Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Program
Chairperson, Physical Therapy Program
Phone: 814-871-5641
Office: M 157
legters001@gannon.edu

  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Experience
  • Professional Societies
  • Publications
  • Scholarship/Research
  • Service

Courses Taught

Academic Year 2011 - 2012

GDPT 890 Pharmacology (Course Coordinator)

GDPT 848/849 Neuroscience (Course Coordinator)

GDPT 851 Research Guidance (Instructor)

GDPT 853/855 Examination, Evaluation and Intervention of Neurologic Movement Dysfunction II (Lecturer/Lab assistant)

GDPT 860 Health Care System and Policy IV (Lecturer)

GDPT 861 Research Guidance (Instructor)

GDPT 870 Health Care System and Policy V (Lecturer)

GDPT 871 Research Guidance (Instructor)

GDPT 887 Clinical Synthesis III (Course Coordinator)

GDPT 881 Research Guidance (Instructor)

Educational History

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT, 2002, Neurology, D.Sc

Gannon University, Erie, PA, 1990, Health Services Administration, M.S.

SUNY/Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY, 1983, Physical Therapy, B.S.

Northwestern College, Orange City, IA, 1982, Biology, B.A.

Professional Experience

Chair, Gannon University, Department of Physical Therapy, Erie, PA, August 2006 – present.

Associate Professor, Gannon University, Department of Physical Therapy, Erie, PA, July 2004 – present.  Tenure received May 2005.

Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, Gannon University, Department of Physical Therapy, Erie, PA, October 1994 - June 2004.

Assistant Professor, Gannon University, Department of Physical Therapy, Erie, PA, October 1994 - June 2004.

Staff Physical Therapist, HealthSouth Erie, Erie, PA, May 1998 – September 2004.

Staff Physical Therapist, Erie Homes for Children and Adults, Inc. (contract) Erie, PA, October 1994 - present.

Director of Physical Therapy, LEIR and Great Lakes Rehabilitation Hospital, Erie, PA, February 1993 - September 1994.

Program Director of Technological Services, LEIR, Erie, PA, October 1991 - February 1993.

Director of Physical Therapy, LEIR, Erie, PA,  May 1988 - October 1991.

Assistant Director of Physical Therapy, LEIR, Erie, PA, September 1985 - January 1988.

Clinical Coordinator of Education, LEIR, Erie, PA, June 1985 - January 1988.   
                                                                            
Staff Physical Therapist, Lake Erie Institute of Rehabilitation (LEIR), Erie, PA, July 1983 – June 1985, October 1994 to May 1998.

Professional Societies

American Physical Therapy Association - member since 1983

  • Neurology Section
  • Education Section

Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association

  • Northwest District

Publications

Legters KS. Traumatic Brain Injury: Prevalence, Impairments and Interventions. SC Publishing. 2011.

Legters KS, Verbus N, Kitchen S, Tomecsko J, Urban N.  Fear of falling, balance confidence and health related quality of life in Post Polio Syndrome.  Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 2006;22:1-9.

Legters KS, Whitney SL, Porter R, Buczek F.  The Relationship between the Activities-specific Balance Confidence Scale and Dynamic Gait Index in Peripheral Vestibular Dysfunction.  Physiotherapy Research International.  2005;10(1):10-22.

Legters KS.  Fear of Falling – The Psychology and Beyond. (Monograph for The Psychology of Fear, Nova Science Publishers), 2003.

Legters KS.  Fear of Falling.  Phys Ther. 2002;82:164-272.
 

Scholarship/Research

During the last several years, the focus of my scholarly line of inquiry has been in fear of falling. These investigations have been with patients with vestibular dysfunction, individuals with post polio syndrome, and community dwelling older adults. Currently, I am engaged in a qualitative study with community dwelling older adults with fear of falling, and identifying the physical, functional, and emotional factors that contribute to their fear.

Service

Community Service - Current

  • Member, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Clinical Advisory Group - September 2008 – present
  • Member, Erie Independence House, Human Rights Committee – March 2006 - present
  • Member, Achievement Center, Utilization Review/Quality Assurance Committee - 1998-present.

Service to the Profession - Current

  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, Neurology Specialty Council, Item Review Coordinator, 2011-present
  • APTA, Education Section, Awards Committee, 2010 - present

Service to the University - Current

  • Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee, Fall 2011 – present
  • Faculty Research Committee, Fall 2010 - present
  • Middle States Educational Offerings Committee, 2011-present
  • Technology Advisory Committee, Dean’s designee – 2010-present
  • Institutional Review Board, Member, 2006 - present
  • Graduate Council, Member, 2006 – present; Chair, 2010 – present
  • University Academic Affairs Committee, GC Chair, 2010 – present
  • Provost Council, Member, fall 2010 - present
  • College Program Review Committee, Member, 2008 – present
  • DPT Program Student Performance Committee, Chair, 2006 – present
  • DPT Program Admissions Committee, Member, 1994 – present
  • DPT Program Curriculum Committee, Chair, 2006 – present