Mary K Milidonis (Mary K. Milidonis), PhD, MMSc, PT
 Title: Associate Professor
Director Gerontology Graduate Certificate
 Dept: Physical Therapy
 Office: HS 111
 Phone: 216-687-2447,  216-687-3566
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. HS 111, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Ph.D., Health Services Research, Case Western Reserve University
M.M.Sc., Advanced Master Physical Therapy, Emory University
B.S., Physical Therapy, Cleveland State University
Brief Bio:
Dr. Mary Milidonis is an Associate Professor in the College of Health at Cleveland State University. Her teaching responsibilities are in both Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and the Bachelor of Science Health Science Program. Her recent publications include a monograph for the American Physical Therapy Association on health literacy, a research report on mentoring DPT students and a research report on dance-specific conditioning program.  She is actively engaged in community health promotion clinics for the past 10 years. She also coordinates and teaches in the Gerontology Certificate programs. In 2023, Dr. Milidonis was recognized by the APTA for her work on models of EHealth monitoring in physical therapy.
Honors and Awards:
Outstanding Advisory Committee, Physician Assistant Program, Cuyahoga Community College 2008
Research Interests:
EHealth Utilization for activity and pain
Health Literacy in Health Promotion
Dance and Health Promotion
Mentoring Students
Health Services Research
Cervical Spine Rehabilitation
Teaching Areas:
Doctor of Physical Therapy: Complex Conditions of the Spine, Lifespan, Complex Conditions of the Cardiopulmonary System, Manual Therapy, Clinical Seminar

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences: Introduction to Gerontology
Professional Affiliations:
American Physical Therapy Association including Academies of Orthopaedic, Geriatric, and Research
The Gerontological Society of America
University Service:
2023         Chair, Physical Therapy Bylaws Committee
2023 to 2025 Undergraduate Student Success Committee
2023         DEI Workgroup, College of Health
2022 to 2023 Chair, Department of Physical Therapy Curriculum Committee        
2021 to 2022 Chair, School of  Health Sciences Curriculum Committee
2018 to 2020 Chair, Electronic Learning Committee, Cleveland State University
2015 to 2018 Member, Electronic Learning Committee, Cleveland State University
2015 to 2016 Leadership Development Committee, School of Health Sciences
2012 to 2013 Chair, School Health Sciences PRC
2007 to present Director, Gerontology Certificates Cleveland State University
2006 to 2008 Program Director Master of Science in Health Science, Cleveland State University
Professional Service:
2023            Nominated, Bone Health Special Interest Group, APTA
2017 to 2020 President, Geriatric PT Residency SIG, APTA
2015 to 2017 Vice President, Gerontology Residency SIG, APTA
Research Grants:
2022 Rupp H, Milidonis M. Pain Apps. Student Research Award. Cleveland State University

2019 Milidonis M, Keehan J. Improving Mobility through Community Health Clinics for Disadvantaged Individuals, FSI Cleveland State University.

2016 Hovland Scafe, C, Milidonis M. Civic Innovation Grant, Cleveland State University,

2015  Civic Innovation Grant: Inter-generational Communication, and Tai Chi Light impact on balance, self-efficacy and pain for low income elders.

2015  Faculty Scholarship Initiative Grant: Cleveland State University, Physical Therapy for Medically Under-served Adults

2014  Engaged Learning Grant: Establish program in CSU Gerontology Certificate Studies will improve the quality of life of area senior citizens by having students teach music technology to the older adult participants.  Cleveland State University

2012 Ohio APTA Grant: Program Evaluation of Physical Therapy Services at the Free Clinic in Cleveland