Karen Mueller, PT, PhD, DPT

Karen Mueller Professor
Northern Arizona University
Physical Therapy, Flagstaff Campus
Phone: 928-523-7435
Fax: 928-523-9289
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Professional Interests

Dr. Mueller’s clinical and professional interests are in the areas of neurological rehabilitation, professional communication, health and wellness, and end of life care. She is the author of the text, Communication from the inside out: Strategies for the engaged professional (FA Davis, 2010) and has authored several articles pertaining to the role of physical therapy intervention in end of life care. Dr. Mueller is currently the Chair of the American Physical Therapy Association Oncology Section Hospice and Palliative Care Special Interest Group and serves on the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Rehabilitation Therapy Steering Committee. More recently, she has been conducting wellness coaching for patients with neurologic disease and exploring the neurological correlates of mindfulness.

Education and Certifications

University of Montana, Missoula, MT
Dates of Study: 2010-2012
Field of Study: Physical Therapy
Degree Received: Doctor of Physical Therapy

Union Institute and University, Cincinnati OH
Dates of Study 1999-2002.
Field of Study: Health Professions Education/Health Promotion
Degree Received: Doctor of Philosophy

Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Dates of Study:1982-1987.  
Field of Study: Physical Therapy
Degree Received: Master of Science

University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
Dates of Study: 1974-1979.
Field of Study: Physical Therapy
Degree Received: Bachelor of Science

Wellcoaches/American College of Sports Medicine:
Certified Health and Wellness Coach
July, 2013

Teaching area/ Courses Taught

PT 687: Professional Development Seminar
PT 635: Neurophysiologic Therapeutics 1
PT 636: Neurophysiologic Therapeutics 2
PT 586: Clinical Communication
PT 678: Psychosocial Aspects of Rehabilitation 

Recent Publications/ Professional Presentations

Mueller K. What you say feeds white and grey: Brain enhancing strategies for effective
                 therapeutic communication. American Physical Therapy Association Combined  
                 Sections meeting, Las Vegas NV, February 6, 2014.

Mueller K, Carter V. Palliative and hospice care for individuals with late to end stage
                 neurodegenerative disease: Strategies for optimizing function and quality of life.  
                 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas NV,
                 February 5, 2014.

Mueller K. Coexisting prostate cancer and Parkinson disease leading to admission to hospice:
                 Considerations for physical therapy intervention. Rehab Oncology 2013;31(2):17-21.

Mueller K. Terminal Illness: Hospice Physical Therapy (book chapter). In: Physical Therapy
                Case Files: Acute Care
. Jobst, E (ed). New York: McGraw-Hill, 2013:361-377.

Mueller K. When we are stripped of our clothing: The professional and personal impact
                 of parental loss; (Special Feature Article). Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation; 28(1):
                 January-March 2011 pp.2-9.

Mueller K. A thee level model of communication for personal and professional engagement.
                American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL,
                February 9, 2012

Mueller K. Communication and Leadership. American Physical Therapy Association. The Institute  
                of Leadership in Physical Therapy (LAMP). Pre-conference course, American Physical
               Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL. February 8, 2012.

Mueller K, Decker I. Impact of physical therapy intervention on functional outcomes in a              
                community hospice. 16th International Congress; World Confederation of
                Physical Therapy, Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 2011

Mueller K. A three level model of communication for personal and professional engagement.
                16th International Congress; World Confederation of Physical Therapy; Amsterdam,
                Netherlands, June 2011

Mueller K. Living and Dying in Clinical Practice (one day pre-conference course).American
               Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting: San Diego CA,  February
               17, 2010

Mueller K, Thomson JE. 2008 Oncology Section Clinical Research Award: New opportunities
               in physical therapy: creating a hospice based physical therapy practice