Elizabeth M. Williamson, PT, PhD

Education

Dr. Elizabeth Mae Williamson earned her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (emphasis in applied cognition/motor control) from Texas Tech University (2006), a M.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (1993), and a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (1981). Dr. Williamson previously taught in the professional physical therapy programs at Winston-Salem State University (1994-1999), Florida Atlantic University (1999-2000), and Texas Tech University Health Science Center (2002-2008). She is currently an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Missouri State University.

Teaching

Dr. Williamson is currently the course director for the following courses within the Physical Therapy Program: PTE 720 Neuroanatomy-Neuroscience; PTE 721 Professional Issues II; PTE 730 Motor Control/Motor Learning; and PTE 743 Patient Management: Neurological I. She also serves as an instructor in the following courses: PTE 713 Human Development and PTE 873 Patient Management: Advanced Differential Diagnosis.

Research

Dr. Williamson’s research interests include aging of the motor system and the long-term affect of pediatric physical therapy interventions on the functional capabilities of children with neurological disabilities.

Publications and Presentations

Williamson EM, Marshall PH. Motor Control of the Knee as a Function of Age and Range of Motion. Experimental Aging Research. 2008; in the press.

Brueilly KE, Williamson EM, Morris GS. Defining Core Faculty for Physical Therapy Education. The Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2007;21(2):10-14.

Williamson EM. Values Hispanic and Anglo Mothers Hold for Children with Disabilities and How these Values Affect Satisfaction with Habilitative Services. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 2002;14:16-21.

 Williamson EM, Marshall PH. Effects of Age and Arthritis on Performance of a Continuous tracking task using knee flexions and extensions. Poster Presented Annual Conference & Exposition of the American Physical Therapy Association (2006, June), Orlando.

 Marshall PH, Williamson EM. Lower limb fine motor control as a function of age and range of motion. Poster presented at 44th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society (2003, November), Vancouver.

 Marshall PH, Williamson EM. Assessing continuous voluntary, fine motor control using the knee. Poster presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society (2001, November), Orlando.

 Williamson E M An infant with asthma resistance to horizontal play. Platform presentation Annual Conference & Exposition of the American Physical Therapy Association (1998, June), Orlando.

 Williamson, E. M. Values Hispanic and Anglo mothers hold for children with disabilities in South Texas. Platform presentation Annual Conference & Exposition of the American Physical Therapy Association (1998, June), Orlando.

Clinical Experience and Service

Dr. Williamson is a physical therapist licensed in Missouri. Her early practice (1981 – 1988) focused on acute care and adult neurorehabilitation and her current practice focuses on pediatric physical therapy. She is certified in the treatment of children with cerebral palsy and the treatment of adults with hemiplegia by the Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association. She has participated in several short-term medical mission trips in Mexico, Bolivia, and Uganda.