Kim Nixon-Cave, PhD, PT, PCS, is a physical therapist and the manager of the Physical Therapy Department in The Center of Rehabilitation Services. She is an Associate Professor at the University of the Sciences, and Associate Faculty at Arcadia University. She serves on national boards for the American Physical Therapy Association including the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education with the responsibility of developing board certification and post-professional educational programs. Since joining The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Dr. Nixon- Cave has developed a PT Pediatric Residency and Neonatology Fellowship program. She serves as reviewer for various professional journals and books, and is currently collaborating on a book focused on Pediatric Stroke.
Dr. Nixon-Cave’s clinical focus is developing evidence-based clinical programs and protocols for various patient populations with a specific interest in infants and young children. She has led and conducted Quality Improvement Projects focused on clinical practice, reimbursement and best practice guidelines. Dr. Nixon-Cave has developed a research agenda for the Department of Physical Therapy with the goal of developing a Research Center of Excellence for the new Center of Rehabilitation Services.
Dr. Nixon-Cave is a qualitative researcher but participates in research studies that utilize various methodologies to explore and examine health disparities, clinical decision-making of healthcare professionals, the lived experience of community- living adults with developmental disabilities, and treatment strategies utilized by physical therapists. Her own research focuses on the impact of culture and environment on overall development, the lived experience of patients and families and their interaction with the healthcare system, and clinical decision making by therapists. A recent project described the specialty practice for PT pediatric-certified specialists and entry-level PT educational programs. Dr. Nixon-Cave is currently involved in projects focused on adults with developmental disabilities, adolescents with TBI, staff communication in the NICU and the evaluation skills of clinical supervisors.
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