Jane K. Sweeney PT, PhD, PCS, FAPTA

/Jane K. Sweeney PT, PhD, PCS, FAPTA

Jane K. Sweeney PT, PhD, PCS, FAPTAProgram Director, PHD Pediatric Science & Pediatric Transitional DPT

    Jane Sweeney - RMU of HP DPT Faculty

    Dr. Sweeney, a former Mary Switzer Distinguished Research Fellow of the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, conducts neonatal physiological research in Tacoma, WA. She has a private practice for pediatric home care and neonatal ICU clients. Dr. Sweeney’s educational degrees include BA from the University of the Pacific, MS from Colorado State University, and PhD from the University of Washington. The emphasis of her doctoral study was the high-risk infant and family; her doctoral research focused on physiological and behavioral tolerance of neurological assessment procedures in preterm and full-term neonates. Her 64 publications include 29 journal articles, 13 chapters, 21 peer-reviewed abstracts, and 1 edited book. After receiving physical therapy education in the US Army Medical Department, Dr. Sweeney worked primarily in pediatric and neurologic rehab positions. Before retiring at the rank of Colonel, she held a six-year position as Chief of Clinical Investigation and Research for the Army Medical Specialist Corps and a 12-year position as Pediatric Physical Therapy Consultant to the office of the Army Surgeon General. Dr. Sweeney was in the first group of 4 to become board certified in pediatric physical therapy in 1986. She then served as Chair of the Pediatric Specialty Council and as chair of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She chaired a task force on neonatal ICU practice guidelines for the APTA Section on Pediatrics and has served as an editorial board member of Infants and Young Children Journal, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, and Pediatric Physical Therapy journals. Dr. Sweeney was recipient of the distinguished mentorship award, distinguished service award, and outstanding doctoral dissertation award of the Section on Pediatrics, APTA and the Richmond Award (Research) from the Academy for CP and Developmental Medicine. She was honored in 2008 as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association, and received the 2009 Hartgraves Award for Excellence in Teaching at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. At RMUoHP she developed and serves as professor and graduate program director of the interdisciplinary PhD in Pediatric Science, interdisciplinary pediatric science track of the transitional DPT and post-professional OTD programs, and Physical Therapy Neonatology Fellowship. With the assistance of Jan McElroy PT, PhD, PCS, she co-directs the summer continuing education series for pediatric clinicians.

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