Dr. Robert Frampton

Teaching Area(s): Doctor of Physical Therapy

Titles: Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Director of Physical Therapy and Chair of the Physical Therapy Department

Teaches: Physical Therapy

About Dr. Frampton
Frampton earned Doctor in health care ethics, Master of Science degrees in physical therapy and Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences from Duquesne University of the Holy Ghost in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition, he attended Youngstown State University, where he received a graduate certificate in bioethics. His research interests include ethical challenges in rehabilitation and aquatic rehabilitation.

Finding My Passion
I chose this field after observing physical therapists in the hospital and community private practices. I needed the observation hours for an advancement in rank and a merit badge as a boy scout. I became so interested in the work and interactions the physical therapists had with their patients. I hadn’t thought of a career in medicine until I completed those observation hours.

Helping Others
I was just out of school for about seven or eight months and working in the hospital out-patient department when I was asked by the department manager to consult with a patient who had a significant lumbosacral condition. The patient had sustained an auto accident as an adolescent. Then, as a young mother, she had given birth to a child that was breech. The cumulative trauma had left this young lady with the inability to function pain-free. Her only goal was to ‘get her wiggle back.’ Three weeks of manual treatment accomplished that goal and brought such joy to her.

Courses I Teach
I teach Professional Issues and Ethics, Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy and Integumentary System each year. I have in the past provided instruction in orthopedics, electrotherapy and physical agents. I am currently developing a new physical therapy curriculum.

Teaching Strategies
I think graduate education should involve personal inquiry and discovery. Having said that, I believe in a Socratic and androgenic approach to instruction. I have utilized lemons in the classroom to help students gain an appreciation for palpable nuances in structures. 

Favorite Part of my Job
Seriously, it’s the students. This is not a contrite comment, but the reason I went into education years ago was to help students learn the complicated concepts in physical therapy education in a way that made an impact on them and changed the way PT’s interact with patients and clients.

Research Interests
I look at the ethical challenges in rehabilitation; aquatic rehabilitation.

Favorite Building
I like Gallaher Hall. It is new and will become representative of the University’s expansion into the health fields while staying anchored to its historical beginnings as an undergraduate liberal arts institution.

How Mount is Unique
Not only is Mount Union a small, private, student-centered institution, but it has a close family and community focus that I really appreciate in this day and age.

Why Learn Physical Therapy
Mount’s physical therapy program will be different from other programs in Ohio. We are working hard to provide an integrated inter-professional program that prepares students not only for present day clinical practice, but for where practice may be going in the future.

Value of Liberal Arts
If you work with people, you need to understand the interrelationships associated with all aspects of life, and a liberal arts education helps provide the foundation for developing and enhancing those relationships. The integration of courses and content is the value in a college education. No one survives in business, healthcare, technology, or life in a silo.

DHCE, Health Care Ethics, Duquesne University of the Holy Ghost
M.S., Physical Therapy, Duquesne University of the Holy Ghost
B.S., Health Sciences, Duquesne University of the Holy Ghost

The reason I went into education years ago was to help students learn the complicated concepts in physical therapy education in a way that made an impact on them and changed the way PT’s interact with patients and clients.

Fun Facts

What's your favorite quote?
“Even a blind squirrel gets a nut once in a while."
What's one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you?
I am capable of feeling emotional pain.
What profession would you have if you weren’t a professor?
I would be a fishing guide in Canada.
Where is one place you’d like to visit?
I would like to return to Italy after visiting England.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I like the outdoors: fishing, swimming, camping, being on the gun range.
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