Judy Dewane, PT, DSc, NCS is an assistant professor in the Physical Therapy Program and the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also serves as the faculty advisor for the DPT Student Pro Bono Clinic. Dewane received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Marquette University, her masters of health science from the University of Indianapolis, and her doctorate of science in advanced neurology from Rocky Mountain University in Provo, Utah.
In addition, Dewane has been a board-certified neurologic clinical specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 1993. She is also certified in vestibular rehabilitation.
Prior to joining the faculty, Dewane served as the neurologic clinical specialist for Curative Rehabilitation Services and for the Wheaton Franciscan Health Systems. Much of her clinical practice has been in the area of vestibular rehabilitation, and Brain Injury/Concussion management. She continues to practice for UW Health at the UW Outpatient Clinic on the neurologic rehabilitation team working primarily with patients with vestibular and balance issues along with older adults with increased falls risk.
Dewane’s teaching responsibilities are in the clinical track and include Motor Control, Orthotic Management, and Examination and Treatment of Motor Control Dysfunction across the lifespan. She is also involved in fostering inter-professional collaboration through the pro bono clinic and in community Fall Prevention activities.
Nationally, Dewane is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association Academies of Neurology and Geriatrics. She has worked on the Center for Disease Control’s PT Falls Task force and is currently on the development team for a balance and falls credential course through the Geriatric Academy of Physical Therapy.
Research and interest areas include the effectiveness of inter-professional student advocates to promote change and reduce fall risk in community dwelling older adults, how an inter-professional model in pro bono affects student attitudes for future collaboration, and effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation.