The Physical Therapy program at the University of Hartford has always benefitted from a strong and lasting clinical relationship with the Hospital for Special Care. Students in the professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program have had the opportunity to select the Hospital for their formal 10-12 week clinical experience over many years. Now some of those students hold staff positions at the site of their clinical training.
In 2010, the collaborative relationship expanded to include a research component. Since then, research projects with the Spinal Cord Injury Program have been completed through the efforts of Subramani Seetharama, physiatrist, Noelle Kisela, physical therapist, and Catherine Feeney, physical therapist. These are faculty-mentored research projects on mobility in spinal cord patients. In addition to faculty members Kevin Ball and Catherine Certo from the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, the research teams include students in the DPT program. The joint efforts of these teams foster the College of Education, Nursing and Health Profession’s commitment to prepare professionals for service to the community, integrate health and educational science with community engagement, and support the clinic's need for evidence-based practice.
The Hospital for Special Care has facilities in New Britain and Hartford, Conn. It is unique in that it serves both children and adults with long-term, acute care needs. It is nationally recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in the highly specialized areas of pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically complex pediatrics, neuro-muscular disorders, and spinal cord injury.
work on research projects related to spinal cord injury.