PT, PhD, MPH
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Department
1601 Cherry Street, Room 746
Dr. O’Neil is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. She holds a secondary appointment in the School of Public Health, Department of Community Health and Prevention. Dr. O’Neil’s conducts interdisciplinary research with child health researchers from medicine, nutrition, exercise science, public health and health psychology.
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Dr. O’Neil’s work focuses on measures of physical activity dimensions (frequency, intensity, type) and participation outcomes for children and youth with disabilities (cerebral palsy, autism) and chronicconditions (obesity). Dr. O’Neil conducts her research in clinical and community settings to contribute to the limited resources available for health promotion activities for children with special health care needs and their families.
Dr. O’Neil is the current chair of the research committee for the APTA Section on Pediatrics. She is a member of two APTA Task Forces; one on Childhood Obesity and one on Roles of PT in Health Promotion. She is a member of the national President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition for developing and evaluating the I Can Do It! You Can Do It! Health Promotion Program for Children with Special Health Care Needs. Dr. O’Neil is a past PI on an NIH grant examining interventions for Childhood Obesity in primary care. Currently, she is the PI on an NIH Pilot Study to examine measures of physical activity intensity for children with cerebral palsy. Dr. O’Neil heads the DPT pediatric community-based capstone projects. She directs students working in three different YMCA summer camp programs – The Get Moving! land based physical activity and health promotion program for children and youth with typical development and the WAVES (Water Activity and Vigorous Exercises) for children and youth with special health care needs.