James Gleason, MS, PT

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center
55 Lake Avenue North, S3-301
Worcester, MA 01655
 
Phone: 774-455-4030
Email: James.Gleason@umassmed.edu
Login to Update Your Profile
Last Updated: July 15, 2014

James Gleason
 

Leadership: Associate UCEDD Director
Discipline Coordinators: Physical Therapy
 
Discipline(s): Physical Therapy
 
AUCD Council Membership: Community Education Directors' Council
No Council Membership
 
Research: Physical Activity, Accelerometry, children with DCD, Autism, Down Syndrome, Hippotherapy
Education: Public Policy
Service: Physical Activity for persons with I/DD

Vita/Bio

 

EDUCATION

M.S., 1982

Boston University, Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, Physical Therapy., Boston MA

B. S., 1976

Boston University, Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, Physical Therapy., Boston, MA

 

POSITIONS (current)

1990 -

 

Associate Director

 

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for Developmental Disabilities,Waltham, MA

2000 -  

Instructor, Dept. of Pediatrics

University of Massachusetts Medical School,

 Dept. of Pediatrics

2004 -

Education and Research Coordinator,

FUNfitness

FUNfitness Healthy Athletes Screening Program, Special Olympics. International, Washington, D.C.

1987-

Director of Physical Therapy,LEND

The Shriver Center, UCDD, Waltham, MA

 

HONORS

Traineeship in Mental Retardation and Physical Therapy funded by the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for Mental Retardation, Inc., University Affiliated Program, 1981-82.

Marjorie K. Ionta Lecture, Massachusetts General Hospital, Leaders in Physcial Therapy Practice.. 

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

2001 to present

Instructor,  University of Massachusetts Medical School

2000 to present

Adjunct Professor, Suffolk University Dept. of Public Management, Health Administration

1988 to 2000

Adjunct Clinical Professor, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University

1984 to 1994

Lecturer,  Graduate Program in Special Education for Persons with Severe Special Needs, Rhode Island College

1999 to present

Lecturer,  Tufts University School of Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics, Boston, MA

 

PROJECTS

Co-Investigator.  Health Promotion, nutrition and physical activity research projects focusing on children and youth with developmental disabilities (autism, developmental coordination disorder and intellectual disability).  NIH Funded projects evaluation Phsical Activity in children with Down Syndrome, Autism and Developmental Coordination Disorder.

Consultation for health, physical activity and nutrition programs to residential program for persons with Intellectual Disability. 

 

COURSES (current)

U.S. Health Systems, PAD 823.  Suffolk University School of Public Management, Spring, 2003 to present.

PAD 821 Human Services Integration: Evolution of Policy in Addressing the Needs of Children, Suffolk University School of Public Management, Fall 2002 to present.

PAD 834 Disability and Public Policy:  Underserved and unserved. Suffolk University School of Public Management Winter, 2002-2003

 

RECENT PRESENTATIONS (2003 to present)

Renee Scampini, Linda Bandini, Carol Curtin, James Gleason, Melissa Maslin, Aviva Must & Richard Fleming. Changes in Fruit, Vegetable and Sweetened Beverage Intake in Adolescents and Young Adults with Down Syndrome. Obesity. October 2008. Volume 16; Supplement 1. Page: S307

Gleason, J, O'Brien, D., Farese, S., & Lionetta, B (May 2008).  Hippotherapy for children in Early Intervention.  29th Annual Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium.  Marlboro, MA.

Curtin, C., Bandini, L., Gleason, J., Must, A., & Fleming, R. (2007, October). A parent supported weight reduction program for adolescents with intellectual disabilities: A pilot study. Poster presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, New Orleans, LA.

Gleason, J., Bandini, L., Must, A., Curtin, C., Anderson, S., & Fleming, R. (2007, October). Compliance and feasibility of accelerometry to estimate physical activity in adolescents with intellectual disabilities. Poster presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, New Orleans, LA.

Curtin, C., Bandini, L., Gleason, J., Must, A., & Fleming, R. (2007, October). A parent supported weight reduction program for adolescents with intellectual disabilities: A pilot study. Poster presented at the UMASS Med Psychiatry Research Day, Worcester, MA.

Gleason, J., Bandini, L., Must, A., Curtin, C., Anderson, S., & Fleming, R. (2007, October). Compliance and feasibility of accelerometry to estimate physical activity in adolescents with intellectual disabilities. Poster presented at the UMASS Med Psychiatry Research Day, Worcester, MA

Fleming, R., Curtin, C., Bandini, L., Gleason, J., & Jordan, E. (2006, May). Parent-Supported Weight Reduction for Children with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. Paper presented at the 32nd Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis: International, Atlanta, GA.

Fleming, R., Cooke, E., Curtin, C., Gleason, J., Bandini, L., Carlin, S., & Showstack, T. (2007, May). Behavioral versus education-alone intervention to manage obesity in adolescents with intellectual disabilities: Results of pilot research. Paper presented at the 33rd Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Diego, CA.

Gleason J & Tilly, V.  (June 2006).  FUNfitness: Special Olympics Physical Therapy Screening Process, procedure and outcomes.  American Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference.  Orlando FL. 

Gleason, J.  Therapeutic Intervention.  A National Health Forum:  Reducing Health Disparities for People with Developmental Disabilities by Improving the Quality of Health Care. Atlanta Ga.  Nov. 20, 2003.  Sponsored by: May South, Marcus Institute, and Developmenal Pediatrics, Emory University.

Gleason, J.  Interdisiplinary Training Models.  A National Health Forum:  Reducing Health Disparities for People with Developmental Disabilities by Improving the Quality of Health Care. Atlanta Ga.  Nov. 20, 2003.  Sponsored by: May South, Marcus Institute, and Developmenal Pediatrics, Emory Univ.

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Fleming, R.K., Stokes, E.A., Curtin, C., Bandini, L.G., Gleason, J., Scampini, R., Maslin, M.C.T., & Hamad, C. (in press). Behavioral health in developmental disabilities: A comprehensive program of nutrition, exercise, and weight reduction. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy.

Murphy, D, Kahn-D'Angelo, L, & Gleason, J (2008).  The effect of hippotherapy on functional outcomes for children with disabilities: A pilot study.  Pediatric Physical Therapy. 20, 264-270.

 

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Special Olympics International.  Education and Research Coordinator, FUNfitness:  Healthy Athletes Special Olympics International.  Train the Trainer programs conducted in Nagano Japan (2005), Shanghai China (2006 & 2007). 

Gleason, J., & Gleason, D.  Teacher training, consultation, and program development for children with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.  Hilton Perkins International Training Program for Deaf-Blind and Multihandicapped Children.  Bangkok and Roi Et, Thailand, August, 1999, and January, 2001, Cordoba, Argentina.  October, 1997.

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

American Physical Therapy Association

Pediatrics Section, American Physical Therapy Association

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (formerly AAMR)

Past-President, OT and PT division, AAMR