MaryJo Kaleda, PT, DPT, MPS
Director of Clinical Education
MaryJo Kaleda earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac College in Hamden, CT. She began her career in neurological rehabilitation with an emphasis on the care of patients with stroke and spinal cord injuries. Working at The Burke Rehabilitation Center, she developed her commitment to working collaboratively with other members of the healthcare team while focusing on establishing a functional approach in the care of her patients. MaryJo continued her work in acute care and, while at Southampton Hospital, instituted a balance and falls prevention program and created a falls prevention screening for older adults. Her recent practice focus has been in home health care where she was a clinician and rehabilitation manager for Dominican Sisters Family Health Service.
Early in her career, MaryJo was influenced by the work of Duncan, Tinetti, Lewis and Schumway-Cook. This led her to develop a passion for working with the older adult, and she continued her education and completed a Masters of Professional Studies in Gerontology at Long Island University, Southampton. She received her post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Stony Brook University.
MaryJo was named an APTA Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist in 1995, one of the first six geriatric specialists to earn this designation in New York State. The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Council recognized her with recertification in 2005 and 2015. She received her CEEAA certification (Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults) from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.
In the Fall of 2013, MaryJo became a member of the Stony Brook faculty where she joins a team of Directors of Clinical Education, responsible for the administration and coordination of the clinical education component of the curriculum and maintains her office on the Southampton campus. Her teaching responsibilities include Professional Practice II: Clinical Education, the older adult content of Growth and Development, Psycho-Social Aspects of Disability, and the lab component of Adult Neurological Rehabilitation-Assessment II as a teaching assistant.
MaryJo’s service participation includes A Matter of Balance, an evidence-based community falls prevention program. She mentors DPT students during older adult balance screening at local senior centers and community events.
MaryJo is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Geriatrics Society.