Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., Health and Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado-Denver, 2012
  • MSPH, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, 1994
  • B.S., State University of New York-Stony Brook,  1979
  • B.S., State University of New York-Stony Brook, 1977


Expertise & Certifications

  • Management of individuals with orthopedic and neurological movement disorders within a primary care setting
Clinical Certifications
  • Fellow of the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine, London, England, 1990
  • Credentialed Clinical Instructor - APTA, April 1998
  • Colorado Physical Therapy License (Number 1620), July 1979
  • New York State Physical Therapy License (# 6127), August 1979

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Public Policy and Advocacy Committee (2015-2016)
  • Colorado Chapter of APTA, Health Policy and Administration Section President, Education and Private Practice Sections
  • Colorado Commission for Affordable Health Care, Commissioner, Appointed 2014-2017
  • American Public Health Association (APHA), Injury Control Section
  • Colorado Public Health Association (CPHA)


Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

Environmental influences on children's physical activity and obesity.

Community based ecological study of household and neighborhood influences on children's physical activity levels.

Importance of diagnostic imaging in physical therapy practice and entry level education.

Recent Publications

Boyles, R., Gorman, I., Pinto, D., Ross, M. (2011) The role of the physical therapist in referral for imaging: the history, methods, barriers, myths and proposed policy.  JOSPT, 41(11): 829-37.

Elliott, J., Gorman, I. (2009). Coincidental Findings of a Vertebral Hemangioma on Magnetic Resonance Imaging. JOSPT, 39(2), 149.

Book Chapter

Scherer, S., Gorman, I., & Goodman, C. (2008). Behavioral, Social, and Environmental Factors Contributing to Disease and Dysfunction. In Catherine Goodman (Ed.) Pathology: Implications for the Physical Therapist. Elsevier.

Recent Presentations

Gilbert, M., Jarrett S., Scherer, S., Pennington, K., Fuller, S., Riccheti, C., Gorman, I., & Amador, T. (January 26, 2012) Embracing Complexity by Advancing the Value of Faculty Practice through Interprofessional Collaboration among a College for Health Professions, an Alternative High School for Students with Special Circumstances, and a Community Based Care Agency for Undeserved Populations, American Association of Colleges of Nursing Pre-Conference, Naples, FL.

Gorman, I. Health Reform and the APTA. Colorado Physical Therapist network annual meeting. November 12, 2011.

Gorman, I. The Built Environment and Health: application to childhood obesity. PBHL 2000, University of Colorado Denver, Program in Public Health. Oct 31, 2011.

Gorman, I. Health Care in the USA with International Comparisons. Presentation to visiting Japanese students from Teikyo University at Regis University. Oct 6 and Oct 21, 2011.

Tschoepe, B., Christenson, M. (there), Gorman, I. (June 10, 2011) Old is New: Embracing the Role of the Physical Therapist with Older Adults, American Physical Therapy Association, Annual Conference and Expo, National Harbor, DC.

Gorman, I. Childhood Obesity: Intervention at the Individual or Ecological level? How do we improve compliance and sustainability? Presentation to the Family Practice Medical Residents, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, AF Williams Clinic. March 3, 2011.

Gorman, I. 2040 Partners for Health Childhood Obesity Study Report of Findings. 2040 Health Summit. Denver, CO, Johnson and Wales University. February 5, 2011.

Gorman, I. Childhood Obesity: Intervention at the Individual or Ecological level? Presentation to the Family Practice Medical Residents, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, AF Williams Clinic. March 4, 2010.

Gorman, I., Birkenstock, S., Lorenzi, K., Price, G. Examination of the association between a child's health behavior and home environment and HR, BMI, flexibility and strength measures of 2nd and 3rd graders. Poster presentation at APTA CSM 2010, San Diego, CA. Feb 20, 2010.

Gorman, I. APTA Vision 2020. Presentation to the CSU pre PT club. Colorado State University. January 26, 2010.

Phibbs, SL, Main, DS, Gorman, I. Child's Play: Community Solutions for Increasing Youth Physical Activity in Distinct Safety Contexts. Poster presentation at Healthy Kids, Healthy Nation, RWJ Foundation Center to prevent Childhood Obesity Grantees Conference. Atlanta, GA. November 17-19, 2009.

Gorman, I. Health Care Policy and APTA. Boulder Community Hospital, Department of Rehab Services Grand Rounds. Boulder, CO. March 6, 2009.

Awards & Recognition

  • Federal Government Affairs Leadership Award, American Physical Therapy Association, Washington, DC, 2010
  • Gorman, I., Caldwell, D., Englund, K., Hardy, J., Hoctor, J., Manion, L., Reinwald, J., " Effects of Cardiovascular, Resistance Training and Combination Exercise Programs on Physical Activity in Community-dwelling Older Adults IRB 038-09.", Sponsored Projects Academic Research Council (SPARC), Regis University, $500, 2010
  • Gorman, I. Main, D. "Environmental and individual factors that influence children's physical activity". Granted to Stapleton 2040 by the Colorado Health Foundation Sponsor Project #: 1765, $40,000, 2008-2010

Community Involvement and Service

Service to University

  • Regis Neighborhood Health - Founding member

Service to Community

  • Colorado Commission for Affordable Health Care. Commissioner. Appointed. September, 2015.