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Maureen Becker
Position: Associate Professor
Campus Affiliation: College of Staten Island
Phone: (718) 982-2984
Research Interests: clinical education, women's health, ergonomics and health promotion (particularly obesity in adults and children)

Date of full-time hire at CUNY: September 1992
Address: 2800 Victory Blvd, Building 5N-207, Staten Island, NY 10314.

Institution Dates Attended Degree & Major Date Conferred
Inst. Of PhysTherapy, Fl. 11/93 – 5/99 DHSC, Doctorate/PT (ergonomics) 6/99
Collegeof Staten Island 2/94-6/97 One Year Cert. in Industrial Mgmt 6/97
QueensCollege , CUNY 9/84-2/87 M.S., Exercise Physio. 2/87
Downstate Med.Ctr.,SUNY 6/80-5/82 B.S., Physical Therapy 6/82

 

Academic and Professional recognition:

  • Journal Reviewer - The Journal of the Section on Women's Health (JSOWH),
  • Journal Reviewer - The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT)
  • Expert Reviewer - APTA, Vol. II - "A Guide to Physical Therapy Practice" (1996)
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) State/National Committee Service
  • 1992-1994, 1996 NYS Delegate Assembly
  • 1992-1996 Practice Committee Member
  • 1993 to 1999 New York State (PAC) - Political Action Committee - Chairperson
  • 1996 to 1999: National Board of Trustees of Physical Therapy Political Action
  • Committee (PT-PAC) *Chairperson (July 1998-July 1999)
  • Recipient of Certificate of Appreciation, New York Chapter, April 1997
  • CAPTE On-Site Evaluator (visitation February 9-12, 1997)
  • Credentialed Clinical Instructor-APTA (January 1998)
  • Certified Trainer for Clinical Instructor Credentialing-APTA (March 1998)
    Author on segment (link) entitled Prevention of Low Back Through Ergonomics featured in the College of Staten Island website, CSI-SIP (Staten Island Project) Eye on Staten Island http://www.csi.cuny.edu/csisip/eyeonsi.html) 2004 and continues to currently be on the website.

College - Record of Service:

  • Graduate Ctr Curriculum and Examination Committee (Alt.) Fall 2006 - Spring 2009
  • Executive Committee of Clinical Doctoral Programs, graduate Center of CUNY
  • 2006-2011 CSI Initiative How to Attend and Retain Better Students
  • Assigned to group/committee to study: Strengthening Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Academic Coordinator Clinical Education
  • CSI Physical Therapy Admission and Awards Committee, Grade Appeal Committee
  • CSI Committee - Development PTA Program, Kingsborough Community College
  • Physical Therapy Advisor

Books Professional

  • Sit Active, Not Passive, A Guide to Office Ergonomics for Students and
  • Healthcare Professionals, Copyright April 6, 1999. TXv 898-547
  • Sit Active, Not Passive, A Guide to Office Ergonomics, Copyright April 6, 1999. TXv 898-700

General research history, include for last five years only:

  • Becker, M., Rothman, J., Nelson., A.J., Freedland, R., Garcia, D., Feit, L., Barth,J and Sabini,R.(2007) the effects of multifocal refractive lenses on occipital extension and forward head posture during a visual task, Ergonomics, 50(12),2095 – 2103.
  • Becker, M., A. Nelson, J. Rothman, K. A. Ng, V. Baker, S. Brady and A. Koser Reductions in Body Mass Deliver Positive Gait Changes. BioMechanics, 2006,13 (10): 59-69
  • Becker, M., A. Nelson, J. Rothman, K. Antonelli, D. Aborno, Elizabeth Anisis, Kimberly  Duryea, Kim Chi Lau, T. Nelson, Randi Perlman.  Practitioners find appropriate testing elusive. Bio Mechanics, March 2006: 57-66.
  • Becker, M., A. Nelson, J. Rothman, K. Antonelli, V. Ferro, S. Gander, J. Botta, C. Stiles and M. Erlewein. Postural changes While Sitting May Trigger Back Pain.  Bio Mechanics. 2003:  47 – 54.

List of existing and pending support:

  • American Parkinson Disease Association:  Advanced Center for Research Training in Parkinson's Disease.
  • Effects of Treadmill Training and Kinematic Motor Assessment, R. Freedland, J. Rothman, M. Becker. April 2007, pending training grant (5 year grant, $140,000 for year one)

Educational and Training experience for last five years only:

  • Assisted in the creation of the Department of Physical Therapy at the College of Staten Island (which commenced 9/1/06)
  • Assisted in the establishment/creation of a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree at the College of Staten Island (accepted first DPT students February 2006)
  • Research Advisor for the following College of Staten  Island entry level masters research project:
    • 2/07-2/08 - The Effects of Weight Loss on Quality of Life and Knee Pain in Overweight and Obese Women
    • 2/06-2/07 - Changes in Education and Treatment of Urinary Incontinence in Physical Therapy Over the Last Five years.
    • 2/05-2/06 - The Effect of Time on Trunk Postural Angles During Prolonged Sitting in an Ergonomic Chair with Writing Tablet
    • 2/04-2/06 - How does Time Effect Postural Angles During Prolonged Sitting?
    • 2/03-2/04 - The Effects of Multifocal Refractive Lenses on Occipital Extension and Forward Head Posture During a Visual
      ** Accepted for Poster Presentation by NY State Annual PT Conference
    • 2/02-2/04 - The Effect of Body Weight on Gait of Overweight School Age Children
      ** Accepted for Poster Presentation by NY State Annual PT Conference

My research career has focused on 4 areas of study:  clinical education, women's health, ergonomics and health promotion (particularly obesity in adults and children); therefore, when presented to be part of this collaborative project I readily accepted the opportunity.  For the past five years my focus and participation in the areas of weight loss, toning and enhancing cardiovascular efficiency have steadily increased.