STEFANIE D. PALMA, PT, DPT, MED, NCS, CBIS
Department of Physical Therapy
Associated Faculty


Contact

Email: stefaniepal@pcom.edu
Office: 770-722-2288
Publications and Selected Works

Dr. Stefanie Palma has more than 42 years experience as a physical therapist and 33 years teaching physical therapy. She retired as Associate Dean and Director of Academic Services from UNG in 2016 and was awarded Professor Emeritus status.

Dr. Palma is a past president of the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy (2012-2018) and is also a past president of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (2001-2005). She is currently a certified neurologic specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a certified brain injury specialist by the American Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists. She also practices out-patient neurologic physical therapy two days a week in Dahlonega, Georgia.

Dr. Palma continues to serve Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) as on site evaluator since 1988 and has had the privilege to serve as a commissioner twice (2000-2005) and on Central Panel for CAPTE (2009-2013) as vice chair of the commission. Dr. Palma has also served as an item writer for the Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) for the NPTE (national physical therapy license exam) and on the Exam Development Committee (EDC) from 2010-2013. She currently is a lead reviewer and a content expert for American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education, the agency responsible for accreditation of physical therapy residency and fellowship programs.

Dr. Palma enjoys working with students and is herself an enthusiastic learner; she loves the profession and her main interest is working with patients with neurological conditions.

  • Education

    • Doctorate In Physical Therapy - University of Central Arkansas (2004)
    • Masters in Education - Georgia State University (1989)
    • Bachelor's of Science in Physical Therapy - Georgia State University (1977)
  • Courses

    PT 631AG
    PT 631 BG
    PT 604 AG

  • Research

    • Combination of FES, BWS and Robotics to Impact Strength, Endurance, and Gait for Two Children with CP 
  • Awards

    • Combination of FES, BWS and Robotics to Impact Strength, Endurance, and Gait for Two Children with CP - Research Award from PTAG 2015
  • Publications

    • Multiple presentations for Georgia Ethics and Law Courses required for licensure in State of Georgia
    • Presentations of Functional Electrical Stimulation at state, regional and national meetings
  • Memberships

    • American Physical Therapy Association
    • Academy of Neurology Physical Therapy
    • Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy
    • Academy of Education in Physical Therapy
    • Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy