Mary Kay Solon

Chair; Professor

Phone: 260.399.7700, ext. 8547

Professional Education

  • Master of Science – Northwestern University
  • Bachelor of Science – Indiana University Indianapolis

Clinical Expertise/Certification

  • Indiana Physical Therapy License, #05000775A
  • Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) Certification, Adults with Hemiplegia
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Credentialed Clinical Instructor

Awards and Recognition

  • Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award – University of Saint Francis, 2012
  • Richard MacDougal Outstanding Service Award – Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), 2004
  • Long-Term Service Award – FSBPT, 2002
  • Award for Service – FSBPT, 1994
  • Frances C. Ekstam Award – Indiana Chapter of American Physical Therapy Association, 1992

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)


  • Martin, S.T., & Kessler, M. (2007). Evolve Student Resource Site for Neurologic Interventions for Physical Therapy (2nd ed.). Elsevier.
  • “Online Practice Exam and Assessment Tool (PEAT) for Physical Therapist Assistants,” Federation of State Boards for Physical Therapy


  • “Curriculum Development” and “Policy Development” – Section for Education National Faculty Development Conference, American Physical Therapy Association; 2012, 2013
  • Legislative Issues Related to Direct Access in Physical Therapy
  • “A Continuum of Service Learning Experiences” – Association of Franciscan Colleges and University, Alvernia University; June 2008
    Reading, Pa.


  • “Academic Integrity” – sabbatical research; 2012-2013
  • “Self-Study Reports” – Commission on Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE); 1996, 2001 and 2010
  • Concord Village Study: 12-week LE exercise program, with activities director – assisted in design of exercise and educational pieces, performed blind screenings pre- and post-class; 2008-2009
  • “The Effects of Backpack Use of High School Students on Posture,” with one other faculty adviser – guided second-year Physical Therapist Assistant student in development of and implementation of the use of an assessment tool at a local high school for a Biology class, Homestead High School; 1999
  • “Predictors of Success in an Entry-Level Physical Therapist Education Program” – master’s thesis, Northwestern University; 1984

Community Service

  • Focus on Health
  • Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic
  • Hope House
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, College Success Mentor
  • Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity
  • Vincent Village, Annual Halloween Party
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

Curriculum Vitae

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