Associate Department Chairperson, Professor
Olin Hall 348
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Higher Education Administration, Illinois State University, 2000
Master of Arts (M.A.), Human Service Administration, Bradley University, 1995
Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Physical Therapy, Northwestern University Medical School – Programs in Physical Therapy, 1982
Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Biology, Wheaton College, 1981
I developed a love of science, anatomy and neuroscience through my undergraduate degree in biology. This love combined with by desire to help people lead me physical therapy. After graduating from physical therapy school, I worked in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, a pain clinic, acute care, home health and skilled nursing centers. I did some guest lecturing for the Illinois Central College and found that I loved teaching. I soon took a position as a fulltime instructor at ICC and 4 year later was hired at Bradley to teach Physical Therapy in the new program they were starting. While teaching full time I pursued a Masters and Doctoral degree. Though these degrees were not in my primary teaching area, I gained valuable knowledge and many research skills. Harkening back to my undergraduate days, I have gravitated to teaching anatomy, neuroscience. I of course, teach physical therapy skills. I have kept active in practice while teaching by working in long term care facilities and now in Bradley’s pro bono clinic.
- KHS 345 Motor Control and Motor Learning –Introductory concepts and beginning applications of motor behaviors in the context of motor control and motor learning.
- PT 624 Gross Anatomy II. Gross anatomy and cadaver dissection of the cardiopulmonary system, Gastrointestinal system, genitourinary system and nervous system.
- PT 655 Experiential Learning –Mentoring students as they work with clients in our Pro Bono clinic.
- PT 662 Neurological Physical Therapy I. Applied neurological examination for clinical decision making and functional examination including gait and balance.
- PT 680 Clinical Science II. Issues of medical physiology related the neuroscience and pharmacology.
- PT 830 Differential Diagnosis. This is a case based cap-stone course wherestudents work though difficult patient cases. I teach the neuromuscular component.
- PT 686, 716, 786, 816 Supervised research. Students are mentored through a research project.
PT The best thing about teaching is working with students, seeing then develop and become professionals. I am excited to be in class everyday with my students
My scholarly agenda is mostly concerned with measures of gait and balance and factors that affect the motor control of gait and balance, including motor control of those with and without neurological impairments. Three publications related to this area include:
- Strubhar AJ, Tan P, Jarrett L, Peterson, M. Concurrent Validity of the VirtuSense® Gait Analysis System for the Quantification of Spatial and Temporal Parameters of Gait. International Journal of Exercise Science,11(1)934-940, 2018.
- Strubhar AJ, Rapp B, Thomas D. Changes in Gait and Texting ability during Progressively Difficult Gait Tasks. International Journal of Exercise Science10(5)743-753, 2017.
- Strubhar AJ, Peterson M, Chestnut J, Whitthoft, J, Gaske, J, Schulte, H. The Effect of Text Messaging on Reactive Balance Ability and the Temporal and Spatial Characteristics of Gait in Unimpaired Individuals. Gait and Posture42 (2015) 580-583.
Three recent presentations related to my scholarship agenda
- Strubhar A, Leguillon M, Brunton, C. Reliability of Tandem Gait as an Outcome Measure in Healthy Participants. (Poster presentation accepted for the IPTA Revitalize Conference, Virtual: March 2022)
- Strubhar AJ, Knight A, Wong A. Capturing Changes in Tandem Gait for individual with Neurological impairment: A Case Series. (Poster presentation accepted for the IPTA Revitalize Conference. Virtual: March 2021).
- Strubhar AJ, Prosek T, Miles E. Neurostatus changes in patient with multiple sclerosis following an exercise program: A retrospective analysis. (Poster presentation accepted for the IPTA Revitalize Conference. Virtual: March 2021)
Licensures and Certifications
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Illinois