Assistant Professor, SFSU
Mailing: 1600 Holloway Avenue, HSS 118, San Francisco, CA 94132
- BS, Physical Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA, 1982
- MS, Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, 2005
- DPT, Marymount University, Arlington, VA, 2008
- DSc, Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, 2011
Dr. Nesbit is currently an Assistant Professor in the joint UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy. Her areas of expertise include pediatrics, neuorehabilitation, human growth and development, clinical reasoning and global health. She is an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Board certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist. Dr. Nesbit has clinical experience in pediatrics (private practice, school-based therapy, early intervention, acute care, acute rehabilitation) and international physical therapy (Malawi). She currently continues her practice at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Mission Bay. She has been an active member of the APTA including the Pediatric, Acute Care, Neurology, Research, Education and Health Policy and Administration Sections. Current teaching responsibilities are in pediatric neurorehabilitation and human growth and development across the lifespan. Dr. Nesbit’s research interests are in the areas of obesity, global health, narrative reasoning, as well as disability and culture.
- PT 112 Human Growth & Development Across Lifespan
- PT 711 Neurological Pathokinesiology II
CLINICAL & RESEARCH INTERESTS
- Childhood and adolescent obesity
- Community based rehabilitation in developing countries
- Clinical reasoning including narrative reasoning
- Utilities for pediatric disability
- Palliative care
Dr. Nesbit’s research interests are in obesity and international physical therapy. Specifically, her research focuses on adolescent obesity, clinical and ethical reasoning, the effectiveness of rehabilitation training programs in resource-limited settings, palliative care in resource-limited settings, and utilities for pediatric disability in resource- limited settings. Her work in obesity has targeted environmental determinants of adolescent obesity and the important implications of modifiable factors in our homes and communities as well as the patterns of physical activity and sedentary behavior. Her obesity related quantitative research with national survey data used unique statistical methods such as structural equation modeling and cluster analysis. Her research in clinical and ethical reasoning used qualitative approaches including phenomenology, grounded theory, and narrative analysis. Her research in rehabilitation training community health workers in Africa is the first to objectively evaluate the effectiveness of rehabilitation training in the developing world. Future projects will further investigate sedentary behavior and sustainability of rehabilitation training in the developing world.
- Nesbit, K., Kolobe, T., Sisson, S., & Ghement, I. (2014) A Model of Environmental Correlates of Adolescent Obesity in the United States, Journal of Adolescent Health, 55, 394-401.
- Nesbit, K., Kolobe, T., Sisson, S., & Ghement, I. (2015). A Structural Equation Model of Environmental Correlates of Adolescent Obesity for Age and Gender Groups, Pediatric Obesity, 10(4), 288-295.
- Nesbit, K., Gombwa, S., & Ngalande, A. (2015). Rehabilitation Training for Home-Based Palliative Care Community Health Workers: A Pilot Study. Progress in Palliative Care, 23(5), 281-287.
- Nesbit, K. Randall, K., & Hamilton, T. (2016). The Development of Narrative Reasoning: Student Physical Therapists’ Perceptions of Patient Stories, Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 14(2), Article 3.
- Nesbit, K., Low, J., & Sisson, S. (2016) Adolescent BMI trajectories with clusters of physical activity and sedentary behavior: An exploratory analysis, Obesity Science and Practice, 2(2), 115-122.
HONORS & AWARDS
- Outstanding Faculty, Department of Physical Therapy, University of the Pacific, 2015
- American Physical Therapy Association Section on Pediatrics Student Clinical Research Award, 2012