Bara Alsalaheen

Associate Professor

Education: PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences and MPT, University of Pittsburgh; University Physical Therapy Degree from University of Jordan

Dr. Alsalaheen is a clinical researcher and the
faculty director for the Sports Medicine Assessment
and Rehabilitation Team (SMART). The SMART lab is
located within the Physical Therapy department at
UM-Flint. Dr. Alsalaheen is also a research assistant
professor in the Department of Neurology at University
of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Physical Therapist at
Michigan NeuroSport (Michigan Medicine).

Areas of clinical and research interests:

Teaching experience

  • Kinesiology and Functional Anatomy
  • Quantitative Research Methods and Biostatistics
  • Fundamentals of Patient Management
  • PhD seminar

Jennifer Blackwood

Associate Professor

Education: PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Western Michigan University; Masters of Physical Therapy and Bachelor’s of Health Science, University of Michigan Flint and Bachelor’s of Biology, Bowling Green State University

Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist
American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
Certified Expert in Exercise for the Aging Adult (GCS)

Areas of Clinical & Research Interest:

Research focus:

Relationships between cognitive function
and falls in older adults with cognitive loss-from
Mild Cognitive Impairment to Alzheimer’s disease.

Falls risk assessment, incidence, assessment,
& prevention in Older Cancer SurvivorsPopulation
and age-related changes in balance function in older adults  

Clinical practice focus:

The medically complex Geriatric client

Teaching Experience:

Geriatrics in Practice
Assistive Technology
Evidence Based Practice
Professional Issues in Practice

Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor and Associate Director for Post-Professional Clinical Programs

Education: PhD, Walden University; DPT, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences; BA in Biology, Trinity Christian College

Dr. Laura Smith is an ABPTS Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Certified Manual Physical Therapist and Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.   She has extensive teaching experience in entry-level and post-professional physical therapy education.  Dr. Smith empowers colleagues and students to engage in interprofessional learning and collaborative practice.  She is engaged in the local community through her work with local high schools. 

Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice Models
Performance and Injury Measures in Athletes

Orthopedic Physical Therapy


Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy
Interprofessional Education


High School Performance Measures and Injury Screening

Curriculum Vitae

Amy Yorke

Associate Professor and Associate Director of Community Engagement

Education: PhD, Western Michigan University; Master of Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Health Science, University of Michigan Flint

Dr. Yorke is an ABPTS Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist and an APTA Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor. She has co-developed a continuing education course on vestibular rehabilitation and has provided post-professional education on a national basis. Her professional affiliations include the American Physical Therapy Association and Michigan Physical Therapy Association.  Amy’s teaching areas include evaluation and treatment of patients with neurological disabilities.  Her research interests include topics regarding teaching and learning in graduate education, social networking and the relationship to professionalism, and balance and falls in the older adult.

Areas of Research Interest:

Teaching and learning in physical therapy education

Balance and falls in older adults

Curriculum Vitae