Sarah Blanton, PT, DPT, NCS

    Associate Professor

    Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

    Adjunct Clinical Professor

    University of Alberta Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

    Honorary Research Fellow

    St. George's, University of London Health and Social Care Sciences

    Education

    • BA, University of Virginia, 1987
    • MPT, Emory University, 1992
    • DPT, Emory University, 2003

    Biography

    Memberships

    • American Physical Therapy Association
    • American Physical Therapy Association, Neurological Section
    • American Physical Therapy Association, Research Section
    • Georgia Chapter American Physical Therapy Association

    Honors

    • Keynote Speaker, Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology (ACPIN) National Conference, Northampton, England, 2009
    • Chesnut Award Nomination, Emory University President's Commission on Sexuality, Gender, Diversity, and Queer Equality (PCSGDQE), 2009 and 2010
    • Emory Arts Competition, Third place finalist (Visual Arts Section), 2010
    • Invited participant, 10th Annual Enhancing Rehabilitation Research in the South (ERRIS) Intensive workshop on grant writing, preparation, and submission in rehabilitation research.  University of Virginia, NIH-NCMRR-NICHD Grant#1T15HD050255-05A1, 2012
    • Invited participant, NINDS R25 Clinical Trials Methodology Course, Intensive program on clinical trials protocol development in neurologic research, 2014 
    • Social Responsibility Award, American Physical Therapy Association Global Health Special Interest Group for poster presentation: Wurtz C and Blanton S. “Application of Sustainability Concepts into a DPT Curriculum:  A Student Initiated Development of Methods to Integrate Sustainability into Education.” American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, 2015

    Research

    Dr. Blanton's research focus has been stroke rehabilitation, primarily constraint-induced movement therapy for upper extremity recovery, health-related quality of life, and clinical trial recruitment. Current investigational interests include caregiver/family functioning and post-stroke education. The long-term goals of her research are to identify strategies for enhanced integration of family caregivers in neurorehabilitation care delivery.

    Publications

    • Halpin SN, Dillard R, Clevenger C, Rothschild E, Blanton S, Idler E, Wilson J, Flacker JM.  The Benefits to Being a Senior Mentor: Cultivating Resilience through Mentorship of Health Profession Students. Gerontol Geriatr Educ 2015 (accepted for publication).
    • Jones KM, Bhattacharjee R, Krishnamurthi R, Blanton S, Theadom A, Barker-Collo S, Thrift A, Parmar P, Maujean A, Ranta A, Sanya E, Feigin VL. Methodology of the Stroke Self-Management Rehabilitation Trial:  An International, Multisite Pilot Trial.  J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 2015; 24:297-303 (Epub 2014 Dec 10).
    • Sawaki L, Butler AJ, Leng X, Wassenaar PA, Mohammad YM, Blanton S, Sathian K, Nichols-Larson DS, Wolf SL, Good DC, Wittenberg GF. Differential patterns of cortical organization following constraint-induced movement therapy during early and late period after stroke:  A Preliminary Study. NeuroRehabil 2014; 35:415-426.
    • Winstein CJ, Lewthwaite R, Blanton S, Wolf LB, Wishart L. Infusing motor learning research into neurorehabilitation practice:  A historical perspective with case exemplar from the accelerated skill acquisition program. J Neurol Phys Ther 2014;38:1-11. 
    • Doussoulin A, Saiz JS, Blanton S. Propiedades psicometricas de una versión en castellano de la escala Motor Activity Log-3O en pacientes con extremidad superior paretica por accidente cerebro vascular. Rev Chil Neuro-Psiquiat. 2013; 51:201-210.
    • Winstein CJ, Wolf SL, Dromerick AW, Lane CL, Nelson MA, Lewthwaite R, Blanton S, Scott C, Reiss A, Cen SY, Holley R and Azen SP. Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE):  A randomized controlled trial protocol.  BMC Neurology 2013,13:5. [open access journal:  www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2377/13/5  pages 2-19]
    • Woodbury M, Velozo CA, Thompson PA, Light K, Uswatte G, Taub E, Winstein CJ, Morris D, Blanton S, Nichols-Larsen DS, Wolf SL. Measurement structure of the Wolf Motor Function Test: implications for motor control theory. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2010; 24:791-801.
    • Wolf SL, Thompson PA, Winstein CJ, Miller JP, Blanton SR, Nichols-Larsen DS, Morris DM, Uswatte G, Taub E, Light KE, Sawaki L.  The EXCITE stroke trial: comparing early and delayed constraint-induced movement therapy. Stroke. 2010; 41:2309-15.
    • Fritz SL, Blanton S, Uswatte G, Taub E, Wolf S. Minimal Detectable Change Scores for the Wolf Motor Function Test. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2009; 23:662-667. 
    • Rowe VT, Blanton S, Wolf SL.  Long-term follow-up after constraint-induced therapy: A case report of a chronic stroke survivor. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2009; 63:317-322.
    Review Articles
    • Blanton S.  Bottom Line on "Participant Perception of Recovery as Criterion to Establish Importance of Improvement for Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy Outcome Measures: A Preliminary Study" [Fritz SL, George SZ, Wolf SL, Light KE. Phys Ther. 2007; 87:170-178]
    • Blanton S, Cox L.  Bottom Line on “Determinants of Mobility and Self-care in Older People with Stroke: Importance of Somatosensory and Perceptual Functions” [Anna-Karin Welmer, Magnus von Arbin, Veronica Murray, Lotta Widen Holquist, Disa K. Sommerfeld. Phys Ther. 2007; 87:12.]
    • Aycock DM, Blanton S, Clark PC, Wolf SL.  What is constraint-induced therapy?  Rehabil Nurs. 2004; 29:14.
    • Wolf SL, Blanton S, Baer H, Breshears J, Butler A.  Repetitive task practice:  A critical review of constraint induced movement therapy in stroke. The Neurologist. 2002; 8:325-338.
    • Blanton S, Wolf SL.  EMG as a clinical tool to describe motor unit behavior.  Neuro Report 1994, 18(1): 15-18.
    Book Chapters
    • Reiss A, Blanton S, Wolf SL. Contemporary Concepts in Upper Extremity Rehabilitation In:  Textbook of Neural Rehabilitation and Neural Repair, Volume II.  Selzer, Clarke, Cohen and Duncan. eds. Second edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2014; 330-342.
    • Woodbury ML, Fritz SL, Blanton S, Wolf SL.  History and Development of Constraint Induced Movement Therapy for Adults with Stroke.  In:  The Handbook of Pediatric Constraint Induced Movement Therapy:  Translating Theory into Clinical Practice and Functional Occupations.  Ramey SL, DeLuca S, Coker-Bolt P., eds. First edition. American Occupational Therapy Association, 2013; 3-17.
    • Contributor to the revision of The Rehabilitation Specialist Handbook. Section 4: Neuromuscular.  Roy S, Wolf S, Scalzitti, and Rothstein J. eds. Fourth edition. 2013; 319-328.
    • Blanton S, Wolf SL.  Arm and Hand Weakness.  In:  Textbook of Neural Rehabilitation and Neural Repair, Volume II.  Selzer, Clarke, Cohen and Duncan. eds. First edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2006; 265-282.
    • Contributor to the revision of The Rehabilitation Specialist Handbook. Chapter 7: Geriatrics.  Rothstein J, Roy S, Wolf S. eds. Third edition. 2005; 587-616.
    • Blanton S, Porter L, Smith D, Wolf SL.  Strategies to enhance mobility in traumatic brain injured patients.  In:  Rosenthal M, Griffith E, Kreutzer J, Pentland B. eds. Rehabilitation of the Adult and Child with Traumatic Brain Injury.  Philadelphia, PA:  FA Davis Company, 1999; 219-241.
    Teaching Aids
    • Contributor to the National Stroke Association’s “Care-Lliving Guide:  Caring for Yourself and a Stroke Survivor”, 2012 http://www.stroke.org/site/DocServer/CarelivingGuide_Full.pdf?docID=9070
    • Contributor to Compendium for Teaching Entry Level Neurologic Content (Portion of case study - Blanton S, Wolf SL. An application of upper extremity constraint-induced movement therapy in a patient with subacute stroke. Phys Ther 1999, 79: 847-853 included).  Schenkman M, Gill-Body KM, eds.  APTA, 2000.
    Platform Presentations
    • Blanton S, Greenfield B, Jensen G, Swisher L. “Voices, Faces and Relationships: Using Humanities to Facilitate IPE with the Rehabilitation Professions.” Collaborating Across Borders V, Roanoke, Virginia, October, 2015.
    • Blanton S, Swisher L, Jensen G.   “Integrating Humanities in Physical Therapy: Development of the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation.” 4th International Health Humanities Conference, Denver, Colorado, April, 2015
    • Blanton S, Schreiber J, Resnik C, York S, Shah D. Pediatric Obesity Part II: Clinical Care Models and Education Curricula.” American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, February 2015
    • Greenfield B, Blanton S, Carey J, Jensen G, Kirsch N, Swisher L. “Humanities in Physical Therapy: Are We Ready?” American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, February 2015
    • Blanton S, Wolf LB, Kaplan S, Scott C, Gallardo O, Brady K, Burtman-Regalado C, Kushi C, Bender A, Benham S, Holley R, Lazouras W, Nelson M, Fakheri K, Lewthwaite R, Winstein CJ,.  “A Case Exemplar for the Accelerated Skill Acquisition Program: Painting the Wall Blue.”  American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, February 2015
    • Lewthwaite R, Blanton S, Wolf LB, Winstein CJ, Wishart J.  “Accelerating motor learning and sustaining outcomes through support for fundamental psychological needs.”  American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, California, January 2013
    • Mangione KK, Fielding R, Latham N, Blanton S, Tilson J.  “Recruiting, engaging, and training clinical exercise staff:  The overlooked backbone of clinical trial.” Gerontological Society of America, 64th Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston, November, 2011
    • Blanton S, Jones F.  “Using the lens of self-management to facilitate navigation towards successful transition and adjustment after stroke (Workshop)” Hawaii International Conference on Social Science, Honolulu, Hawaii, June, 2010
    • Winstein C, Blanton S, Lang C, Woodbury M, Velazo C, Roberts P, Monroe L. “Interdisciplinary Clinical Trials in Rehabilitation: Beyond the Profession-level Boundary (Workshop)” American Occupational Therapy Association, Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, April 2010
    • Blanton S, Jones F.  “Whose confidence is it anyway?  Exploring theory, research and key skills required to enhance self-efficacy and self-management in patients with stroke.” American Physical Therapy Association, Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, June 2009
    Poster Presentations
    • Rivas RJ, Doussoulin AP, Saiz JL, Blanton S, C Rivas.  Application of Constraint Induced Therapy Protocol:  “Effectiveness on Quality and Quantity of Movement Recovery after Stroke.”  XXII World Congress of Neurology, Santiago, Chile, October, 2015.
    • Halpin S, Dillard R, Clevenger C, Rothschild E, Blanton S, Idler E, Wilson J, Flacker JM.  “The benefits to being a Senior Mentor: Cultivating Resilience through Mentorship of Health Profession Students.” Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society, National Harbor, Maryland, May 2015.
    • Rivas R, Doussoulin A, Salz JL, Blanton S. Rehabilitation and Recovery Effectiveness of Modified Constraint Induced Therapy on the Quality and Quantity of Upper Extremity Recovery after Stroke.” European Stroke Organization Annual Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, April 2015. 
    • Blanton S, Wolf SL, Acenbrak A, Phillips M, Watt A, White L, Wurtz C. “Stroke Self-Management Trial (SMART): Local Preliminary Data for an International Study.” Georgia Physical Therapy Association Fall Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, October, 2014 and American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, February, 2015.
    • Dinh C, Lindegren K, Blanton S. “A Student-Driven Model for Health Promotion in Pediatric Down Syndrome:  Family Centered Interventions at the Community Level.” Georgia Physical Therapy Association Fall Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, October, 2014 and American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, February, 2015.
    • Wurtz C and Blanton S. “Application of Sustainability Concepts into a DPT Curriculum:  A Student Initiated Development of Methods to Integrate Sustainability into Education.” Georgia Physical Therapy Association Fall Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, October, 2014 and American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, February, 2015 (Winner: Global Health Special Interest Group Social Responsibility Award).
    • Doussoulin A, Saiz JL, Blanton S. Effects of constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT) on the functionality and dexterity of the paretic upper limb:  group versus individual intervention in patients with stroke in Chile. 8th World Congress for Neurorehabilitation, Istanbul, Turkey, April, 2014.
    • Zeforino S, Hite M, Tober M, Holecek G, Sahu K, and Blanton S.  “’It takes a village’ Interdepartmental collaboration to implement a randomized clinical trial in a clinical environment.” Georgia Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Professional Meeting, Savannah,Georgia, September, 2013 and Georgia Physical Therapy Association Fall Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, October, 2013.
    • Winstein CJ, Wolf SL, Dromerick A, Blanton S, Nelson, MA, Lane C, Lewthwaite R, Scott C, Reiss A, Cen S, Holley R, Brady K, Janis S, and Azen S. “Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE): a randomized controlled trial.”  International Stroke Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, February 2013.
    • Wagenheim B, Nelson M, Blanton S, Lewthwaite R, Reiss R, Holley RJ, Burtman C, Hahn C, Cen Y, Lane C, Dromerick AW, Wolf SL, Winstein CJ.  “Depression management within an arm recovery trial:  The Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE) Experience.”  American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Vancouver, Canada, October 2012.  
    • Holecek G, Tober M, Blanton S.  “Use of a competency system to foster evidenced-based practice and staff development:  An example in stroke rehabilitation.” American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, April 2012.