Professional Bio

Education

  • Ph.D., Physical Therapy, Texas Woman's University, 1991
  • DPT, Physical Therapy, Regis University, 2014
  • M.Ed., Allied Health Education and Administration, University of Houston, 1981
  • B.S., Physical Therapy, University of Colorado-Boulder, 1976

Dr. Hamilton has had a varied career in physical therapy, including practicing in home health and a variety of pediatric settings. She served as a professor at Texas Woman’s University, The University of Texas Medical Branch and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell prior to joining the faculty at Regis. She is currently on the clinical education team, organizing internships and counseling students on how to reach their goals as a future clinician. What makes Regis special is the Jesuit value of caring for the whole person, which she incorporates into her contacts with students and clinicians.  

Dr. Hamilton’s research has been disseminated in Pediatric Physical Therapy, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. She has made numerous presentations at international, national and state meetings in the areas of motor control, pediatrics and clinical education.

While living in the Netherlands, she developed a second career in the area of how to successfully move internationally and gave numerous workshops to corporations and international schools on cultural competence and international mobility. In her free time, Dr. Hamilton likes to travel, ski and hike.

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Expertise & Certifications

Certification

  • Physical Therapist License, Colorado

Expertise

  • Pediatrics
  • Neurology

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (ATPA), Education Section, Reviewer- Research grants, conference abstracts
  • Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (APPT), 2016 Annual Conference planning committee

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

What model of clinical education maximizes student learning during clinical internships?
How can interprofessional competencies best be achieved during internships?

Recent Publications

Seale J, Mitchell K, Olson S, Hamilton ML, Ortiz, A. Differences in Upper Extremity Versus Lower Extremity Motor Function in Persons with Chronic Stroke. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014; 95(10): e20-21.

Hamilton, M, Mulligan, N., Davis, A., and Smith, M. “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Clinical Instructor Mentoring: Impact of Practice Setting, Location and Participation in an Online Clinical Instructor Mentoring Program; Educational Leadership Conference, Portland, OR. Platform. October 4-6 2013.

Swiggum M, Hamilton ML, Gleeson P, Roddey T: Pain Assessment and Management in Children with Neurologic Impairment: A Survey of Pediatric Physical Therapists. Pediatric Physical Therapy, Fall 2010; 22(3):330-335.

Swiggum M, Hamilton ML, Gleeson P, Roddey T: Pain in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Implications for Pediatric Physical Therapy. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 22(1): 86-92, Spring 2010.

Recent Presentations

Seale J, Mitchell K, Olson S, Ortiz A, Hamilton M.  Differences in Upper Extremity Versus Lower Extremity Motor Function in Persons With Chronic Stroke.  American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Conference, Toronto, ON, CA: Poster/podium presentation. October 9, 2014.

Hamilton M, Rodriguez J: Moving beyond Clinical Instruction: Mentoring to Create a Culture of Professional Growth, Colorado Physical Therapy Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 09, 2013.

Hamilton M, Mulligan N, Smith M, Davis A: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Clinical Instructor Mentoring: Impact of Practice Setting, Location and Participation in an Online Clinical Instructor Mentoring Program, APTA Educational Leadership Conference, Portland, OR, October 5,/2013.

Seale J, Olson S, Hamilton M, Mitchell K: Gait Asymmetry and Motor Recovery in Chronic Stroke, Texas Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference, The Woodlands, TX, October 27-29, 2011.

Seale J, Olson S, Hamilton M, Mitchell K: Gait Asymmetry and Motor Recovery in Chronic Stroke, APTA Annual Conference, National Harbor, MD,  June 2011.

Seale J, Olson S, Hamilton M, Mitchell K: Correlation of Quality of Life and Temporal and Spatial Measure of Gait in Individuals Following Stroke, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA,  February 2011. 

Community Involvement and Service

Service to Profession
  • APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, Annual Conference Colorado Planning Task Force, 2016
  • APTA Education Section, Chair, Research Committee, 2013-2015
  • APTA American Council of Academic Physical Therapy
    • Member and Regis representative, National Interprofessional Education Consortium, 2013-2015
    • Member and Regis representative, One Year Internship Consortium, 2011-2015

Service to University

  • Chair, RHCHP Research Committee, 2012-15
  • Chair, RHCHP Dean Search Committee, 2014-15
  • Member, RHCHP Interprofessional Education Committee, 2010-2015

Service to Profession

  • Participant in 9 Health Fair, Exempla Porter/Parker Research and Evidence Based Committee