Karen Nolan

Karen Nolan

School of AHLH, Class of 1980

Phone:(585) 340-9617
Office: Rochester Center
Rochester, NY 14623

My clinical experience is in the pediatrics and developmental disabilities specialty area. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College, and an MS in Developmental Disabilities from the University of Rochester. I attained board certification as a Pediatric Specialist in 1999, and was re-certified in 2009. I am also certified to administer the Southern California Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests, and the Gross Motor Function Measure. Recent research focus has included orthotics and modality interventions for children with physical disabilities, transitions from pediatric to adult health care for adolescents with special health care needs, and coordination of care for children with complex health care needs. 

My primary teaching responsibilities for Ithaca College include Clinical Science-Pediatrics (PTMS-61800), Research II (PTMS-60800) and Case Study Seminar (PDPT - 61200). I am also the Physical Therapy Discipline Coordinator for the University of Rochester LEND program (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders), a Maternal and Child Health Bureau Training Grant. This training grant offers clinical fellowship opportunities for disciplines including Physical Therapy. 

I practiced as the Physical Therapist at the Kirch Developmental Services Center Physical Disabilities clinic, at the Golisano Children’s Hospital @ Strong from 1998-2007. As a member of that interdisciplinary team, I provided physical therapy evaluations for children with physical disabilities from various parts of central and western New York State. Currently, my clinical practice includes work in Monroe County as an Early Intervention PT provider, and a consultant provider of PT evaluations for the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Service Organization.