Assistant Program Director/Director of Curriculum
Office: Wing B, #247
Dr. Hilton is a physical therapist and research scientist focusing on exercise and aging. She has worked on developing and implementing exercise interventions to improve physical function in frail community-dwelling elders. Her research is aimed at optimizing function in elderly individuals who have experienced a disabling medical event, such as hip fracture.
Postdoctoral fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis, 2005 – 2007
PhD, Rehabilitation Science, University of Florida, 2004
MPT, Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, 1999
BS, Health and Exercise Science, Wake Forest University, 1996
PT 603: Applied Physiology I, Fall
PT 606: Health Promotion Across the Lifespan, Fall
PT 623: Applied Physiology II, Spring
Geriatrics, cardiovascular physical therapy, home health, fall prevention
The widespread occurrence of the loss of muscle mass and strength presents an important challenge to the field of physical therapy. Muscular weakness is observed following surgery, falls and fractures, immobilization, non weight-bearing during extended periods of bed rest, or as a result of disease and aging. The consequences of loss of muscle function are far reaching and include decrease motor control and overall fitness, development of impairment and functional limitations, and long term disability. Primary clinical and research interests include classification, contributors to and rehabilitation of physical frailty in older adults, and metabolic and skeletal muscle adaptations to exercise training to reduce sarcopenia and osteopenia. Current research is aimed at optimizing physical function in older individuals who have experienced a disabling medical event, such as hip fracture.
Foundation for Physical Therapy PODS I Scholarship, 2002
Foundation for Physical Therapy Viva J. Erickson Scholarship, 2003
Foundation for Physical Therapy PODS II Scholarship, 2003
VA Pre-Doctoral Health Rehabilitation Research Fellowship, 2004
Foundation for Physical Therapy NIFTI Fellowship, 2006
The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, based on the following: CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Duke University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 919-681-4380 or email email@example.com.