Dean Ralph O. Mueller and Chair of the Physical Therapy Department Catherine Certo, celebrate the professional achievement of two ENHP faculty: Barbara Crane and Kevin Ball. Both were promoted to associate professor and granted tenure in January 2011. Pictured (l-r): Ralph O. Mueller, professor and dean of ENHP, Catherine Certo, professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, Barbara Crane, associate professor, and Kevin Ball, associate professor and associate dean for graduate studies and research.
Crane received a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut, an MA in Gerontology from Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science and Technology from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. She also holds a certificate as an Assistive Technology Professional through the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). She is an active professional member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association, and the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America.
Crane has published eight articles in peer reviewed journals, three book chapters, 12 published abstracts, 5 non peer reviewed articles, and has numerous invited and peer reviewed conference presentations. She serves on the International Standards Organization working group involved in the development of wheelchair seating standards and on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) committee for the development of national wheelchair seating standards. She also has over 20 years of clinical experience as a physical therapist working in the area of adult neurological rehabilitation with a specialty in assessment and recommendation of custom wheelchairs and seating systems. She has lectured extensively at local, national, and international conferences and is a faculty for the RESNA Fundamentals of Assistive Technology course.
|Kevin Ball became ENHP's associate dean for graduate studies and research in 2010. He began his academic training at the University of Toronto (UofT) where he earned a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education in 1985, a Master of Science in Exercise Sciences in 1988, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Community Health in 1998. Ball served as the biomechanics instructor and laboratory director in the School of Physical and Health Education at UofT from 1992 to 1997. Prior to pursing his doctorate, he spent a fulfilling year as the laboratory manager and research analyst of a children's clinical gait laboratory in Philadelphia, Pa., a site created as a joint project between the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.|
In 1998, Ball drew upon these experiences to create a biomechanics research facility at the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, N.Y. While in New York he taught research design, conducted biomechanics research, and was an adjunct professor in the physical therapy department at Ithaca College and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at the University of Buffalo.
In 2005, Ball moved to the University of Hartford. Joining the Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, he again created a biomechanics research facility, the Human Performance Research Laboratory. Serving as the laboratory's director, he has instructed graduate-level kinesiology, biomechanics, and scientific inquiry courses to students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, and, as of January 2010, became the academic director of the new Bachelor/Master's of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics program. Ball's research interest lies in developing innovative 3D movement analysis techniques and modeling software to provide detailed analysis, thereby enhancing the understanding of the structure and function of the foot and ankle. He enjoys building collaborations aimed at advancing the health professions through the benefits of computing, modeling, and technology. With colleagues in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, Ball advises senior undergraduate and graduate engineering research. With medical colleagues in Hartford-area hospitals, he has written grants and developed several research projects related to gait, balance, and clinical assessment. Ball is eager to work with faculty and community partners to develop innovative research and graduate programs.