Class of 2002
2002 graduate Nicole Dawson, PT, PhD, GSC, was recently awarded the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy’s Distinguished Educator Award. This award recognizes individuals who excel in presenting content on geriatrics in an engaging and dynamic matter, and who have distinguished themselves in academic excellence, publications and developing innovative teaching materials or methods.
Dawson is an Assistant Professor in the DPT program at the University of Central Florida. She is a Board Certified Geriatric Physical Therapist with over 15 years of clinical experience along with a PhD in Adult Development & Aging Psychology from Cleveland State University.
Her current areas of research includes developing non-pharmacological interventions to improve functional and psychosocial outcomes in patients with dementia, identifying predictors of falls in older adults with cognitive impairment, and gaining a better understanding of the illness experience of individuals with chronic disease and disability.
Dawson has been published in peer-reviewed journals including The Gerontologist and the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences on the subject. She is passionate about bettering the treatment and care of these patients and is dedicated to assisting students and clinicians in gaining skills and knowledge to better help these patients maximize their potential.
Thank you, Dr. Dawson, for your dedication to physical therapy and for representing OHIO PT. Congratulations!