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Karen Morren, P.T., D.P.T., M.S.

Karen Morren

Director of Clinical Education, School of Physical Therapy, College of Health and Education

Assistant Professor *Administrator with faculty rank, School of Physical Therapy

Bio

Although primarily the clinical coordinator for the Physical Therapy program, Karen also teaches and assists in the therapeutic skills labs as well as in advising research projects. She received her bachelor's degree in biology from Albright College in Pennsylvania, a master's degree in physical therapy from Hahnemann University, a master’s degree in adult and higher education from the University of Southern Maine, and a DPT from Simmons College. Karen is a Credentialed Trainer for the APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program. Her area of clinical interest is in neurological physical therapy while her research focus centers on pedagogical issues in physical therapy education.

Personal Statement

Your education in Physical Therapy is not limited to the classroom. Clinical experiences will provide you with opportunities to apply and hone your patient care skills. Be open to, and take advantage of, these opportunities for professional and personal growth. Your clinical education may take you to one of our many clinical sites in Maine, or to sites located throughout the United States.

Research

Karen Morren

Karen's research focus centers on pedagogical issues in physical therapy education. Recent projects have examined factors impacting student satisfaction of clinical instruction and the use of qualitative tools in program outcomes assessment.

Recent Publication

* Morren, K.K., Gordon, S.P., & Sawyer, B.A. (Winter 2008). The relationship between clinical instructor characteristics and students perceptions of clinical instructor effectiveness. Journal of Physical Therapy Education: 22(3), 52-63.

Recent Presentations
* Gordon, S, & Morren, K. Identities and Practices of the Exemplary Clinical Instructor: Developing a Theory of Expertise. Presented at the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL, February, 2012.
* Morren, K. Physical Therapist Perceptions of Continuing Education Availability and Quality in Maine. Presented at the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL, February, 2012.
* Gordon, S., Morren, K., Falvey, J., Beaumont, T., Cowie, J., Leavitt, M., Philbrook, C., Maguire, S., Leadbetter, K., Geel, N. Reflections on Becoming an Exemplary Clinical Instructor: Developing a Theory of Expert Clinical Instructing. Presented at the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA, February, 2011.
* Morren, K., & Gordon, S. Student truthfulness in clinical instructor assessment. Presented at the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, Boston, MA, February, 2007.
* Gordon, S., & Morren, K. An emergent mission: Examining the use of focus groups to support a culture of assessment.. Presented at the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA, February, 2005.
* Gordon, S., Morren, K., & Olson, P. The effectiveness of qualitative research in assessing program outcomes. Presented at the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA, February, 2005.