Carol Maritz PT, EdD, GCS

Carol Maritz PT, EdD, GCS

Associate Dean, Samson College of Health Sciences

Professor of Physical Therapy

Education

BA (Glassboro)

MS (St. Joseph's)

EdD (Nova Southeastern)

Research Interests

  • Fall prevention interventions for older adults
  • Effects of Exercise on Elderly African American Women
  • Wellness and Health Promotion Programming for Underserved Communities

Synopsis

Dr. Maritz is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy. She holds a doctoral degree in education from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, a master's degree in gerontology from Saint Joseph's University and a physical therapy certificate from Hahnemann University (now Drexel University). She also earned a BS in biology from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). Dr. Maritz is a member of the geriatric section of the American Physical Therapy Association. She has presented at numerous conferences and has co-authored publications on aging and teaching methodologies.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Chopra S, Dougherty C, Johnston M, Curran G and Maritz CA. The effect of a 5- week group-based exercise program on strength, balance, mobility, and gait in the older adult population: A pilot study. Phys Ther Rehabil. 2017; 4:16. http://dx.doi.org/10.7243/2055-2386-4-16

Maritz CA, Silbernagel KG and Pohlig R. Relationship of backward walking to clinical outcome measures used to predict falls in the older population: A factor analysis. Phys Ther Rehabil. 2017; 4:14. http://dx.doi.org/10.7243/2055-2386-4-14

Maritz CA, Silbernagel KG. A Prospective Cohort Study on the Effect of a Balance Training Program, Including Calf Muscle Strengthening, in Community Dwelling Older Adults. J Geriatr Phys Ther, 2016;39:125-131. DOI: 10.1519/JPT.0000000000000059

Maritz CA, Patel N, Varughese L, Yecco A. The Effects of a 10-Week Group-Based Exercise Program on Lower Extremity Strength, Balance and Functional Mobility in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Pilot Study. Int J Phys Med Rehabil 2013, 1:150, doi: 10.4172/2329-9096.1000150

Maritz CA, McCray S, Bell J. ¬¬¬¬¬¬Comparison of Functional Walking Training Using Concentric-Eccentric Resistance on Hip Muscle Strength, Balance, and Functional Mobility in Working and Retired Older Adults. J Geront and Geriat Res, 2013, 2:126, doi: 10.4172/2167-7182.1000126

Campolo M, Maritz CA, Thielman G, Packel L. An Evaluation of Peer Teaching Across the Curriculum: Student Perspectives. International J of Therapies and Rehab Res, 2013, 2:1 (1-6).

Maritz CA, Thielman G, Campolo M. Using a Capstone Project to Prepare Students to Become Evidence-Based Practitioners, J Faculty Development, 2011, 25:2

Call R, Lai F, & Maritz CA Using Tai Chi to Improve Balance and Mobility among Community-Swelling Elders. J Stud Phys Ther Res, 2010

Gandhi A, Cipoletti R, & Maritz CA. The Effects of a Combination of Live and Videotaped Exercise Sessions on Functional Mobility and Falls Prevention Among Community-Dwelling Elders. J Stud Phys Ther Res, 2009, 2:1 (1-7).

Maritz CA. Using Behavior Modeling to Teach Students the Art of Providing and Receiving Verbal Feedback. J Faculty Development, 2008, 22:3 (12-20)

Maritz CA. Using a Model of Reciprocal Mentorship to Develop, Implement, and Sustain a Group-Based Exercise Program for Frail Elders. Phys and Occup Ther in Geriatrics, 2008, 26:3.

Peer-Reviewed Scientific and Professional Presentations:

Varrecchia S, Maritz CA. Using Standardized Patients to Enhance Student Learning Outcomes in Geriatrics, Lilly-Bethesda Teaching Conference, Bethesda, MD, May 2019.

Cohen SB, Maritz, CA. Partnering with Caregivers to Effectively Manage Older Adults with Dementia. Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, October 2015

Maritz CA, Varrecchia S, Fulmino J, Mimms K. Academic/Clinical Partnerships to Teach Effective Management of Patients with Dementia. Workshop, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, February 2015.

Maritz, CA, Cohen SB. Partnering with Caregivers to Effectively Manage Older Adults with Dementia. Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, October 2014

Maritz CA ,Comparison of Functional Walking Training Using Concentric-Eccentric Resistance on Hip Muscle Strength, Balance, and Functional Mobility in Working and Retired Older Adults. 2nd Annual International Physical Medicine and Rehab Conference, Platform presentation, Baltimore, MD, 2014.

Maritz CA, Patel N, Varughese L, Yecco A. The Effects of a 10-Week Group-Based Exercise Program on Lower Extremity Strength, Balance and Functional Mobility in Community-Dwelling Older Adults, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Poster presentation, Las Vegas, NV, 2014.

Maritz CA, Campolo M, Thielman G. How to Prepare Students to Become Evidence Based Practitioners. Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, Washington DC, May 2013.

McCray S, Maritz CA. The impact of functional walking training using concentric-eccentric resistance on hip muscle strength, balance, and functional mobilty in healthy older adults. PPTA State Conference, Lancaster, PA, October 2012

Alves B, Maritz CA. A Comparison of Gait and Functional Mobility of Frail Older Adults to Normative Data from Healthy Community-Dwelling Older Adults. PPTA State Conference, Lancaster, PA, October 2012

Maritz, CA, Cohen SB. Preventing Falls: Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask Part II. PCA Conference on Aging, Philadelphia, Workshop, October 2012

Comer C, Brewbaker R, Goodwin S, Maritz CA. The Effects of Balance Training on Falls Risk in Community-Dwelling Frail Elders. PPTA State Conference, Valley Forge, PA, October 2011.

Maritz, CA, Cohen SB. Preventing Falls: Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask. PCA Conference on Aging, Philadelphia, Workshop, September 2011

Bostick G, Maritz CA, Campolo M. Directed Physical Therapy Clinics: Student and Patient Perspectives, World Congress of Physical Therapy, Amsterdam, NI, 2011.

Van Kleunen A, Maritz CA. Using Online Discussion Boards to Foster Social Interdependence Among Learners. Lilly East Conference on Teaching, Washington DC, 2011.

Johnson MP, Maritz CA, Sawyer K, Black B. Participation in Providing Physical Therapy Services to the Uninsured: The Value from an Academic Perspective. APTA Annual Conference, Baltimore, 2009.

Maritz CA and Packel L. Integrating Peer Teaching Across the Curriculum. Lilly East Conference on College Teaching, DE, 2009

Maritz CA. Using Behavior Modeling to Teach Students the Art of Providing and Receiving Verbal Feedback. Poster Presentation, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, 2009

Guarini A, Lobo S, Johnson MP, Maritz CA. The Impact of a Clinical Model Using Physical Therapy Students and Clinicians on Access to and Quality of Care for the Uninsured. Poster Presentation, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, 2009

Maritz CA, Gandhi A, Cipoletti R. The effects of live and videotaped exercise sessions on functional mobility and falls prevention among community-dwelling elders. Poster Presentation, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, 2009

Maritz CA, Cohen SB Falls Reduction Education for Elders (FREE): An example of how to incorporate outcome measures to assess program effectiveness, National PACE Association Meeting, Portland, OR, October 2008

Guarini A, Lobo S, Johnson MP, Maritz CA. The Impact of a Clinical Model Using Physical Therapy Students and Clinicians on Access to and Quality of Care for the Uninsured. Platform Presentation, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association, 2008

Gandhi A, Cipoletti R, Maritz CA. The effects of live and videotaped exercise sessions on functional mobility and falls prevention among community-dwelling elders. Poster Presentation, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association, Harrisburg, PA, 2008

Maritz CA, Wainwright S Teaching Reflection across the Curriculum – Workshop. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Nashville, TN, 2008.

Grant Funding:

Co-investigator: Cognitive Retraining Through Movement: Helping Individuals with and without Stroke Remain Active Members of their Community.  Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, Awarded $5000, May 2019.

Principal Investigator: A Comparison of a Group-Based Exercise Program Versus a Backward Walking Training Program on Reducing Falls Risk in the Community-Dwelling Older Adult Population Genesis Cares Center, Awarded $3000, May 2017

Principal Investigator, Samson College Dean’s Award -The effect of heel-rise training combined with a general strengthening and balance exercise program, on gait stability and reducing falls risk factors in the older adult population. Awarded $6300, January 2015.

Co-Investigator: The Effect of Heel-Rise Training Combined with a General Strength and Balance Exercise Program on Reducing Risk in the Older Population Genesis Cares Center, Awarded $3000, June 2013

Principal Investigator: The Effect of Group-Based Strengthening and Balance Exercises Compared to Balance Training or Strength Training at Reducing Falls Risk in the Older Adult Population Genesis Cares Center, Awarded $3000, July 2012

Principal Investigator: The SWEET project for increasing the health status of older, low-income women in Philadelphia. Funding Agency - Citizens Bank - Awarded $5,000, January 2011.

Core team member of HRSA Training Grant entitled Geriatric Education Center of Greater Philadelphia at University of Pennsylvania, $50,000/yr for 5 years, Funded for 5%.(approximately $5,000) July 2010 for 3 years

Principal Investigator, USP Dean’s Award for Identification of Falls Risk in Older Adults: A Comparison of Performance-Based Tests to Balance and Gait Measures Using the GaitRite System - Awarded $17,500 (to purchase GaitRite equipment), Jan 2010

Principal Investigator on Southwest Elders Exercising and Learning Together (SWEET) Funded by Dolfinger and McMahon Foundation – Awarded $12,500, June 2009.

Professional Information

 

  • Member APTA, Member of Geriatric Section

 

Contact Information

Office location: Woodland Hall, Suite 100
Mailing address: Box 39
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215-596-8683
Email:

c [dot] maritz [at] usciences [dot] edu