• Homepage
  • Directory
  • Physical Therapy Faculty
  • Klappa, Susan

Sue Klappa, PT, PhD


Susan Klappa

Professor of Physical Therapy

Department: Department of Physical Therapy
Phone: 712-279-5560
Email: Susan.Klappa@briarcliff.edu
Office Location: BCU at Mayfair Center, Room 111


Education

  • Ph.D., Education, Curriculum & Instruction: Family, Youth & Community. University of Minnesota.
  • M.P.T., Physical Therapy, The College of St. Catherine (Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • M.A., Physical Education. University of Minnesota
  • B.A., Biology, Hamline University (St. Paul, Minn.)
Susan Klappa

Biography

Sue Klappa, Ph.D., MPT, is a professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Briar Cliff. She completed her PhD in Education, Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Minnesota with a focus on community engagement. Sue earned her Masters of Physical Therapy degree from St. Catherine University. She also holds a Master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in cardiac rehabilitation.

Dr. Klappa is a PT educator and clinician who has practiced physical therapy and presented internationally. She has a special interest in global and local public health. Dr. Klappa has had five tours of service to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.  She has also led and facilitated many service learning/community engagement experiences for student PTs and PTAs in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Honduras, Mexico and Haiti. Dr. Klappa has developed many educational sessions as well as pro bono campo and batey community health clinics in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Honduras.

Dr. Klappa’s research interests explore how interprofessional collaboration, global health work, and international community engagement influence the formation of professional identity among physical therapists.

 


Scholarship

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Klappa SG, Alles YB, Klappa SP. DPT program stages an art show: Using art to develop a heart for the profession of physical therapy. The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation. May 2, 2017. Spring 2017: https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/journalofhumanitiesinrehabilitation/2017/05/02/dpt-program-stages-an-art-show-using-art-to-develop-a-heart-for-the-profession-of-physical-therapy/.
  • Klappa SG, Alles YB, Klappa SP. Professionalism Unveiled in DPT Student Monologues. Journal of Novel Physiotherapies. 2016; 6(5):308. DOI: 10.4172/2165-7025.1000308. http://www.omicsgroup.org/journals/ArchiveJNP/articleinpress-novel-physiotherapies-open-access.php
  • Klappa SG, Crocker R, Hughes L, Thompson J, Klappa SP. Predicting compassion fatigue: A model for disaster relief workers. HPA PTJ PAL January 2016; 15(4):J1-J18.
  • Klappa SG, Fulton LE, Gregg J, Tollefson A, Van Praag E, Klappa SP. Physical therapist leaders: How gritty are they? Global Journal of Medical, Physical and Health Education; November 2015; 3(6): 138-151. http://www.globalscienceresearchjournals.org/gjmphe/physical-therapist-leaders-how-gritty-are-they
  • Klappa SG, Fulton LE, Cerier L, Peña A, Sibenaller A, Klappa SP. Compassion fatigue among physiotherapist and physical therapists around the world. Global Journal of Medical, Physical and Health Education; October 2015; 3(5):124-137. http://www.globalscienceresearchjournals.org/gjmphe/compassion-fatigue-among-physiotherapist-and-physical-therapists-around-the-world
  • Klappa SG, Howayek R, Reed K, Scherbarth B, Klappa SP. Compassion fatigue among new graduate physical therapists. Global Journal of Medical, Physical and Health Education; September 2015; 3(4):100-111. http://www.globalscienceresearchjournals.org/gjmphe/compassion-fatigue-among-new-graduate-physical-therapists
  • Xia R, Stone J, Hoffman J, Klappa S. Promoting community health and eliminating health disparities through community-based participatory research. Physical Therapy.  2016; 96(3):410-417. DOI: 10.2522/ptj.20140529.
  • Klappa S, Hellyer N. Service learning in Honduras: Rehabilitation student perspectives on international interprofessional collaboration service learning in Honduras - A case study. International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society; 2015;4(3-4):1-15.
  • Klappa SG, Klappa SP. Coming to America: Rethinking professional identity of foreign-trained physical therapists in the USA. International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society; 2013. 3:1-20. ISSN: 2156-8960.
  • Klappa SG, Crocker R. Interprofessional collaborative practice during disaster relief work in Haiti: An ethnographic study. Health Policy and Administration Physical Therapy Journal of Policy, Administration, and Leadership. 2013; 13(4); J1-11.
  • Klappa SG, Audette J, Do S. The role of physical and occupational therapists in disaster relief post-earthquake Haiti 2010. Disability and Rehabilitation. Early Online, May 2013. 35:1-9. ISSN 0963-8288 print/ISSN 1464-5165. Print: 2014; 36(4): 330–338. ISSN 0963-8288 print/ISSN 1464-5165 online.
  • Klappa SG, Meade V. Reflecting on pediatric physical therapy in the international community: Helpful or harmful? International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society. 2012; 2(1); 101-106.
  • Klappa SG. More than a vacation rotation: Ethnography on international service learning (ISL) in physical therapy education. International Journal of Research on Service Learning and Teacher Education. 2012; 2(1); 1-11.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Presentations:

  • Klappa SG, Alles Y, Klappa SP. Drawing on the affective domain: DPT students engage community by staging an art show. (Research poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association NEXT Conference, June 21-24, 2017, Boston MA).
  • Klappa SG, Alles Y, Klappa SP. Student monologues unveil professional identity. (Research poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association NEXT Conference, June 21-24, 2017, Boston MA)
  • Klappa SG, Sharby N, Williams York B. Addressing health disparities: Whose job is it anyway? (Educational session presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association NEXT Conference, June 21-24, 2017, Boston, MA).
  • Klappa SG. Planting seeds of possibility: Transcending barriers of oppression with the SEED-SCALE model. (Presentation for The Power of Cultural Diversity Conference, March 23, 2017, Sioux City, IA)
  • Klappa SG, Klappa SP. Extinguishing the flames of burnout through pathoplasticity. (Oral Presentation at the Global Physiotherapy Congress – 2016, November 17-19, 2016, Atlanta, GE).
  • Sharby N, Klappa SG, York B. Catalyzing change in professional beliefs and actions: An evolution, not a revolution. (Educational Session at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) NEXT Conference and Exposition, June 11, 2016, Nashville, TN).
  • Klappa S. Making waves in hydrotherapy: Post-surgical management of open shoulder procedures. (Educational Session at the Novel Physiotherapies Conference, June 9-11, 2016, London England).
  • Klappa SG, Fulton L, Cerier L, Peña A, Sibenaller A, Klappa SP. Compassion fatigue in physios around the world: Who's taking care of our physios? (Research poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Conference, February 17-20, 2016, Anaheim, CA). HPA Section Global Health SIG Social Responsibility Research Award.
  • Klappa SG, Fulton L, Gregg J, Tollefson A, Van Praag E, Klappa SP. Physical therapist leaders: How gritty are they? (Research poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Conference, February 17-20, 2016, Anaheim, CA).
  • Klappa SG. Compassion satisfaction – Taking care of our physios means better patient care. (Plenary Research Talk at the International Conference and Expo on Novel Physiotherapies Conference, August 17-19, 2015 Chicago, IL) 
  • Klappa S, Howayek R, Reed K, Scherbarth B, Windsor N. Compassion fatigue among new graduate physical therapists. (Research poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Conference, February 4-7, 2015, Indianapolis, IN). HPA Section Global Health SIG Social Responsibility Research Award.
  • Klappa S, Hughes L, Thompson J. Facilitating future scholar practitioners: DPT students embrace their role in research. (Research poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Conference, February 4-7, 2015, Indianapolis, IN) 
  • Xia R, Klappa S. Relationship between learning outcomes and students’ attitudes toward evidence-based physical therapy course. (Research poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Conference, February 4-7, 2015, Indianapolis, IN). 
  • Hughes L, Thompson J, Klappa S. Cognitive mapping illustrates DPT student learning through a pro bono patient case. (Research poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Conference, February 4-7, 2015, Indianapolis, IN). HPA Section Global Health SIG Social Responsibility Research Award.
  • Klappa SG, Thompson JAI. In the case of service learning: What did it really matter? (Research poster presentation session at the American Physical Therapy Association Educational Leadership Conference. October 10-1, 2014, Kansas City, MO).
  • Klappa S, Hughes LC, Thompson J. Facilitating future scholar practitioners: Changing conceptions of research among DPT students in a problem-based learning program.  (Research poster presentation at the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) Annual Conference, October 26, 2013) 
  • Klappa SG, Shanley J, Cipoletti M, Herlihy B, Best J. Interprofessional collaborative practice in Haiti: Building the dream team for disaster relief work. (Panel Presentation Interactive Educational Program Abstract submitted to the Collaborating across Borders IV Conference. June 12-14, 2013. Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada). Available at: http://cabiv.ca/Conference%20Presentations.php.
  • Klappa SG, Klappa SP. Coming to America: Rethinking professional identity of foreign-trained physical therapists in the USA. (YouTube Virtual Presentation at the International Health, Wellness, and Society Conference, March 15-16, 2013, Universidade Federal de Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil). Available at: http://youtu.be/OaoxQ4Eqz2s.
  • Klappa SG, Leeman K, Olson A, Rassat A, White, R.  Re-entry home after disaster relief work in Haiti. (Research poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Conference, January 21-24, 2013, San Diego, CA). HPA Section Global Health SIG Social Responsibility Research Award.
  • Mosaddeghi P, Klappa S. From the white coat to flip flops: A therapist’s story from the field of practice. (Research poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Conference, January 21-24, 2013, San Diego, CA). HPA Section Global Health SIG Social Responsibility Research Award. 
  • Klappa S. Teaching social responsibility: Crossing borders into community engagement & advocacy. Continuing Professional Development Track. (Research poster presentation at the 3rd European Congress on Physiotherapy Education, November 7-8, 2012, Vienna, Austria and at the 6th Annual UIW Research Week Poster Session Event Proceedings, February 25 – March 1, 2013. San Antonio, TX).
  • Klappa S, Crocker R. Building interprofessional practice during relief work in Haiti: An ethnographic study. Continuing Professional Development Track. (Research poster presentation at the 3rd European Congress on Physiotherapy Education, November 7-8, 2012, Vienna, Austria & at the 6th Annual UIW Research Week Poster Session Event Proceedings, February 25-March 1, 2013, San Antonio, TX).
  • Klappa SG, Meade V. Reflecting on pediatric physical therapy in the international community: Helpful or harmful? (YouTube Virtual Presentation at the International Health, Wellness, and Society Conference, March 10, 2012, Chicago, IL). Uploaded by CG Publishing on March 7, 2012. Accessible at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPpMxwGSf5Q.
  • Klappa SG, Crocker R, Wallen N. Educators in global health: The PT- PTA relationship during disaster relief work. (Educational Session at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Conference, February 8-11, 2011, Chicago, IL).
  • Klappa SG. Experiences of physical therapists not-knowing during international service-learning work.  (Research Poster Presentation at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress, June 20-23, 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands and at the American Physical Therapy (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting, February 9-12, 2011, New Orleans, LA). HPA Section Best Poster Award for 2011. HPA Section Global Health SIG Social Responsibility Research Award.
  • Hellyer N, Elvir B, Klappa S, Maldonado Molina E. A short-term, multicultural clinical experience increases respect of diversity and social responsibility. (Research Poster Presentation at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress, June 20-23, 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands).

Books

  • Klappa SG. Experiences of Foreign-Trained Physical Therapist in the US: A Suitcase and an Idea. Saarbrϋcken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing Company; 2012. ISBN_NR:978-3659-27425-1.
  • Klappa SG. Physical Therapists Not-Knowing during International Service Work: The Essence of Not-Knowing. Saarbrϋcken, Germany: VDM Publishing Company; 2010. ISBN_NR: 978-3-639-31496-0.