric Home Care

2004 Physical Therapist (Contract), Maxim Home Services, Youngstown, OH
Home PT for a child with Spina Bifida

2002-2003 Physical Therapist (Contract), PT Services, Youngstown, OH
Home PT for a child with Spina Bifida

1998-1999 PT Supervisor/Center Coordinator of Clinical Education (CCCE),
Blick Clinic, Akron, OH; Pediatric PT

1996-1998 Physical Therapist/Clinical Instructor (CI), Blick Clinic, Akron, OH
Pediatric PT

1995-1996 PT Clinical Supervisor/CCCE, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. Program development: vascular, plastics and oncology

1994-1995 Physical Therapist (Senior PT), Temple University Hospital,Philadelphia,PA

1992-1994 Physical Therapist (Staff PT), Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA Orthopedics, neurology, neurosurgery, vascular, plastics, oncology and cardiopulmonary

1993-1996 Physical Therapy CI, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

1995-1996 Physical Therapist (pool therapist), Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia, PA; Rehab for patient with SCI, Head Injury, Amputee and CVA

1993-1995 Physical Therapist (Contract), Albert Einstein Hospice, Philadelphia, PA
Home care for patients who were terminally ill.

1994-1995 Physical Therapist (Weekend PT), West Jersey Hospital, Marlton, NJ

1994-1995 Physical Therapist (Contract), Medi-Force Home Care, Jenkintown, PA
Home PT for patients with Medicare.
University Service:
2015-Present    Member of the Executive Committee for the School of Health Sciences
Professional Service:
American Physical Therapy Association, 1992-Present

Current Section Membership
Education Section
Clinical Education Special Interest Group
Oncology Section
Pediatric Section
Committee Member for Membership 2005-2008

FSBPT Item Writer 2008

Ohio-KY Consortium of Physical Therapy Programs 1999-2004 & 2007-2015
Secretary 2012-2015

        Ohio Physical Therapy Association 1996-Present
Pediatric Special Interest Group/Regional contact 2007-Present
Ohio Faculty Liaison 2008-Present
Public Relations Committee Member 2009-Present
East Central District-Public relations chair 2010-Present
Student Challenge Question Reviewer         2015
Community Service:
FunFitness at Ohio Summer Special Olympics 2013-2015
Columbus OH

Lifting and Body Mechanics training for Hospice House 2013

Austintown Middle School Career Day 2010-2014

Easter Seals, Advisory Committee Member 2001-2010

Health Explorers Club, Advisor 2001-2004

Eastern Ohio Health Education Network, 2000
Coordinator of PT presentations at area
Junior High and High Schools

Youngstown State University, June-August 1999
Academic Clinical Coordinator of Education Consultant

YSU Clinical Education Reception 2000-2015

Blick Clinic, Peer review and PT staff annual 1998-1999
performance appraisals

Blick Clinic, Child Check 1996

Marquette Challenge (Fundraising for PT Research) 1999-2015

PT Month Events

Fitness Talks 2004-2007, 2009

        Where Theres a Wheel Theres a Way 1999-2012
       (Accessibility Awareness)

Help Me Grow Parent Talk, The Importance of Play 2005

LPGA Volunteer 2004

Transfers & Lifting In-service (Home Instead Senior Care) 2004

Balance Screenings at Chamber of Commerce Event         2003

YSU Women in Science Event 2001-2002, 2004-2005,
                                                        2007-2008, 2010-2011
Research Grants:
Co-investigator, ACTHAR Gel Renal Study Grant ($76,810 from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals).  Grant Received, 2014.

Co-investigator, St. Elizabeth Hospital/Humility of Mary for pilot/baseline Renal Study ($5,000).  Grant Received, 2014

Primary Investigator, Youngstown State University¿s Center of Excellence Grant for Hippotherapy with children with Autism($6,000).  Grant Received, 2013.

Primary Investigator, Youngstown State University Research assistant grant for Hippotherapy with children with Autism($900).  Grant Received, 2012.

Primary Investigator, Youngstown State Universitys URC Grant for Benefits and Barriers survey research ($796).  Grant Received, 2011.

Co-investigator, The Rich Center for Autism.  Using Tablet Computer to improve symptoms in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder¿ ($4944).  Grant Received, 2010.

Primary Investigator, Youngstown State University Research Assistant Grant for Gait and Running Patterns in Children with Autism.  Grant Received, 2007.

Primary Investigator, The Rich Center for Autism.  Gait and Running Patterns in children with Autism($4,100).  Grant Received, 2006.

Primary Investigator, The Rich Center for Autism.  Balance and Coordination Study($3,000). Grant Received, 2005.

Primary Investigator, Youngstown State University URC Grant.  Hippotherapy to increase Gross Motor Skills in a child with Down Syndrome¿ ($500).  Grant received, 2005.