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Janice Sniffen, PT, Ph.D.

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Janice M. Sniffen, PT, PhD

Director of Academic Administration
Department of Physical Therapy
Stony Brook University

Phone: 631-444-3253
Email: janice.sniffen@stonybrook.edu


Dr. Sniffen received her Baccalaureate degree in Physical Therapy from New York University and began clinical practice in Queens General Hospital in Jamaica, New York. She quickly found her passion in the pediatric outpatient department, serving children with cerebral palsy and a variety of special needs. After moving to Columbus, Ohio, she enrolled in Ohio State University, earning a Master of Science degree in Allied Health with emphasis on pediatrics and higher education. Returning to formal studies at Stony Brook University in 1995, she received a Master of Arts in Psychology in 2000 and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Biopsychology in 2002. Her doctoral work allowed her to focus on her interests in neuroscience, investigating the effect of external feedback on force learning, and the relation between neural activation and muscle force during voluntary grasp utilizing fMRI and EEG technologies.

Dr. Sniffen has over 30 years of academic experience in the Stony Brook University Physical Therapy Program where she has served in teaching and administrative capacities. She is a Clinical Associate Professor responsible for the pediatric content of the physical therapy curriculum. She served as Vice Chairperson for the Physical Therapy Program from 1994-2006 and Director of Academic Administration from 2006 to the present.

Her research interests have included study of the functional abilities in children, with a specific interest in the impact of late effects of treatment and disease on wellness and fitness in childhood survivors of cancer. She served as co-investigator and evaluation team leader of Play Fit-Stay Fit, a comprehensive wellness program for childhood survivors of cancer and their families, made possible by a three-year Lance Armstrong Foundation Evolution Grant. She is currently working as a visiting scientist at the Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw NY, collaborating on studies investigating operant conditioning of spinal cord reflexes and training of motor evoked potentials using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in individuals with SCI, stroke, and MS.


Peer Reviewed Publications

Plack, M., Williams, S., Miller, D., Malik, F., Sniffen, J., McKenna, R., & Gilner, G. (2006). Collaboration between physical therapists and physical therapist assistants: fostering the development of the preferred relationship within a classroom setting. Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 20(1), 3-11.


Funded Grant Activity

Play Fit-Stay Fit! ;A wellness program for childhood survivors of cancer. ;Project Goal: To design, implement, evaluation, and disseminate a model of a ; comprehensive wellness program for pediatric cancer survivors and their families. ;Lance Armstrong Foundation Community Program, $150,000 over 3 years. (Completed 2009) Role: ; ;Co-Investigator

Focus groups to develop a wellness program for survivors of childhood cancers. ;Project Goal: Formative research utilizing a participatory process to develop and refine a developing wellness program for survivors of childhood cancers. ; Focus groups of children, mothers, fathers, and health care providers will be conducted to gain insights into the needs of individuals affected by childhood cancers. ;W.K. Kellogg Foundation as per SHTM Mini-grant (PO117956), (Completed 2006) Role: ;Co-Investigator


Peer Reviewed Scientific and Professional Presentations

Brangaccio, J.A, ;Sniffen, J.M., Amsterdam, AJ., Fiorenza, G., Thompson, A.K. (2013).Session-to-session variability in corticospinal excitability for the ankle dorsiflexor tibialis anterior muscle in individuals with and without chronic spinal cord injury. Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. Poster Presentation.

Sniffen, J.M., Brangaccio, J.A., Thompson, A.K. (2012). Task dependent modulation of the silent period to transcranial magnetic stimulation in the tibialis anterior muscle in healthy humans.Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.Poster Presentation.

Brangaccio, J.A., ;Sniffen, J.M., ;Thompson, A.K. (2012). Diurnal and day-to-day variations in corticospinal excitability for the ankle dorsiflexortibialis anterior muscle.Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.Poster Presentation.

Tenteromano, L., Amsterdam, A.J., Brangaccio, J.A., ;Sniffen, J.M., Thompson, A.K. (2012). Operant Conditioning of the Ankle Dorsiflexor Motor Evoked Potential (MEP) in People with and without CNS Damage: Changes in MEP Size and Silent Period. Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.Poster Presentation.

Sniffen, J., McKenna, R., Johnson, L., Johnson, R., Benz-Scott, L. (2008, June). Partnering to Design and Implement a Wellness Program for Children Surviving Cancer. Poster presented at Society for Disabilities Studies Annual Meeting, NYC, NY

McKenna, R., Sniffen, J., Johnson, R., Mancini-Johnson, L., Benz-Scott, L., Block, P., Mattera, D., & Parker, R. ;(2008, February). Play Fit-Stay Fit: A comprehensive community based wellness program for childhood survivors of cancer. Poster presented at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Oncology Section, Nashville, TN.

McKenna, R., Sniffen, J., Johnson, R., Mancini-Johnson, L., Benz-Scott, L. (2007, September). Play Fit-Stay Fit: A comprehensive community based wellness program for childhood survivors of cancer. ; Poster presented at the Lance Armstrong Foundation 2007 Community Program Conference, Austin, TX.

Sniffen, J., Sarlo, M., & Brener, J. (Novemeber 2003). The relationship between rate of muscular force development and movement related potentials is influenced by task constraints. Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA., Poster Presentation

Sarlo, M., ; Sniffen, J., & Brener, J. (November 2002). ; Is the rate of muscular force development reflected in movement related potentials? Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, Orlando, FL. ; Poster Presentation

Sniffen, J., ; Sarlo, M., ; & Brener J. (November 2001). Effect of concurrent visual feedback on force learning. Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. Poster Presentation

Sarlo, M., ; Sniffen, J., & Brener, J. (November 2001). ; Force related changes in movement related potentials due to eye movements. Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. ; Poster Presentation

Sarlo, M., Sniffen, J., & Brener, J. (2001, Settembre). Apprendimento motorio e regolazione della forza muscolare: confronto tra due tipi di feedback visivo. Poster presented at Congresso Nazionale della Sezione di Psicologia Sperimentale.

Lee, J., Brener, J., Sniffen, J., and Springer, C. (2000). FMRI response associated with static force contractions in humans. ; International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, >Colorado. Poster Presentation

Repetitive Force Production under Concurrent and Terminal Feedback Conditions in Humans, American Psychological Society Convention, Washington DC, May 1998. Poster Presentation

Effect of Flotation on Hypertonus in Patients with Cerebral Palsy, Fourth International Conference on REST, Washington, DC, March 1990.

Effect of Flotation on Hypertonus in Patients with Cerebral Palsy, American Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA; 1990.

Vocational Rehabilitation: Physical Therapists and the Need to Work, APTA National Convention, Kansas City, MO, 1983.


Abstracts

Plack, M., Williams, S., Miller, D., Malik, F., Sniffen, J., McKenna, R., & Gilner, G. (2005). Collaboration between physical therapists and physical therapist assistants: fostering the development of the preferred relationship within a classroom setting. [t] http://www.apta.org/AM/ts/pt2005/ts ;

Sniffen, J., Sarlo, M., & Brener, J. The relationship between rate of muscular force development and movement related potentials is influenced by task constraints. Program No. 400.20. [t]. 2003 t Viewer/Itinerary Planner, New Orleans, LA: Society for Neuroscience, 2003. Online

Sarlo, M., Sniffen, J., & Brener, J. Is the rate of muscular force development reflected in movement related potentials? Program No. 278.17. [t]. 2002 t Viewer/Itinerary Planner, Orlando, FL: Society for Neuroscience 2002. Online.

Sniffen, J., Sarlo, M., & Brener J. Effect of concurrent visual feedback on force learning. Program No. 76.13.[t]. 2001 t Viewer/Itinerary Planner, San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience 2001. Online.

Sarlo, M., Sniffen, J., & Brener, J. Force related changes in movement related potentials due to eye movements. Program No. 76.11. [t] 2001 t Viewer/Itinerary Planner, San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience 2001. Online.

Lee, J., Brener, J., Sniffen, J., Hudson, G., & Springer, C. (2000). The FMRI responses associated with static force contractions in the human. Proceedings of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 8, 608.


Review of Current Literature

Sniffen, J. (2004). [Review of ;Wrightson PA, Cross VE. Integrating research into the culture of allied health professions. ;J Allied Health. ;2004;33:132–138]. ;Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 19(1), 81-82.