Program Director, Professor, planned Doctor of Physical Therapy program*
Department: Physical Therapy Department
Office Location: Heelan 253
- Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Physical Therapy, Creighton University
- Bachelor’s of Science (BS), Exercise Science, Truman State University
- Rural Health Fellow (RHF), Rural Health Leadership and Political Advocacy, National Rural Health Association
- Emergency Medical Services Technician Basic (EMT-B), EMT Certification Program, Western Iowa Tech Community College
Dr. Cross was hired by Briar Cliff University as the Founding Program Director for the developing Doctor of Physical Therapy Program* in 2013. Dr. Cross came to Briar Cliff after working seven years at the University of South Dakota, where he was the Director of the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and Associate Professor of Physical Therapy. Prior to and during his time at the University of South Dakota, Dr. Cross served the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska for over 10 years, including as their Director of Rehabilitation. In 2011, Dr. Cross became the first physical therapist in the nation to complete the Rural Health Fellow Program with the National Rural Health Association, focusing on rural health leadership and political advocacy in Washington, D.C. Dr. Cross has co-authored over 10 peer-reviewed articles, been a team member on approximately 20 funded grants, and has presented over 70 peer-reviewed abstracts at regional, national, and international professional conferences.
One of Dr. Cross’ favorite pastimes is coaching soccer, which he has done for a wide array of ages and competitive levels as a licensed coach of over 20 years.
Current Professional Memberships
American Physical Therapy Association
- Awards Committee – Subcommittee on Advocacy Member: 2013 – present
- Indian Health Service Task Force Member: 2010
- Reviewer for various subcommittees of the Annual Conference Program Committee: 2005 – 2007
- Health Policy and Administration Section Member
- Global Health Special Interest Group (formally Cross Cultural and International Special Interest Group) Member
- Programming Chair/ Executive Board Member: 2014 – present
- Nominating Committee: Member: 2010 and 2012, Co-Chair: 2011, Chair: 2013 – 2014
- Sports Physical Therapy Section Member
- Emergency Response Special Interest Group Member
- Emergency Medical Response Instructor. 2010 – present.
- Youth Athlete Special Interest Group Member
- Education Section Member
Iowa Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association
- Legislative Committee/Key Contact: 2013 – present
South Dakota Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (Corresponding Member)
- Federal Affairs Liaison: 2010 – 2013
- Ethics Committee: Member: 2007 – 2008, Chair: 2008 – 2013
- Advisor for the Student Special Interest Group: 2007 – 2010
Nebraska Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (Corresponding Member)
- Advisor for the Student Special Interest Group: 2002 – 2004
National Rural Health Association
- Rural Health Fellow: 2010 – 2011
Selected Peer Reviewed Publications
- Shim A, Cross P, Norman S, Hauer P. Assessing various body composition measurements as an appropriate tool for estimating body fat in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I female collegiate athletes. American Journal of Sport Science and Medicine. 2014;2(1):1-5.
- Ladwig E, Shim AL, Yom JP, Cross P, Beebe J. Preseason and postseason body composition does not change relative to playing time in Division I female basketball players. International Journal of Exercise Science. 2013;6(3):208-216.
- Karges JR, Cross PS, Hauer PL, Blom H, Burcham J, Myers AK, Grimsrud C. Effectiveness of the Emergency Response Course in improving physical therapists’ and student physical therapists’ decision-making related to acute sports injuries and medical conditions. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2013;8(3):277-289.
- Beebe JA, Cross PS. Patellar tendinopathy: preliminary surgical results. Sports Health. 2013;5(3):220-224.
- Cross PS, Beebe JA, Ernest BN, Arthur-Sinar S. Access to outpatient physical therapy services for community-dwelling older adults in rural Western Nebraska. Physical Therapy Journal of Policy, Administration, and Leadership. 2013;13(2):1-9.
- Cross PS, Karges JR, Horkey MA, Kolb GA, Alexander KL, Knippling AL, Jacobsen JA. Management of acute sports injuries and medical conditions by South Dakota high school head coaches: assessment via case scenarios. South Dakota Medicine. 2012;65(3):97-99, 101-105, 107.
- Cross PS, Karges JR, Salsbery MA, Smith D, Stanley EJ. Management of acute sports injuries and medical conditions by physical therapists: assessment via case scenarios. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2011;6(3):158-172.
- Cross PS, Karges JR, Adamson AJ, Arnold MR, Meier CM, Hood JE. Assessing the need for knowledge on injury management among high school athletic coaches in South Dakota. South Dakota Medicine. 2010;63(7):241-245.
- Cross PS, Berg PJ, Walsh M, Kelly J, Parker D, Beebe J, Jacobsen J. A cooperative school and community-based intervention to promote diabetes awareness and prevention behaviors among youths in an American Indian community. The IHS Primary Care Provider. 2009;34(10):284-291.
- Cross PS, Voltz JD. Developing health professional students into rural health care leaders of the future through best practices. In: Royeen CB, Jensen GM, Harvan R, eds. Leadership in Interprofessional Health Education and Practice. Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett; 2009:281-295.
- Cochran TM, Cross PS. American Indian culture. In: Black JD, Purnell LD, eds. Developing Cultural Competence in Physical Therapy Practice. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis; 2005:238-259.
Awards & Honors
- University of South Dakota Sorority and Fraternity Life Alumnus Award: 2012
- Gamma Alpha Chapter of Beta Theta Pi’s “Always There Award” Alumni of the Year Award: 2011
- University of South Dakota’s Outstanding Advisor of the Year: 2011
- Gamma Alpha Chapter of Beta Theta Pi’s Robert Star Service Award: 2010
- Dakota Oyate Service and Leadership Award: 2009
- Umonhon Nation Education Association’s Friend of Education Award: 2008
- Zeta –Xi Chapter of Beta Theta Pi Outstanding Personal Achievement Alumni Award: 2007
- National Rural Health Association Rural Health Fellow: 2010 – 2011
- Selected for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Review Tool Standard Setting Committee: 2008
- Invited participant at the Conference on Native American Health Information Services through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the University of New Mexico Health Science Library and Informatics Center: 2006
- Selected as an e-Health Summer Training Institute Faculty Member through Thomas Jefferson University’s Center for Collaborative Research and the College of Health Professions: 2004 – 2005
CURRENT TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES
FORMER TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES
Dr. Cross has been a course director, lab instructor, guest lecturer, and/or research mentor at community colleges, nursing assistant training programs, and various University undergraduate, professional, and/or graduate degree programs. Topics have included: physical agents and modalities, musculoskeletal physical therapy, pediatric sports physical therapy, geriatric physical therapy, health care ethics, billing and reimbursement, health care management and leadership,health care reform, rural health, interprofessional care, cultural competence, CPR/AED for the professional rescuer, emergency medical response, pathophysiology, exercise physiology and prescription, community-based grant writing and physical therapy, physical therapy tests and measures, transfers and mobility aids, and fitness, wellness, and prevention.
*Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; firstname.lastname@example.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Briar Cliff University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.