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    Linda Fetters, BS, MS, PhD

    TitleProfessor of Clinical Physical Therapy
    SchoolHerman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
    DepartmentBiokinesiology and Physical Therapy
    AddressCHP 155
    Health Sciences Campus
    Los Angeles California 90089-9006
    Phone+1 323 442 2900
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      Dr. Fetters is Professor and Sykes Family Chair in Pediatric Physical Therapy, Health and Development, Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy and Department of Pediatrics,Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. She directs the Development of Infant Motor Performance Laboratory where her research focuses on improving the quality of life for infants and children. Dr. Fetters directs the Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency offered in collaboration with Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (Link). Dr. Fetters teaches development, motor control, pediatric physical therapy and evidence-based physical therapy. She is the Director of the USC/CHLA Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency. Dr. Fetters is on the editorial board of Pediatric Physical Therapy and Revista Brasileira De Fisioterapia(Physical Therapy Journal of Brazil). Dr. Fetters served on the Scientific Review Committee of the Foundation for Physical Therapy and she is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA. She has taught and given scientific presentations throughout the United States and Sweden, the Netherlands, Tanzania, Taiwan, Japan and Brazil. She is a co-author of "Evidence BasedPhysical Therapy", published 2012, FA Davis.


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      1. Fetters L. Let Your Voice Be Heard. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2017 Apr; 29(2):105. PMID: 28350762.
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      2. Fetters L. Change and Continuity. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2017 Jan; 29(1):1. PMID: 27984455.
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      3. Mendonça B, Sargent B, Fetters L. Cross-cultural validity of standardized motor development screening and assessment tools: a systematic review. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2016 Oct 4. PMID: 27699768.
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      4. Tilson JK, Marshall K, Tam JJ, Fetters L. A bibliometric analysis of statistical terms used in American Physical Therapy Association journals (2011-2012): evidence for educating physical therapists. BMC Med Educ. 2016; 16(1):118. PMID: 27101814.
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      5. Morgan C, Darrah J, Gordon AM, Harbourne R, Spittle A, Johnson R, Fetters L. Effectiveness of motor interventions in infants with cerebral palsy: a systematic review. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2016 Sep; 58(9):900-9. PMID: 27027732.
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      6. Yamato T, Maher C, Saragiotto B, Moseley A, Hoffmann T, Elkins M, Fetters L. The TIDieR Checklist Will Benefit the Physical Therapy Profession. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2016; 28(4):366-7. PMID: 27661223.
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      7. Fetters L. Talking to Each Other. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2016; 28(4):365. PMID: 27661222.
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      8. Fetters L. Our Fit in the World. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2016; 28(3):261. PMID: 27341571.
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      9. Fetters L. Our PPT Community. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2016; 28(2):135. PMID: 27023133.
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      10. Fetters L. Baton Passed! Pediatr Phys Ther. 2016; 28(1):1. PMID: 27088674.
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      11. Sargent B, Scholz J, Reimann H, Kubo M, Fetters L. Development of infant leg coordination: Exploiting passive torques. Infant Behav Dev. 2015 Aug; 40:108-21. PMID: 26117493.
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      12. Sargent B, Reimann H, Kubo M, Fetters L. Quantifying Learning in Young Infants: Tracking Leg Actions During a Discovery-learning Task. J Vis Exp. 2015; (100). PMID: 26066904.
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      13. Duff SV, Aaron DH, Fetters L. Drawing inspiration from children. J Hand Ther. 2015 Apr-Jun; 28(2):89-90. PMID: 25945900.
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      14. Sargent B, Schweighofer N, Kubo M, Fetters L. Infant exploratory learning: influence on leg joint coordination. PLoS One. 2014; 9(3):e91500. PMID: 24626202.
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      15. Fetters L, Heriza C. Considerations for single-subject research designs. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2014; 26(2):168. PMID: 24675113.
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      16. Sargent B, Fetters L. Commentary on "measuring advanced motor skills in children with cerebral palsy: further development of the challenge module". Pediatr Phys Ther. 2014; 26(2):213. PMID: 24675121.
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      17. Huang HH, Ellis TD, Wagenaar RC, Fetters L. Effect of body-scaled information on reaching in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy: a pilot study. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2014; 26(1):28-37. PMID: 24356315.
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      18. Ho D, Fetters L. Commentary on: "postural compensations and subjective complaints due to backpack loads and wear time in schoolchildren". Pediatr Phys Ther. 2013; 25(1):24. PMID: 23288002.
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      19. Menz SM, Fetters L. Commentary on "perinatal events and motor performance of children born with ELBW and nondisabled". Pediatr Phys Ther. 2013; 25(1):35. PMID: 23288006.
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      20. Kaplan SL, Coulter C, Fetters L. Developing evidence-based physical therapy clinical practice guidelines. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2013; 25(3):257-70. PMID: 23743574.
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      21. Ordorica J, Fetters L. Commentary on "Muscle activation patterns in infants with myelomeningocele stepping on a treadmill". Pediatr Phys Ther. 2013; 25(3):290. PMID: 23797398.
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      22. Wiley M, Fetters L. Commentary on "The use of video clips in teleconsultation for preschool children with movement disorders". Pediatr Phys Ther. 2013; 25(3):330. PMID: 23797407.
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      23. Fay D, Fetters L. Commentary on "Comparison of measures of physical performance among young children who are healthy weight, overweight, or obese". Pediatr Phys Ther. 2013; 25(3):297. PMID: 23797400.
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      24. Thillet-Bice F, Fetters L. Commentary on "Factors affecting parental adherence to an intervention program for congenital torticollis". Pediatr Phys Ther. 2013; 25(3):304. PMID: 23797402.
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      25. Craddock D, Fetters L. Commentary on "Perceived effectiveness and barriers to physical therapy services for families and children with Friedreich ataxia". Pediatr Phys Ther. 2013; 25(3):314. PMID: 23797403.
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      26. Kaplan SL, Coulter C, Fetters L. Physical therapy management of congenital muscular torticollis: an evidence-based clinical practice guideline: from the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2013; 25(4):348-94. PMID: 24076627.
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      27. Huang HH, Ellis TD, Wagenaar RC, Fetters L. The impact of body-scaled information on reaching. Phys Ther. 2013 Jan; 93(1):41-9. PMID: 22956428.
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      28. Yu S, Fetters L. Commentary on "effects of constraint-induced movement therapy on gait, balance, and functional locomotor mobility". Pediatr Phys Ther. 2012; 24(1):69. PMID: 22207473.
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      29. Yu S, Fetters L. Commentary on "An intensive virtual reality program improves functional balance and mobility of adolescents with cerebral palsy". Pediatr Phys Ther. 2011; 23(3):267. PMID: 21829121.
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      30. Fetters L. Perspective on variability in the development of human action. Phys Ther. 2010 Dec; 90(12):1860-7. PMID: 20966211.
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      31. Fetters L, Sapir I, Chen YP, Kubo M, Tronick E. Spontaneous kicking in full-term and preterm infants with and without white matter disorder. Dev Psychobiol. 2010 Sep; 52(6):524-36. PMID: 20806325.
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      32. Knight S, Fetters L. Clinical bottom line. Intensive motor skills training program combining group and individual sessions for children with cerebral palsy. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2010; 22(2):160. PMID: 20473098.
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      33. Huang HH, Fetters L, Hale J, McBride A. Bound for success: a systematic review of constraint-induced movement therapy in children with cerebral palsy supports improved arm and hand use. Phys Ther. 2009 Nov; 89(11):1126-41. PMID: 19729391.
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      34. Fetters L, Scholz JP. Invited commentary. Phys Ther. 2008 Sep; 88(9):1034-6; author reply 1037-8. PMID: 18757444.
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      35. Figueiredo EM, Ferreira GB, Maia Moreira RC, Kirkwood RN, Fetters L. Efficacy of ankle-foot orthoses on gait of children with cerebral palsy: systematic review of literature. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2008; 20(3):207-23. PMID: 18703958.
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      36. Fetters L, Huang HH. Motor development and sleep, play, and feeding positions in very-low-birthweight infants with and without white matter disease. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2007 Nov; 49(11):807-13. PMID: 17979857.
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      37. Fetters L, Ellis T. A perception-action framework for physical therapy for persons with neurologic dysfunction: use of therapeutic affordance and unitless ratio. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2006 Sep; 30(3):142-7. PMID: 17029657.
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      38. Miller D, Ellis T, Fetters L. Does the literature indicate that patients who have had a stroke have better outcomes after receiving rehabilitation from an acute rehabilitation facility than from a skilled nursing facility? Phys Ther. 2005 Jan; 85(1):67-76. PMID: 15623363.
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      39. Fonseca ST, Holt KG, Fetters L, Saltzman E. Dynamic resources used in ambulation by children with spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy: relationship to kinematics, energetics, and asymmetries. Phys Ther. 2004 Apr; 84(4):344-54; discussion 355-8. PMID: 15049728.
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      40. Tronick EZ, Fetters L, Olson KL, Chen Y. Similar and functionally typical kinematic reaching parameters in 7- and 15-month-old in utero cocaine-exposed and unexposed infants. Dev Psychobiol. 2004 Apr; 44(3):168-75. PMID: 15054885.
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      41. Fetters L, Chen YP, Jonsdottir J, Tronick EZ. Kicking coordination captures differences between full-term and premature infants with white matter disorder. Hum Mov Sci. 2004 Apr; 22(6):729-48. PMID: 15063051.
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      42. Fetters L, Figueiredo EM, Keane-Miller D, McSweeney DJ, Tsao CC. Critically appraised topics. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2004; 16(1):19-21. PMID: 17057467.
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