PT, PhD, DPT
Karen Mueller, PT, DPT, PhD
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
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Montana, 2012
Doctor of Philosophy, Health Professions Education/Health Promotion Union Institute and University, 2002
Master of Science, Physical Therapy, Northwestern University, 1987
Bachelor of Science, University of Missouri, 1979
Certified Health and Wellness Coach, American College of Sports Medicine, 2013
Teaching Areas / Courses Taught
PT 586 Clinical Communication
PT 635 Neurophysiologic Therapeutics I
PT 636 Neurophysiologic Therapeutics II
PT 678 Psychosocial Aspects of Rehabilitation
PT 687 Professional Development Seminar
Select Publications / Professional Presentations
Mueller K, Hamilton G, Rodden B, DeHeer H. Functional
assessment and intervention by nursing assistants in hospice and palliative
care inpatient care settings: A quality improvement pilot study. Am J Hosp and
Pall Care. Published ahead of print, October, 2014. DOI:
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:
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