Diane D. Allen, PT, PhD (pictured here with DPT graduate Jason Gee) was featured in the January 2017 CPTA Education Updates for her poster presentation at the CPTA Annual Conference in Santa Clara in October: "Not Just An Orthotic Device: Use of Torso-Weighting Can Improve Motor Ability Tested with Weights Off in People with Multiple Sclerosis”. Dr. Allen presented results of this pilot study evaluating the effects of torso weighting on motor ability in 5 people with multiple sclerosis. Results provided evidence that torso weighting resulted in improvements in tests of balance and gait when the weights were removed, after 2 to 4 hours of daily use of the strategically-placed light torso weights. The co-authors on this poster include Dr. Allen, her colleague Dr. Gail Widener of Samuel Merritt University, and UCSF/SFSU DPT graduates Jason Gee, Anthony Harrell, Nicole Conley, and Sarah Whiteford (all of whom worked as research collaborators on this study, from IRB proposal to data collection). The research was partially funded by a grant from San Francisco State University, ST649.
Dr. Allen is Professor in the Graduate Program of Physical Therapy at the University of California San Francisco/ San Francisco State University. Dr. Allen received her BS and certificate in Physical Therapy from UCSF in 1978 and her PhD in Education (Quantitative Measurement and Evaluation) from UC Berkeley in 2005. She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Health and Disability Research Institute, School of Public Health, at Boston University. Dr. Allen joined the UCSF/SFSU DPT program faculty in 2008. Her research and academic expertise are in measurement, neuro-rehabilitation, and evidence-based practice. She teaches in the second and third years of the DPT curriculum (PT 710 Neurological Pathokinesiology and PT 209/PT 910 Evidence-Based Practice). She has provided expert mentorship to students, colleagues, and junior faculty.
Dr. Allen has been an invited speaker at regional, national, and international scientific meetings. She has presented at the International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy; the International Symposium on Gait and Balance in Multiple Sclerosis; the Winter Conference on Brain Research; the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Annual Meeting; APTA Combined Sections meetings; and the annual meetings for the California Physical Therapy Association. Her research has been funded by the NIH (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development), the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, San Francisco State University, and Samuel Merritt University. She has over 45 published peer reviewed papers.
Congratulations on this recognition, Dr. Allen, and on your many accomplishments!!