Ph D Motor Learning University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2001
Master of Public Administration Public Administration University of San Francisco 1992
BS Physical Therapy University of Wisconsin-Madison 1986
- Stroke Outcomes
- Physical Therapy Practice Environment
- Health Literacy in Physical Therapy Practice
- Evidence Based Physical Therapy
Interests & Expertise
Kathryn Zalewski’s research focuses on improving outcomes for people in various stages of recovery from cerebrovascular accident (CVA or stroke) with emphasis on exploring the relationship to formalized inpatient rehabilitation and post-rehabilitation outcomes.
Zalewski’s work is primarily field-based research using both qualitative and quantitative methods to explore the complexities of rehabilitation in a changing and increasingly complex health care environment.
Research questions in the Adult Neuromotor Rehabilitation Laboratory, run by Zalewski, explore interventions designed to improve quality of life for stroke survivors and their families, and the role physical therapists play in health promotion and improved health literacy for the people in their care.
Amateis, A., Boesel, C., Ehnert, B., Evans, A., Hurst, K., Marek, K., Sullivan, A., Zalewski, K. R., & Huddleston, W. E. (In Press). The role of personal goals on exercise dosage in community based exercise programs for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Disability and Rehabilitation.
Gnacinski, S. L., Meyer, B. B., Cornell, D. J., Mims, J., Zalewski, K. R., & Ebersole, K. (2015). Tactical athletes: An integrated approach to understanding and enhancing firefighter health and performance. International Journal of Exercise Science
Smith, J. C., Zalewski, K. R., Motl, M., VanHart, M., & Malzahn, J. (2010). The contributions of self-efficacy, trait anxiety, and fear of falling to physical activity behavior among residents of continuing care retirement communities. Ageing Research
Zalewski, K. R. (2007). Revisiting outcomes in Multiple Sclerosis: A case report. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 31(1), 40-45.
Brusse, K., Zalewski, K. R., & Steffen, T. S. (2005). Functional testing in persons with Parkinson’s Disease. Physical Therapy, 85(2), 131-141.
Honors & Awards
Faculty Distinguished Public Service Award (2016) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service (2011, May) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Alumnus Honoris Award (2008, June) Clintonville School District, Clintonville, WI.
Mary Pat Murray Award for Clinical Excellence (2005) Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association.