Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Associate Professor Barbara Crane, PhD, PT, ATP/SMS, teaches Neuroscience, Gerontology and Geriatric Physical Therapy, and Assistive Technology coursework in the graduate DPT curriculum. She also teaches a junior year Pre-Physical Therapy Seminar course each spring that helps undergraduate students better understand the profession of physical therapy and the graduate program in physical therapy at the University of Hartford. Additionally, she mentors small groups of Doctor of Physical Therapy students through a three-semester-long research project in DPT 601, DPT 602, and DPT 704.
Crane engages in primary research related to outcomes of wheelchair and seating technologies when applied to persons with disabilities. She has published eight articles in peer-reviewed journals, three book chapters, and numerous published abstracts and non-peer reviewed articles. She is a clinician specializing in assistive technology and wheelchair assessment and performs wheelchair assessments and training at the University Physical Therapy clinic on campus. Crane has lectured extensively at local, national, and international conferences and is a faculty member for the RESNA Fundamentals of Assistive Technology course. Crane received a prestigious Fellow Award from RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) at its annual conference held in Indianapolis, Ind., in June 2014.