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Peggy Trueblood, PhD, PT

Department Chair, Professor

Educational Background

Ph.D. Physiological Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, California 1995
M.S. Physiological Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, California 1991
M.S. Physical Therapy & Neurological Disorders, University of Southern California 1985
B.A. Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastic, 1979

 

Scholarship (selected peer-reviewed journal articles)

Trueblood PR, Rivera M, Lopez C, Bentley C, Wubenhorst N: Age-based normative data for a computerized dynamic posturography system that uses a virtual visual surround environment, ACTA Otolaryngol, 2018 Jul 138(7):597-602, DOI: 10.1080/00016489.2018.1429653.Epub 2018 Feb 1. 

Baker BJ, Curtis A,  Trueblood P, Vangsnes E : Vestibular functioning and migraine : pilot study comparing those with and without vertigo. The J of Laryngolgoy and Otology, 127(11), 1056-1064, 2013.

Baker, B.J., Curtis, A., Trueblood, P., Vangsnes, E.  2013. Vestibular functioning and migraines: comparing those with and without vertigo to a control population. Journal of Laryngology and Otology,        127(12):1169-1176, 2013.

Trueblood PR, Rubenstein LZ. Marcha y equilibrio en personas de edad avanzada. Año Gerontológico. 22: 51-68, 2009

Trueblood PR,  Cornell N, Rowe C, Curtis K, Halmos T, Curtis K, Tyner T: The Effect of a University-Based             Individualized Balance Retraining Class on Self-Reported Balance Problems in People with and without a Neurological Diagnosis, Niigatta Journal of Health and Welfare, February 2008

Trueblood PR, Tyner, T, Wubenhorst, N, Bradley J, Cummings U, Mesa J, Le T, Norrdin D, Piper N, Riggs

K, Silva K: The Effects of an Eight Week Fallproof!TM Class Comparing High and Low Functioning participants, Journal of the Japanese Physical Therapy Association, Vol 34(8), pp. 316-327, 2007

Rubenstein LZ, Trueblood PR: Gait and Balance Assessment in Older Persons. Annals of Long-Term Care, 12(2) February 2004; pp 39-45

Trueblood, PR: Mobility Problems in Eldercare at Home, AGS Foundation for Health in Aging, January 2004

Rubenstein LZ, Trueblood PR: Balancing Act: Gait and Equilibrium in Seniors; Clinical Advisor 6(4) 81-90, 2003

Trueblood, PR: Back in Balance, Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation, Vol 12 (2); February 2003

Trueblood, PR. Partial Body Weight Treadmill Training in Persons with Chronic Stroke. Neurorehabilitation 16: 141-153, 2001

Trueblood, PR., Hodson-Chennault N, McCubbin A, Pacheco R, Youngclark D. Performance and Impairment-Based Balance Assessments Among Community Dwelling Elderly: Sensitivity and Specificity. Issues on Aging 24(1):2-6, 2001

Rubenstein LZ, Josephson KR, Trueblood PR, Loy S, Harker JO, Pietruszka FM, Robbins AS. Effects of a Group Exercise Program on Strength, Mobility and Falls Among Fall-Prone Elderly Men. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences 55A(6):M317-M321, 2000

Hsiao CF, Del Negro CA, Trueblood PR, Chandler SH: Ionic Basis for Serotonin-Induced Bistable Membrane Properties in Guinea Pig Trigeminal Motoneurons. J. Neurophysiology, 79:2847-2856, 1998

Hsiao CF, Trueblood PR, Levine MS, Chandler SH. Multiple Effects of Serotonin on Membrane Properties of Trigeminal Motoneurons in Vitro.  J Neurophysiol 77(6):2910-2924, 1997

Rubenstein LZ, Josephson KR, Trueblood PR, Yeung K, Harker JO, Robbins AS: The Reliability and Validity of an Obstacle Course as a Measure of Gait and Balance in Older Adults. Aging 9(1-2)127-135, 1997

Trueblood PR, Levine MS, Chandler SH: Evidence for Dual Component Excitatory Amino Acid Mediated Responses in Trigeminal Motoneurons and Their Modulation by Serotonin in Vitro. J of Neurophysiol 76:2461-2473, 1996

Chandler SH and Trueblood PR. Pharmacological Mechanisms Controlling Trigeminal Motoneuronal Excitability in Brain and Oral Function: Oral Motor Function and Dysfunction. Morimoto, T., Matsuya, T., Takada, K., Elsevier, Netherlands, 99-106, 1995

Loy SF, Conley LM, Sacco ER, Vincent WJ, Holland, GJ, Sletten EG, Trueblood PR. (1994) Stair climbing on VO2 max and Quadricep Strength in Middle Aged Females. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 26:241-247.

Trueblood P, Walker J, Perry J and Gronley J: (1989) Gait and Pelvic Exercise in Hemiplegia. Physical Therapy 69(1):18-26.

Abstract Publications (most recent)

Trueblood PR, Nisbett N: Globalizing Interprofessional Education and Healthcare Curriculum, World Education Conference Proceedings, Dublin, Ireland 2018.

Trueblood PR, Nisbett N: Internationalizing Allied Health Curriculum, Education and New Developments Book of Abstracts, Lisbon, Portugal 2017, pp 59-60.

Yadav J, Snowden S, Edgar, C, Trueblood, PR, Havard P: Assessing the effectiveness of Beers criteria for medication review on fall risks in older community-dwelling adults, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASCP), December, 2016

Leung C, Foley C, Havard P, Hegab T, Trueblood, PR: Developing a new tool to streamline the medication review process in fall assessment for community-dwelling older patients in Central Valley, California, American Society of ASHP, 2016

Nesbitt N, Trueblood PR: Internationalizing Health Care Curriculum, 2016 International Education Conference Proceedings, Clute Institute, Venice, Italy June, 2016

Trueblood PR: Teaching Students to work as an Interdisciplinary Team, College of Health and Human Services Research Showcase, Fresno State, April, 2016

Hudspeth J, Ibrahim H, Phanthachack L, Tyner T, Trueblood PR, Havard P:Intercollaborative Integration of Pharmacy Students to Improve Medication Reviews in Older Adults with Fall Risks.American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual MeetingNational Harbor, MD, July, 2015

Garcia R, Trueblood PR (mentor), Tracz S, Zarrinkhameh L, McCarthy M: Fall Incidence and the Use of Psychotropic, Opioid, or Cardiovascular Medications. Healthy Aging Summit 2015, Washington D.C., July 2015

Garcia R, Trueblood PR (mentor), Tracz S, Zarrinkhameh L, McCarthy M: Fall Incidence and the Use of Psychotropic, Opioid, or Cardiovascular Medications. Graduate Research Symposium, May 2015

Garcia R, Trueblood PR (mentor), Tracz S, Zarrinkhameh L, McCarthy M: Fall Incidence and the Use of Psychotropic, Opioid, or Cardiovascular Medications. 36th Annual Central California Research Symposium, April, 2015 (received Best Oral Presentation Award)

Keith E, Trueblood PR: Multisensory functional training for patient with lupus cerebritis: a case report.California APTA Annual Meeting, Oakland, 2014

Altamirano B, Thompson MJ, Trueblood PR: The relationship between somatosensory status and performance of key components of functional balance as measured by inertial movement units (IMUs); submitted to California APTA Annual Meeting, Oakland, 2014.

Thompson, MJ, Trueblood, PR, Jackson CGR: Clinical vs. instrumented balance test comparisons to identify fall risk in community dwelling older adults, American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, Orlando Florida, 887, May, 2014

Marrone A, Trueblood PR (mentor): Effectiveness of an educational presentation in increasing the knowledge of fall prevention in older adults living in Fresno, California State University Fresno, 35th Annual Central California Research Symposium, April, 2014

Marrone A, Trueblood PR (mentor): Effectiveness of an educational presentation in increasing the knowledge of fall prevention in older adults living in Fresno, California State University Fresno, 2014 CSU Honors Consortium Conference Fullerton, CA, May 2014

Voelz K, Trueblood PR, Rosenfeld J: Novel treatment Paradigms for Patients with Upper Motor Neuron Dysfunction; California State University Fresno, Graduate Research Symposium, May 2014

Alkan H, Thompson MJ, Trueblood PR, Singh B: Effectiveness of a structured balance and mobility program in community-dwelling older adults as compared to recommendations of a self-guided home exercise program on balance, physical function and psychological well-being: A Retrospective Study; California State University Fresno, Graduate Research Symposium, May 2014

Thompson MJ, Trueblood PR, Avanessian S, Altamirano B; Pilot Studies:  The Relationship Between Footwear, Somatosensory Status And Performance Of Key Components Of Static And Dynamic Balance As Measured By Inertial Movement Units (IMUs) and The Relationship Between Somatosensory Status And Performance Of Key Components Of Functional Balance As Measured By Inertial Movement Units (IMUs); California State University Fresno, College of Health & Human Services Creative and Scholarly Activities, Fresno State, April 2014

Farrer VC, Trueblood PR, Hickey CJ, Zarrinkhameh LT, Hart A: Current practice of senior adult fall risk screening by primary care providers in the ambulatory setting, APTA Combined Sections Meeting Program, February, 2014, Las Vegas, NV

Gill A, Avila R, Thompson M, Trueblood P: Clinical versus accelerometry-based tests of fall risk in older community dwelling adults.  APTA Combined Sections Meeting Program, February, 2014, Las Vegas, NV

Gill A, Avila R, Thompson MJ, Trueblood PR: Clinical versus accelerometry-based tests of fall risk in older community dwelling adults, Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 38(1):26-99, January 2014. Neurology Section Best Graduate Student Abstract 2014.    

Thompson, MJ, Trueblood, PR: Clinical vs. instrumented balance test comparisons to identify fall risk in community dwelling older adults, Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy 38(1):26-99,January 2014.

Gill A, Avila R, Thompson MJ, Trueblood PR: Clinical versus computer-based tests of fall risk in older community dwelling adults, California State University Graduate Research Symposium, May 2014. Third Place Award winner.

Trueblood PR, Hart, A, Tyner T, Zarrinkhameh L: Developing a Successful Fall Prevention Coalition: Learning from Experience California State University Fresno, College of Health & Human Services Creative and Scholarly Activities, April 2013.

Thompson MJ, Trueblood PR; Comparison of Performance of High And Low Fall Risk Community Dwelling Older Adults on the Clinical and Instrumented Timed Up and Go Test; California APTA Annual Meeting, Pasadena, 2013.

Gill A, Avila R, Thompson MJ, Trueblood PR; Clinical Versus Computer-based Tests of Fall Risk in Older Community Dwelling Adults (CDA); California APTA Annual Meeting, Pasadena 2013.

Thompson MJ, Trueblood PR, Comparison of Performance of High And Low Fall Risk Community Dwelling Older Adults on the Clinical and Instrumented Timed Up and Go Test; and Instrumented Gait Analysis to Differentiate Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairments (MCI);  California State University Fresno, College of Health & Human Services Creative and Scholarly Activities, Fresno State, April 2013.

Krohn A, Walsh L, Freeman M, Trueblood PR, Thompson MJ;  “The Relationship of Dynamic Visual Acuity and Gaze Stabilization performance to Batting Performance of High School Baseball Players:  A Pilot Study”;  California State University Fresno, Graduate Research Symposium, May 2013.

Baker, B.J., Curtis, A., Trueblood, P., Vangsnes, E.   Vestibular functioning and migraines: comparing participation in those with and without vertigo to a control population. Platform presentation at MPTA Fall Conference, Detroit, MI, October 2013.

Professional Associations

  • American Physical Therapy Association (Geriatric, Neurology and Education Section Members)
  • Falls and Vestibular Special Interest Groups
  • California Physical Therapy Association
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Academic Council of Academic Physical Therapy

Honors and Awards: (last 6 years only)

  • Outstanding Doctoral Project to DPT student Carolyn Collins (Committee Chair, Trueblood PR) for her manuscript entitled “Computerized Dynamic Posturography Comparing the Bertec Balance Advantage and the NeuroCom Equitest in Assessing Postural Stability in Healthy Adults” April 2015      
  • Best Oral Presentation to DPT student Rebeka Garcia (Committee Chair, Trueblood PR) for her presentation entitled “Fall Incidence and the Use of Psychotropic, Opioid, or Cardiovascular Medications”, 2015
  • Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of significant contributions to Fall Prevention from the National Council on Aging, 2012
  • Nominated, Provost’s Award for Research Scholarship or Creative Accomplishment, Fresno State, 2012
  • Davin Youngclarke Award to DPT student, Hannah Williams (Committee Chair, Trueblood PR) for her presentation entitled “Predicting Fall Risk in Low Functioning Community dwelling Older Adults”, 2012
  • Faculty Recognition Award, College of Health and Human Services, 2011
  • Best Doctoral Student Presentation awarded to DPT student, Rocky Cisneros (Committee Chair: Trueblood PR) for his presentation entitled “Association of Functional Measures and Fall Status with balance Self Efficacy in Community Dwelling Older Adults at Risk for Falls” at the 30th Annual Central California Research Symposium, 2009.
  • Faculty Special Recognition Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2009

Courses Taught (entry-level DPT)

  • PhTh 598 - PT Project

Biography

Dr. Trueblood is Department Chair and Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at California State University, Fresno (Fresno State).  She received her PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Physiological Sciences.  She has taught and conducted research in the area of neuroscience for over 30 years.  Dr. Trueblood has a Masters in Kinesiology from UCLA and a Masters in Physical Therapy with a Specialty Certificate for Evaluation and Treatment of Neurological Disorders from the University of Southern California.  She also holds a specialty certificate for evaluation and treatment of vestibular disorders. She has been a clinician since 1979 with an emphasis in neuro- rehab for balance and gait disorders. 

Dr. Trueblood is the founder and director of the Gait, Balance, and Mobility Research and Education Center at Fresno State where graduate physical therapy students develop skills in the evaluation and treatment of persons with balance and gait disorders.   She also performs clinical research in the area of balance and gait retraining for persons with neurological and non-neurological balance disorders. She is currently working on developing an interdisciplinary post-concussion management program at Fresno State. 

Dr. Trueblood has been involved in the development and implementation of a fall prevention program for underserved seniors in the central valley for the last 20 years and is the Director of the San Joaquin Central Valley Fall Prevention Coalition SAFE (Senior Awareness & Fall Education) (www.safecvc.org) “To reduce falls among older adults by raising awareness, establishing a network of services and advocating on their behalf."

Dr. Trueblood has presented her work both nationally and internationally.  She also continues to teach clinicians in the profession of physical therapy and gives numerous lectures to the community each year.

Dr. Trueblood also enjoys traveling and has been involved in the development of an interdisciplinary study abroad program during the summer for students in the College of Health and Human Services. In addition to traveling, she enjoys spending time in the mountains or on the beach with friends and family

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