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Roy H. Bechtel, PT, PhD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor (Adjunct Faculty I I)

Primary Appointment:

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Location:

AHB 240C

Phone (Primary):

410.706.4544

Phone (Secondary):

410.328.7725 (Frenkel Bldg - PT Outpatient Clinic)

Fax:

410.706.6387

Education and Training

EDUCATION

1973 College of Wooster, Wooster, OH BA Urban Studies

1979 University of Maryland, Baltimore BS Physical Therapy

1982 New York University MA Physical Therapy

1998 University of Maryland PhD Biomechanics,  Dissertation: Biomechanical properties of the axial interosseous ligament and surface topology of the human sacroiliac joint. Dissertation Abstracts International, 59 (6), 2626, Dec., 1998.

LICENSURE

Active California

Active Maryland

Active New York

Highlighted Publications

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

1. Benjamin, S., Flood, J., Bechtel, R. and Alon, G. (2007) Measurement of soft tissue

temperature and impedance following the application of transdermal direct current.

Physiotherapy 93: 114-120.

2. Bechtel, R., Cleland, J., and Smith, B. (2006) Researchers and Clinicians: A Growing

Divide or Narrowing Gap? J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 36(7):451-461.

3. *Benjamin, S., Flood, J. and Bechtel, R. (2005) Isokinetic testing prior to and following

anterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery: a pilot study. Isokinetics and Exercise

Science 13(2): 159-162.

4. *Bechtel, R (2001) Physical characteristics of the axial interosseous ligament of the

human sacroiliac joint. The Spine Journal 1 (4): 255-259.

5. * Bechtel, R & Caldwell, G. (1994) The influence of task and angle on torque

production and muscle activity at the elbow. J Electromyog and Kines 4(4): 195-204.

6. * Herzenberg, J.E., Scheufele, L.L., Paley, D., Bechtel, R, & Tepper, S. (1994)

Knee range of motion in isolated femoral lengthening. Clin Orthop and Related Res,

301,49-54.

7. * Colangelo, G.A., Hobart, D.J., Belenky, M.M. & Bechtel, R. (1991) Elbow angle

during a simulated task requiring fine psychomotor control". Journal of Dental Education

55(12),785-788.

Additional Publication Citations

MAJOR INVITED SPEECHES

1. * Bechtel, R. (November, 1998) Biomechanical examination of the 'posterior axial'

ligament of the sacroiliac joint - presented to the 3rd Interdisciplinary World

Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Pain, Vienna, Austria.

2. * Bechtel, R. (1994) The effect of selected parameters of muscle energy technique

on paraspinal EMG in healthy individuals - presented to the International

Society of Electromyographic Kinesiology (ISEK), Charleston, SC.

3. *Bechtel, R. (1987) Frequency spectrum analysis in idiopathic scoliosis -

presented to the International Society of Electromyographic Kinesiology (ISEK),

Baltimore.

4. * Bechtel, R. (1982, 1983) Toward a prognostic index for idiopathic scoliosis -

presented to the American Physical Therapy Associations of New York and California.

PROFFERED COMMUNICATIONS

1. Bechtel, R. (March, 2011) "Eclectic Manual Techniques for Management of the Patient

with Orthopedic Dysfunction." - presented for American Physical Therapy Association

of Maryland, at Franklin Square Hospital, March 5, 2011.

2. Bechtel, R., Benjamin, S. (October 2009) "Exercises to improve multifidus recruitment

in rehabilitation" - poster presented at the AAOMPT National Conference, Crystal City

Virginia, October 16-18, 2009.

3. Auburn, A., Benjamin, S., and Bechtel, R. (May 2009) "Prolotherapy for pelvic ligament

pain: a case report", Prolotherapy Journal.

4. Bechtel, R. Benjamin, S. and Liu, W. (November 2007) "Multifidus inhibition in an elite

cyclist" - poster presented at the 6th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and

Pelvic Pain, Barcelona, Spain, November 2007.

5. Bechtel, R., Benjamin, S. (October, 2006) "Rehabilitation after Artificial Disc

Replacement - an evidence-based guide" (Red Bank, New Jersey).

6. Bechtel, R. (July, 2004) "Antidote Exercises to Protect the Back" - presented to School

of Nursing standardized patients (Baltimore, MD).

7. Bechtel, R. (September, 2002) "Intrinsic factors in Low Back Pain" - presented as part

of Doctor's Community Hospital's medical inservice program (Landover, Maryland).

8. Bechtel, R. (November, 2001) "Intrinsic factors in Low Back Pain" - presented as part

of Laurel Regional Hospital's medical inservice program (Laurel, Maryland).

9. Anderson, Bechtel, et aI., (March, 2001) "Medical & Complementary Management of

low Back Pain" - sponsored by the University of Maryland Physical therapy Alumni

Association.

10. Bechtel, R., Hamilton, C. (October, 1995) "Spinal Manipulation from Cyriax to

Paris" - presented at the annual meeting of the Maryland State Chapter of the APT A.

11. Bechtel, R., Harvey, L., & Waller, S. (November, 1995) "Orthopedic Physical

Therapy in Trauma" - Workshop at University Castelo Branco, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

12. Anderson, P., DeDeyne, P., & Bechtel, R. (March,1994) "Clinical Anatomy

Review: The Shoulder" - sponsored by the University of Maryland Physical Therapy

Alumni Association.

13. Anderson, P., & Bechtel, R. (April, 1993) "Clinical Anatomy Review: The Lumbar Spine,

Pelvis and Hip" - sponsored by the University of Maryland Physical Therapy Alumni

Association.

BOOKS

Benjamin, S., Bechtel, R., and Conroy, V. (2011). "Cram Sessions in Functional Anatomy: A

Handbook for Students and Clinicians". Slack Incorporated.

Clinical Specialty Details

CLINICAL ACTIVITIES

Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Frenkil Outpatient Rehabilitation Service, UMMC

Staff Physical Therapist - 20 patient visits/week, 20% FTE

Recent continuing education courses for Hospital staff and APTA of Maryland (see below) on

manual techniques for patient management.

Awards and Affiliations

HONORS AND AWARDS

1979     B.S. with Honors in Physical Therapy Research - University of Maryland Physical Therapy Dept.

1990     Faculty of the Year, University of Maryland Physical Therapy Dept.

2003     Named "Health Care Professional Hero" by Maryland Daily Record.

2007     Named to "Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2006-2007"

2011     Faculty of the Year, UMSOM Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science

2011     Alumni of the Year, UMSOM Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science

Professional Activity

MEMBERSHIP IN SCIENTIFIC/PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

1979 - present American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Section on Orthopedics

1979 - present Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

1981 - present Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society

1990 - present American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists

1998 - present American Society of Biomechanics

2010 - present North American Spine Society

Administrative Service

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE

INSTITUTIONAL SERVICE

1991 - 1993; Admissions Committee - Department of Physical Therapy

2006-2011 Admissions Committee - Department of Physical Therapy

1993 - 2002 Clinical Executive Committee - Physical Therapy Department

1998 - 1999 Chair, Technology sub-committee

1998 - 2001 Advisory Committee - Physical Therapy Department

2000 - 2002 Chair, Technology Committee, Physical Therapy Department

2000 - 2005 Member, SOM Clinical Services Standards Committee

2003 - 2005 Alternate - School of Medicine Council

2003 - 2005 Member, School of Medicine Judicial Review Board

1999 - 2011 Associate Member, University of Maryland, Baltimore Graduate Faculty

1999 - 2011 Campus Fire Marshall

2000 - 2011 Special Member, Graduate Faculty, University of Maryland, College Park

2001 - 2011 Member, Health Sciences and Human Services Library Advisory

Committee

2002 - 2011 Coordinator - Special topics courses, post-professional DScPT

LOCAL AND NATIONAL SERVICE

1998 - 2000 Chair, Education Committee, Maryland Chapter, APTA

2002 - 2009 Department Liaison to Board of Directors, Maryland Chapter, APT A

1999 - present Ad-Hoc reviewer, Physical Therapy

2000 - present Ad-Hoc reviewer, Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy

2005 - present Ad-Hoc reviewer, Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

2008 - present Ad-Hoc reviewer, Journal of Biomechanics

2008 - present Ad-Hoc reviewer, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

2009 - present Ad-Hoc reviewer, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics

2010 - present Ad-Hoc reviewer, Health Resources Administration - Geriatric Academic

Career Award

TEACHING SERVICE 2000-2011

ENTRY-LEVEL OPT PROGRAM

DPTE 511 Basic Science Block I - lectures & labs (kinesiology)

50 students, 12 contact hours, 5 hours preparation

DPTE 512 Professional Issues I - lectures (Research Basics for Physical Therapists)

50 students, 6 contact hours, 5 hours preparation

DPTE 514 Basic Science Block III -lectures & labs (biomechanics)

50 students, 15 contact hours, 7.5 hours preparation

DPTE 516 Medical Issues 1- Course Coordinator-lectures & labs, organize seminars

50 students, 12 contact hours, 90 hours preparation

DPTE 521 Medical issues 11- Coordinator of Evidence-Based Practice Seminars

50 students, 6 contact hours, 5 hours preparation

DPTE 522 Musculoskeletal Block I -Course Coordinator - lectures & labs, organize research

seminars

50 students, 9 contact hours, 26 hours preparation

DPTE 525 Musculoskeletal Block II - Course Coordinator - lectures & labs, organize research

seminars

50 students, 120 contact hours, 5 hours preparation

POST-PROFESSIONAL DSCPT PROGRAM (2004-2011)

DPTP 631 Capstone Project - Advising students for capstone project

4 students, 12 online hours, 12 hours preparation (reading, correcting)