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Sandra L Kaplan, DPT

Department : Rehabilitation And Movement Sciences
Program/Division : Physical Therapy-Post-professional Programs
Academic Title: Professor

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Degree Degree Source Year Awarded
MS The Ohio State University 1984
PHD, PT New York University 1991
DPT MGH Institute of Health Professions 2013
Title Authors Where and When
Frequency Specific Microcurrent for Treatment of Longstanding Congenital Muscular Torticollis: A Case Report. Thompson R & Kaplan SL 2019, Ped Phys Ther 31(2):E8-E15
Pediatric Physical Therapists’ Use of the Congenital Muscular Torticollis Clinical Practice Guidelines; a Qualitative Implementation Study. Nixon-Cave K, Kaplan S, Dole R, Schreiber J, 2019, Ped Phys Ther. 31:331-336
Congenital Muscular Torticollis: Bridging the Gap between Research and Clinical Practice. Sargent B, Kaplan SL, Coulter C, Baker C 2019, Pediatrics. 144(2):1-8.
Are Priorities Of Younger Patients With Knee Pain Addressed By Proms? A Qualitative Study. Blackburn M & Kaplan SL 2019, Physical Therapy in Sport. 40:160-168.
A Core Set of Outcome Measures for Adults with Neurologic Conditions Undergoing Rehabilitation: A Clinical Practice Guideline. Moore, JL, Potter, K, Blankshain, K, Kaplan, SL, O’Dwyer, LC, Sullivan, JE. JNPT 42 (July):174-220, 2018
Interrater and Intrarater Reliability of the Congenital Muscular Torticollis Severity Classification System - Research Report. Oledzka, MM, Kaplan, SL, Sweeney, JK, Coulter, C, Evans-Rogers, DL 2018, Ped Phys Ther 30(3): 176-182
A Framework and Resources for Shared Decision Making: Opportunities for Improved Physical Therapy Outcomes Moore, C & Kaplan, SL 2018, Phys Ther. 98(12):1022-1036
Physical Therapy Management of Congenital Muscular Torticollis: An Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline: Kaplan SL, Coulter, C, Sargent B 2018, Ped Phys Ther. 30(4):240-290.
Thirty Second Walk test Expansion of Normative Data Lieberstein M, Weingarten G, Vialu C, Itzkowitz A, Doyle M, Kaplan SL Pediatric Physical Therapy. 30:18–25, 2018
Congenital Muscular Torticollis Kaplan SL, Coulter C, Sargent, B Campbell’s Physical Therapy for Children, 5th Edition. (2017)
Uptake of the CMT-CPG into Pediatric Practice Kaplan SL, Dole R and Schreiber J Pediatric Physical Therapy. Vol 29 (4) 307–313, 2017
Strategies for Using the APTA Section on Research Evidence-Based Practice Curriculum Guidelines Kaplan, SL. Tilson, JK, Levine, D, George, SZ, Fay, D, Hack, L, … Wainner, R Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 30(2), 23–31, 2016
Comparison of Teaching Strategies for Cultural Humility in Physical Therapy Paparella-Pitzel, S, Eubanks, R, & Kaplan, SL Journal of Allied Health, 45(2), 139–146, 2016
Timed Up and Go?: Reference Data for Children Who Are School Age Itzkowitz, A., Kaplan, SL., Doyle, M., & Weingarten, G Pediatric Physical Therapy. 28(2), 239-246. doi:10.1097/PEP.0000000000000239, 2016
Aligning Documentation with Congenital Muscular Torticollis Clinical Practice Guidelines: Administrative Case Report Gutierrez, D., & Kaplan, S. L Phys Ther, 96(1), 111-120, 2016
Timed Floor to Stand – Natural: Reference Data for School Age Children Weingarten G, Lieberstein M, Itzkowitz A, Vialu C, Doyle M, Kaplan SL Pediatric Phys Ther. 28(1):71-76, 2016
Two Seating Systems ’ Effects on an Adolescent with Cerebral Palsy and Severe Scoliosis Lephart, K., & Kaplan, SL Pediatric Physical Therapy. 27(3), 258-66. doi:10.1097/PEP.0000000000000163, 2015
Reliability and Validity of "Timed Floor to Stand Test - Natural" in School Aged Children Weingarten, G & Kaplan, SL Pediatric Physical Therapy. 27:113–118, 2015
Doctor Of Physical Therapy Education Evidence-Based Practice Curriculum Guidelines Levine D, Tilson JK, Fay D, George, S, Hack, L, Jewell, D, Kaplan S, Richter R & Wainner, R APTA Section on Research Report, 2014
Physical Therapy Management of Congenital Muscular Torticollis: An Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline: From The Section On Pediatrics Of The American Physical Therapy Association Kaplan, SL, Coulter, C, & Fetters, L Pediatric Physical Therapy. 25(4), 348-94. doi:10.1097/PEP.0b013e3182a778d2, 2013
Developing Evidence-Based Physical Therapy Clinical Practice Guidelines Kaplan, SL, Coulter, C, & Fetters, L Pediatric Physical Therapy, 25(3), 257-270, 2013
Sicily Statement on Classification and Development of Evidence Based Practice Learning Assessment Tools Tilson JK, Kaplan SL, Harris JL, Hutchinson A, Ilic D, Niederman R, Potomkova J & Zwolsman SE BMC Medical Education,11:78, 2011
Task analyses identify coat-donning delays in preschoolers in special education Kaplan SL & O’Connell MD Pediatric Physical Therapy. 23(1): 62-69, 2011
Outcome Measurement & Management; First Steps for the Practicing Clinician Kaplan SL FA Davis. Philadelphia, PA, 2006
Integration of evidence-based practice in-services during student clinical experiences. Compendium for Teaching Professional Level Pediatric Content Kaplan SL & Fay P Pediatric Section, APTA, 2006
Special Edition of Neurology Report, “Quality of Life” Co-Editor with Margaret Schenckman Vol. 24, 2000
Use of a quality of life measure with a young woman at three to five years post pontine hemorrhage. Case report Kaplan, SL Neurology Report. 24(4):152-158, 2000
Comparison of cycling patterns in children with and without Cerebral Palsy Kaplan, SL Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. Vol 37,pp. 620-630, 1995
Award Year
MASTER EDUCATOR GUILD 2002-2007, renewed 2007 & 2012
Excellence in Teaching Nominee 2008, 2011
NJ Health Foundation, SHRP Excellence in Research Award 2014
APTA Section on Pediatrics, Anniversary Award 2014
Toby Long Award (best paper in 2018). APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy 2018
Research Interests
Dr. Kaplan’s interests include pediatric rehabilitation, evidence-based practice and knowledge translation, clinical practice guideline (CPG) methodology, and clinical outcome measures. She trains CPG developers for the APTA and helped to develop the DPT Education EBP Curriculum Guidelines; she is particularly interested in the uptake of guidelines into practice.
Current Projects 1. Updating the Physical Therapy Management of Congenital Muscular Torticollis: An Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline 2. A scoping review of CPGs related to pediatric practice. 3. Describing the practice of Schroth in NA in collaboration with local practitioners. 4. Describing aspects of Shared Decision Making and use of decision aids to assist with patient outcomes. 5. Critical Appraisal Tool for Experimental Interventions – reliability and use in practice. 6. Patient reported outcome measures congruence with patient goals.
Research Grants
Title Sponsor Effective Dates Role
Clinical Practice Guideline: Core Set of Outcome Measures for Patients with Neurologic Conditions Moore, Potter & Sullivan 2014-2016 Guideline Methodologist, Statistician and Editor
Interprofessional course development in a multi-disciplinary health science academic environment at Rutgers University NSF-SENCER Post Institute Implementation Award November, 2013 Co-PI
A Study of FUNfitness Data Collected at NJ Summer Special Olympics Special Olympics Inc. 2003 Co-PI
Cycling Patterns of Children with and without Cerebral Palsy NY Chapter APTA 1990 PI
Title Details
Sandra L Kaplan PT, DPT, PhD   2018 Sandra L Kaplan PT, DPT, PhD received a Bachelors of Science from the University of Connecticut in physical therapy, a Masters of Science from the Ohio State University in Allied Health, a PhD from New York University in Pathokinesiology, and a tDPT from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Dr. Kaplan is a Professor and Master Educator Guild member, Vice-Chair of Curriculum and Accreditation, Director of the DPT-PhD program, and Track Coordinator for the Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is a CAPTE on-site evaluator for accreditation of DPT programs. She currently teaches the Advanced Research Study seminars and Outcomes Measurement and Management in the DPT program. Her scholarship centers on pediatric outcomes, evidence based practice and knowledge translation. She provides training on clinical practice guideline (CPG) development for the APTA, is the CPG coordinator for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (APPT), and is on the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy CPG Advisory Panel. She’s the sole author of a textbook on outcome measurement and the 1st author on the APTA APPT 2013 and 2018 Congenital Muscular Torticollis Clinical Practice Guidelines. She has published many other articles based on primary research and in collaboration with community pediatric clinicians, and has presented nationally and internationally.

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