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Dr Michael Leavitt

Post Nominals PT, DPT, CCI, FHEA
Biography In my current role I serve as the Physiotherapy Program Leader and a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University for the physiotherapy program. I also serve as the Director of Studies for a PhD candidate, a Prof. Doc candidate, and an M-Res candidate. I also serve as a module leader for multiple modules on the physiotherapy course and previously served as the program Placement Coordinator in which I was instrumental at expanding our placement capacity.

In addition to serving on multiple working groups here at Edinburgh Napier University, I notably serve on the Ethics Committee and the Inter-professional Learning Committee for the School of Health and Social Care. I was also elected to serve a 4 year term on the university wide Academic Board in 2023. I have also been involved with multiple national working groups related to clinical placements and NHS Bursary schemes. I recently joined the Cross Party Parliament Group on Sport in Scotland.

I have multiple research interests with in my area of clinical expertise, rehabilitative neurology. I currently have ongoing projects examining the effects of youth exposure to repetitive sub-concussion, and multiple other projects related to this field currently in development.

I am an experienced physical therapist and have been in practice for over 14 years since receiving my Doctorate in Physical Therapy in May of 2010. I have extensive experience and advanced accreditation in clinical education. My main area of clinical focus has been extensively with in Neuro Trauma(TBI, concussion, SCI, CVA, multilevel trauma, complex amputation, neuro degenerative disease) but I have also worked in critical care, acute care, home health, inpatient rehabilitation, subacute rehabilitation, care of the elderly, and MSK. I also have significant experience developing and improving electronic medical record systems and training end users.

In my previous role I served as a Physical Therapist for Northwestern Medicine Outpatient Neurological Rehab (August, 2010-May of 2021). My clinical focus involved neurologic trauma, multilevel trauma, neurodegenerative disease, concussion, amputation rehabilitation, the development of hospital wide concussion treatment protocols, as well as more recently, rehabilitation of patients with complications due to Covid-19.
Research Interests Head injury management
Application of rehabilitation intensity to survivors of stroke, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury
Advancement of rehabilitative technology
System wide rehabilitation reform
Teaching and Learning I currently teach and have supervision on the following modules: Leading Innovations in Health and Social Care, Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice, Dissertation, Building Professional Autonomy in Physiotherapy Practice, Professional Development for Physiotherapy Practice, and Application of Physiotherapy Practice