"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."   
- W.B. Yeats


Deborah Nervik, PT, MHS, DPT, DHS, PCS

Associate Professor
Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education
Physical Therapy/CGPS

University of Vermont: BS in Physical Therapy
University of Indianapolis: MHS in Physical Therapy
Franklin Pierce College: DPT in Physical Therapy
University of Indianapolis: DHS in Physical Therapy

Licensure:
Physical Therapy- State of New Hampshire: #0564

Certifications:
1994 ABPTS certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatrics;
        Re-certified in 2004
Certified Early Intervention Associate 2003

Courses Taught
Pediatric Physical Therapy
Evidenced Based Practice I and II
Neuroscience II
Lifespan
And lab assistant to various courses

Research Interests & Areas of Expertise
Childhood obesity
Motor development
Sensory interventions
Pediatrics

Honors & Awards
2011: NHAPTA President’s Award for Chief Delegate Service
2011: Mary Stuart Gile Award. Division for Children, Youth, and Families State of NH

Publications and Presentations
June 2011: “Interventions for Stability Aspects of Motor Control: Developmental and neurological disorders across the lifespan: World Physical Therapy Congress (WCPT). Amsterdam, Holland.

February 2011-: “Interventions for hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity impairments: What does the evidence say?” APTA Combined sections meeting. New Orleans, LA.

September 2010- current: APTA Online Learning Center: 3 hour CEU course: “Interventions for Stability Aspects of Motor Control: Developmental and neurological disorders across the lifespan.

June 2010- Lecture: “Interventions for Stability Aspects of Motor Control: Developmental and neurological disorders across the lifespan: 3 hour presentation. APTA Annual Meeting: Boston MA

Peer Reviewed Publications:
Nervik D, Kongshaug R. Clinical Bottom Line: Feasibility Study: Effects of Therapeutic Yoga on Quality of life in Children Hospitalized with Cancer. Pediatric Physical Therapy. Winter 2011.

Nervik D.  Book Reivew: The Cowden Preautism Observation Inventory: With Effective Intervention Activities for Sensory Motor Stimulation and Joint Attention Jo E. Cowden PhD. Pediatric Physical Therapy. Winter 2011.

Nervik D. The Pros and Cons of Pediatric Practice. Impact Magazine, Private Practice Section APTA. November 2011.

Nervik D, Parent Nichols J. Commentary on: Isometric Muscle Strength in Youth Assessed by Hand-held Dynamometry: A Feasibility, Reliability and Validity Study. Pediatric Physical Therapy. Fall 2011.

Nervik D, Martin K, Rundquist J, Cleland JA.  What is the Relationship Between Body Mass Index and Gross Motor Skill in Children Ages 3-5 Years? Pediatric Physical Therapy. Summer 2011. 

Professional Memberships:

  • APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)
  • NHAPTA (New Hampshire American Physical Therapy Association)
  • Pediatrics and Education Sections APTA
  • EEIN (Early Education and Intervention Network of NH)

Conferences Attended:

Sept 2011         APTA SoPAC, Los Angeles, California
June 2011         APTA Annual Meeting, Washington DC
June 2011         WCPT, Amsterdam Holland
Feb 2011           Combined Sections Meeting APTA, New Orleans
June 2010         APTA Annual Meeting, Boston, MA
Feb 2010           Combined Sections Meeting APTA, San Diego, CA
Jan 2010           APTA SoPAC, Orlando, Florida

Service:

  • Section on Pediatrics APTA Coordinator for National Down’s Syndrome Walk: NH representative 2008
  • NHAPTA President 2012
  • NHAPTA Delegate 2008
  • NHAPTA Chief Delegate 2009-2011
  • Secretary NHAPTA 2006-2008
  • Content Expert Writer (SACE) ABPTS Certification Examination 2007-present
  • Board of Directors NHAPTA
  • Committee Chair Person NHAPTA: Continuing Education
  • Committee Chair Person NHAPTA: Fund Raising
  • APTA Section on Pediatrics NH Representative
  • Early Education and Intervention Network of NH (eein) Advisory Board
  • Early Education and Intervention Network of NH (eein) Board of Directors
  • Early Education and Intervention Network of MH (eein) Newsletter Committee, Editor 2010- present
  • Franklin Pierce University Professional Development Committee (current)
  • Franklin Pierce University CGPS Dean Search Committee
  • Franklin Pierce University DPT Curriculum Committee (Current)



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