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Kristie F. Bjornson, PT, PhD

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Kristie F. Bjornson, PT, PhD

Academic Title: Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Developmental Medicine

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

"One of the most energizing experiences I have as a pediatric physical therapist is seeing a child accomplish a motor skill (such as walking) that was not thought possible because of the child's problems. Parents' excitement and miraculous belief when their child walks, even though "everyone said they would never walk," motivates me. I love the challenge of figuring out ways to study, measure and improve physical activity and life participation for kids with physical limitations. I strive to support these kids to "do what they want to do when they want to do it" and have full and meaningful lives."

Overview

Clinical Interests

Physical Therapy

Research Description

Kristie Bjornson, PhD, PT, PCS is a Board Certified Pediatric Physical Therapist with over 30 years of clinical experience in settings such as the NICU, public schools, birth-to-three centers, and at Seattle Children's Hospital. Since 1989 she has been the Research Coordinator for the Spasticity Management Clinic at Seattle Children's, serving as the project coordinator for the randomized clinical trials of selective dorsal rhizotomy, botulinum toxin-A and a descriptive cross sectional study of intrathecal baclofen (ITB) therapy. Ms. Bjornson's recent research has focused on the assessment of physical activity, health and quality of life in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy and normative ambulatory data for the StepWatch accelerometer. Presently, she has an NICHD K23 career development award focusing on the measurement of physical activity and participation in daily life of ambulatory children with cerebral palsy.

Research Focus Area

Neuroscience / Neurodevelopment

Awards and Honors

Award NameAward DescriptionAwarded ByAward Date
Jeanne Hughes Award - American Physical Therapy AssociationAmerican Physical Therapy AssociationJan. 1, 2009
Pediatrics Dissertation AwardAmerican Physical Therapy Association, Section on Pediatrics 2008
The Richmond Cerebral Palsy Award 1998 (co-recipient) 1998
The Richmond Cerebral Palsy Award 1996American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine 1996
The Richmond Cerebral Palsy Award 1991 (co-recipient)American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine 1991

Publications

Capacity to participation in cerebral palsy: evidence of an indirect path via performance.
Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation , 2013 Dec: 94(12)2365-72
Relationship of stride activity and participation in mobility-based life habits among children with cerebral palsy.
Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation , 2013 Nov 11
Walking activity patterns in youth with cerebral palsy and youth developing typically.
Disability and rehabilitation , 2013 Oct 25
Systematic review of the clinimetric properties of laboratory- and field-based aerobic and anaerobic fitness measures in children with cerebral palsy.
Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation , 2013 Feb: 94(2)287-301
Reliably measuring ambulatory activity levels of children and adolescents with cerebral palsy.
Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation , 2013 Jan: 94(1)132-7
Physical activity assessment in adolescents with limb salvage.
The Journal of pediatrics , 2012 Dec: 161(6)1138-41
Commentary on "Physiological demands of therapeutic horseback riding in children with moderate to severe motor impairments: an exploratory study".
Pediatric physical therapy : the official publication of the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association , 2012 Fall: 24(3)258
Fitness and physical activity in children and youth with disabilities.
International journal of pediatrics , 2012: 2012162648
StepWatch stride counting: accuracy, precision, and prediction of energy expenditure in children.
Journal of pediatric rehabilitation medicine , 2012: 5(1)7-14
Factor- and item-level analyses of the 38-item activities scale for kids-performance.
Developmental medicine and child neurology , 2011 Feb: 53(2)161-6
Relationship of therapy to postsecondary education and employment in young adults with physical disabilities.
Pediatric physical therapy : the official publication of the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association , 2011 Summer: 23(2)179-86
Effects of positioning on respiratory measures in individuals with cerebral palsy and severe scoliosis.
Pediatric physical therapy : the official publication of the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association , 2011 Summer: 23(2)159-69
Walking stride rate patterns in children and youth.
Pediatric physical therapy : the official publication of the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association , 2011 Winter: 23(4)354-63
Survey of the use of massage for children with cerebral palsy.
International journal of therapeutic massage & bodywork , 2010 Dec 16: 3(4)10-5
Measurement of walking activity throughout childhood: influence of leg length.
Pediatric exercise science , 2010 Nov: 22(4)581-95
Reliability and validity of the standing heel-rise test.
Physical & occupational therapy in pediatrics , 2010 Aug: 190-204
Reliability and validity of the standing heel-rise test.
Physical & occupational therapy in pediatrics , 2010 Aug: 30(3)190-204
The association between idiopathic clubfoot and increased internal hip rotation.
Clinical orthopaedics and related research , 2009 May: 467(5)1231-7
Ambulatory activity in youth with arthrogryposis: a cohort study.
Journal of pediatric orthopedics , 2009 Mar: 214-7
Ambulatory activity in youth with arthrogryposis: a cohort study.
Journal of pediatric orthopedics , 2009 Mar: 29(2)214-7
Activity limitations: what are they really doing?
Developmental medicine and child neurology , 2008 Mar: 50(3)166
The relationship of physical activity to health status and quality of life in cerebral palsy.
Pediatric physical therapy : the official publication of the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association , 2008 Fall: 247-53
Self-reported health status and quality of life in youth with cerebral palsy and typically developing youth.
Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation , 2008 Jan: 121-7
The relationship of physical activity to health status and quality of life in cerebral palsy.
Pediatric physical therapy : the official publication of the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association , 2008 Fall: 20(3)247-53
Self-reported health status and quality of life in youth with cerebral palsy and typically developing youth.
Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation , 2008 Jan: 89(1)121-7
Botulinum toxin for spasticity in children with cerebral palsy: a comprehensive evaluation.
Pediatrics , 2007 Jul: 120(1)49-58
Ambulatory physical activity performance in youth with cerebral palsy and youth who are developing typically.
Physical therapy , 2007 Mar: 248-57
Ambulatory physical activity performance in youth with cerebral palsy and youth who are developing typically.
Physical therapy , 2007 Mar: 87(3)248-57
Psychometric properties of the quality of life questionnaire for children with CP.
Developmental medicine and child neurology , 2007 Jan: 49(1)49-55
The effect of dynamic ankle foot orthoses on function in children with cerebral palsy.
Journal of pediatric orthopedics , 2006 Nov-Dec: 773-6
The effect of dynamic ankle foot orthoses on function in children with cerebral palsy.
Journal of pediatric orthopedics , 2006 Nov-Dec: 26(6)773-6
Use of the StepWatch activity monitor for characterization of normal activity levels of children.
Journal of pediatric orthopedics , 2006 Mar-Apr: 245-9
Use of the StepWatch activity monitor for characterization of normal activity levels of children.
Journal of pediatric orthopedics , 2006 Mar-Apr: 26(2)245-9
Physical activity monitoring in children and youths.
Pediatric physical therapy : the official publication of the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association , 2005 Spring: 37-45
Physical activity monitoring in children and youths.
Pediatric physical therapy : the official publication of the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association , 2005 Spring: 17(1)37-45
Lower extremity sensory function in children with cerebral palsy.
Pediatric rehabilitation , 2005 Jan-Mar: 8(1)45-52
Ambulatory activity monitoring in youth: state of the science.
Pediatric physical therapy : the official publication of the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association , 2004 Summer: 82-9
Ambulatory activity monitoring in youth: state of the science.
Pediatric physical therapy : the official publication of the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association , 2004 Summer: 16(2)82-9
Oral motor, communication, and nutritional status of children during intrathecal baclofen therapy: a descriptive pilot study.
Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation , 2003 Apr: 500-6
Oral motor, communication, and nutritional status of children during intrathecal baclofen therapy: a descriptive pilot study.
Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation , 2003 Apr: 84(4)500-6
Long-term safety and efficacy of continuous intrathecal baclofen.
Developmental medicine and child neurology , 2002 Oct: 44(10)660-5
Selective dorsal rhizotomy: meta-analysis of three randomized controlled trials.
Developmental medicine and child neurology , 2002 Jan: 44(1)17-25
Comparison of functional outcomes from orthopedic and neurosurgical interventions in spastic diplegia.
Neurosurgical focus , 1998 Jan 15: e2

Research Funding

Grant TitleGrantorAmountAward Date
Activity and Participation in Ambulatory Cerebral Palsy Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award $632,903.00Jan. 1, 2009
The Relationship of School Based Therapy Services on Transition to AdulthoodAmerican Physical Therapy Association $10,000.00Jan. 1, 2008
Baclofen Safety and Efficacy Trials (BEST) NetworkAmerican Physical Therapy Association $10,000.00Jan. 1, 2006
StepWatch3 Accuracy for Energy Expenditure PredictionResearch Intramural Funding Program, School of Nursing, University of Washington $01.01.0814,353.00

Primary Office

Seattle Children's
OB.8.609 - Physical-Occ Therapy
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206-987-2113

Additional Offices

Seattle Children's Research Institute
CW8-6 - Child Health, Behavior and Development
2001 Eighth Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
206-884-7591

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