LSVT Global University Partner Spotlight! Ohio University

Brooke Vaughan, PT, DPT, NCS - Assistant Clinical Professor, Assistant Director Division of Physical Therapy, Ohio University

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Tell us a little about yourself and your role in partnering with LSVT Global?

I live in southeastern Ohio, in the heart of Appalachia. I have been a licensed physical therapist for 14 years and a Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist since 2010. I transitioned to academia in 2012 and am currently responsible for much of the neurologic content in our Doctor of Physical Therapy program. In 2014, I developed an advanced neurologic elective for students interested in working with individuals with Parkinson’s disease and partnered with LSVT Global to offer the Online LSVT BIG® Training and Certification course.

How long has your university been partnering with LSVT Global?

We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with LSVT Global – we were the first University to offer the Online LSVT BIG Training and Certification course beginning in 2014.

 Why did your university decide to offer the Online LSVT BIG Training and Certification Course to your PT students? How has this partnership supported your PT program and students? 

As a clinician I frequently work with individuals with Parkinson’s disease, and I value the treatment philosophy embedded in the LSVT BIG protocol. I wanted our students and their future clients to also benefit from LSVT BIG training, but travel to an on-site course was often prohibitive for our students given the rural location of our university and the financial implications of travel, etc. An online option for the LSVT BIG Training and Certification Course was the perfect solution and has been an amazing resource for our students.

What do you value the most about being able to offer LSVT BIG to your students? What do they value? 

I think my personal appreciation for LSVT BIG training is shared by many of our students. I value the ability to offer our students LSVT BIG certification training prior to their graduation. In an increasingly competitive employment landscape, our students with LSVT BIG training can market their advanced skillset to potential employers.

As a program, we also strive to offer value-based educational opportunities, and our students are thankful for the opportunity to earn the LSVT BIG certification at a discounted, student group rate.

Do you have any words of advice or recommendations for other DPT faculty or PT students considering LSVT BIG Training and Certification before they graduate? 

As I always tell our students, if you have any interest in working with clients who have a movement disorder, enroll in the Online LSVT BIG Training and Certification course. Don’t put off an educational opportunity you can pursue now until after you’re a busy, practicing clinician. And, take advantage of the reduced student rate!

 Tell us something fun or unique about your university and/or your students!

Ohio University was the first university founded in Ohio in 1804.


It has been our honor to serve Dr. Vaughan and her DPT students at Ohio University since 2014.  Dr. Vaughan has deep clinical experience as a Physical Therapy Neurologic Clinical Specialist, which her students are fortunate to benefit from during her coursework. She not only appreciates evidence-based practice, but through the Online LSVT BIG course, helps her students to learn an evidence-based approach they can implement immediately during clinicals and as they begin their careers.

-Laura Guse’, MPT, Chief Clinical Officer of LSVT BIG

Are you interested in bringing LSVT training to your University?

Do you have a group of students who are interested in becoming LSVT LOUD (SLP) or LSVT BIG (PT/OT) Certified? Check out our discounted group training options for university PT, OT, and SLP programs.

Learning together allows students to practice with each other and discuss course topics as a group. Faculty can also get certified along with your students.

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