Valerie A. Strunk, PT, MS

Valerie Strunk

Director of Clinical Education and Senior Lecturer
Physical Therapy

Phone: 317-278-1879
Fax: 317-278-1876
vstrunk@iu.edu

Education & Training

  • University of Indianapolis BS in Biology
  • University of Indianapolis MS in Physical Therapy
  • APTA Level I Credentialed CI
  • APTA Level II Credentialed CI

Research & Clinical Interests

  • Outcomes of student learning and engagement through innovative teaching methods,specifically the Integrated Longitudinal Case-Based Learning model pioneered at IU DPT.
  • The impact of Physical Therapist training on the development of empathy in PT students.
  • Alternative models of clinical education delivery, specifically integrated clinical education and clinical education specialty electives.

Honors & Awards

  • 2010 Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2010 Indiana APTA Emerging Leader Award
  • 2010 IUPUI Assessment Grant recipient: Assessment of an Integrative Longitudinal Case-Based Learning Model as a Curriculum Strategy to Enhance Teaching and Learning
  • 2011 Feitelberg Journal Founders’ Award
  • 2011 Curriculum Enhancement Grant recipient: Curricular Enhancement through Integrated Clinical Education
  • 2012 IUPUI Assessment Grant: Assessment of Instructional Collaboration Using the Integrated Longitudinal Case-Based Learning Model to Enhance Teaching and Learning
  • 2014 IUPUI Assessment Grant recipient: Translating Classroom Knowledge to Entry-Level Clinical Practice using an Integrated Longitudinal Case-Based Learning Model
  • 2016 Appointee to the Integrated Clinical Education Work Panel of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy
  • 2016 Curriculum Enhancement Grant recipient: Creation of Case-Series Rounds Courses for Enhancement of Clinical Decision Making and Interdisciplinary Interactions
  • 2016 Nominee for the IUPUI Women’s Leadership Award

Teaching Activities

  • P510 Integrated Clinical Education I
  • P511 Clinical Decision Making and Professionalism in Physical Therapy
  • P520 Integrated Clinical Education II
  • P532 Ethical and Legal Issues in Physical Therapy
  • P599 Clinical Education I
  • P620 Integrated Clinical Education II
  • P695 Clinical Education II
  • P696 Clinical Education III
  • P697 Clinical Education IV
  • P699 Clinical Elective

Current Appointments

  • Currently practices acute care Physical Therapy in a Level I Trauma Hospital in downtown Indianapolis.
  • Has held a clinical practice position in inpatient acute and OP care settings in a large metropolitan hospital system in Minneapolis which was a Certified Stroke Center.
  • Has held a clinical practice position in the pediatric OP and early intervention/home-based settings.
  • Has held a clinical practice position in the home care setting.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Loghmani MT, Bayliss AJ, Strunk V, Altenburger P. An Integrative Longitudinal Case-Based Learning Model as a Curriculum Strategy to Enhance Teaching and Learning. J Phys Ther Ed. 2011;25(2):42-50.
  • Bayliss AJ, Strunk V. Measurement of Empathy Changes During a Physical Therapist’s Education and Beyond. J Phys Ther Ed. 2015: 29(2):6-12.