Jennifer Hastings is a leading expert in spinal cord injury management, seating systems, orthopedic complications of neurologic disease, and wheelchair athletics. She has a private practice primarily for wheelchair and seating prescription, and takes a special interest in ‘rescue rehabilitation’, in which she assists patients who have been released from the hospital without critical motor skills. She has helped to organize summer pediatric activity camps for children with special needs at University of Puget Sound. A previous director of the university’s physical therapy program, Hastings teaches adult neurologic rehabilitation and advanced neurologic care, and provides professional continuing education courses during academic breaks. She researches physical therapy interventions for neurologic clients and has published in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, and The American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Book chapters include: “Improving Functional Outcomes in Physical Rehabilitation” (2015); and “Seating and Wheelchair Prescription,” in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation (2009). Recent research projects are looking at postural alignment in persons with Parkinson’s disease and the quality of skin protection in adaptive sports equipment.
B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1981; M.A., Boston University, 1985; Ph.D., University of Washington, 2006