Donna Fry, PT, PhD, CHC

Professor of Physical Therapy and Associate Dean of the School of Health Professions and Studies

 

Office: 3180 WSW
Phone: 810.237.6503
E-mail: donnafry@umflint.edu
Web Site: www.umflint.edu/shps/
Areas of Research Interest:
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders
Teaching Experience:
Academic Appointments:

2004-2006 Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Department, School of Health Professions and Studies, University of Michigan-Flint

2001 Assistant Professor and Acting Associate Director of Research, Physical Therapy Department, School of Health Professions and Studies, University of Michigan-Flint

1998-2004 Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy Department, School of Health Professions and Studies, University of Michigan-Flint

1987-1998 Lecturer, Physical Therapy Department, School of Health Professions and Studies, University of Michigan-Flint

Academic Administrative Appointments:

April 2012-present Professor and Associate Dean (also Interim Director of Physical Therpay January 2013-December 2013) School of Health Professions and Studies, University of Michigan-Flint

August 2011-March 2012 Professor and Special Assistant to the Dean, School of Health Professions and Studies, University of Michigan-Flint

October 2010-August 2011 Professor and Interim Dean, School of Health Professions and Studies, University of Michigan-Flint

2009-2010 Professor and Director, Physical Therapy Department, School of Health Professions and Studies, University of Michigan-Flint

2007-2009 Associate Professor and Director, Physical Therapy Department, School of Health Professions and Studies, University of Michigan-Flint

2006-2007 Associate Professor and Interim Director, Physical Therapy Department, School of Health Professions and Studies, University of Michigan-Flint

Information:

Dr. Fry completed her BS and certificate in Physical Terhapy at the University of Michigan and her MS and PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Michigan.  She joined the University of Michigan-Flint Physical therapy faculty in 1987 as a lecturer and advanced through the academic ranks at the University.  Her primary research interest are in multiple sclerosis and other degenerative neurologic disorders.  Dr. Fry has professional service interests in diversity and allied health advocacy.  Dr. Fry began serving in academic administrative roles in 2006 as the Interim Director of Physical Therapy, followed by appointments as Director of Physical Therapy, Interim Dean and Associate Dean of the School of Health Professions and Studies. She has been actively involved in the Michigan Physical Therapy Association, American Physical Therapy Association (sections on Education and Neurology), Consortium for Multiple Sclerosis Centers, International Society of Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Therapists, and the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions.

Recent Peer Reviewed Publications:

Wehbe-Alamah, H, Fry D. Creating a Culturally Sensitive and Welcoming Academic Environment for Diverse Health Care Students: A Model Exemplified With Muslim Physical Therapist Students. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2014;28(1):5-15.  

Myers S, Blough S, Fry D.  Effects of Restructuring a Neuroscience Curriculum in Physical Therapy Education.  Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2013;27(2):50-57. 

John EB, Pfalzer LA, Fry DK, Glickman L, Masaaki S, Sabus C, Okafor UAC, Al-Jarrah MD. Establishing and Upgrading Physical Therapist Education in Developing Countries: Four case examples of service by Japan and United States PT Programs to Nigeria, Suriname, Mongolia, and Jordan. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2012;26(1):29-39.

Wetzel J, Fry D, Pfalzer L. Predictive Factors for Six-Minute Walk Distance in Persons with Mild and Moderate Disability from Multiple Sclerosis. Physiotherapy Canada. 2011;63(2):166-180.

Pfalzer L, Fry D. Lower Extremity Mobility Function in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis Following a 10-Week Inspiratory Muscle Training Program: a RCT. International Journal of MS Care. 2011;13:32-42.

Fry D, Chiara T. Pulmonary Dysfunction, Assessment, and Treatment in Multiple Sclerosis. International Journal of MS Care. 2010;12:97-104.

Fry D, Pfalzer L, Chokshi A, Wagner M, Jackson E. Randomized control trial of effects of a ten-week inspiratory muscle training program on measures of pulmonary function in persons with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 2007;31: 162-172.

Fry D, Pfalzer L. Reliability and validity of four functional tests and rating of perceived exertion in persons with multiple sclerosis. Physiotherapy Canada. 2006;58(3): 212-220.

Haselkorn JK, Balsdon-Richer C, Fry-Welch D, Herndon RM, Johnson B, Little JW, Miller JR, Rosenberg JH, Seidle ME, Multiple Sclerosis Council for Clinical Practice Guidelines. Overview of spasticity management in multiple sclerosis. Evidence-based management strategies for spasticity treatment in multiple sclerosis. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 2005;28(2):167-99.

Fry-Welch D. Use of threaded discussion to enhance classroom teaching of critical evaluation of the professional literature. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2004;18(2):48-53.

Recent Peer Reviewed Presentations:

Butler A, Demo D, Devine N, Fry D. Advocacy for Allied Health Academic Program Needs. Platform Presentation: Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL. October 23, 2013.

Fry D. Rehabilitation of Respiratory Function in Multiple Sclerosis. Lecture in 2-day pre-conference course on Multiple Sclerosis: diagnosis to intervention, translating science into clinical practice. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA. January 20-21, 2013.

Huang M, Rodda B, Fry D, Pfalzer L. Relationship between Core Muscle Strength, Pulmonary Function, Balance and Physical Performance in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis. Poster Presentation: APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA. January 24, 2013.

Rodda B, Huang M, Fry D, Pfalzer L, Engman D. Test-Retest Reliability of Core Muscle Strength Tests and Maximum Step Length Test in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis. Poster Presentation: APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA. January 24, 2013.

Karpatkin H, Csiza L, Fry D. 2 hour peer review presentation: Multiple Sclerosis: Physical therapy examination and intervention across the spectrum of disability and continuum of time. Educational Session: APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL. February 9, 2012.

Fry D, Kornblau B. Moving Physical Therapy Forward Through Online, Post-Qualifying, Clinical Doctoral Education. Poster Presentation: World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Amsterdam, Netherlands. June 22, 2011.

Myers S, Fry D, Blough S. Student Attitudes and Retention of Basic Neuroscience Knowledge. Poster Presentation: APTA Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA. February 12, 2011.

Chiara T, Fry D. Pulmonary Dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis. 90-minute invited talk: Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, May 28, 2009.

Fry D, Chiara T. Speech and Cough Dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis. 90-minute invited talk: Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, May 28, 2009.

Marcoux K, Parker C, Rivera S, Whalen H, Williamson K, Fry D. Light Touch Sensation in Older Adults. Poster Presentation: APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vega, NV. February 12, 2009.