Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Dr. Schwertfeger is an Assistant Professor at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and Chair of the Academy of Neurologic PT (ANPT) Balance and Falls SIG. Her speaking experience includes teaching in clinical neurologic courses for entry level DPT students and interprofessional cohorts across the University programs, and invited and peer reviewed presentations on falls and neurologic populations at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM), APTA NEXT, and IPTA. She has over 25 years of clinical practice experience focused on adult neurologic and medically complex care using evidence based practice (EBP) in long term acute, outpatient, rehabilitation and home health levels of care. Her current grant funded activity includes an NIH/NINR sub award for a longitudinal stroke study with UC Irvine that looks at genetic markers, stress, and lesion size and location across a year trajectory following stroke onset. Dr. Schwertfeger was awarded a 2018 grant from the Illinois PT Foundation for her focus group research studying the coping experiences of people living in the community after stroke and their caregivers. She is in the dissertation pahse of her PhD in Interprofessional Health Services at this time. Dr. Schwertfeger's service includes includes being Chair of the IPTA Research Committee, past President and current board member of the Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF), and the SOR Federal Affairs Liaison and Practice Chair. She is Chair of the Balance and Falls Special Interest Group (SIG) and a member of the ANPT Consumer Advocacy and Consumer Affairs Committee of the Academy of Neurologic PT (ANPT). She is an At-Large Delegate for the Illinois Delegation to the APTA House of Delegates, the 2017 recipient of the Illinois Babette Sanders Leadership and Service Award and the 2015 recipient of the APTA Federal Government Affairs Leadership Award.