Debra Sellheim, PT, PhD

Professor

651-690-7716

dosellheim@stkate.edu

Dr Sellheim is a graduate of the Physical Therapy Program at the University of North Dakota (UND). She received a MA degree in counseling from UND and PhD in Educational Policy and Administration, Higher Education Program, at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include curricular design and outcomes, PT education and educational factors affecting how students approach learning. She has published and presented nationally on these topics. Dr. Sellheim has received three American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Journal of Physical Therapy Education awards for her publications: The Stanford Award (2003, 2017), an annual award honoring the most influential paper published in the Journal and the Feitelberg Journal Founder's Award (2006), which recognizes excellence in the preparation of a manuscript.

Dr. Sellheim has taught in PT and PTA programs in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Utah. She is currently Professor and Director of the Curriculum for the DPT Program at St. Catherine University. Her clinical background includes orthopedics and general practice (rural hospital/long-term care facilities). Dr. Sellheim is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and was a 2012 recipient of the Corrine Ellingham Outstanding Service Award from the MN Chapter of the APTA. She also serves on the MN Board of Physical Therapy. Her personal interests include hiking, travel, and reading.

  • Curricular design and outcomes
  • PT education
  • Educational factors affecting how students approach learning

Ph.D., Educational Policy and Administration - Higher Education Program
University of MN, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2001

Master of Arts, Counseling
University of ND, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1984

Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy
University of ND, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1977

MN American Physical Therapy Association. (2012). Corrine Ellingham Outstanding Service Award.

St. Catherine University. (2010). Faculty Mentor Recognition (student nominated).

Journal of PT Education. (2006). Feitelberg Journal Founder’s Award, APTA Section for Education, Journal of Physical Therapy Education.

Journal of PT Education. (2017; 2003). Stanford Award, APTA Section for Education, Journal of Physical Therapy Education.

Professor and Curriculum Director, St. Catherine University, 2013–Present

Professor and Curriculum Co-Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, St. Catherine University, 2012–2013

Associate Professor and Curriculum Co-Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, St. Catherine University - DPT Program, 2005–2012

Program Administrator - PTA Program, Provo College, 2003–2005

Program Director MPT/DPT Program, St. Catherine University - MPT/DPT Program, 1991–2003

Instructor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, Anoka Technical College, 1989–1991

Instructor/Assistant Professor/Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, University of North Dakota - Physical Therapy Program, 1981–1989

Physical Therapist, Time Rehabilitation Center, 1977–1981

Chapman D & Sellheim D. (2017). The Effect Selected Learning Activities Have on Entry Level DPT Students’ Knowledge and Knowledge Confidence Related to Pediatrics. J Phys Ther Educ. 31(2):108-118

Dutton, L. & Sellheim, D. (2017) "Academic and Clinical Dissonance in Physical Therapist Education: How Do Students Cope?" Journal of Physical Therapy Education.

Sellheim, D. & Weddle, M. (2015). "Using a Collaborative Course Reflection Process to Enhance Faculty and Curriculum Development." College Teaching.

Dutton, L. & Sellheim, D. (2014). "The Informal and Hidden Curriculum in Physical Therapist Education." Journal of Physical Therapy Education.

Weddle, M. & Sellheim, D. (2011). "Linking Classroom and the Clinic: A Model of Integrated Clinical Education for First-Year Physical Therapist Students." Journal of Physical Therapy Education. (25, 3, 68-80)

Weddle, M. & Sellheim, D. (2009). "An Integrative Curriculum Model Preparing Physical Therapists for Vision 2020 Practice." Journal of Physical Therapy Education.

Sellheim, D. (2006). "Influence of Physical Therapist Faculty Beliefs and Conceptions of Teaching and Learning on Instructional Methodologies." Journal of Physical Therapy Education.

Sellheim, D. (2003). "Educational Factors Influencing Physical Therapist Students’ Approaches to Learning." Journal of Physical Therapy Education.

Biggs Miller J & Sellheim D. (2018). “Service Learning Integrated Across a DPT Curriculum and Linked with a PTA Program”, APTA Combined Sections Meeting

D Sellheim & Scholl J. (2018). Igniting a Passion for Leadership through an Intraprofessional Student Leadership Symposium. APTA Combined Sections Meeting

Biggs-Miller J, Sellheim D, Berggren K, Gerardi M, Mueller L. (2018). The Impact of a Community Based Exercise Program on Somali Immigrants Residing in Subsidized Housing. APTA Combined Sections Meeting

Dutton L,& Sellheim D. (2017). Innovative Integrated Modular Curriculum: St. Catherine University Experience, On-line presentation to Department of Physical Therapy Chapman University, Irvine, CA

Klein J & Sellheim DO. (2017). Plantar Fasciitis Treated with McKenzie Approach of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment: A Case Report. MN Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference

Bjornaraa J, Cieminski C, Gilchrist L, Sellheim D. (2016). The Threading of Anatomy throughout a 3-Year DPT Curriculum: A Unique Approach to Learning. APTA Educational Leadership Conference

McNutt C & Sellheim DO. (2016). Conversion of a Knee Arthrodesis to a Total Knee Arthroplasty with Quadricepsplasty: A Case Report. MN Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference

Dutton, L. & Sellheim, D. (2016). "Academic and Clinical Dissonance in Physical Therapist Education: How Do Students Cope?" American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting

Sellheim, D. (2016). "Use of the Humanities to Cultivate Creativity in a Physical Therapist Education Course." American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting

Moseman, J. & Sellheim, D. (2015). "Cerebral Vascular Accident Confounded by Parkinson’s Disease: A Case Report." MN Physical Therapy Association Spring Conference

Schutte, C. & Sellheim, D. (2015). "Physical Therapy Management of a Patient with Diffuse Pigmented Villononodular Synovitis: A Case Report." MN Physical Therapy Association Spring Conference

Madanayake, D. & Sellheim, D. (2015). "A View Into Aging: Seniors Mentoring DPT Students." American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting

Ingman, M. & Sellheim, D. (2015). "Facilitators and Barriers to Health Promotion Perceived by Physical Therapists Working in Outpatient Settings." American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting

Ingman, M., Sellheim, D., Fisher, A., Otterson, M. & Pitzen, S. (2014). "Facilitators and Barriers to Health Promotion Perceived by Minnesota Physical Therapists Working in Outpatient Settings." MN Physical Therapy Association Spring Conference

Sellheim, D. & Nelson, S. (2013). "DPT/PTA Myser Initiative Work on CST." Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity, Faculty Workshop

Sellheim, D. (2013). "Benefits of APTA Membership." MNPTA Spring Conference

Sellheim, D. & Dutton, L. (2013). "What We Don’t Know We Are Teaching: The Informal and Hidden Curriculum in Physical Therapy Education." American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting

Sellheim, D. & Lisa, D. (2012). "The Informal and Hidden Curriculum in Physical Therapy Education." PT 2012: Annual Conference & Exposition of the American Physical Therapy Association

Chapman, D. & Sellheim, D. (2012). "DPT Students' Self-Rated Knowledge and Knowledge Confidence in Pediatrics." APTA Combined Sections Meeting

Sellheim, D. & Dutton, L. (2012). "The Informal and Hidden Curriculum in Physical Therapy Education." DPT Program Core and Clinical Faculty Development

Sellheim, D. & Solberg, J. (2011). "An Innovative Approach to Threading PT-PTA Relationship Content Throughout a DPT Curriculum." APTA Educational Leadership Conference

Sellheim, D. & Chapman, D. (2011). "Do They Know What They Know - Assessing Student Knowledge and Confidence in Their Knowledge." St. Catherine University Opening Faculty/Staff Workshop

Hokanson, A. & Sellheim, D. (2011). "Functional Recovery in a 67-Year-Old Male with Staphylococcus Aureus Spinal Cord Abscess: A Case Report." MN APTA Spring Conference

Solberg, J. & Sellheim, D. (2011). "Threading PT-PTA Relationship Content Throughout a DPT Curriculum." MN APTA Spring Conference

Olsen, J. & Sellheim, D. (2011). "Clinical Use of the Nintendo Wii for Balance Rehabilitation: A Case Report." MN APTA Spring Conference

Solberg, J. & Sellheim, D. (2011). "Threading PT-PTA Relationship Content Throughout a DPT Curriculum." APTA Combined Sections Meeting

Sellheim, D., Nelson, S., Clynch, H., Biggs Miller, J. & Ingman, M. (2010). "Putting Partnership into Practice: Developing a Foundation for the Preferred PT/PTA Relationship." American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting

Sellheim, D. & Weddle, M. (2010). "Enhancing Curricular and Course Development Using a Collaborative Reflective Process." American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting