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Joseph A. Lucca

Joseph A. Lucca

Emeritus Associate Professor
Physical Therapy Department
313 McKinly Lab
302-831-2398
joelucca@udel.edu

 

 

 


Research Interests

  • Health Care Delivery to the Older Americans

Education

  • 2003 Temple University – DPT: Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • 1990 University of Delaware – PhD: Family Studies
  • 1973 Temple University – MEd: Educational Psychology
  • 1969 University of Pennsylvania – Cert.: Physical Therapy
  • 1968 West Chester State University – BS: Special Education

Professional History

  • Mar81-84 Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, Wilmington, DE; Owner
  • July74-July79 University of Delaware, Physical Therapy Program, Assistant Professor
  • July72-July74 Delaware Curative Workshop, Wilmington, DE; Director of Pediatric Program
  • Sept69-July72 Delaware Curative workshop, Wilmington, DE; Staff Therapist

Honors & Awards

  • Lucy Blair Service Award; American Physical Therapy Association, 2008
  • Friends of Private Practice Award; Private Practice Section of the APTA, 2007
  • The First Joe Lucca Distinguished Service Award; Delaware Physical Therapy Association, 2005

Professional Organizations/Societies

Research Projects & Grants

FUNDED RESEARCH

  • Cystic Fibrosis Association "Parenting Inputs in the Management of Cystic Fibrosis" (7/78-7/80); with Barbara Settles
  • Office of Child Development, USDHEW "Parenting Inputs in Foster and Natural Families for Normal and Atypical Children" (7/76-7/78); with Barbara Settles
  • Delaware Institute for Medical Education and Research "Predictive Validity of the Neonatal Behavior Assessment Scale" (10/76-10/77)

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

  • "The Effects of Biofeedback on Isometric and Isokinetic Contractions." May 1978-February 1979.
  • "Long Term Effects of Biofeedback on Isometric Training." September 1979-January 1981.

Selected Publications

JOURNAL ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

  • "The Home Health Care System in the United States: Analysis and Recommendations." TOPICS IN GERIATRIC REHABILITATION. July 1990.
  • "Effects of Upper and Lower Limb Preference on Torque Productions." JOURNAL OF ORTHOPEDIC & SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY, November 1989.
  • "Husband Abuse," with Susan Steinmetz. In THE HANDBOOK OF FAMILY VIOLENCE. Plenum Publishing, 1988.
  • "The Effects of Biofeedback on Isometric Strengthening Program." PHYSICAL THERAPY, February 1983
  • "Effects of Childrens' Disabilities on Certain Time Use Parameters." PHYSICAL THERAPY, February 1979

BOOK REVIEWS / ARTICLES ABSTRACTED

  • Communication and Clinical Effectiveness in Rehabilitation. Reynolds, F. London. Elsevier, 2005, paperback, 264pp, ISBN 0-7506-5665-4. Reviewed in Physical Therapy.
  • Psychology in the Physical and Manual Therapies. Kolt, GS & Andersen, MB, eds. Philadelphia, PA. Churchill Livingstone, 2004. Reviewed in Physical Therapy. June, 2005
  • The Bedford Murder: An Evidence-Based Clinical Mystery. Godwin, M. and Hodgetts, G., Philadelphia, PA 19106. Hanley & Belfus, Inc, 2003, Reviewed in Physical Therapy. January 2005, p. 103.
  • Evidence-Based Rehabilitation: A Guide to Practice. Law M, ed. Thorofare, NJ 08086. Slack Inc, 2002.Reviewed in Physical Therapy, 2003, 83 (8) : 754-756. Reviewed in Physical Therapy, August 2003, p. 754
  • A Reevaluation of the Duration of Survival After the Onset of Dementia. Wolfson C, Wolfson DB, Asgharian, M, et al. Abstracted in Physical Therapy. 2001; 81 (10): 1734-1735
  • Improving Mobility in Older Persons: A Manual for Geriatric Specialists, by Carole Lewis. In TOPICS IN GERIATRIC REHABILITATION, (1997)
  • Aging: A Challenge to Health Care, by Carole Lewis. In PHYSICAL THERAPY Vol. 65(2), February 1985, p. 220.
  • Handicaps in Childhood, by M. Manciaux. In PHYSICAL THERAPY VOL 63 (11), November 1983.
  • Parents on the Team, by S. L. Brown. In PHYSICAL THERAPY Vol. 60(6), June 1980, P. 830.
  • Program Guide for Infants and Toddlers with Neuromotor and other Disabilities, by F. P.Conner, & C. G. Williamson. In PHYSICAL THERAPY, Vol. 59(5), May 1979, p. 678.

Presentations

PLATFORM PRESENTATIONS

  • Predicting Utilization and Outcomes of Home-Based Physical Therapy” presented at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February, 2001.
  • "Physical Therapy Legislation - The Delaware Experience," presented at the Mid Year Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Orlando, February 1985.
  • Chairman of Research Session at 1984 Annual Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Las Vegas, 1984.
  • "Effect of Superficial Heat, Deep Heat, and Cold on Quadriceps Muscle Performance," presented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Kansas City, June 1983.
  • "Effects of EMG Biofeedback on an Isometric Strengthening Program," presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Anaheim, June 1982.
  • "Fathers' Roles and Needs in Relation to Children with Special Needs," Presented at Groves Conference in Marriage and the Family, Ocean City, Maryland, June 4, 1982.
  • Chairman of Research Session at 1981 Annual Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Washington.
  • "Isokinetic Rehabilitation Following Meniscus Surgery," presented at Fall Seminar, Alfred I. duPont Institute, October 24, 1981.
  • "Marketing Cybex," presented at Cybex Seminar, Washington, DC, August 1981.
  • "A Model to Foster Research at the Undergraduate Level," presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Atlanta, June 1980.
  • "Functional Ability of Children and Parental Time Use," presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Atlanta, June 1979.
  • "The Decrement of Equilibrium and Balance Occurring with Age," presented at the Mid Year Meeting of the Research Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, San Francisco, February 1979.
  • "How Much Should We Expect of the Exceptional Parent," presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Las Vegas, June 1978

INSERVICE EDUCATION AND WORKSHOPS

  • Annual & Combined Sections Meetings of American Physical Therapy Association, Annually from 1978
  • APTA State Government Affairs Workshop, Annually from 2000
  • APTA Federal Government Affairs Workshop, Annually from 2000
  • DPTA Annual Meeting, Annually from 2000
  • Medicare - Part B Coding Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 2000
  • Dale Carnegie Course, Wilmington, DE, Feb-May 1986
  • Orthopedic Mobilization, Annual Meeting of Delaware Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, Wilmington, DE, Feb 1985
  • Professional Issues Workshop, American Physical Therapy Association, Alexandria, VA, Sept 1984
  • White House Symposium on Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine, Washington, DC, Nov 1983
  • Sports Medicine Seminar, Alfred I. duPont Institute, Wilmington, DE, Apr 1981
  • Fall Orthopedic Seminar, Alfred I. duPont Institute, Wilmington, DE, Oct 1981
  • Isokinetics Seminar, sponsored by Lumex Corporation. (2 day course on the theory and function of isokinetic exercise), June 1980
  • Electromyography Course. (Three 3-day seminars to introduce the professional to electromyographic instrumentation), 1978, 1979
  • Problem Solving Approach to Teaching, University of Baltimore, Sept 1978
  • Fall Orthopedic Seminar, Alfred I. duPont Institute, Wilmington, DE, Sept 1978
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association Workshop, New York City, Nov 1977
  • Grantsmanship Workshop, American Physical Therapy Association, Phoenix, AZ, Feb 1977
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association Workshop, Blythsdale, NY, Nov 1976
  • Fall Orthopedic Seminar, Alfred I. duPont Institute, Wilmington, DE, Sept 1976
  • Certification Course in Neurodevelopmental Treatment Approach, Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association, Baltimore, MD, July-Aug 1975

Service

  • University of Delaware Department of Physical Therapy
    • Chair, Curriculum Committee, 2006-2007
    • Coordinated Program Assessment Activities for the Department, 2000-present
    • Member of Departmental Web Site team, 2000-present
    • Chair of the Public Committee, 1999-present
    • Chair of the Alumni Committee, 1999-present
    • Chair, Safety Committee, 1997-present
    • Chair, Minority Recruitment Committee, 1996-present
    • Physical Therapy Admissions, 1980-present
    • Coordinated employment and admissions surveys, 2000
    • Chaired, Search Committee for Clinic Director, 1999
  • Board of Directors Member, Wilmington Senior Center, 2005-present
  • Medical Advisory Committee Member, Geriatric Services of Delaware, and Bayada Nurses, 1988-present
  • Medicare Chart Reviewer, Bayada Nurses of Delaware, 1988-present
  • University of Delaware's Faculty Senate, 2007
  • Developed and maintained Delaware Physical Therapy Association website, 2000-2003
  • College of Arts and Sciences Senator, 1998-2004
  • University Presidential Awards Committee, 1998-2000
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Delaware; State Farm Insurance; Nationwide Insurance, 1984-2000
  • Honors Committee, School of Life and Health Sciences, 1981-1985
  • University Promotion and Tenure Committee, 1984
  • Department of Public Instruction Project CADETS (Assessing degree of disability in handicapped children) 1977-1979
  • University Faculty Welfare and Privileges Committee, 1976
  • Courses and Curriculum Committee, School of Life and Health Sciences
  • Various Physical Therapy Search Committees

Courses Taught

* indicates presently teaching

  • PT 308: Kinesiology and Biomechanics
  • PT 321: Introduction to Patient Care
  • PT 325: Therapeutic Exercise
  • PT 343: Teaching Methods
  • PT 431: Isokinetics Practicum
  • PT 543: Develop. Disabilities
  • PHYT 618: Lifespan Development
  • *PHYT 600: PT as a Profession
  • *PHYT 606: Research Methods
  • *PHYT 620: Educational Process in Community Health
  • *PHYT 806: Geriatrics
  • *PHYT 809: Pyscho-Social Aspects of Health and Disease

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