Protected: Profiles in Professionalism With Beth Skidmore

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Elizabeth R. Skidmore, PhD, OTR/L, FACRM

Dr. Elizabeth Skidmore is Professor and Chair in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Associate Dean of Research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Her research examines interventions that reduce disability and promote participation after brain injury, with a particular focus on giving people with cognitive impairments a voice in the design and implementation of their rehabilitation. Dr. Skidmore believes that the humanities have much to teach us in rehabilitation, a “humanist” profession.


Melissa McCune, PT, DPT, MPH

Melissa McCune, PT, DPT, MPH works as a physical therapist at Movement for Life Physical Therapy in Tucson, AZ. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Public Health degrees from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and has been engaged with The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation since 2018. Melissa was the recipient of the 2019 Frank S. Blanton Humanities in Rehabilitation Scholar award, is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and strives to regularly contribute research and scholarship to the field. Her clinical interests include geriatrics, women’s health, neurological rehabilitation, and population health and she enjoys working at the intersections of physical therapy, humanities, and public health as a strategy to promote health and well-being across the lifespan. As a clinician, she has grown to recognize the importance of a humanistic approach to patient care as individuals navigate their way through the healing process.


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