Theresa M. Crytzer Assistant Professor

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Biography

Theresa Marie Crytzer, DPT, ATP is an Assistant Professor in the Rehabilitation Science and Technology Department at the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently Principal Investigator on a study funded by the National Spina Bifida Association/Ashley Rose Foundation to evaluate the extent to which restrictive lung disease affects cardiopulmonary function and to determine whether body morphology and severity of scoliosis are related to restrictive lung patterns or complications like pneumonia in adolescents and adults with spina bifida. She is co-investigator on a NIDDR DRRP project designed to develop smart phone applications that will be used as part of a community based support group program for people with spinal cord injury to improve independence with navigating the wheelchair service delivery process and living a healthy lifestyles. She completed a T32 mentored post-doctoral research project, mentored by Brad Dicianno, MD, that investigated whether adults with spina bifida who used an exercise video gaming device and received text message reminders to exercise would  increase in exercise participation.  She graduated with a Certificate in Clinical Research from the Institute of Clinical Research at the University of Pittsburgh in 2011.  Theresa had the honor of providing physical therapy services and assistive technology to children, age 3 to 21, with visual impairment and multiple disabilities at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children full time from 2002 to 2009 and part time from 2009-2011. Theresa graduated with a doctoral degree in physical therapy in 2000 from Slippery Rock University and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with minor in English from Carlow University.  Theresa currently volunteers as a member of the Housing Committee for the Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania.