College of Allied Health Professions

Becker starts new year with a bang

Betsy Becker with her book.

Betsy Becker, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA, assistant professor in the CAHP division of physical therapy education, started 2017 with a grant and a new book!

Dr. Becker was selected to receive a grant from the Education Section of the American Physical Therapy Association for her research project, Early Career Faculty LINK: Leveraging Individual Network Knowledge.

This study will explore early career physical therapy faculty in programs across the country about their perceptions of their professional network as is relates to their scholarly agenda. The project will use social network analysis to explore their network connections. More information about early stages of the project can be found on our website.

Additionally, Dr. Becker is co-editor, along with Lisa Marie Bernardo, PhD, MPH, RN, CEP, CCET, at the University of Pittsburg, of Integrating physical activity into cancer care: An evidence-based approach. Dr. Becker also wrote four chapters on the topics of assessing motivation, readiness and physical considerations for physical activity, creating and evaluating physical activity programs, and resources and support groups for cancer survivors.

“Physical activity has many benefits, and integrating it safely into cancer care is essential,” said Becker.

The book (available at this link) is a result of a cross-country collaboration of an interprofessional team of experts in physical activity for cancer survivors. This includes several UNMC faculty content experts: a chapter by Ann Berger, PhD, APRN, AOCNS, FAAN, Professor and Dorothy Hodges Olson Endowed Chair in the UNMC College of Nursing, as well contributions from Sara Bills, PT, DPT, GCS and Grace C. Johnson, PT, DPT, MS, OCS in the Division of Physical Therapy Education, former DPT Students, Kelly McCormick, Olivia Huffman, and Kara Tischer, Fran Higgins, MA, ADWR, Communications and Media, CAHP, and Susanne Liewer, PharmD, BCOP, College of Pharmacy.

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