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Denise Stelzner, PT, MBA

Core Faculty

Associate Professor

(303) 724-9134

Professional Qualifications


Regis College, Denver, CO, MBA in Business Administration, 1988

State University of New York, Syracuse, NY, BS in Physical Therapy, 1976

Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY, AA in Liberal Arts, 1974

Licensure Information/Registration Number

Colorado #1549

Curriculum Vitae

 Teaching Responsibilities

Summer Semester

DPTR 5002: Foundations in Physical Therapy, Team Teacher (6-8 hours)

Fall Semester

DPTR 5161 Psychosocial Aspects of Care II, Coordinator 
CAPE sessions and debriefing for DPT II

Spring Semester

DPTR 5162 Psychosocial Aspects of Care I/Coordinator 
CAPE sessions and debriefing for DPT I

 Research and Scholarship Interests

Funded Activity

Schenkman M (PI), Baron A, Kohrt W, Kumar R, Schwartz R. Exercise, physical function, and parkinson’s disease. NIH.HD43770. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 4/11/03-3/31/08. ($1.125 million direct over five years). RCT that compares three exercise approaches for people with PD. Role: Assisted in the development of the Instructor’s Adherence Protocol and the Balance and Function Program Protocol.

Other Research and Scholarly Activity

Glover J (PI), Yarborough M (PI), Stelzner D (co-investigator). An Ethics and Integrity Curriculum at the Health Sciences Campus.Daniels Fund. 10% participation in a five year grant proposal submitted by the Center for Bioethics at the UCHSC [unfunded]. December 2004.

Enhancement of observational skills in PT students using images of art.Role: coordinator of study. (Pilot Study with first year Masters level PT students and first year Doctoral PT students). September 2003; 2004.

Heriza CB (PI). The impact of physical therapists practicing on-site with primary care physicians. (Physical therapists on-site in a University Internal Medicine Clinic). Role: coordinator of the project. 10-15%. 1999-2001.

Gabard DL, Schenkman M, Stelzner DM. A longitudinal and cross-sectional investigation of physical therapy students’ empathy and attitudes toward the medically indigent [external funding]. A study being conducted at several DPT programs in the country with Chapman University as the generating institution. 2006-present.

Rural Scholarship Award for UCHSC Graduate Physical Therapy students; established by a grateful patient and presented to deserving physical therapy students annually. 2000-present.


 Publications (within the last five years)

Peer Reviewed Publications

Gabard DL, Lowe DL, Deusinger SS, Stelzner DM, Crandall SJ. Analysis of Empathy in Doctor of Physical Therapy Students. Journal of Allied Health, Spring 2013, Vol 42. No. 1.


Stelzner D, Rodriguez J. Remediation Using Standardized Patients for a Student Unable to Meet Minimum Standards During a Full-time Internship: A Case Report. Phys Ther. 2010.



 Honors and Awards

Veritas Award. Center for Bioethics and Humanities, May 2006.

Chancellors Teaching Award. University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Denver, CO, 1994.