Volunteer Clinical Faculty Spotlight: ck Andrade, PT, PhD

In the 22 years that Dr. ck Andrade has been a volunteer faculty member, she has brought her wide range of clinical and technical interests and her passion for teaching, learning, and volunteering to the UCSF/SFSU DPT program. She arrived at UCSF in 1996, a pediatric physical therapist, a couple years out of graduate school with a PhD in Measurement and Evaluation, 10 years as a researcher with a focus on the psychosocial and physical impact of exercise in youth with disabilities, and experience teaching statistics/research methods and coordinating research at Samuel Merritt College. So it was natural for her to begin her work as a volunteer faculty member reading Comprehensive exams, acting as an examiner for Peds practicals, and helping out in the Research course. ck rapidly recognized that she had found her academic home at UCSF/SFSU and began to expand her involvement in the program by assisting with interviews for new students and participating in the WOS Faculty subcommittee to recruit and evaluate new volunteer faculty.

Since then Dr. Andrade has enthusiastically sought out new opportunities for bringing her expertise in research methodologies, stress management/relaxation, and software/hardware development for eHealth to the program. As a volunteer, she participated in setting up the UCSF Physical Therapy and Wellness Program with Dr. Kimberly Topp and other faculty members in 2007 and taught the Stress Less program. A dedicated reader for Evidence-Based Practice and, more recently, Psychosocial Issues in Rehab, she patiently provides feedback and guides students through the writing process. Deeply concerned about students’ mental health, she launched stress management workshops for students through the San Francisco State Career Center, wrote Dr ck’s Corner, a campus-based blog providing guidance on coping with school stress, and delivered stress management workshops to UCSF/SFSU PT students. She recently initiated an elective in Digital Health/eHealth based on her 20 years of work creating software and hardware for eHealth, including award-winning patient apps, to increase students’ awareness of the value of new technologies within healthcare.

We were fortunate to be able to include Dr Andrade as a lecturer in the program, where she brings humor, energy and the gift of helping students clarify their ideas to the classroom (in person or virtually). As course instructor for Teaching and Learning, she incorporated her training in counseling psychology into the content and inspired students to enhance their effectiveness in using a variety of media to communicate compassionately with patients. If you ask her what she considers her biggest contribution to UCSF/SFSU and what has brought her the most joy, she would tell you without hesitation that it is PT920 Case Reports, which allowed her to share her love for research. In 2004, ck co-created PT 920 Case Reports and the Spring Symposium with Linda Wanek and has taught hundreds of UCSF/SFSU students and clinicians in the UCSF faculty practice case reporting methods through PT 920 and her Case Reports videos. Under her able mentorship, students have learned to combine clinical decision-making and research skills in the creation of compelling case reports, several of which students have presented or published. And over the years, ck has readily helped choose outfits for presentations and listened supportively during late night panic attacks over assignments.

Dr Andrade has a PhD (Measurement and Evaluation) and a BSc (Physical Therapy) from the University of Toronto and an MEd (Counseling Psychology) from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She also has certificates in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Business from Stanford University and Web Development from San Francisco State University. She brings this eclectic background together in her teaching and in her work as Director of Product Management for Philips Healthcare, where she develops health data platforms and eHealth applications. She is the author of three editions of the respected textbook Outcome Based Massage, published in five languages, the last edition of which included UCSF/SFSU faculty and student contributions. A strong advocate for educating the public on health/wellness issues, ck has also published three self-help books on stress control and a host of articles for magazines, newspapers and Yahoo. She balances her work as a pediatric physical therapist with the adventure of being a mom to a 20-year-old artist, volunteering, and doing any outdoor sport that her body can still handle.

We are deeply grateful to Dr. Andrade for all she’s contributed to our students and to our program. She is truly a gift to the UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy. Thank you ck!!


-- ck Andrade