ROBERT FRIBERG, PHD, PT, CFMT
Department of Physical Therapy
Professor
Director of Faculty and Student Development


Robert Friberg

Contact

Email: robertfr@pcom.edu
Office: 770-682-2314

Dr. Friberg began his tenure as a professor at GA-PCOM on June 1, 2017. Prior to assuming this position, Dr. Friberg taught in a variety of physical therapist education programs in Texas, Oklahoma and Iowa. His credits include developing a physical therapist education program at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. During that time, he became acquainted with Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine philosophy and techniques. He has integrated this philosophy and these skills into his practice of physical therapy.

During his career, Dr. Friberg has focused on assisting those struggling with spinal pain. He has participated in clinical practice for more than three decades and he has owned three outpatient physical therapy practices. Dr. Friberg is certified as a Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT) and as a Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT).He is also a licensed professional counselor, providing him with the knowledge and skills to serve as the program's Director of Faculty and Student Development.

 

  • Education

    • BS in Physical Therapy
    • MA in Education
    • MED in Counseling and Human Development
    • Phd Education: Instructional Design and Technology
  • Courses

    • Clinical Kinesiology I and II
    • Musculoskeletal Examination, Evaluation and Intervention I and II
  • Research

    • Resilience and the academic process
    • The role of posture in movement dysfunction
    • Neurodynamics
    • The role of laterality in upper and lower quarter somatic dysfunction
  • Awards

    • 2016 Outstanding Research Nominee, Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Los Angeles, CA
    • 2014 Item Writers Hall of Fame, Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
    • 2013 Outstanding Service Award, Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
    • 2012 Academy of Item Writers Award, Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
    • 2009 Outstanding Service Award, Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
    • 2000 Louise Lynch Distinguished Lecturer, University of Oklahoma Program in Physical Therapy
  • Publications

    • Friberg R, Hunsaker LA. “The Effect of Posture on Selected Aspects of Trumpet Performance.” Poster Presentation, Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February, 2016, Las Angeles, CA.
    • Friberg R, Thurmond S. “Site of Tensioning for Treatment of Median and Ulnar Nerve Neurodynamic Dysfunction.” Poster Presentation, Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February, 2016, Los Angeles, CA.
    • Friberg R., Hunsaker LA. “Improving Dynamic Posture for Musical Performance,” Platform Presentation, Texas Music Educators Annual Meeting, February, 2016, San Antonio, TX.
    • Friberg R. “The Power of Posture.” Hardin-Simmons University Lunch and Learn, Lecture, January, 2016, Abilene, TX.
    • Friberg R. “The Power of Posture.” Short Course, Texas Physical Therapy Association Annual Meeting, October, 2015, Arlington, TX.
    • Friberg R, Brewer J. “The Neurobiology of Emotional Intelligence.” Short Course, Texas Physical Therapy Association Annual Meeting, October, 2015, Arlington, TX.
    • Friberg R., Hunsaker LA. “Individualized Programs for Continuing Improvement.” Platform Presentation, ViennaTalk2015, September, 2015, Vienna, Austria.
    • Friberg R., Hunsaker LA. “Improving Dynamic Posture for Musical Performance.” Platform Presentation, ViennaTalk 2015, September, 2015, Vienna, Austria.
    • Thurmond S, Friberg R. “Effects of Neural Sliding and Neural Tensioning For Median and Ulnar Nerves.” Platform Presentation, AAOMPT Annual Meeting, AAOMPT, October, 2014, San Antonio, TX
  • Memberships

    • American Physical Therapy Association
    • Texas Physical Therapy Association
    • American Association of Christian Counselors
    • Performing Arts Medical Association