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Associate Professor and Department Head
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BS Psychology, College of William & Mary
MS Physical Therapy, Duke University
EdD, Georgia Southern University
Dr. Thompson has worked as a physical therapist in the Savannah area since 1979 with experience in all areas of physical therapy practice, especially musculoskeletal injuries, acute care, and orthopaedic rehabilitation. She has served as a Clinical Instructor and Center Coordinator of Clinical Education for physical therapy students. She also has an extensive background in clinical administration, serving in hospital, outpatient, and corporate physical therapy practices.
Dr. Thompson's teaching interests include clinical education, documentation, reimbursement, ethics, legislative issues, leadership, orthotics, post-polio syndrome, and spinal cord injury. She is certified by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a Clinical Instructor Trainer and Advanced Clinical Instructor Trainer. She also teaches continuing competency courses regularly on ethics and jurisprudence.
Dr. Thompson is very active in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She served as Vice President of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) from 1998-2002 and as President from 2005 - 2008. She serves on the Legislative and Finance Committees and is the Education Consortium Liaison. Additionally, she is a member of the APTA Orthopaedic Section, Education Section, Clinical Education Special Interest Group, and the Section for Healthcare Policy and Administration. She is also a Federal Legislative Key Contact for APTA.