"The content is wide ranging, relevant and informative. The writing style is positive and supportive, and the text is easy to access and read, with inclusion of useful examples and summaries."
— Jenny Morris, Physiotherapy
"The book is practical and effective in its goal to provide students with a working guide. The content is straightforward and direct and written with great clarity. This is an appropriate resource for the physical therapist assistant student. It provides a practical guide to the education process and entry into the profession."
— Leesa M Dibartola, EdD, PT, CHES, Doody Enterprises, Inc.
"The PTA Handbook would be helpful for college advisors of health care professions to understand the roles and requirements necessary for a student who may be interested in becoming a physical therapist assistant. Clinical and academic faculty…find this text useful in advising students at various stages of the educational process."
— Nannine Dahlen, PT, Advance for Physical Therapists & PT Assistants
Kathleen A. Curtis, PT, PhD
Kathleen A. Curtis, PT, PhD, is a Professor and Director of Research and External Programs in the College of Health and Human Services and former Chairperson of the Department of Physical Therapy at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Curtis received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts. She received her Master's degree in Health Science from San Jose State University, and received her PhD in Education at University of California, Los Angeles.
Her background includes a wide variety of experiences in clinical practice, staff development and supervision, clinical research, and clinical and academic teaching in physical therapy. Her academic teaching experience includes graduate courses in physical therapy professional issues, research methods, communication, instructional design, health education, career development, health systems, and psychosocial considerations in health care. She also developed and coordinated an annual Graduate Student Success Seminar for incoming graduate students, a program designed to ensure that they have the skills to succeed in physical therapy professional education.
Her research on interprofessional role conflict, helping behavior, early career development, and role satisfaction has received wide exposure across the health care fields. She coauthored and serves on the Advisory Board of California State University, Fresno's Certificate of Advanced Study in Interprofessional Collaboration. She also developed an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science program in Interdisciplinary Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, which serves as preprofessional preparation for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and rehabilitation counseling graduate students. She cofounded the interdisciplinary Disability Studies Institute and the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at California State University, Fresno.
She is a well-known speaker and author. She has published extensively in the rehabilitation literature and serves as a manuscript reviewer for several journals. She is a recipient of the California Physical Therapist Faculty Research Award and her books, The Physical Therapist's Guide to Health Care and Physical Therapy Professional Foundations have been used as texts in a majority of college and university physical therapy professional education programs.
Peggy DeCelle Newman, PT, MHR
Peggy DeCelle Newman, PT, MHR, is the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director at Oklahoma City Community College. Peggy received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and a Master's degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma Norman campus. For 6 years she served as Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education at the University of Oklahoma Physical Therapy Program.
She participated in the development of the Normative Model of Physical Therapist Assistant Education (APTA 1999) as a member consultant on curriculum and content. She developed one component and served as invited project reviewer of the PT:PTA Collaboration Module developed by the National Assembly of Physical Therapist Assistants. She serves the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) as an on-site team leader for physical therapist assistant programs.
She has served the Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association as Chapter President, Delegate, and Chief Delegate for multiple terms. She received the Oklahoma Chapter Founder's Award in 2001. She currently serves as an appointed member of the Advisory Panel on Public Relations to the Board of Directors of the American Physical Therapy Association.
She has presented locally and nationally on topics including "Using Support Personnel Effectively," "The Guide to PT Practice: An Introduction," "Fostering Professional Interaction through Collaborative Group Learning," and "Ethical and Legal Problems for Rehabilitation Therapists: Ethical & Legal Responsibilities in Today's Health Care Environment."