Sharon Martino, PT, PhD
Associate Director, Post- Professional (Transition) DPT Program
Dr. Martino received her Baccalaureate degree in Physical Therapy from Hunter College and went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Health Care Policy and Management with an emphasis on Education from Stony Brook University. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University, Florida, in 2010. Dr. Martino currently teaches in the Entry-level Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program in the areas of Evidence Based Practice and Health and Wellness and, in the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences Program, teaches core coursework, doctoral seminars, and mentors students.
Dr. Martino’s current research interests revolve around the multi-system disorders that are associated with child and adult obesity. Currently she is the principal investigator of a study exploring the roles of sensation, proprioception and strength on balance reactions in overweight versus healthy weight children. Past funded studies have looked at developing, validating and implementing a wireless activity sensor in the obese and healthy weight pediatric population. This work is now being expanded to integrate a home based nutrition and physical activity monitoring system designed for family use. Dr. Martino is also co-investigator on a study looking at the role of health technology and applications in promoting exercise, healthy nutrition and reducing stress in the pre- and post-surgical bariatric patient. Finally, a recent collaboration with the University of Illinois, Chicago, has ensued and will look at the use of diagnostic ultrasound to measure the endothelial health of individuals who are overweight/obese and to explore the effects of diet and exercise on attenuating such findings.
Dr. Martino co-directs the Fit Kids for Life program which is a nutritional and exercise program offered to children who are at risk for cardiovascular disease, including those with hypertension, elevated cholesterol and/or in or above the 85th percentile for Body Mass Index (overweight or obese), and to their parents/guardians. Interdisciplinary in nature, this twice weekly program is administered by a pediatric cardiologist, physical therapist, registered dietician, dietary interns, and behavioral psychologists, and is offered to children between the ages of 8 and 17, and their families.
Peer Reviewed Publications
Martino S.A. & Gostic C. (2018 - In Press) Clinical Bottom Line: Commentary on trends in attitudes and practice patterns of physical therapists in addressing childhood obesity in schools. Ped Phys Ther
Phillips, S. A., Martino, S. A., Arena, R. (2017) Research opportunities and challenges in the era of healthy living medicine: Unlocking the potential. Prog in Cardio Diseases, doi: 10.1016/j.pcad.2017.01.006
Martino, SA (2010). Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Body Composition, Fitness Levels and Quality of Life In Overweight and Obese 8-17 Year Olds. Dissertation.
Litcher-Kelly, L, Martino, SA, Broderick, JE and Stone, AA (2007). A Systematic Review of Measures Used to Assess Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain in Clinical and Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials. The Journal of Pain, Volume 8, Issue 12, December 2007, 906-913.
Peer Reviewed Scientific and Professional Presentations
Martino, SA, Morelli, PJ, and Phillips, SA. (2017). An Interdisciplinary Approach to Children's Fitness, Wellness and Prevention; Educational Session at APTA CSM. San Antonio, TX.
Martino, SA, Phillips, SA, Lehmann, C, et al, Mobile Health Technologies and Chronic Disease Management: Applications in Rehabilitation. ACRM Pre conference talk (full day instructional) , Chicago, IL, 2016.
Martino, SA, Tuppo, C. Adding Exercise to the Bariatric Program (Invited Speaker). Obesity Society Conference, LA, CA Nov. 2015.
Martino, SA, Rimmer, J, Phillips, SA, Sisto, SA, Lamberg, EM, McKenna, R, Streb, R, Ness, K, and MIlazzo, M. (2015). (Full day instructional course) -The Role of Health Care Professionals in Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, ACRM, Dallas, TX, October 2015.
Martino, SA., Phillips, SA , Evidence Based Practice for the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases Across the Lifespan. ACRM, Dallas, TX, October 2015.
Martino, SA, Humayon, S., Morelli, PJ, Cesior, J. (2015). Fit families for life! Plenary panel discussion at the Converging Sciences Summit, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, April 2015.
Martino, SA, Sisto, SA, Schilller, B., Brittelli, J (2014). Validation of a wireless physical activity and heart rate monitor on overweight and healthy weight children. ACRM. Toronto, Canada, Oct 2014.
Martino, SA, Morelli, PJ (2014). Fit Families: The role of parents in the fight against pediatric obesity, ACRM. Toronto, Canada, Oct 2014.
Martino, SA, Lamberg, EM, Sniffen, J, and McKenna, R. (2014). Postural Balance and Strength in Overweight and Healthy Weight Children. ACRM. Toronto, Canada, Oct 2014.
Martino, SA. Pediatric Obesity: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to a Multi-Faceted Problem. Full day continuing education seminar presented for New York Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference as an invited speaker, NYPTA conference, Albany, NY. October, 2013.
Gouzman M, Martino SA, Sisto SA, Brittelli J, Schiller B. (2013) A Wireless Modular Sensor System For Combatting Childhood Obesity. CEWIT International Conference, Melville, NY.
Martino, SA, Sisto, SA, Gouzman, M, Brittelli, J (2013). Development and validation of a wireless physical activity and heart rate monitor for children who are overweight/obese. ICAMPAM conference 2013, Amherst MA. June, 2013.
Martino, SA, Lamberg, EM, Morelli, PJ, Cerrone, C. (2013). Use of the BioSway Portable Balance System to assess postural stability in overweight and obese children. National APTA conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. June, 2013.
Martino, SA, Phillips, SA. Assessment and treatment of the obese patient across the lifespan: The role of physical therapy. Combined Sections Meeting for APTA: 8 hour preconference talk / San Diego, CA. January, 2013.
Martino, SA, Morelli, PJ. Fit Kids for Life: A University Medical Center Based Program Promoting Cardiovascular Health. The NIH/CDC Weight of the Nation Conference, Washington, DC, April, 2012
Martino, SA, Education session for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the APTA. Pediatric Obesity: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to a Multi-Faceted Problem. APTA CSM. Chicago, IL. February, 2012.
Martino, SA, Morelli, PJ, Sisto, SA, Einav, S, Das, S, Brittelli, J, Gouzman, M. Development and validation of a wireless physical activity and heart rate monitor: Pilot data. Translational Science 2012, Washington, DC. April, 2012.
Martino, SA. Changes in body composition, fitness levels and cardiac risk factors following a 10 week exercise and nutrition program for overweight and obese children. Occasion: Women in Medicine and Research Day, Stony Brook University. April, 2011
Martino, SA, Morelli, PJ, Sisto, SA, Rosenthal, R. Changes in body composition, fitness levels and cardiac risk factors following a 10 week exercise and nutrition program for overweight and obese children. APTA-CSM. February, 2011
Martino, SA, Morelli, PJ, Sisto, SA, Lamberg, EM. Outcomes of a Multi-Disciplinary 20 Week Fitness and Nutrition Program. Obesity 2010: 28th Annual Scientific Meeting Date: October, 2010
Martino, SA, Morelli, PJ. Fit Kids for Life I: Outcomes of a 20 Week Nutrition and Exercise Program. National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality: Annual forum for improving children’s healthcare and childhood obesity congress. March, 2010
Martino, SA, Morelli, PJ., Dixon, DD. Title: Changes in BMI and blood pressure following a 10 week exercise and nutrition program for children who are overweight or obese. APTA-CSM. February, 2010
Martino, SA, Kauman, A, Hansen, K., Fernandez, V. Teaching other disciplines how to administer an exercise program: The role of Physical Therapy students In an inter-disciplinary cardiovascular risk prevention program for overweight and obese children. Occasion: APTA-CSM. February, 2008
Funded Grant Activity
Martino, S., Principal Investigator; Brittelli, J., Dwyer, D. Sleep health in children: Causes, consequences and compliance. Stony Brook University Seed Grants for Survey Research (SGSR) ($10,000) May, 2012
Martino, SA, PI. Co-investigators: Dwyer, D, Kier, C, and Brittelli, J. Survey study of parents of children who have undergone sleep studies. Granting Agency: SBU Survey Center Seed Grant. Amount of Award: $10,000 per one year. July 2012.
Martino, SA, PI. Saucony Run for Good Grant. Granting agency: Saucony. Amount of Award: $10,000 per year for one year. March 2011.
Sharon Martino, PI; Co-investigators: Peter Morelli, MD, Samir Das, Shmuel Einav. Development and validation of a wireless activity monitor in overweight children. Granting agency: Stony Brook University TRO / FUSION. Amount of Award: $80,000. November 2010-2012.
Sharon Martino, PI. Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Body Composition, Fitness Levels and Quality Of Life In Overweight And Obese 8-17 Year Olds: Outcomes Of A 10-Week Multi-Disciplinary Randomized Controlled Trial. Granting agency: General Clinical Research Center Grant MO1RR10710 Amount of funding: $26,500 per year for two years. 2008-2010.