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Amy Nordon-Craft, PT, DSc

Core Faculty

Associate Professor

(303) 724-8433

Professional Qualifications

 Teaching Responsibilities

Summer Semester

Neuromuscular Track Coordinator
DPTR 6502: Neuromuscular Conditions II, Course Coordinator
DPTR 6503: Clinical Reasoning Capstone, co-coordinator
DPTR 7212: Spinal Cord Injury Elective, co-coordinator

Spring Semester

DPTR 6221: Advanced Differential Diagnosis, Lab Assistant
DPTR 6302: Medical Conditions II, Lab Assistant
DPTR 5501: Neuromuscular I, Lab Assistant

Fall Semester

DPTR 5501: Neuromuscular III, Lab Assistant
Coordinator of Integrated Practical Experiences for DPT II Students


 Research and Scholarship Interests

Funded Grant Activity

Stevens-Lapsley JE  (PI), Mangione K, Cumbler E, Nordon-Craft A, Richard A, Forster J. Progressing Home Health Rehabilitation Paradigms for Older Adults. NIH R01-NR016209; 7/1/16-4/1/21 ($2,946,919; directs+indirects). The major goal of this study is to determine if an interdisciplinary approach to home health rehabilitation including nutritional supplementation, improves physical function and reduces re-hospitalizations more than usual care. Role: Co-Investigator

Stevens-Lapsley JE (PI), Mangione K, Burke B, Sullivan W, Nordon-Craft A, Forster J. Improving Function in Older Veterans with Hospital-associated Deconditioning. VA Merit Award RR&D I01 RX-001978-01 4/1/16-3/31/20 ($1,000,000). The major goal of this project is to evaluate whether high intensity, front-loading of home health rehabilitation following hospitalization can improve community mobility, quality of life, and reduce caregiver burden in older Veterans. Role: Co-Investigator

Knebl J (PI). Reynolds Interprofessional Geriatrics Education and Training in Texas Programs. Funded July 1, 2013-2017. Role (July – December 2013): coordination of physical therapy students into the interprofessional aspects of geriatrics education, which equates to 5% FTE.

Nordon-Craft A (PI), Schwarz BB, Bugnariu N. Teaching Physical Therapy Students Acute Care Cardiopulmonary Competencies through Problem Based Learning and High Fidelity Human Simulations. Funded July 1, 2013-2014.

Moss M(PI)Schenkman M,Quan D,Nordon-Craft A. The diagnosis and treatment of critical illness polyneuromyopathy in patients with acute respiratory failure. Submitted to National Institute Nursing Research November 5, 2008. Funded: July 1, 2009-2011. Role: ensure the fidelity of the physical therapy intervention, develop protocols and adherence manual, oversight of physical therapy intervention. 


 Publications (within the last five years)

Peer Reviewed Publications

Richardson MV, Nordon-Craft A, Carrothers LA. Using an exercise program to improve activity tolerance in a female with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS): A case report. [Accepted] Physiotherapy Theory and Practice.

Kelmenson DA, Quan D, Nordon-Craft A, Malone D, Schenkman M, Moss M. Electrophysiological abnormalities can differentiate pre-hospital discharge functional status in critically ill patients with normal strength. Intensive Care Med. 2016 Jun 22. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27334267.

Moss M, Nordon-Craft A, Malone D, Van Pelt D, Frankel SK, Warner ML, Kriekels W, McNulty M, Fairclough DL, Schenkman M. A Randomized Trial of an Intensive Physical Therapy Program for Acute Respiratory Failure Patients. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016;193:1101-1110. PMID: 26651376.

Struessel TS, Nordon-Craft A. A Case Report Describing Multiple System Effects of Breast Cancer, Bilateral Mastectomy and Reconstruction: Implications for Physical Therapist Practice. [Accepted] J Women’s Health Phys Ther.

Malone D, Ridgeway K, Nordon-Craft A, Moss P, Schenkman M, Moss M. Physical Therapists’ Practice in the Intensive Care Unit: Results of a National Survey. Submitted Phys Ther.

Sottile P, Nordon-Craft A, Malone D, Schenkman M, Moss M. Patient and Family Perceptions of Physical Therapy in the Medical Intensive Care Unit: A Cohort Study. In Review Critical Care.

Sottile P, Nordon-Craft A, Luby D, Malone D, Schenkman M, Moss M. Physical Therapy in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit: A Description of Practice. In Review Phys Ther.

Denehy L, Nordon-Craft A, Edbrooke L, Malone D, Berney S, Schenkman M, Moss M. Outcome Measures Report Different Aspects of Patient Function Three Months Following Critical Care. In press: Intensive Care Medicine; 2014.

Nordon-Craft A, Schenkman M, Edbrooke L, Malone DJ, Moss M, Denehy L. The Physical Function Intensive Care Test: Implementation in Survivors of Critical Illness. Phys Ther. 2014;94:1499-1507. PMID: 24810863.

Liu H, Holmes V, Nordon-Craft A, Reeves R. Variation of Sternalis Muscle: a case report. Int J Anatomical Variations. 2012.

Nordon-Craft A, Moss M, Quan D, Schenkman M. Intensive Care Unit-Acquired Weakness. Phys Ther 2012;92:1494-1506.

Nordon-Craft A, Schenkman M, Ridgeway K, Benson A, Moss M. Physical therapy management and patient outcomes following ICU-acquired weakness: a case series. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2011 Sep;35(3):133-40.



 Honors and Awards

Graduation Speaker University of North Texas Health Science Center Physical Therapy Department 2014

Graduation Speaker University of Colorado Denver Physical Therapy Program 2011, 2012

SemperCare Hospital Helping Hands Award 2002

North Carolina Physical Therapy Clinical Educator 1992