HEATHER A HAYES, PhD portrait
  • Neurologic Clinical Specialist, ABPTS
  • Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist, American Stroke Association
  • Assistant Professor (Clinical), Physical Therapy & Athletic Training

Current Courses

Fall 2021

  • PH TH 7920-020
    Doctoral Seminar II
  • RHSCI 7500-011
    Rehab Science Seminar
  • RHSCI 7970-010
    Dissertation Credits

Please note: Student feedback is only available for courses prior to Spring 2021

Spring 2021

  • RHSCI 7500-009
    Rehab Science Seminar

Please note: Student feedback is only available for courses prior to Spring 2021

Professional Organizations

  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. 02/01/2018 - present. Position : Member, Stroke Special Interest Group, Health Services Special Interest Group.
  • American Heart/Stroke Association. 01/01/2006 - present. Position : Stroke Task Force, Western States. UT Task Force Rehab Chair.
  • Utah Physical Therapy Association. 01/01/2004 - present. Position : Member.
  • Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy . 01/01/2003 - present. Position : Member, Chair of Stroke Special Interest group, Advocacy Committee, Program Committee, Practice Comm.
  • American Physical Therapy Association. 01/01/2000 - present. Position : Member.

Practice History

  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah Balance and Mobility Clinic • An outpatient clinic focusing on neurological disabilities and wellness programs for MS, Parkinsonism, stroke, TBI and SCI. • Clinical instructor for doctor of physical therapy students overseeing research projects, clinical experiences, seminar teaching. • ALS multidisciplinary clinic providing physical therapy services for individuals with ALS. • Coordinate an intensive 10-day therapy program, including constraint-induced therapy for individuals with focal neurological injuries. • Researcher focused on improvement in stroke rehabilitation services. 01/01/2004 - present .

Teaching Philosophy

Heather's teaching is directed toward individuals in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and in a neurologic physical therapy residency program. She believes in mentoring by example while providing students and residents with a solid evidence-based framework. Her current clinical practice allows her to bridge the connection between the clinical and didactic world for students. She seeks to provide her students and residents with depth of knowledge that allows them to engage as professionals in doctors of physical therapy and as neurologic residents in physical therapy.

Courses I Teach

  • PHTH 7300 lecture - Neuromuscular management
    "Upper extremity management". Lab and lecture series, October 2007-2013.