PT, DPT, ATP
Theresa Marie Crytzer is an assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology. Her research includes (1) completion of a T32 mentored post-doctoral research project to investigate whether adults with spina bifida who used an exercise video gaming device and received text message reminders to exercise would show an increase in exercise participation, (2) completion of a project funded by the Spina Bifida Association/Ashley Rose Foundation to evaluate the impact of motor level and spina curvature on pulmonary function in people with spina bifida Crytzer also developed and validated a wheelchair rating of perceived exertion scale (WHEEL Scale) for people with spina bifida. She assists her colleagues as a co-investigator on grants to (1) develop and test smart phone applications to improve self-management of health conditions and (2) improve independence with the wheelchair service delivery process, wheelchair skills and maintenance. Crytzer currently serves as a member of the Housing Board of the Western Pennsylvania Spina Bifida Association and a member of the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America Standards Committee on Inclusive Fitness. She completed a 3 year term as co-chair of the Pediatric Special Interest group for the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association. Crytzer also evaluates clients of all ages with disabilities for wheelchairs and other assistive technology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Center for Assistive Technology.