PT, DPT, PhD
Northern Arizona University
Physical Therapy, Phoenix Campus
Dr. Merlo’s interests include intervention strategies for chronic neurologic conditions, including dosage and timing of therapeutic interventions, as well as patient/participant perceptions of intervention strategies.
Education and Certifications
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. PhD in Exercise Science
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. DPT in Physical Therapy
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA. MS in Exercise Science
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA. BS in Physical Education
Teaching area/ Courses Taught
Evidence-based Practice (contribute)
Neurophysiological Therapeutics I and II
Advanced Interventions in Neuromuscular Therapeutics
Psychosocial Aspects of Rehabilitation
Recent Publications and Professional Presentations
Merlo, A. How to merge quantitative and qualitative data in mixed methods research: Examples from intervention research in chronic stroke. Poster presentation at American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN February 2015.
Merlo, A, Goodman, A, and Fritz, S. The value of mixed methods: Lessons learned through intervention research in individuals with chronic stroke. Presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, November, 2013.
Fritz SL, Peters DM, Merlo AR and Donley J. Active Video Gaming Effects on Balance in Individuals with Chronic Stroke: A Randomized Control Trial. Top Stroke Rehabil. 2013; 20(3): 218-225
Merlo AR, Fritz SL, Jay M, McClenaghan B and Goodman A. Participants’ perspectives on the feasibility of an intensive, task-specific intervention for chronic stroke: A qualitative analysis. Physical Therapy, 2013; 93 (2): 147-157.
Fritz SL, Merlo AR, Rivers ED, Peters D, et al. An intensive mobility intervention to improve gait, balance and mobility in individuals with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury: A pilot study of activity tolerance and benefits. Archives of Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2011; 92(11): 1776-1784.
Frits SL, Merlo A, Rivers, ED, Brandenburg B, Sweet J, Donley J, Mathews H, deBode S, McClenghan B. Intensive mobility training as an intervention for improving gait, balance and mobility in persons with chronic neurological conditions: A case
series. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 2011; 35(3): 141-7.
Fritz SL, Rivers ED, Merlo AM, Reed AD, Mathern GW and De Bode, S. Intensive mobility training postcerebral hemispherectomy: early surgery shows best functional improvements. European Journal of Rehabilitation, 2011; 47.