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Susan Pitzel, DPT

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


Office Address:

Email: paparesu@rutgers.edu


Education
Degree Degree Source Year Awarded
BS SUNY 1990
MS Seton Hall University 2000
DPT UMDNJ-SHRP 2005
Publications
Title Authors Where and When
Collaborative Care through a Participatory Student-Run Clinic Paparella-Pitzel, S Nexus Summit - Nexus Fair Resource Exchange Station. Abstract and Presentation Minneapolis MN 2018
Synergy: Coordinating communication and documentation of a group program within a student-run clinic Andre, D., Hoehlein, B., Paparella-Pitzel, S PT Pro-Bono Network Eastern Conference Oral Presentation PA 2018
SPT Student Board documentation: a Participatory and Iterative process Kreda, D., Torkel, E., Paparella-Pitzel, S PT Pro-Bono Network Eastern Conference Oral Presentation PA 2018
In healthcare education systems, what factors break down barriers in IPE training for attitudinal and organizational changes to occur? Corpuz, M. Desvousges, P. Lenihan, J. Shafik, S. Snyder, R. Williams, E. Paparella-Pitzel, S APTANJ Spring Conference Poster NJ 2017
Implementation of an Administrative Host Role within the Clinic Alexis DeSa, SPT and S.Paparella-Pitzel Presented at PT Pro-Bono Network Eastern Conference Oral Presentation Platform PA 2017
Expanding Synergy beyond the Clinic Annie Cosentino, SPT, Deena Gilboa, SPT and Paparella-Pitzel PT Pro-Bono Network Eastern Conference Oral Presentation PA 2017
Case Study Submission. Fostering Clinical Skill Development through Student Board Initiatives in a Pro-bono Ayesha Mustafa and S. Paparella-Pitzel Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) Poster TX 2017
Integrating a budget and risk “friendly” student run pro bono clinic into the curriculum S. Pitzel, N. Kirsch, S. McErlean 2-hour program Presented at APTA Combined Section Meeting (CSM) CA 2016
Growth at the CPPTC: Advancing the Synergy Program and Fostering Clinician Development Jaclyn Giangrande, SPT, Esther Kim, SPT, Ayesha Mustafa, S. Paprella-Pitzel Presented at Widener Student Pro-Bono Clinic Conference Oral Presentation PA 2016
Comparison of Teaching Strategies for Cultural Competence Paparella-Pitzel, S., Kaplan, S., Eubanks R. Journal of Allied Health 45(2): 139-148, 2016
A Particpatory Service Model- Facilitating IPE and Modeling Collaborative Practice Paparella-Pitzel, S Platform CAB (Collaborating Across Boarders) Conference VA 2015
Developing a Standardized Patient Experience for Inter-professional Education Paparella-Pitzel, S. Schwenkler, J PAEA Conference Washington DC 2015 Section Presentation
The Community Participatory Physical Therapy Clinic (CPPTC): Enhancing Physical Therapist Education through Service Learning SPaparella-Pitzel, TJ Janicky Platform Presentation Widener Student Pro-Bono Clinic Conference. PA 2014
For health professional students attending a university-initiated service clinic, is there evidence on improved student learning outcomes? Cespedes, G., Dave, P., Gomez, M., Mattina, D., Samuel, J., Smith, C., & Paparella-Pitzel, S. Poster Widener Student Pro-Bono Clinic Conference. PA 2014
Comparative Effectiveness of Two Methods of Interdisciplinary Case Delivery- Virtual and Live K. Huhn., SPaparela-Pitzel., A, Heuer., J.Schwenkler Team Poster Presentation UMDNJ SHRP Research Day NJ 2014
Enhancing Physical Therapist Education through Service Learning Paparella-Pitzel, S. UMDNJ Ellen Ross Memorial Lecture Platform Newark 2013
Topical Drugs and Treatments Used in Wound Management Paparella-Pitzel, S and Morritt Taub, L In Gladson, B. Pharmacology for Rehabilitation Professionals. Second Edition. St Louis, Missouri: Elsevier Saunders, 2011:437-447
Comparison of Teaching Strategies for Cultural Competence Sue Paparella-Pitzel DPT; Co-Investigators Dr Robin Eubanks, Dr Sandra Kaplan Platform Educational Leadership Conference (ELC). Florida. 2011
Comparison of Teaching Strategies for Cultural Competence Paparella-Pitzel, S. Eubanks, R., Kaplan, S Allied Health Conference. Charlotte, NC. 2010
Survey: The Use of Standardized Patients in Physical Therapy Programs Paparella-Pitzel, S., Edmond, S., DeCaro E.C. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 23(2), 2009
Survey: The Use of Standardized Patients in Physical Therapy Programs Paparella-Pitzel, S. Edmonds, S APTA Annual Conference Denver CO. 2007 PLATFORM Note: Recipient of Abstract Recognition of Excellence Award
Introducing Second-Year Medical Students to the Interdisciplinary Health Care Team: A Case-Based Approach Geisler,S., Birkman,J., Degli-Antoni,K., Fydryszewski,N., Heurer,A., Keohane,E., Langevin,D., O’Sullivan-Maillet,J., Paparella-Pitzel,S., Salmond, S Annual Conference- Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. Chicago, Il. 2006
Massage Anderson, EZ., Paparella, S In Loue & Sajatovic (eds). Encyclopedia of Women’s Health. London: UK, Springer, 2004
Massage Anderson, EZ., Paparella, S In Loue & Sajatovic (eds). Encyclopedia of Geriatric Health. London, UK: Springer, 2005
Awards
Award Year
University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (UMDNJ) School of Health-Related Professions 2012 Service Award 2012
APTA’s PT 2007 Annual Conference and Exposition Abstract Recognition of Excellence in Education: “Survey: The Use of Standardized Patients in Physical Therapy Programs” 2007
Research
Research Interests
Dr. Paparella-Pitzel is involved in two areas of educational scholarship. She studies the use of standardized patients as a teaching tool in physical therapy and medical programs, and the integration of community service learning and interprofessional education into health professions curricular. Her educational research informs ongoing standardized patient programming and interprofessional educational strategies for entry-level PT education.
Dr. Paparella-Pitzel is the Director of the Rutgers Community Participatory PT Clinic (CPPTC), a pro-bono student-run community clinic. Dr. Paparella-Pitzel incorporates her Standardized Patient work and curriculum design into inter-professional education (IPE) initiatives and inter-professional practice (IPP) clinics within Rutgers-RBHS.
BioSketch
Title Details
Dr. Paparella-Pitzel PT DPT MS   2019 Dr. Paparella-Pitzel PT DPT MS earned her post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rutgers/UMDNJ in 2005, an advanced Master of Science degree in Health Sciences from SHU/UMDNJ in 1999 and her Baccalaureate degree in physical therapy from SUNY Stony Brook in 1990. She is presently an Associate Professor in the entry-level DPT program, Rutgers SHP- Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science (Newark), teaching the Exam and Intervention course. Her areas of scholarship include the use of standardized patients as a teaching tool in physical therapy and cultural competency education. Dr. Paparella-Pitzel is the Director of the Rutgers Community Participatory PT Clinic (CPPTC), a student-run community clinic. Additional areas of service and scholarship include curriculum design and integration of community service within the DPT curriculum; as well as implementations of inter-professional education (IPE) case writing and inter-professional collaborative practice (IPCP) clinics within Rutgers-RBHS.


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