Suzanne M Giuffre, PT, EdD
 Title: Chair & Associate Professor
 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

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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
Fellowship in Educational Leadership, Physical Therapy, American Physical Therapy Association, 2019
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, oncologic, 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. Expertise in assisting students with the National Physical Therapy Exam (licensure exam) is noted in her work with TherapyEd and incorporated in her teaching. In 2019, Dr. Giuffre completed a fellowship with the American Physical Therapy Association in Educational Leadership. She is active in the district and chapter of the Ohio PT Association and is a Clinical Director with Special Olympics.
Creative and Activities:
Peer-Reviewed Professional Presentations:

Keehan J, Giuffre S. Habits for the Development of an Impactful and Sustainable Future for All. Platform Presentation: APTA¿s Educational Leadership Conference, Oct. 2021, Atlanta, GA. Accepted.

Keehan J, Giuffre S, Domholdt E. Frameworks for Curriculum Development in Population Health. Educational session: APTA¿s Educational Leadership Conference, Oct. 2020, Virtual conference.

Domholdt E, Kundrat K, Giuffre S, Keehan J. Population Health Content in Educational Programs in the rehabilitation Disciplines. Poster presentation: APTA¿s Educational Leadership Conference, Oct. 2020, Virtual conference. Poster won the Influencer Award by the Physical Therapy learning Institute.

DeBoth K, Wendland M, Allensworth D, Giuffre S. Qualitative Evaluation of Experiential Learning to Promote Interprofessional Education (IPE) in OT & Other Health-Professional Students. Poster Presentation: The American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, March 2020, Boston, MA.

Giuffre S, Domholdt E, Keehan J, Hannon M, Sweeney N. Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum (CPPH) Framework: Use in Physical Therapy Programs. Platform presentation: Teaching Prevention Conference, April 2019, Cleveland, OH.

Domholdt E, Giuffre S, Keehan J. Population Health and the Rehabilitation Disciplines. Platform presentation: Teaching Prevention Conference, April 2019, Cleveland, OH.

Giuffre S, Landgraff N, Carramusa C. Collaborative, Contextualized, and Dynamic Model for a first-time Clinical. Two-hour session at APTA¿s Combined Sections Meeting, Feb. 2018, New Orleans, LA.

Giuffre S, Wetzel J, Pohle-Krauza R, Guy R, Sarac E. Safety and Efficacy of Acthar Gel in an Outpatient Dialysis Population. Poster presentation: APTA¿s Combined Sections Meeting, Feb. 2018, New Orleans, LA.

Wetzel J, Giuffre S, Guy R, Sarac E. Impact of strength on physical performance and quality of life in an outpatient dialysis population. Poster Presentation: APTA¿s Combined Sections Meeting, Feb. 2018, New Orleans, LA.

Domholdt E, Giuffre S, Keehan J, Ekelman B, Wilhite M. Population health and the rehabilitation disciplines. Platform presentation at the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions Annual Conference, Oct. 2017, San Antonio, Tx.

Giuffre S, Whiteside J, Bieber Parrot C. A Flexible AFO: Contradiction to Traditional Thought? American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association¿s World Congress, Sept. 6-9th 2017, Las Vegas, NV

Milidonis M, Cox V, Chilton R, Giuffre S. Lessons Learned about Aging: Preparing Undergraduate Students to Teach Older Adults with Health Disparities. Poster presented at CSU COSHP Research Day and Accepted to the International Gerontological Society Meeting in July 2017.

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

Other Creative Activities:
Giuffre S, Whiteside J & Bieber Parrott C. A Flexible AFO: Contradiction to Traditional Thought? O & P News. 2018; Vol. 27, No. 1, 14-17.
Research Interests:
Current Research interests include: Population health, Pediatrics, Oncology, Clinical Education and Higher Education Administration.
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)         
        Clinical Seminar I (DPT 602)
        Life Span Development (DPT 638)
        Pathology for PTs (DPT 604)
        Complex Conditions: Acute Care (DPT 674)
        Clinical Integrations (DPT 704)
        Theory & Practice III (DPT 654)
        Applied (Clinical Education) Courses
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

Clinical Director, Special Olympics, 2016

CPR Certification; American Heart Association

Graduate, Educational Leadership Institute Fellowship, American Physical Therapy Association
Professional Experience:
2015-Present Program Director & Associate Professor (Tenured 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:
2020-2022 College of Science and Health Sciences Safety Committee
2019-2022 College of Science and Health Sciences Secretary
2019-2021 School of Health Sciences Peer Review Committee
Fall 2019 College of Science and Health Sciences Curriculum Committee (filled in for another faculty member¿s professional leave)
2018-2020 University Petitions Committee
2018-2020 Graduate College Program Review Committee
2018-2019 School of Health Sciences Curriculum Committee
2017-2019 Graduate College Graduate Faculty Review Committee
2017 The Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair, School of Health Sciences Judge
2017 Co-author, Graduate College Program Director Manual
2016-2017 Search Committee Member, Speech & Hearing Program
2016- Admissions Committee, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
2016- Curriculum Committee, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
2016- Fall DPT Open House, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
2015-2019 CHAMPS Program
2015-2016 Primary author, Self-study for DPT Program Reaccreditation
2015-2016, 2019- School of Health Sciences Curriculum Committee
2015- Pre-Physical Therapy Association, Advisor
2015- DPT Student Advisor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
2015- School of Health Sciences Executive Committee
2015-2016 Strategic Plan Sub-committee for Student Success, School of Health Sciences
Professional Service:
American Physical Therapy Association, 1992-Present

Current Section Membership
Education Section
Oncology Section
Pediatric Section

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:
2020-present College Now Mentor, Cleveland, OH
2020-2021 Special Olympics, Winter Games, Bowling Green, OH
2018, 2019 Men¿s Minority Health Fair, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
2015-2016 Special Olympics Greater Cleveland Swim Meet
2016 FunFitness (Special Olympics) at Winter Fest, Villanova, PA
2013-2018 FunFitness at Ohio Summer Special Olympics, 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:
2019 $238,484 Domholdt, E, DeBoth K, Giuffre S, York A. Northeast Ohio/West Region regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivery Skills (RAPID) Grant.  CSU SHS component awarded $238,484.  Grant Received.

2018 $4920 Co-investigator. The T.E.A.M. Approach to Interprofessional Education for Pre-Professional and professional Health Students. Cleveland State University¿s Undergraduate Summer Research Award. Grant Received. Product: Manuscript submitted.

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.