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Monica Rivera, PT, MS, DPTSc

Assistant Professor

Educational Background

DPTSc Infant Motor Development and Psychological Interaction, University of California, San Francisco, California 2012
MS Masters in Physical Therapy: Advanced Neurology, Samuel Merritt College, 2005
Physical Therapy Certificate University of California Los Angeles, Hospitals and Clinics, 1984
BS Health Science, CSU Northridge, 1984

Honors and Awards (recent)

2014: Jack Walker Award, American Physical Therapy Association

2012: San Francisco State University Scholastic Achievement Award, San Francisco State University

2011: Highlighted Poster: Spatial Cognition in Infants with Myelomeningocele, 65th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine

Courses Taught (entry-level DPT)

  • PhTh 507: Motor Development through the Lifespan
  • PhTh 527: Applied Neurosciences in PT
  • PhTh 529: Management of Neurological Disorders in PT II
  • PhTh 537: PT Management in Pediatrics
  • PhTh 598: Doctoral Project

Scholarly Activities

Recent Peer-Reviewed Scientific Publications

Block V, Rivera MJ, Melnick M Allen D. Do physical therapy interventions affect incontinence and quality of life in people with multiple sclerosis? An evidence based review. Int J Mult Scler. Accepted Publication Oct 2014.

Gorman SG, Rivera MJ, McCarthy L. Reliability of the function in sitting test (FIST). Rehab Res Pract. Volume 1, 2014.

Engel HJ, Tatabe S, Alonzo P, Mustille R, Rivera MJ. A physical therapist established intensive care unit early mobilization program: A quality improvement project for critical care at the University of California San Francisco. Phys Ther.2013;93(7):975-985.

Anderson DI, Campos JJ, Witherington DC, Dahl A, Rivera MJ, He, M, Uchiyama I, Barbu-Roth, M. The role of locomotion in psychological development. Front Psych.2013;4: 1-17.

Anderson DI, Campos JJ, Rivera MJ, Dahl A, Uchiyama I, Barbu-Roth M. The consequences of independent locomotion for brain and psychological development. In Sheperd R, ed. Cerebral Palsy in Infancy. Edinburgh, Scotland: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier; 2013.

Rivera MJ, Radtka S, Anderson DI, Campos JJ. Spatial cognition in infants with myelomeningocele: transition from immobility to mobility. ProQuest Dissertations.3353864; 2012.

Recent Peer-Reviewed Scientific Presentations

Cook JA, Widener GL, Rivera MJ, Lam M. Using the International Classification of Functioning Disability and health model to guide outcome measurement choices for a 14 year-old adolescent with cerebral palsy: a case report. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section Meeting, Indianapolis IN. 2015.

Griep C, Rivera MJ, Phamle, Q, Allen D. Rotational vestibular therapy decreases hyperactivity in pediatric patients diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a meta-analysis. Combined Section Meeting, Indianapolis IN. 2015.

Block, V. Rivera, MJ. Melnick, Allen D. Do physical therapy interventions affect functional incontinence and quality of life in people with multiple sclerosis? An evidence based-review. California Physical Therapy Annual Conference. Oakland, CA 2014.

McCants NS, Jaramillo T, Rivera MJ, Rawlins AN, Freidman L, Allen D. Prognostic indicators of post-concussion syndrome in children, adolescents and young adults: an evidence based review. California Physical Therapy Annual Conference. Oakland, CA. 2014.

Anderson DI, Rivera MJ, Dahl A, He M. Locomotion and spatial cognitive development in Infants with and without spina bifida. Symposium Presentation. International Society of Infants and Children Conference. Berlin, GE. 2014.

Rivera MJ, Theis R, Wilson Mariah. The effect of experience on prone mobility in typically developing infants and infants with myelomeningocele. Poster presentation. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section Meeting: Pediatric Section. Las Vegas, NV. 2014.

Rivera MJ, Anderson DI. Lost in Space: Effects of immobility on spatial cognitive development. Presentation. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section Meeting: Pediatric Section. Las Vegas, NV. 2014.

Rivera MJ, Campos JJ, Anderson D, Radtka R. Spatial Cognition in Infants with Myelomeningocele: Transition from Immobility to Mobility. Platform Presentation. . American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section Meeting: Pediatric Section. Las Vegas, NV. 2014.

Gorman S, Mustille R, Petersen H, Abele J, Hutchinson N, Kramer R. Rivera MJ. A pilot study of the FIST as a functional outcome measure in a neurological acute care population. Platform Presentation. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section Meeting: Acute Care. Las Vegas, NV; 2014.

Rivera MJ, Campos JJ, Anderson D, Radtka R. Platform Presentation. American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Cerebral Palsy Annual Meeting. Milwaukee, WI Oct 2013.

Powell A, Cory A, Rivera MJ. Effects of prone locomotion in infants. Poster Presentation. California Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference, Santa Clara, CA, 2012.

He M, Rivera MJ. Changes in visual proprioception in crawling to walking in typically developing infants. Platform Presentation. California Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference, Santa Clara, CA, 2012.

Rivera MJ. Infant Crawling Behaviors. Combined Sections Meeting American Physical Therapy Association: Pediatric Section. Platform Presentation. Chicago Il. 2012.

Professional Interests/Activities 

Research

  • Pediatrics

Services (Recent)

  • Department: Chair, Recruitment and Retention Committee
  • Department: Chair, Mentoring Committee
  • Department: Member, Curriculum Committee
  • Department: Member, Subcommittee Committee for Academic Review
  • Department: Member, Department Research Affairs IRB
  • Professional: Member, American Physical Therapy Association
  • Professional: Member, APTA Sections: Pediatric, Neurology, Education, Research
  • Professional: Member, California Physical Therapy Association
  • Professional: Member, Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine

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