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Connie Seymour

Connie Seymour
Connie J. Seymour, PT, PhD, OCS Associate Professor Emerita
  • College
    Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • Department
    Physical Therapy and Kinesiology
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Research Interests

Reliability and validity of tests and measurements used in orthopedic physical therapy, clinical reasoning and expert practice, physical therapy intervention for the oncology patient, intervention strategies for musculoskeletal injuries, prevention of musculoskeletal injuries.

Education

  • BS: Health Education, California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, California
  • MS: Exercise Science, University of Toledo - Toledo, Ohio
  • Other: Physical Therapy, Baylor University - Waco, Texas
  • Ph D: Exercise Science, California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, California

Biosketch

Connie J. Seymour, PT, Ph.D., OCS was named Associate Professor Emerita in 2020 after serving as faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell for 28 years. Seymour joined the Department of Physical Therapy (now Physical Therapy and Kinesiology) in 1992 after earning her B.S. in Exercise Science, M.S. in Exercise Science, M.P.T. in Physical Therapy, and Ph.D. in Exercise Science degrees, as well as after serving in the U.S. Army.

Seymour is licensed physical therapist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). During her over 36 years of clinical practice, Seymour acquired numerous certifications, including: LSVT BIG, Tactical Strength and Conditioning – Facilitator (TSAC-F), and Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) certification in adult hemiplegia. Dr. Seymour has experience practicing in a hospital-based inpatient and outpatient clinics, treating patients with both musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.

As faculty, Seymour authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, and taught in the orthopedic sequence of the graduate Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, delivering much of the spine, clinical reasoning, and professional practice issues content. Dr. Seymour remains active in the Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy and the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy within the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and actively encourages participation of physical therapy students within the profession and their surrounding communities as well.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Peer recognition award (2006), Service, Community - Rehabilitation Department at Winchester Hospital.
  • Cardon Award for Excellence in a Research Paper (1999), Scholarship/Research - Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy

Selected Publications

  • Seymour, C.J., Cannon, S. (2010). Student-facilitated health promotion intervention for chronic disease self-management in at-risk elders: Reflections from the field. Journal of allied health, 39(2) 120-127.
  • Hickey, E.R., Rondeau, M.J., Corrente, J.R., Abysalh, J., Seymour, C.J. (2000). Reliability of the Cervical Range of Motion (CROM) device and plumb-line techniques in measuring resting head posture (RHP). Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, 8(1) 10-17.
  • Dhimitri, K., Brodeur, S., Croteau, M., Richard, S., Seymour, C.J. (1998). Reliability of the cervical range of motion device in measuring upper cervical motion. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, 6(1) 31-36.
  • Dybel, G.J., Seymour, C.J. (1997). Identifying the physical demands of army reserve personnel during deployable medical systems training. Military medicine, 162(8) 537-542.

Selected Presentations

  • Use of a Collaborative Learning Strategy for First and Third-Year Physical Therapist Students to Enhance Development of Documentation Skills - APTA of MA 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition, October 2017 - Norwood MA

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Ddevelop and implement Health Promotion Interventions for elders and neurologically impaired clients in the Merrimack Valley. (), Grant - Charles Irwin Travelli Fund
  • To develop and implement Health Promotion Interventions for elders and neurologically impaired clients in the Merrimack Valley (2011), Grant - Charles Irwin Travelli Fund
  • To develop and implement Health Promotion Interventions for elders and neurologically impaired clients in the Merrimack Valley. (2010), Grant - Charles Irwin Travelli Fund
  • To study Health Promotion in Older Socially Isolated Community Dwelling Adults. (2009), Grant - Charles Irwin Travelli Fund
  • to study Health Promotion in Older Socially Isolated Community Dwelling Adults. (2008), Grant - Charles Irwin Travelli Fund
  • to focus on program expansion to elderly in the Merrimack Valley. (2008), Grant - UML Public Service Endowment Grant
  • To study Health Promotion in Older Socially Isolated Community Dwelling Adults. (2007), Grant - Charles Irwin Travelli Fund
  • To study Health Promotion in Older Socially Isolated Community Dwelling Adults (2006), Grant - Charles Irwin Travelli Fund
  • Teaching and Learning grant to develop unfolding case studies for entry-level and transitional doctorate programs in physical therapy (2002), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • UML Fitness Center for Neurologic Dysfunction (2010), Grant -
    Seymour, C.J. (Principal)
  • Develop and implement Health Promotion Interventions for elders and neurologically impaired clients in the Merrimack Valley. (2011), Grant - Charles Irwin Travelli Fund
  • Develop and implement Health Promotion Interventions for elders and neurologically impaired clients in the Merrimack Valley. (2010), Grant - Charles Irwin Travelli Fund
  • Health Promotion in Older Socially Isolated Community Dwelling Adults. (2009), Fellowship - Charles Irwin Travelli Fund