Professional Bio

Education
  • Ph.D., Health and Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado, 2008
  • M.S., Exercise and Sports Science, Colorado State University, 1996
  • B.S., Physical Therapy, University of Colorado, 1983
  • B.A. Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, 1978

Certifications and Expertise

Expertise

  • Rheumatology
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Wellness and Health
  • Clinical Education
  • Issues of Diversity
  • Global Health

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Health Policy Administration and Geriatric Sections
  • Colorado Chapter, APTA, Ethics Committee Co-Chair, 2010-present
  • American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP), Audiovisual Aids Subcommittee
  • American College of Sports Medicine

Research and Scholarship

Research Interests
  • Rheumatology and access to care in rural communities
  • Community-based Participatory Research
  • Health disparities
  • Wellness and health promotion for older adults

Recent Publications

Christenson, M (2016). A Global Vision - Collaborating with physical therapists in Ethiopia. The Rheumatologist. 10(1):14-15.

Recent Presentations

Christenson, M, Arceneaux, L; Bergquist, A; Kam,R; Martinez, K; Oilar, M. Partnering with Communities to Develop a Model for Building and Sustaining a Warm Water Pool in Rural Colorado: A Mixed Methods Approach, The 2016 American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting.  Alexandria, VA. Platform Presentation.  February 17, 2016.

Footer, C., Eigsti, H., Christenson, M., Schumacher, M., Haight, R., McCurdy J.  Lee J. Return on investment of international immersion programs: Stakeholder perspectives,  World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress, Singapore.  Dual poster presentation.  June, 2015.

Awards & Recognition

Grants
  • Christenson M. Translating Community and Evidence-based Support for Aquatic Therapy into a Model for Developing Aquatic Programs in Rural Colorado: Communities Connect.” Principal Investigator, University Research and Scholarship Council (URSC), Faculty Research Grant. Regis University, $4490, 2014

  • Christenson M, Bicknese S, Caldwell A, Hinton T, Rizley K, Zocco A. “Translating Community and Evidence-based Support for Aquatic Therapy into a Model for Developing Aquatic Programs in Rural Colorado: Communities Connect.” Principal Investigator, Sponsored Projects Academic Research Council (SPARC), Student Research Grant. Regis University, $500, 2012

  • Christenson M. Translating Community and Evidence-based Support for Aquatic Therapy into a Model for Developing Aquatic Programs in Rural Colorado: Communities Connect.” Principal Investigator, Sponsored Projects Academic Research Council (SPARC), Faculty Research Grant. Regis University, $3200, 2011

  • Christenson M, Allan E, Clark L, Daly M, Ellis B, McCleary J, Stevens K, Yeager G. “Translating Community and Evidence-based Support for Aquatic Therapy into a Model for Developing Aquatic Programs in Rural Colorado: Communities Connect.” Principal Investigator, Sponsored Projects Academic Research Council (SPARC), Student Research Grant. Regis University, $500, 2011