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Dennis W. Klima, P.T., M.S., Ph.D., G.C.S., N.C.S.

  • Dennis Klima

    Associate Professor

    Education and Certifications:

    • B.S., Physical Therapy (1983) Medical College of Virginia
    • M.S., Adult and Continuing Education (2002) Coppin State College
    • Ph.D., Physical Therapy, Temple University (2010)
    • ABPTS/APTA-Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS) and Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS)


    Dennis Klima joined the faculty in the fall of 2002. Prior to his UMES appointment, Dennis served as program director of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the Baltimore City Community College for thirteen years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia and began clinical experience at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed a PhD in Physical Therapy from Temple University where his dissertation focused on physical performance and fear of falling in older men. He has continued to practice clinically at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute in Baltimore for the past several years, including working on the stroke and traumatic brain injury units. He currently leads Stepping On fall prevention classes on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Dr. Klima received his geriatric and neurologic clinical specializations from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. His APTA experience also includes serving as an on-site reviewer for both PT and PTA programs with the Department of Accreditation since 1990. He has presented geriatric and neurologic continuing education courses both nationally and internationally. Areas of research include both management of adults with TBI and fall prevention in older adults.


    PHYT 670 Introduction to Health Care Systems and Patient Care
    PHYT 642  Patient Management-Neuromuscular I
    PHYT 643 Patient Management-Neuromuscular II
    PHYT 643 Patient Management-Neuromuscular III
    PHYT 645 Patient Management-Selected Topics
    PHYT 625 Therapeutic Exercise II

    Scholarly Activities:

    Peer-Reviewed Publications
    Klima, D.W. & Morgia, J. (2014). Falls. In S.K. Whitbourne (Ed.), Encyclopedia of adulthood and aging, Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley-Blackwell (In Press).

    Klima, D.W., Newton, R.A., Keshner, E. & Davey, A. (2013). Fear of falling and balance ability in older men: The priest study. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 21(4):375-86.

    Newton, R.A., Klima, D.W., Brown Reid, T., & Gentile, N. T. (2012). An Emergency department screen to identify older adults at-risk for falls. Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research, S1-002. Doi: 10.4172/2167-7182.S1-002

    Chiu, K., Hood, E., & Klima, D.W. (2012) Walking speed before and after hip fracture.
    Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 28, 97-103.

    Chiu, K., Hood, E., & Klima, D.W. (2012). Walking speed before and after hip fracture.
    Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 28, 2, 122-127. 

    Book Chapters

    Newton, R.A. & Klima, D.W. (2014). Falls and peripheral neuropathy. In Carp, S. (Ed.), Peripheral Neuropathy. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis (In Press). 

    Klima, D.W. (2014). Traumatic brain injury. In Umphred, D.A. & Lazaro, R.T. (Eds.), Neurorehabilitation for the physical therapist assistant (pp 297-324). Thorofare, N.J.: SLACK Inc.

    Klima, D.W. (2007) Neurological trauma. In T. Kauffman, J. Barr, & M. Moran (Eds.), Geriatric rehabilitation manual (pp. 175-180). New York: Churchill Livingston.

    Recent Presentations

    Dennis Klima. Falls in the Elderly: The Double-Edged Sword. 25th Latin American Medical Rehabilitation Congress. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. August 14-18, 2012.

    Dennis Klima. Falls in the Elderly. Visiting International Lecturer. TEFI 6036, Administration and Consultation in Physical Therapy. Physical Therapy Program, University of Puerto Rico. San Juan, Puerto Rico. August 20, 2012.

    Dennis Klima. Evidence-Based Geriatric Neurorehabilitation: From Falls to Fitness. (2 and1/2 day course) Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference. October 26-28th, 2012.

    Dennis Klima. Gait and Balance Assessment of Older Adults. Assessment Tools of Older Adults: A Multidisciplinary Clinical Skills Workshop.” Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center Salisbury, Maryland. October, 2012 & 2013.

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