Sue Klappa

Curriculum Chair for the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program
Associate Professor in Physical Therapy

B.A., Hamline University
M.A., University of Minnesota
M.P.T., The College of St. Catherine, Minneapolis, MN
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
klappas@stmary.edu | 913-758-6197 | Berchmans 115

Dr. Sue Klappa is an Associate Professor in the Stefani Doctor of Physical Therapy Program; she also serves as the Curriculum Chair.

Dr. Klappa earned her Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction: Family, Youth, and Community at the University of Minnesota. and her MPT degree from St. Catherine University in Minneapolis, Minn. She also holds a Master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in cardiac rehabilitation.

Dr. Klappa is a PT educator and clinician who has practiced physical therapy and presented internationally. She has a special interest in global and local public health. Dr. Klappa has had 5 tours of service to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. She has also led and facilitated many service learning/community engagement trips for student PTs and PTAs to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Venezuela, Honduras, and Mexico. She currently serves as Secretary of the Global Health Special Interest Group in the Health Policy & Administration (HPA) Section of the APTA and on the Member Services Committee of HPA.

She is licensed to practice physical therapy in Kansas, Missouri, and Minnesota.

Research Interests:
Dr. Klappa’s research interests include:

  • Phenomenology in physical therapy

  • Ethnographic methods

  • Community engagement

  • Disaster relief work

  • Social responsibility

  • International service learning

  • Professional development


Courses Taught:
 

  • DPT 711: Clinical Management of the Adult Neurological System (4 credits)

  • DPT 721: Differential Diagnosis (2 credits)

  • DPT 720: Exercise Physiology (Co-Instructor) (3 credits)

  • DPT 820: Community Health & Wellness (2 credits)

  • DPT 821: Critical Integration and Analysis of Patient Care II (2 credits)

  • DPT 823: The Physical Therapist as Educator (1 credit)

  • DPT 732: Clinical Management of the Cardiopulmonary System (3 credits)

  • DPT 733: Critical Integration and Analysis of Patient Care I (2 credits)

  • DPT 821: Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Assistive Technologies (3 credits)



Recent Selected Peer-Publications:

  • Klappa S, Hellyer N. Service learning in Honduras: Rehabilitation student perspectives on international interprofessional collaboration service learning in Honduras: A case study. Manuscript submitted to International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society. February, 2014. In Press.

  • Klappa SG, Klappa SP. Coming to America: Rethinking professional identity of foreign-trained physical therapists in the USA. International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society; 2013. 3:1-20. ISSN: 2156-8960.

  • Klappa SG, Crocker R. Interprofessional collaborative practice during disaster relief work in Haiti: An ethnographic study. Health Policy and Administration Physical Therapy Journal of Policy, Administration, and Leadership. 2013; 13(3); J1-11.

  • Klappa SG, Audette J, Do S. The role of physical and occupational therapists in disaster relief post-earthquake Haiti 2010. Disability and Rehabilitation. Early Online, May 2013. 35:1-9. ISSN 0963-8288 print/ISSN 1464-5165.

  • Klappa SG, Meade V. Reflecting on pediatric physical therapy in the international community: Helpful or harmful? International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society. 2012; 2(1); 101-106.

  • Klappa SG. More than a vacation rotation: Ethnography on international service learning (ISL) in physical therapy education. International Journal of Research on Service Learning and Teacher Education. 2012; 2(1); 1-11.


Recent Selected (Peer-Reviewed) Presentations:

  • McArdle KD, Joshi RK, Klappa S, Hoglund L. Compassion fatigue: Moving from fatigued to resilient - Be a catalyst for healing in today's healthcare environment! (Educational presentation session at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Conference, February 3-6, 2014, Las Vegas, NV).

  • Klappa S, Leeman K, Olson A, Rassat A, White R. Predicting compassion fatigue: A model for disaster relief workers. (Research poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Conference, February 3-6, 2014, Las Vegas, NV).

  • Klappa S, Hughes LC, Thompson J. Facilitating future scholar practioners: Changing conceptions of research among DPT students in a problem-based learning program. (Research poster presentation at the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) Annual Conference, October 26, 2013).

  • Thompson JA, Klappa S. The color of success: Personality and the DPT student. (Research poster presentation at the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) Annual Conference, October 26, 2013).

  • Hughes L, Klappa S, Garrett ML, Bowers-Maness P. Dealing with difficult people. (Educational seminar presentation session at the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) Student Conclave, Arlington, TX, October 26, 2013).

  • Klappa SG, Shanley J, Cipoletti M, Herlihy B, Best J. Interprofessional collaborative practice in Haiti: Building the dream team for disaster relief work. (Panel Presentation Interactive Educational Program Abstract submitted to the Collaborating across Borders IV Conference. June 12-14, 2013. Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada). Available at: http://cabiv.ca/Conference%20Presentations.php.

  • Sanchez-Diaz PC, Ramirez MN, Garcia DC, Klappa SG, Linn WD. In search for effective interprofessional education teams: Assessing personality type prevalence by True Colors test. (Research Poster Presentation at the at the 6th Annual UIW Research Week Poster Session Event Proceedings, February 25 – March 1, 2013, San Antonio, TX and at the American Academy of Optometry Meeting, October 25, 2013. Seattle, OR).

  • Mosaddeghi P, Klappa S. From the white coat to flip flops: A therapist’s story from the field of practice. (Research poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Conference, January 21-24, 2013, San Diego, CA).

  • Klappa S. Teaching social responsibility: Crossing borders into community engagement & advocacy. Continuing Professional Development Track. (Research poster presentation at the 3rd European Congress on Physiotherapy Education, November 7-8, 2012, Vienna, Austria).

  • Klappa S, Crocker R. Building interprofessional practice during relief work in Haiti: An ethnographic study. Continuing Professional Development Track. (Research poster presentation at the 3rd European Congress on Physiotherapy Education, November 7-8, 2012, Vienna, Austria).

  • Klappa SG, Meade V. Reflecting on pediatric physical therapy in the international community: Helpful or harmful? (YouTube Virtual Presentation at the International Health, Wellness, and Society Conference, March 10, 2012, Chicago, IL). Uploaded by CG Publishing on March 7, 2012. Accessible at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPpMxwGSf5Q.

  • Klappa SG, Crocker R, Wallen N. Educators in global health: The PT- PTA relationship during disaster relief work. (Educational Session at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Conference, February 8-11, 2011, Chicago, IL).

  • Klappa SG. Experiences of physical therapists not-knowing during international service-learning work. (Research Poster Presentation at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress, June 20-23, 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands and at the American Physical Therapy (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting, February 9-12, 2011, New Orleans, LA).

  • Hellyer N, Elvir B, Klappa S, Maldonado Molina E. A short-term, multicultural clinical experience increases respect of diversity and social responsibility. (Research Poster Presentation at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress, June 20-23, 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands).

  • Sharby N, Klappa SG, Lefebvre KM. Transforming ourselves – transforming our world: Teaching social responsibility. (Educational session presentation at the American Physical Therapy (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting, February 9-12, 2011, New Orleans, LA).

  • Klappa S. Move Forward: Analyzing gait patterns for persons with amputations. (Education session presented at the 2010 Honduras Rehabilitation Conference, February 27, 2010, Tegucigalpa, Honduras).

  • Anderson KT, Kuhn JL, Scherer E, Klappa S. Professional experiences of foreign-trained physical therapists in the USA. (Research Poster Presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, February 20, 2010, San Diego, CA and Research Poster Presentation at the Minnesota APTA Spring Meeting, April 17, 2010, Brooklyn Center, MN).

  • Klappa SG, Meade V. Providing pediatric care in the international community: Helpful or harmful? Who decides? (Educational session presentation at the American Physical Therapy (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting, February 19, 2010, San Diego, CA).

  • Dean M, Anderson, B, Beyer B, Johnson, A, Klappa S. The effects of aerobic exercise and/or progressive resistance exercises on individuals with HIV wasting syndrome: A systematic review. (Research poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, February 19, 2010, San Diego, CA).

  • Klappa S, Miller JB, Wilmouth P. Crossing cultures: PT and PTA students in a collaborative international service-learning experience. (Platform presentation at the American Physical Therapy (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting, February 9-12, 2009, Las Vegas, NV).

  • Klappa S, Braun C, Sheehan T. Modeling team rehab. (Educational workshop at the Reaching Beyond our Borders 2009 ISPO Conference, January 28-31, 2009, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic).


Books:

  • Klappa SG. Experiences of Foreign-Trained Physical Therapist in the US: A Suitcase and an Idea. Saarbrϋcken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing Company; 2012. ISBN_NR:978-3659-27425-1.

  • Klappa SG. Physical Therapists Not-Knowing during International Service Work: The Essence of Not-Knowing. Saarbrϋcken, Germany: VDM Publishing Company; 2010. ISBN_NR: 978-3-639-31496-0.