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Resilience is key in physical therapy practice & life

Anne Mejia-DownsAnne Mejia-Downs, PT, MPH, PhD, Associate Professor of physical therapy in the University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy (KSPT), has been selected to deliver the Linda Crane Memorial Lecture, an esteemed address at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting. Mejia-Downs will present “Resilience – Everyone Has It, What Will You Do with Yours?” on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 3:00-5:00pm in San Antonio, TX.

Drawing from her PhD work, Mejia-Downs will discuss how aspects of resilience promote well-being, effective coping, and creative problem solving – characteristics that are beneficial to every physical therapist in practice and in personal life.

“Everyone experiences stress,” Mejia-Downs said, “but some people react to it better than others. People with higher levels of resilience are better equipped to handle psychological stress. Resilience includes both bouncing back from stressful experiences and moving forward from the experience.”

Feeling like your resilience is low? The good news is that there are evidence-based strategies for enhancing resilience. Mejia-Downs will discuss several resilience-building techniques during her lecture, including strategies individuals can use to improve positive mood and social support.

Mejia-Downs specializes in cardiopulmonary physical therapy and health promotion. She earned her PhD in Health Promotion and Wellness from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, a Master of Public Health in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina, and her physical therapy degree from the University of Colorado. She has been a member of the KSPT faculty since 2006.

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