Alyssa LaForme Fiss, P.T., Ph.D., Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist

Professor

Physical Therapy

Alyssa LaForme Fiss, P.T., Ph.D., Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist

Contact

afiss@twu.edu
214-689-7714
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Biography

Dr. Alyssa LaForme Fiss is a physical therapist and Board-Certified Pediatrics Clinical Specialist. She is an International Collaborator of CanChild, participating in research collaborations to advance pediatric disability research. She most recently served as a co-investigator on the international, multi-site, On Track research study, examining developmental trajectories for primary and secondary impairments, health conditions, performance of self-care, and participation for children with cerebral palsy. Her current research interests include examining interventions to support adaptive behavior in children with disabilities as well as examining strategies to promote participation for children in disabilities. She has published widely and has presented her research at the regional, national, and international level. In the past five years, two of Dr. Fiss’s published articles have been awarded the Toby Long Award, which recognizes the best article published yearly in the journal, “Pediatric Physical Therapy.” She is also the co-editor of the Third Edition of the pediatric physical textbook, “Meeting the Physical Therapy Needs of Children.”

Education

Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
M.P.T., Master of Physical Therapy, The Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio
B.A./B.S., Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Professions, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Research Interests

Pediatrics; Cerebral Palsy; Down Syndrome; Child Development; Adaptive Behavior; Developmental Trajectories; Service Delivery Models

Latest Articles

The utility of neuromotor retraining to augment manual therapy and vestibular rehabilitation in a patient with post-concussion syndrome: A case report
International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy (2021)
A Teare-Ketter, Alyssa C. LaForme Fiss, J Elbert

Development of a grading rubric to assess learning in pediatric physical therapy education.
Pediatric Physical Therapy (2020)
J Schreiber, K Gagnon, E Kendall, Alyssa C LaForme Fiss, M Rapport

Walking, physical activity performance, and validity of the Early Activity Scale for Endurance in young children with cerebral palsy.
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics: A Quarterly Journal of Developmental Therapy (2020)
Erin E Wentz, Cheryl Kerfeld, Nancy Cicerello, Kristie Bjornson, Alyssa C. LaForme Fiss

Physical, occupational and speech therapy for children with cerebral palsy
Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology (2020)
SW McCoy, RJ Palisano, L Avery, L Jeffries, Alyssa C. LaForme Fiss

Longitudinal change in common body function/structure impairments and services in children with cerebral palsy from age 1.5 to 11 years.
Pediatric Physical Therapy (2020)
L Jeffries, Alyssa C. LaForme Fiss, S McCoy, L Avery

Understanding the development of children with cerebral palsy and how therapy may affect patient-centered outcomes. Washington, DC
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) (2019)
SW McCoy, D Bartlett, RJ Chiarello, RJ Palisano, L Jeffries

Longitudinal trajectories of physical activity and walking performance by Gross Motor Function Classification System level for children with cerebral palsy.
Disability and Rehabilitation (2019)
K Bjornson, Alyssa C LaForme Fiss, L Avery, E Wentz, C Kerfeld

Developmental trajectories and percentile graphs for the 6-minute walk test for children with cerebral palsy
Pediatric Physical Therapy (2019)
Alyssa C. LaForme Fiss, L Jeffries, K Bjornson, L Avery, S Hanna

Validity of the Early Activity Scale for Endurance and the Six-Minute Walk Test for children with cerebral palsy. *Awarded the Toby Long award for the best paper published in Pediatric Physical Therapy in 2019.
Pediatric Physical Therapy (2019)
Alyssa C. LaForme Fiss, L Jeffries, A Yocum, SW McCoy

Developmental trajectories and reference percentiles for range of motion, endurance, and muscle strength of children with cerebral palsy
Physical Therapy (2019)
L Jeffries, Alyssa C. LaForme Fiss, SW McCoy, DJ Bartlett

Developmental trajectories of the Early Clinical Assessment of Balance for children with cerebral palsy
Physical Therapy (2019)
Alyssa C. LaForme Fiss, SW McCoy, D Bartlett, L Avery, S Hanna

Determinants of playfulness of children with cerebral palsy
Developmental Neurorehabilitation (2019)
LA Chiarello, D Bartlett, R Palisano, S McCoy, L Jeffries

On Track Study Team.* A collaborative approach to decision making through developmental monitoring to provide individualized services for children with cerebral palsy
Physical Therapy (2018)
DJ Bartlett, SW McCoy, LA Chiarello, L Avery, G Galuppi

Cerebral palsy
PTNow (2017)
Alyssa C. LaForme Fiss, D Benoche

Description of primary and secondary impairments in young children with cerebral palsy. *Awarded the Toby Long award for the best paper published in Pediatric Physical Therapy in 2016.
Pediatric Physical Therapy (2016)
L Jeffries, Alyssa C LaForme Fiss, S McCoy, D Bartlett

The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF): Focusing on the Environment
DEC Recommended Practice Monographs (2016)
Lynn Jeffries, Alyssa C. LaForme Fiss

Determinants of participation in family and recreational activities of young children with cerebral palsy
Disability and Rehabilitation (2016)
L Chiarello, DJ Bartlett, R Palisano, S Westcott McCoy, A Laforme Fiss

Commentary on 'Maximal respiratory pressures of healthy children: compairson between obtained and predicted values'
Pediatric Physical Therapy (2015)
Alyssa C. LaForme Fiss, E Hillegass

Determinants of self-care participation of young children with cerebral palsy: a prospective cohort study.
Developmental Rehabilitation (2014)
D Bartlett, L Chiarello, S McCoy, R Palisano, L Jeffries

Determinants of gross motor function of young children with cerebral palsy: a prospective cohort study
Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology (2014)
D Bartlett, L Chiarello, S McCoy, R Palisano, L Jeffries

Family ecology of young children with cerebral palsy.
Child: care, health and development (2014)
Alyssa C. LaForme Fiss, LA Chiarello, DJ Bartlett, RJ Palisano, L Jeffries

Case study: 10-month-old girl with cerebral palsy and right hemiplegia (Gross Motor Function Classification System Level I).
PTNow (2014)
DM Begnoche, A LaForme Fiss

Development and validity of the Early Clinical Assessment of Balance for young children with cerebral palsy
Developmental Neurorehabilitation (2014)
SW McCoy, DJ Yocum, L Jeffries, RJ Palisano, A LaForme Fiss

Activity capacity & performance, participation, and the environment of children with cerebral palsy.
Pediatric Physical Therapy (2014)
CI Kerfield, KF Bjornson, EE Wentz, N Cicirello, AL Fiss

Books

(Ed.) Meeting the Physical Therapy Needs of Children (3rd Ed.)
F.A.Davis (2020)
SK Effgen, Alyssa C. LaForme Fiss

Current Projects

Dr. Alyssa LaForme Fiss's current research aims to examine the effectiveness of a novel intervention to support the development of adaptive behavior of infants with or at risk for cerebral palsy. This pilot project will investigate the impact of this intervention on adaptive behaviors, gross motor development, and parent-child engagement. This collaborative project with the University of Washington is funded through the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research.

Fiss is also currently pursuing funding with researchers from multiple institutions to investigate an integrated learning approach with family engagement for preschoolers with disabilities. This project aims to develop and test this integrated learning approach and its effectiveness to enhance adaptive behavior for school readiness.

Fiss is also investigating the expansion of the Early Clinical Assessment of Balance to improve its relevance and responsiveness for assessing balance in children with cerebral palsy in Gross Motor Function Classification System levels I and II. This collaborative project with the University of Oklahoma will facilitate the expansion of the On Track Developmental Monitoring System to adolescents with cerebral palsy.

Externally Funded Projects

Estimation of intervention effectiveness to improve adaptive behavior in infants with cerebral palsy: a pilot study.
Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. Pediatric Research Grant. | $40,000.00 | 2021
Role: Principal Investigator

Gaining insight and understanding of experiential learning in pediatric PT education
Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. | $9,765.00 | 2019
Role: Principal Investigator

Focus groups to disseminate the On Track Developmental Monitoring System.
Subcontract with Western University (Canadian Institutes of Health Research). | $17,500.00 | 2018
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Validity and reliability of an expanded version of the Early Clinical Assessment of Balance.
Grant funded by Mercer University Seed Grant Program. | $3,996.00 | 2018
Role: Principal Investigator

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Therapy Association. Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • International Organization of Physical Therapists in Paediatrics
  • International Society of Early Intervention, Active member
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association