Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese, PT, EdD, MS

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Overview

Dr. Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese currently serves the Director of the Performing Arts Fellowship Program and is an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine in the Programs in Physical Therapy at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S), CUIMC. Dr. Abbruzzese earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at Columbia College, a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy at VP&S, and both a Master of Education and Doctor of Education degree in Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Abbruzzese has over twenty-five years of clinical experience in physical therapy and over 15 years as an educator. At CUIMC, Dr. Abbruzzese teaches Clinical Geriatrics, Kinesiology & Biomechanics, and Professional Leadership & Practice. She serves on the Columbia Commons Steering Committee, the Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine DEI committee, and the Anti-Racist Transformation in Medical Education group at VP&S. She was recently inducted into the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators.

Dr. Abbruzzese is recognized nationally as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice, which advocates for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice, and chairs the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce. In 2022 she was awarded the Emerging Interprofessional National Academies of Practice Member of the Year. Dr. Abbruzzese is a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA) and is a part of the national CEEAA faculty. Dr. Abbruzzese also serves as the President of the Performing Arts Special Interest Group (PSAIG) of the American Physical Therapy Association Academy of Orthopedics. She is a 2022-23 fellow in the APTA Fellowship in Higher Education Leadership. In the fall of 2022, Dr. Abbruzzese will join the board of the Physical Therapy Learning Institute (PTLI).

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy) at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Director, Columbia University Irving Medical Center/Westside Dance Physical Therapy Performing Arts Fellowship, Programs in Physical Therapy

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 1991 Psychology, Columbia College-Columbia University
  • MS, 1994 Physical Therapy, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • EdM, 2000 Movement Science (Motor Learning & Control), Columbia University, Teachers College
  • EdD, 2004 Biobehavioral Sciences, Columbia University, Teachers College

Honors & Awards

Distinguished Scholar & Fellow, National Academies of Practice (NAP) and the Physical Therapy Academy

National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, F31 predoctoral fellowship

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates Millennium Scholar

Research

Research Interests

  • Adolescent Dancers
  • Cri du Chat Syndrome
  • Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice
  • Older Adults

Grants

Co-Principal Investigator 12/31/2017-12/31/2018 $30,000

Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research - Pilot Grant Opportunity in Community Based Participatory Research. Funding agency: The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)

“Facilitators and Barriers to Participation in Evidence-based Programs in Urban Senior Centers serving LGBT older adults” Community Partner - SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Older Adults) & Phyllis Simon

Co- Investigator 12/31/2017-12/31/2018 $15,000

Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research - CaMPR (Collaborative and Multidisciplinary Pilot Research) Phase I Award. Funding agency: The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)

“Using Narrative Medicine to Address Weight Bias Across the Health Professions: Toward Improved Health Care for Persons with Obesity” PI: Sharon Akabas

Co- Investigator 6/01/2018-6/30/2019 $75,000

Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research - CaMPR (Collaborative and Multidisciplinary Pilot Research) Phase II Award. Funding agency: The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)

“Using Narrative Medicine to Address Weight Bias Across the Health Professions: Toward Improved Health Care for Persons with Obesity” PI: Sharon Akabas

Selected Publications

1. Abbruzzese, L.D. & Simon, P. Special concerns for the LGBT aging patient: What rehab professionals should know. Curr Geri Rep. 2018; 7: 26. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13670-018-0232-6

2. Kwong, J., Bockting, W., Gabler, S., Abbruzzese, L., Towe, A., Simon, P., Bonaparte, S., Malark, A., Weber, T., Fialko, J., Hall, P. Development of an Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Model for Older LGBT Adults. LGBT Health. 2017. (Special Issue on LGBT Aging; http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/LGBT.2016.0160)

3. Abbruzzese LD, Salazar R, Abuchon M, Rao A. Temporal and spatial gait parameters in children with Cri Du Chat Syndrome under single and dual task conditions. 2016; 50:47-52. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2016.08.006. Epub 2016 Aug 5.

4. Pivko S, Abbruzzese LD, Duttaroy P, Hansen RL, Ryans K. The Effect of Physical Therapy Students' Clinical Experiences on Clinician Productivity. J Allied Health. 2015; In Press.

5. Abbruzzese LD, Rao AK, Bellows R, Figueroa K, Levy J, Lim E, Puccio L. Effects of manual task complexity on gait parameters in school-aged children and adults. Gait Posture. 2014 Sep;40(4):658-63. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2014.07.017. Epub 2014 Jul 28.

6. Wong, CK and Abbruzzese, LD (2011) Case Report: Collaborative Learning Strategies Using Online Communities. JPTE, 25 (3), 79-84.

7. Abbruzzese LD.The Tinetti Performance-Oriented Mobility Assessment Tool. American Journal of Nursing.1998: 98(12):16J-16L.

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