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Ellen Z Anderson, PT, PhD

Department : Rehabilitation And Movement Sciences
Program/Division : Physical Therapy - D.P.T. (North Jersey)
Academic Title: Associate Professor

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Degree Degree Source Year Awarded
BS West Virginia University 1986
MA Columbia University Teacher`s College 1986
PT, PhD Rutgers School of Health Related Professions 2015
Title Authors Where and When
Yoga as an intervention for the reduction of symptoms of anxiety and depression in children and adolescents: A systematic review James-Palmer, A, Anderson EZ, Zucker, L, Kofman, Y, Daneault, JF Manuscript accepted for publication to Pediatric Frontiers, January 2020
Service learning experiences of doctor of physical therapy students with a severe mental illness population. Karyczak S, Murphy AA, Zechner M, Anderson EZ, Zazzarino A Journal of Education and Health, 9 (316), 2020.
The potential role of the cervical spine in sports-related concussion: clinical perspectives and considerations for risk reduction Streifer, M, Brown, AM, Porfido, T, Anderson, EZ, Buckman, J, Esopenko, C. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy,49(3), 202-208, 2019
The synergistic effect of concussion and aging women. Disparities and perspectives moving forward Esopenko, C, Simonds, A, Anderson EZ. Concussion, Published on line: August 15, 2018. Concussion, Published on line: August 15, 2018.
Therapeutic Touch Anderson, EZ In Davis, CM Integrative Therapies in Rehabilitation, 4th ed; 325-333, Slack, 2017
Muscle strength and stiffness in resistance exercise: force transmission in tissues Chaundhry, H, Bukiet, Anderson, EZ, Burch, J, Findley, T Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 21(3), 517-522, 2017
Wellness for life: A pilot of an interprofessional intervention to address metabolic syndrome in adults with serious mental illness Gill, KJ, Zechner, M, Anderson, EZ, Swarbrick, M, Murphy, A Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 39(2), 147-153, 2016
Complementary therapies and older adults Anderson , EZ Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. Vol. 24: 320-328, 2009
Therapeutic Touch Anderson EZ In Davis, CM, Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation. pp 347-358, 2009
Complementary Therapies for Physical Therapy: A Clinical Decision-Making Approach Deutsch, JE & Anderson, EZ Elsevier, 2008
Award Year
Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity Alumni Distinguished Service Key 2019
American Physical Therapy Association Societal Impact Award 2019
Excellence in Education Mentoring Award Rutgers Student Senate 2011
Faculty Excellence in Service Award 2011
1st Place Award in Professional & Scholarly Excellence: Nursing & Allied Health American Publishers Award 2008
Special Olympics New Jersey Spirit Award 2005
APTA Community Service Award 2001
Research Interests
My research interests lie in the areas of stress and well-being, and the psycho-social influences on physical activity and lifestyle changes as they relate to modifying co-morbidities and health-related risk factors.
Research Grants
Title Sponsor Effective Dates Role
Lifespan Development Open and Affordable Textbook Program Rutgers University Libraries Open and Affordable Textbook Program 2017 PI
Hormones of Stress & Relaxation in Persons with Pre-Type 2 Diabetes UMDNJ Foundation, Newark, NJ 2008 PI
Impact of Special Olympics Fun Fitness Special Olympics International, Washington, DC 2005 PI
Title Details
Ellen Zambo Anderson, PT, PhD GCS  2018 Dr. Anderson received a BS in Physical Therapy from West Virginia University, an MA in Movement Science from Columbia University, a PhD from Rutgers University and is a board certified geriatric clinical specialist. She is an Associate Professor and teaches Clinical Inquiry 1,Therapeutic Exercise, and Development Across the Life Span. Dr. Anderson's interest in exercise, wellness and complementary therapies has influenced her scholarly work having co-written and edited the book, Complementary Therapies for Physical Therapy: A Clinical-Decision Making Approach. She has spoken internationally on issues related physical activity and wellness for people with mental illness and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Anderson has also collaborated with Special Olympics New Jersey to develop Special Olympics Young Athletes, an inclusive sport-skill development program for young children, which has been implemented around the world.

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