December 2021 Grand Rounds

Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Grand Rounds
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM PST

Grand Rounds Recording


Kerri Morgan, PhD, OTR/L, ATP

Challenges and Strategies for Engaging Persons with a Disability in Physical Activity

Session moderated by Cathy Hoang and Richard Souza

The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science is starting a bimonthly Grand Rounds that is open to all clinicians and researchers interested in the topic of rehabilitation. For our next session, we have invited Kerri Morgan PhD, to share her experiences, and the barriers to accessing and participating in physical activity as a person with disability, a practicing occupational therapist, and a rehabilitation researcher. During the presentation, Dr. Morgan will share her research that highlights the challenges persons with a disability may encounter in engaging in physical activity and experiencing health-related benefits once engaged, goals identified by persons with a disability for engaging in physical activity, feasibility of implementing the current physical activity guidelines (frequency and intensity) for persons with a disability outside of rehabilitation and in the community, and discuss the personal and environmental factors that may be attributed to those who are successfully engaging in physical activity.


Kerri Morgan, PhD, Assistant Professor for the Program in Occupational Therapy and Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine received a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University and awarded a PhD in Movement Science from Washington University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Most recently she completed a certificate in Implementation Science through the University California-San Francisco. The focus of her clinical and research career has been to generate empirical knowledge helpful for guiding rehabilitation to improve the participation of persons with a mobility disability once they have been discharged from rehabilitation and are living in the community. Her work has ranged from community-based studies to basic mechanistic studies focused on increasing physical activity, preventing secondary conditions, and improving overall health. In addition, she is deeply involved in the community through boards and service working with disability organizations to promote health and wellness for people with disabilities. Dr. Morgan is also an avid wheelchair athlete and distinguished Paralympian. In 2009, she was the first woman to be selected to represent the US National Wheelchair Rugby team. She has competed in three Paralympic Games on the US Track and Field team that included Beijing in 2008, London in 2012, and Rio in 2016. She has won 4 Paralympic medals and 10 World Championship medals in distances ranging from 100m to 800m.

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