Maureen McKenna is a licensed physical therapist, originally from England. She has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and a PhD in Clinical Psychology. She is licensed as a Physical Therapist and as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in West Virginia. She is currently an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Wheeling Jesuit University where she has been teaching in the DPT program since 1999.
Dr. McKenna has previously taught several courses throughout the program including the following: the first three terms of the Physical Therapy Skills Lab courses, the tutorial or Clinical Science courses for all the terms, and has been the Term Coordinator for several terms. In addition, she has taught an on line course in pharmacology for three cohort sessions for the WJU transitional Doctor of Physical therapy program.
Publications: Dr. McKenna has authored a chapter (Chapter 12) on Pediatric Pharmacology for Dr. Drnach's book, The Clinical Practice of Pediatric Physical Therapy: From the NICU to Independent Living. She has also written a chapter on the Principles of Asian Medicine in Complementary Therapies and Wellness and an article in Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, Vol 18 2001 on The Application of Tai Chi Chuan in Rehabilitation and Preventive Care of the Geriatric Population.
Research interests: Dr. McKenna has focused her publications and research interests on geriatric physical therapy and the effects of alternative, complementary, and integral medicine on treatment. She served as co-investigator and advisor in a comparative study about Tai Chi versus Strength Training and their effectiveness in promoting functional independence in the elderly as well as using Tai Chi to prevent falls in the elderly. Both of these have been presented nationally at the APTA Annual Conference, CSM, and internationally at the World Congress of Physical Therapy in Vancouver, Canada and the IVth International Congress of Physical Therapy in San Jose, Costa Rica. A case study involving a child with cerebral palsy and the use of yoga has been submitted for publication.
Recently-completed and current research continues with her interest in yoga. Her students are continuing with a case study currently in progress and another one about to start utilizing yoga to improve posture. Additionally, a number of other students have been participating in projects such as investigating the Schroth method of treating patients with scoliosis, outcomes of the use of lymphedema massage with patients post-mastectomy, the effect of exercise on cognition with people with Alzheimer's Disease, and the use of acupressure for the relief of headaches.