Dr. Sarah Blanton is an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 1987 with a BA degree in biology, from Emory University in 1992 with her masters in physical therapy and received her clinical doctorate in physical therapy in 2003. She has a specialty certification in Neurology through the American Board of Physical Therapy. She spent nine years working as a staff physical therapist at the Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine, primarily in the inpatient neurology unit. She has been a project coordinator for two multi-site, NIH-funded national clinical trials – the EXCITE (Extremity Constraint Induced Therapy Evaluation) RCT and the ICARE (Interdisciplinary Collaborative Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation) RCT.
Dr. Blanton’s research goal is to improve delivery of family-centered care in rehabilitation. Her current research focus examines the impact of using a telehealth platform for the delivery of a theory-based, family-focused upper extremity intervention program for stroke survivors and their carepartners in the home setting. The aim of the intervention is to reduce carepartner burden and depressive symptoms while improving stroke survivor upper extremity function.
Dr. Blanton’s Lab – DISCOVER (Digital Scholarship Enhancing Rehabilitation) – explores various ways digital scholarship can enhance rehabilitation research, education and clinical practice and promote interdisciplinary collaboration.
She is helping to promote awareness of sustainability through the development of the “Greening Physical Therapy” website. The goal of this website is to be a dynamic platform to share ideas and illustrate strategies to broaden understanding of the concepts of sustainability in the physical therapy profession. As Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation (JHR), she is dedicated to fostering integration of the humanities in rehabilitation science. JHR is a peer reviewed, multi-media journal using a collaborative model with rehabilitation professionals, patients and their families to gain a greater understanding of the human experience of disability through art, literature and narrative. The purpose of this interdisciplinary journal is to raise the consciousness and deepen the intellect of the humanistic relationship in the rehabilitation sciences.
2003 D.P.T. Physical Therapy Atlanta, GA, USA
1992 M.P.T. Physical Therapy Atlanta, GA, USA
1987 B.A. Biology Charlottesville, VA, USA
Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation, Editorial Board (founding member), 2014-present
Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation, Editor-in-Chief, 2015-present
Honors and Awards
Honorary Research Fellow, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences
St. George’s, University of London
Keynote Speaker, Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology (ACPIN) National Conference, Northampton, England, March 2009
Emory Arts Competition, Third place finalist (Visual Arts Section), January, 2010
Social Responsibility Award, American Physical Therapy Association Global Health Special Interest Group for poster presentation: Wurtz C and Blanton S. “Application of Sustainability Concepts into a DPT Curriculum: A Student Initiated Development of Methods to Integrate Sustainability into Education.” American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, February, 2015