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

Expertise & Certifications

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 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.

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

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

Christenson, M. & Iversen, M. (November 8, 2011) Risk factor stratification/guidelines for exercise testing and prescription: General considerations for individuals with arthritis and cardiovascular dysfunction, Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Christenson, M., Iversen, M. (2011). Exercise Prescription for Individuals with Arthritis and Other Comorbidities: What are the Considerations? ACR/ARHP National Scientific Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Tschoepe, B., Christenson, M., & Gorman, I. (2011). Old is New: Embracing the Role of the Physical Therapist with Older Adults. APTA Annual Conference: PT 2011, National Harbor, MD.

Christenson, M. (2011) Osteoarthritis and Physical Activity: Building a Process for Community Partnering. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Christenson, M., Haverley, D., James, T., Jones, J., Kemp, K., Robertozzi, C., & Smith, R. (2011) Analysis of Clinical Practice: Total Knee Arthroplasty. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

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