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The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS), a leading graduate institution that emphasizes rehabilitative and health sciences education through innovative classroom and distance education, is proud to announce that Cherie Peters-Brinkerhoff, Assistant
Program Director of the Flexible Physical Therapy Program at the University of St. Augustine’s San Marcos campus has had her work published in the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association’s official publication, NDTA Network.
The in-depth feature article entitled “History of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health,” explores the background of one of her primary research interests and an area of personal expertise, the ICF model. It highlights the endorsement of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (ICF) model by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in 2008. This critical moment in ICF’s history solidified the legitimacy of the ICF model through APTA’s incorporation of ICF language in all its publications, documents and communications.
Peters-Brinkerhoff’s lengthy background in the realm of physical therapy coupled with her love for education has helped her continue her research and become a subject matter expert. Her activities in the ICF space span beyond her published feature, as she is hoping to further collaborate with the APTA to educate practicing therapists in the ICF model and develop learning activities for physical therapy students. In addition, she will have more of her work published this year, a research project called “Perspectives on Teaching Physical Therapy Students the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Model” in the Journal of Allied Health.
A true lifelong learner, Peters-Brinkerhoff received her NDT and advanced master’s degree in physical therapy from Loma Linda University, followed by her masters in healthcare administration in 2007 from Webster University. She then received her doctorate in education from Walden University. In her nine years with our university, Peters-Brinkerhoff has exemplified the core mission of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Her passion for the field and sharing her knowledge with the next generation of physical therapists is instrumental in USAHS’ continued success.