Diane Allen

Title(s)Clinical Professor, Physical Therapy
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1600 Holloway Ave, HSS 118
San Francisco CA 94132
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    My physical therapy experience and academic background are in qualitative and quantitative tests and measures, neurorehabilitation, and evidence-based practice. I currently collaborate on a research team assessing and studying improvement in balance and gait in multiple sclerosis using sensory augmentation methods. I was co-PI on a successfully completed three-year NICHD-funded (R15) study examining possible mechanisms of effect and the characteristics of patients that respond well to somatosensory intervention. Specifically, I supervised or performed the data analysis for all components of that study. As a recipient of one of the first PCORI pilot grants (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute), I investigated patient-reported outcomes across six dimensions of movement for patients undergoing physical therapy. For the PCORI study, I used item response theory analysis techniques to compare patient perceptions of their movement abilities with the clinicians' emphases in therapy, noting that lack of agreement can lead to sub-optimal outcomes. As a professor at San Francisco State University with a joint appointment at the University of California San Francisco, I teach in an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program, the post-professional doctoral program, and a physical therapy neuroresidency program. I provide statistical support for students and colleagues in addition to instructing students in meta-analyses related to evidence-based practice. Several of my entry-level students' systematic review and meta-analysis projects have been published in peer-reviewed journals. I have authored or co-authored text-book chapters related to muscle tone, balance and falls, and neuromuscular diseases.

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    1. Gaps between patients' reported current and preferred abilities versus clinicians' emphases during an episode of care: any agreement? Qual Life Res. 2015 May; 24(5):1137-43. Allen DD, Talavera C, Baxter S, Topp K. PMID: 25502091.
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    2. Using item response modeling methods to test theory related to human performance. J Appl Meas. 2010; 11(2):99-111. Allen DD. PMID: 20693696.
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    3. Evaluating rehabilitation outcomes from the client's perspective by identifying the gap between current and preferred movement ability. Disabil Rehabil. 2010; 32(6):452-61. Allen DD, Cott CA. PMID: 19852715.
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