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Gerry Dybel
Gerard J DybelAssociate Professor
  • College
    Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • Department
    Physical Therapy and Kinesiology
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4410
  • Email

Research Interests

Research Interests: Ergonomics Issues, Analysis of ergonomic exposures of home health care aides, Kinetic and kinematic analysis of physical stressors associated with patient transfer/handling activities, Affect of a training intervention using biofeedback and video feedback on the lifting postures of nurses during patient handling tasks, Affect of individualized worker training program on the magnitude of physical stressors experienced by packaging workers in a bottling plant, Sports Training/Injury Prevention, Evaluation of the musculoskeletal characteristics of pre-adolescent and adolescent female basketball players, Kinetic and kinematic analysis of jumping skills of pre-adolescent and adolescent female basketball players, Evaluation of the effectiveness of jump training on the occurrence of anterior cruciate ligament injuries in pre-adolescent and adolescent female basketball players, Urinary Incontinence, Retrospective analysis of the effectiveness of different methods of incontinence training interventions. Teaching Responsibilities: Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program; Physical Therapy Procedures II, Physical Therapy Procedures III, Business Management Skills, Healthcare Issues.

Education

  • Other: Work Environment- Ergonomics, (2000), University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA
    Supporting Area: Epidemiology
  • MS: Work Environment- Ergonomics, (1996), University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA
  • Other: Physical Therapy - Orthopedics and musculoskeletal evaluation, (1986), Baylor University - Waco, Texas
  • Other: Exercise Science- Kinesiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, (1981), University of Toledo - Toledo, Ohio
  • BS: Health Education, (1976), Indiana University, Bloomington - Indiana
    Supporting Area: Biological Science, Indiana State Teaching License

Biography

Dr. Dybel has been teaching in the entry-level Physical Therapy and undergraduate Exercise Physiology programs at the University of Massachusetts Lowell since 1992.? He is also a practicing clinician with nineteen years of experience.? He has worked in the areas of home care, orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, burn care, and geriatrics.?
Dr. Dybel completed a doctorate in Ergonomics at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.? The topic of his research was Ergonomic Exposures in Home Health Care.? Dr. Dybel has earned two advanced master’s degrees: one in Ergonomics and the other in Exercise Science.? Additionally, he has taken many continuing education courses in the areas of acute care, orthopedics/manual therapy, healthcare management, burn care, ergonomics and management of the neurologically involved patient.
Dr. Dybel serves as the coordinator of the Physical Therapy Department’s motion analysis lab.? The lab includes the Motion Monitor, a device using electromagnetic sensors to capture real-time motion, a Bertec forceplate, a Delsys 8 channel electromyography system, an F-scan mobile foot pressure sensing system, a multi-station pulley system, and various motion analysis software programs.
Dr. Dybel is the author of four peer-reviewed publications over the last seven years.? He has extensive experience with educational technology, taking several seminars and courses.? He has developed his own websites at the University that enable students to communicate with each other as well as him.? Additionally, he has developed class presentations/lectures that utilize various types of technology to include the web and computer generated classroom presentations.? He is active in the university community, serving as an advisor to the Physical Therapy Club with a platform to increase the participation of physical therapy students in community and professional activities.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Army Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon and National Defense Service Medal
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship - University of Toledo
  • Faculty Teaching Award (2007), Teaching - Department of Physical Therapy.
  • Awarded Geriatric Clinical Specialist Certification (2006), Service, Professional - American Physical Therapy Association
  • Geriatric Clinical Specialist Certification (GCS) (2006) - American Physical Therapy Association
  • Web-based Instruction participation (1999) - University of Massachusetts Lowell Continuing Studies and Corporate Education and the University of Massachusetts Presidents Office
  • Present Department and College merit awards (1996), Service, University - UML
  • Army Achievement Medal (1992), Service, Community - US Army
  • Army Achievement Medal (1991), Leadership - US Army
  • Officer Commission (1984) - Army
  • Officer Commission in the Army to study physical therapy (1984), Service, Community - US Army

Selected Publications

  • Seymour, C.D., Dybel, G.J. (1998) "The Effectiveness of Three Teaching Methods for Gait Analysis Using the Rancho Los Amigos Gait Analysis Checklist," JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL THERAPY EDUCATION 12:1 pp. 3-9
  • Dybel, G.J., Seymour, C.J. (1997) "Identifying the physical demands of Army Reserve personnel during deployable medical systems training," Military medicine 162:8 pp. 537-542
  • Seymour, C.J., Dybel, G.J. (1996) "Developing Skillful Clinical Decision Making: Evaluation of Two Classroom Teaching Strategies," JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL THERAPY EDUCATION 10:2 pp. 77-81

Selected Presentations

  • - SHE research day, April 2012
  • Principles and applications of electrotherapeutic modalities, 2010 - Bedford, MA
  • Quantification of Activity during Physical Therapy Treatment in the Acute Rehabilitation Setting - APTA Annual Meeting, 2009 - Massachusetts
  • Validation of an Observational Sampling Tool for Quantifying Rehabilitation Interventions in an Acute Rehabilitation Setting: R-PATH - APTA Annual Meeting, 2009 - Massachusetts
  • Office ergonomics and coordinator of student consultations to office workers requesting workstation evaluations, 2008
  • Virtual Gaming:the Wii, uses in rehabilitation, 2008
  • Research opportunities in physical therapy, 2006
  • Techniques for improving functional core stabilization, 2003
  • Ergonomic Exposures in Home Health Care, 2000
  • Effect of Home Care Physical Therapy on Patient Perception of Well-Being. - APTA Annual Meeting, 1996 - Massachusetts
  • Inter-rater Reliability of the Rancho Los Amigos Observational Gait Analysis Form - APTA Annual Meeting, 1996 - Massachusetts

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Development of a CPR compression monitor (), Grant - CVIP Grant ProposalProject
  • To implement Health Promotion Interventions for elders and neurologically impaired clients in the Merrimack Valley (2012), Grant - Charles Irwin Travelli Fund
    Dybel, G.J. (Co-Principal)
  • Health Promotion in Older Socially Isolated Community Dwelling Adults (2011), Grant - Charles Irwin Travelli Fund
    Dybel, G.J. (Co-Principal)
  • Health Promotion in Older Socially Isolated Community Dwelling Adults (2010), Grant - Charles Irwin Travelli Fund
    Dybel, G.J. (Co-Principal)
  • Health Promotion in Older Socially Isolated Community Dwelling Adults. (2009), Grant - Charles Irwin Travelli Fund
    Dybel, G.J. (Co-Investigator)
  • Health Promotion in Older Socially Isolated Community Dwelling Adults. (2008), Grant - Charles Irwin Travelli Fund
    Dybel, G.J. (Co-Investigator)
  • Health Promotion in Older Socially Isolated Community Dwelling Adults. (2007), Grant - Charles Irwin Travelli Fund
    Dybel, G.J. (Co-Investigator)
  • Health Promotion in Older Socially Isolated Community Dwelling Adults. (2006), Grant - Charles Irwin Travelli Fund
    Dybel, G.J. (Co-Investigator)
  • Development of complex clinical case studies to be used as an instructional tool in the DPT curriculum (2003), Grant - Council on Teaching, Learning, and Research as Scholarship
    Dybel, G.J. (Principal)
  • Implementation of technology in the curriculum (1999), Grant - Council on Teaching, Learning, and Research as Scholarship , UMass Lowell
    Dybel, G.J. (Principal)
  • Careers in Physical Therapy" to middle school children in the Merrimack Valley (1997), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Dybel, G.J. (Principal)
  • To develop an interactive multimedia program for teaching biomechanics and kinesiology. (1997), Grant - Teaching and Learning Seed Grant from The Council on Teaching, Learning, and Research