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Innovative Rehabilitation Research & Education Manager

An innovative rehabilitation research and education manager with 20 years of professional experience in clinical, research, and educational environments. Evaluated and directed treatment of more than 2,500 patients at a leading rehabilitation facility. Taught physical therapy to undergraduate and graduate students at five leading universities and colleges.

Conducted extensive research in upper limb function after spinal cord injury, gait and movement analysis, administration and interpretation of clinical outcome measures, strengthening for persons with neurological disabilities, use of body weight support systems and locomotor training, and treatment of shoulder dysfunction and injury. Possess full knowledge and use of electrical stimulation devices; management of lower limb orthoses; electromyography; motion capture; dynamometry; and wheelchair evaluation, selection and adjustment.


MemorialCare Rehabilitation Institute at Long Beach Memorial, Long Beach, California 2006-2010

Research & Education Manager

Developed numerous education programs targeted to staff needs and rehabilitation services. Wrote and implemented on-going lectures related to the International Classification of Function, Evidence-Based Practice, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation and Motor Learning Principles. Created and implemented professional staff development activities for 150 rehabilitation staff members across a comprehensive continuum of care.

  • Developed and managed the Rehabilitation Department’s professional staff mentoring program, including assisting eight licensed professionals in obtaining clinical specialization credentials.

  • Initiated, developed and implemented instructor-led and online continuing education courses for 50 physical and occupational therapists.

  • Managed 60 affiliation agreements covering clinical internships for 110 students per year.

  • Ensured competency requirements to the Department of Health Services, the Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation and Rehabilitation Facilities for 190 therapy staff were satisfied. Passed three extensive reviews without comments.

  • Obtained $600,000 worth of research projects and managed $280,000 of annual research funding from federal agencies and industry sponsors.

  • Developed rehabilitation programs for walking recovery, aquatics rehabilitation and ICU interdisciplinary rehabilitation.

  • Led quality improvement efforts to revise and develop patient and family educational materials.

  • As a member of the Employee Wellness Committee, created the hospital’s Intranet website, which promoted employee wellness programs to more than 10,000 employees throughout the entire health system. Participated on the rollout campaign of the employee wellness program, and provided health and wellness screening and information to 1,000 attendees.

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Pathokinesiology Lab, Downey, California 1991-2006

Senior Project Manager (2003-2006)
Senior Research Physical Therapist (1991-2003)

Directed research grants valued at $5 million for the management of disabilities for people with spinal cord injury, stroke, amputation, post-polio syndrome, cerebral palsy and spina bifada. The research laboratory was part of a public rehabilitation center with 125 beds.

  • Conducted quantitative gait and functional evaluations, including indwelling-wire electromyography (EMG) for 3,500 patients and research subjects.

  • Participated in writing grant proposals that resulted in more than $2.5 million for stroke and spinal cord injury research.

  • Managed federally-funded research grants and performed all related activities in each, ranging from responding to request for proposals through testing and data collection, processing and analysis.

  • Published 28 peer review manuscripts in ten professional journals, including the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine.

  • Presented more than 56 papers at local and national professional conferences, including the American Spinal Injury Association, the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society and the American Physical Therapy Association.

  • Supervised up to 40 physical therapists and technicians.

University of Southern California, Department of Physical Therapy, Los Angeles, California 1997-Present

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Taught more than 1,200 graduate students in clinical electrophysiology techniques as part of the university’s Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. The course includes laboratory sessions and hands-on training with practical and written examinations.

  • Taught Observational Gait Analysis as part of the doctoral program, for five years.

Mount St. Mary’s College, Department of Physical Therapy, Los Angeles, California 1992-2009

Assistant Research Coordinator (1995-2009)

Assisted in the management of 12 graduate student research projects per year. Advised six graduate students per year for their graduate school research projects.

Primary Course Instructor, Department of Physical Therapy (1992-1995)

Instructed a course for 30 Bachelor- and Master-level students in electrotherapy per year. Supervised three laboratory instructors per semester.

Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, Downey, California 1989-1991

Staff Physical Therapist

Provided evaluation and treatment for ten patients with spinal cord injury per day. Supervised several physical therapy assistants.

  • Treated patients in the Inpatient Rehab Facility and the Outpatient Clinic.


University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2003
Master in Physical Therapy, 1989

Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Athletic Training, Dean’s List, 1985 


“Recovery from Exertional Exercise in Person with Post-Polio Syndrome.”  California Physical Therapy Fund. $2,500; 2000-2001.

“Strengthening Exercises to Reduce Shoulder Pain in Person with Tetraplegia.”  Foundation for Physical Therapy. $40,000; 2006.

Best Paper Award, “Effect of seat position on shoulder joint demand during manual wheelchair propulsion: A preliminary report.”  American Spinal Injury Association, 29th Annual Conference; 2003.

Best Poster Award, “Quantification of manual wheelchair use over a 12-hour period among individuals with paraplegia.”  American Spinal Injury Association, 34th Annual Scientific Meeting; 2008.


Newsam CJ, Rao SS, Mulroy SJ, Gronley JK, Bontrager EL, Perry J.  Three dimensional upper extremity motion during manual wheelchair propulsion in men with different levels of spinal cord injury.  Gait & Posture, 1999; 10:223-232.

Beekman C, Perry J, Boyd LA, Newsam CJ, Mulroy SJ.  The effects of a dorsiflexion-stopped ankle foot orthosis on walking in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury.  Top Spinal Cord Inj Rehabil, 2000; 5:54-62.

Baker LL, Wederich C, McNeal D, Newsam CJ, Waters RL.  NeuroMuscular Electrical Stimulation: A Practical Guide, 4th ed.  Los Amigos Research & Educational Institute, Inc., Downey, CA, 2000.

Mulroy S, Gronley J, Newsam CJ, Perry J.  Use of cluster analysis for gait classification of patients in the early and late recovery phases following a stroke.  Gait & Posture, 2003; 18:114-125.

Mulroy SJ, Farrokhi S, Newsam CJ, Perry J.  Effect of spinal cord injury level on the activity of shoulder muscles during wheelchair propulsion: An electromyographic study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil,2004; 85:925-934.

Perry J, Burnfield JM, Newsam CJ, Conley P.  Energy expenditure and gait characteristics of a person with bilateral amputations walking with the C-leg.  Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2004; 85:1711-1717.

Newsam CJ, Baker LL.  The effect of an electrical stimulation facilitation program on quadriceps motor unit recruitment following a stroke.  Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2004; 85:2040-2045.

Newsam CJ, Leese C, Fernandez-Silva J. Intratester reliability for determining an eight-repetition maximum for three shoulder exercises using elastic bands.  J Sport Rehabil, 2005; 14:35-47.

Mulroy SJ, Eberly V, Gronley JK, Weiss W, Newsam CJ.  Effect of AFO design on walking after a stroke: the impact of ankle plantar flexion contracture.  J Prosth Orthot (in press).


Electrical Stimulation: An Evidence-Based, Hands-On Workshop.  Lucinda Baker, Craig Newsam.  Continuing Education course.  Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach, CA, August 18, 2007.

Use of power spectral analysis to document shoulder muscle fatigue during 15-minutes of continuous manual wheelchair propulsion.  American Spinal Injury Association, 34th Annual Scientific Conference. San Diego, CA, 2008.

Personal and Environmental Factors for the STOMPS Clinical Trial.  Combined Sections meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Las Vegas, NV, February 12, 2009.


American Physical Therapy Association, Member
American Spinal Injury Association, Member
Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Guest Reviewer J. Spinal Cord Medicine
Paralyzed Veterans of America, Spinal Cord Medicine Consortium: Clinical Practice Guidelines
Department of Consumer Affairs, State of California, Expert Examiner, Kinesiological EMG

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