Saint Louis University

Dr. Gretchen Salsich, professor of physical therapy, presents Dr. Field-Fote with a SLU PT t-shirt. Submitted Photo.

The Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker Series, presented by Saint Louis University's Program in Physical Therapy, welcomed Edelle Field-Fote, P.T., Ph.D., professor in the departments of physical therapy and neurological surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Dr. Field-Fote discussed "Up to Standard: aligning practice, research, and the ideals of our profession".

"Dr. Field-Fote's Irma Ruebling Distinguished Speaker presentation was thought provoking and inspired the audience to implement evidence-based practice, and to question appropriate levels of intervention dosage to achieve the patient's greatest potential. She challenged the audience to develop novel rehabilitation interventions for the future," said Rosemary Norris, associate professor of physical therapy.

Nicholas Swekosky, a current PT student in his first professional year said, "Dr. Field-Fote's lecture contained a broad spectrum of content from clinical ethics to central nervous system development. I found Dr. Field-Fote's comments regarding practice and stimulation to engage the brain and improve hand function in patients with spinal cord injuries especially intriguing. In addition, it was reassuring to hear her advocate for increased use of standardized practice in patient care, the same core principles our program's faculty advocate on a daily basis. To someone that is growing into a health care professional, her lecture was both enlightening and educational. I thoroughly enjoyed her presentation."


About Dr. Field-Fote

Dr. Field-Fote obtained her bachelor's in physical therapy and her master's in epidemiology/ industrial engineering from the University of Miami. She received her doctorate in movement science from Washington University in St. Louis, where her doctoral studies investigated motor control in an animal model of spinal cord injury. She completed postdoctoral training at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, where she currently is the director of the Neuromotor Rehabilitation Research Laboratory. The efforts of her laboratory are directed at increasing our understanding of the neural control of movement, motor learning, and the influence of afferent inputs to improve function, promote neuroplasticity, and develop advanced rehabilitation strategies for people with spinal cord injury and other disorders of the central nervous system. Dr. Field-Fote is the editor of the textbook Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation (FA Davis Publishers, 2009), and her studies have been published in a range of peer-reviewed journals. She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy and as a Trustee of the Foundation for Physical Therapy