Name: Dr. Claudia B Fenderson
Title: Director/Chair
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Office Location: Science and Allied Health 231
Extension: (845) 575-3175
Email: claudia.fenderson@marist.edu
Degrees Held:

EdD, Nova University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Major:  Child and Youth Studies; Concentration: Management of Programs

 

MS, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

Major:  Physical Therapy; Specialization: Developmental Disabilities

 

BS, Columbia University - College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY

Major:  Physical Therapy

Certifications:

Currently licensed in physical therapy in New York and New Jersey.

Pediatric Certified Specialist; Diplomat, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties; Recertified, 2009.

APTA Credentialed Clinical Educator.

Trained in Neurodevelopmental Treatment - Pediatric and Baby Courses.

 

Bio:

Dr. Claudia B. Fenderson is the Director/Chair of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Marist College. Her career spans more than 35 years and the majority of her experience has been in the areas of education and pediatrics. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist, Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Fenderson is licensed in the state of New York. She has presented numerous lectures at the state and national level on the topics related to pediatrics, education, health literacy and domestic violence. She co-authored NeuroNotes and she has reviewed and contributed to several physical therapy texts.  She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, including sections in pediatrics, education, research and women’s health.  Dr. Fenderson is very active in service to the profession and participates in medical mission in South America on a yearly basis.  

Areas of Expertise:
Dr. Fenderson's clinical expertise is in the area of neurologic rehabilitation. The majority of her clinical intervention is with infants and preschoolers with developmental delays and disabilities.

Interests:

Organizations/Committees

Medical Mission Ecuador.  Participant in medical mission to Ambato, Ecuador.  2010 – 2016.

American Physical Therapy Association - 1972 to present

Pediatric section member

Education section member (Finance Committee 2005-2010)

Research section member

Women’s Health section member

World Confederation of Physical Therapy.  1990 to present.

International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Paediatrics.  2008 to present. 

New York State Physical Therapy Association.  1982 - Present

Pediatric Physical Therapy, the official journal of the Section on Pediatrics of the APTA, 

           Editorial Review Panel, 2000 to present.

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapists.  Item writer/reviewer for national physical therapy licensing examination. 2001 to 2005.

American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, appointed member of Specialization Academy of Content Experts. 2001 – 2006.

Lippincott, Williams and Wilkin, book reviewer, 2006 to present.

Elsevier Publishers, book reviewer, 2000 to present.

F. A. Davis Publishers, book reviewer, 1997 to present.

Girl Scout USA/GirlSports. Advisory Board. 1997 to 2001.

Awards & Honors:

Cambridge Who’s Who among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs. 2011.

American Physical Therapy Association Minority Initiative Award, 2004

Who's Who in Early Childhood Education, 1994.

  

Publications:

Fenderson CB. Recognizing signs of child abuse. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. 2014; 56(s4):58–60.

Fenderson CB & Ling W. (2009). NeuroNotes: A clinical assessment guide. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Co. Translations in Korean, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, and Turkish. 

Fenderson CB. (2008). Domestic violence: Special implications for the therapist. In C. C. Goodman, K. S. Fuller & W. G Boissonnault (Eds.), Pathology: Implications for the Physical Therapist. 3rd. edition. Philadelphia: Saunders.

Fenderson C. Health illiteracy can cause treatment misunderstanding. HCPro: Health Care Compliance. Sept 2006:11(9):1, 4-5.

Fenderson C. Domestic Violence: An interview. Advance for Physical Therapists and PT Assistants. Sept 2003:37-38.

Fenderson CB.  Down syndrome and aging: Implications for rehabilitation. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 1998;13(4):39-51.

Exhibitions:

Grants

Faculty Development Grant. 2013. Fall, 2013. The Development of International Physical Therapy Educational Opportunities. $3000.

Faculty Development Grant. 2012; Faculty engagement in international interdisciplinary medical mission. $3,000.

Graduate Research Fellows Program. Fall, 2012. Mercy College Grad PASS Project. $5320.

Faculty Development Grant. 2011; Title of project: Faculty and student participation in international interdisciplinary medical missions   $5970.

Faculty Development Grant. 2011; The effects of custom-molded and prefabricated orthotic shoe inserts on balance parameters in healthy adults using the Balance Master’s® Limits of Stability and Modified Clinical Test of Sensory Integration on Balance: A pilot study. $2945.

Faculty Development Grant. 2010; Co-authored. Continuing the Mission: Enhancing teaching and service through interdisciplinary medical mission participation. $4230.

Faculty Development Grant. 2009; Co-authored. Enhancing teaching and service through interdisciplinary medical mission participation. $3589.

Faculty Development Grant. 2009; The effects of a graduate physical therapy program on enrolled students’ weight, dietary habits and activity levels – A pilot study. $2810.

NIH Extramural Associates Research Development Award Grant; 2002; authored.  Funding for research on “Physical therapy education and domestic violence:  Increasing awareness and improving screening practices.” $2729.

New York City Board of Education Scholarship Grant; 1997 to 2007 for 3 year cycles; authored; Funded full tuition for students completing a PT curriculum with a major focus on pediatrics.

NIH Extramural Associates Research Development Award Grant; 1999; authored; Funding for  “Balance Assessment in Children with Cerebral Palsy.” $6450.

Library Support for Developmental Disabilities - New York Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. 1992-1995. Co-authored; $50,000 per year for 3 years.  Develop and disseminate library resources dealing with developmentally disabled.

Early Intervention Multidisciplinary Training Grant - NYS Early Intervention Interagency Coordinating Council. 1992.  Co-authored; Training for Early Intervention Service Providers.

Newborn Support Grant - Wassaic Developmental Disabilities Service Organization. 1990 to 1995.  Authored/supervised; $14,000 per year for 5-year period. Provided social work services for parents of newborns diagnosed with developmental delays or disabilities.

Family Support Grant - New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. 1991 to 1996.  Authored/supervised; $30,000 per year for 5 years.  Provided parent training and support for families with infants with developmental disabilities.

 

  

Conferences & Workshops:

APTA Combined Sections Meeting. San Antonio, TX. February 15-18, 2017.

Educational Leadership Conference. Phoenix, AZ. October 7–9, 2016. 

APTA NEXT Conference. Nashville, TX. June 9-11, 2016. 

Educational Leadership Conference. Baltimore, MD. Oct. 2-4, 2015.

New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA) Annual Conference. October 23-24, 2015.

APTA NEXT conference. June 11-14, 2014.

New York Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference. October 25 – 26, 2013. 

“National Physical Therapy Examination Workshop for Faculty.” Federation of State Board for Physical Therapy. Sept. 28-30, 2012. 

New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA) Annual Conference. October 28-29, 2011.

PT2011: APTA Annual Conference.  Baltimore, MD. June, 2011

APTA Combined Sections Conference. Las Vegas; February, 2009.

PT2008: APTA Annual Conference. ‘2008. San Antonio, TX. June 11-14.

PT2007: APTA Annual Conference. Denver, CO; June 2007.

PT2006: APTA Annual Conference.  Orlando, FL.

APTA Academic Administrators Conference. Washington, DC.  October 2006.

PT2004: APTA Annual Conference.  Chicago, IL.

PT2003: APTA Annual Conference... APTA Combined Sections Conference. Washington, DC.  June 18-22, 2003

New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA) Annual Conference. October 2002.

APTA Combined Sections Conference. Boston, MA. February 2002

New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA) Annual Conference. Oct. 2001.

APTA Combined Sections Conference. San Antonio. February 2001

APTA Combined Sections Conference. New Orleans. February 2-6, 2000

NYPTA Annual Conference. October 1999. 

APTA Clinical Education Credentialing Course, May 1999.

APTA Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI) training, 2010.

APTA Combined Sections Conference. Seattle. February 1999. 

Presentations:

“Abuse of Disabled Children.” 26th Annual Meeting of the European Academy of Childhood Disability. Vienna, Austria. July 5, 2014.

“Domestic Violence in Austria. The Role of the Physical Therapist.” University of Applied Sciences, FH Campus. Vienna, Austria.  September 19, 2013.

“Engaging Students with Audience Response Systems.” University of Applied Sciences, FH Campus. Vienna, Austria.  September 20, 2013.

“Domestic Violence: What Every Physical Therapist Should Know.” PT2013: APTA Annual Conference and Exposition. Salt Lake City, UT.  June 27, 2013.

“Faculty and Student Participation in International Interdisciplinary Medical Missions.” Presented as part of "Faculty Voices: Aligning Vision with Practice.” Mercy College Faculty Seminar Day. Dobbs. Ferry, NY. October 10, 2012.

 “Participation in International Medical Missions.” Abilities First. Poughkeepsie, NY.  August 9, 2012

“Service Mission” Mercy College Center for Global Engagement: Mercy in the Global Context. Dobbs Ferry, NY.  October 12, 2011.

“Engaging Students in the Classroom Through i-Clickers.” Mercy College Faculty Seminar Day.  Dobbs Ferry, NY. March 1, 2011.

“Patient Literacy and Compliance with Medical Information” Mercy College School of Health and Natural Science. Dobbs Ferry, NY. Dec. 3, 2009.

“Essentials of a PPT Portfolio Preparation.” Mercy College. May 20, 2009

“i-Clickers: Engaging the student. Assessment and Technology Week. Mercy College, April 28, 2009.

Questions Framing the Heart of Assessment” and Poster Presentation on “iClickers come to Mercy College!” Faculty Seminar Day, March 17, 2009.

“iClickers Come to Mercy College: Using Classroom Response Systems to Create Active Learning Environments” Assessment & Technology Week, April 29, 2009.

"Addressing Domestic Violence: The Role of the Physical Therapist.” APTA’s Combined Section Meeting.  Las Vegas. February 11, 2009.

“GOALS for Girls - Propel Yourself Forward! Using a strong science background to enter the physical therapy profession.” Youth Leadership Conference. NY, NY. December, 2008

“Looking at the Whole Child: A Workshop on Fine and Gross Motor Development.”  Mid-Hudson Infant/Toddler Coalition.  April 30, 2008. 

“Health Literacy: Implications for Physical Therapy.” PT2006: APTA Annual Conference and Exposition. Orlando, FL.  June 22, 2006.

“Lifespan Implications of Domestic Violence: Child Abuse, Intimate Partner Violence and Elder Abuse.”  University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. January 28, 2005.

“Domestic Violence: The Role of the Health Care Professional.” St. Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie, NY.  Oct. 12, 2004

“Domestic Violence: The Role of the Health Care Professional.” Valley Hospital. Ridgewood, NJ. May 18, 2004.

“Lifespan Implications of Domestic Violence: Child Abuse, Intimate Partner Violence and Elder Abuse.”  University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. January 30, 2004.

“Domestic Violence: The Role of Health Care Professionals.” Phelps Memorial Hospital. Tarrytown, NY. October 7, 2003.

“Domestic Violence: The Role of the Health Care Professional.” Hospital of Joint Diseases, New York, NY. October 5, 2003.

“Domestic Violence: Implications for the Physical Therapist” Rye Physical Therapy. Rye, NY August 13, 2003. 

“Addressing Domestic Violence:  The Role of the Physical Therapist; PT2003: APTA Annual Conference and Exposition. Washington, DC.  June 19, 2003.

“Evidence-Based Practice and Utilizing Internet Resources.” Catskill District of the NY Chapter of the APTA.  April 21, 2003.

“Addressing Domestic Violence: The Role of the Physical Therapist.” St. Luke’s Hospital, Newburgh, NY. April 10 2003

“Addressing Domestic Violence: The Role of the Physical Therapist.” Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Services, Commack, NY. March 19, 2003

“Domestic Violence: The Role of the Physical Therapist.” New York Physical Therapy Association.  October, 2002

“Domestic Violence: Implications for the Physical Therapist.” Hudson Valley District of the NY Chapter of the APTA. June 11, 2002

“Transitioning Services for the Young Adult.”  Hudson Valley District of the NY Chapter of the APTA.  April 22, 1999

“Test Construction.”  Sponsored by Mercy College.  December 9, 1998.

“Maternal Drug Use and its Effect on Neonatal Development.” REHAB Programs, Jan 13, 1998.

"Americans with Disabilities Act:  What Every Child Care Director Should Know."  SUNY - Purchase. July 13, 1994.

"The Americans with Disabilities Act:  Implications for Early Childhood Programs." Dutchess County Child Development Council.  March 20, 1993.

"Developing Transition Resources for Children Moving from Early Intervention to Preschool Programs."  Nova University.  July 1992.

"Early Identification & Assessment of Infants and Toddlers."  Dutchess Co. Dept. of Health.  December 5, 1991.

"An Integrated Approach to Early Intervention." NY Assn of Occupational Ther. May 24, 1990.

"Birth Defects: Detection, Prevention and Treatment."  March of Dimes. December 13, 1989.

"Early Intervention in Dutchess County." Child Protective Services. May 25, 1989.

"Maternal Drug Use and Effects on the Newborn” Rehabilitation Programs, February, 1989.

"Opening the Doors for Disabled Children."  Sponsored by the Hudson Valley Health System Agency and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  October, 1986.

"Developmental Assessment."  Dutchess County Public Health Dept.  April, 1986.

"Graduates of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit” American Academy of Pediatrics, Westchester County Medical Center, and New York Medical College.  March 26, 1986.

 

Miscellaneous:

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Croyle W, Bach-Martinez TD and Fenderson CB. The Effects of Orthotic Shoe Inserts on Balance Parameters in Asymptomatic Adults: A Pilot Study. New York Physical Therapy Association Conference 2013. Albany, NY. October 25, 2013.

Fenderson, CB. Faculty and Student Participation in International Interdisciplinary Medical Missions. Mercy College Faculty Seminar Day. Dobbs Ferry, NY. October 10, 2012

Fenderson, CB.  Enhancing teaching and service through interdisciplinary medical mission participation. Mercy College Faculty Seminar Day.  Bronx, NY.  Oct. 12, 2011

Fenderson CB, Lasenick M, Lichtman SW.  Domestic violence: Physical therapists’ recognizing, screening and reporting abuse.”  Poster presentation. PT2003: APTA Annual Conference and Exposition. Washington, DC.  June 20, 2003