Release Date: July 11, 2007
Hasson Begins Tenure as Head of ASU Physical Therapy Department
Barely two weeks after being named a fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Dr. Scott M. Hasson has assumed duties as head of Angelo State University’s Physical Therapy Department.
Hasson comes to ASU from the University of Connecticut where he served a decade as professor and chair of the Physical Therapy Department. He held a joint appointment in the Department of Kinesiology at Connecticut. The appointment was announced by ASU Sciences Dean Dr. Grady Price Blount.
On June 27 at the APTA’s national meeting in Denver, Hasson was honored as one of the association’s new Catherine Worthingham Fellows. Currently, there are 100 APTA fellows nationwide and Hasson is now the third in Texas. Designation as a fellow means the honoree has contributed significantly to the advancement of the profession in at least two of three areas: research, education and practice.
Additionally, fellows have established a record of sustained advancement of the profession for at least 15 years through leadership, influence and achievements. These achievements include an active record of publications, lectures, presentation and research, among others. Hasson is also a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.
During his career, Hasson has done extensive research in muscle physiology; muscle soreness and fatigue; rheumatoid arthritis; osteoarthritis; total joint arthroplasty; muscle adaptation to microgravity; and anterior cruciate ligament injury. His research activities have received more than $2.17 million in funding from various corporate and governmental agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, NASA, Department of Education, Whitehall Laboratories and Proctor & Gamble.
In addition to the University of Connecticut, Hasson has taught at Texas Woman’s University, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Texas A&M, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Southern California and the University of Northern Colorado.
Hasson holds his physical therapy degree from UTMB; a bachelor of science in microbiology and a master of arts in physical education from California State University Fresno; and a doctorate of education in exercise physiology from the University of Northern Colorado.
ASU’s physical therapy program was authorized in 1999 and graduated its first class of 10 in 2002. Earlier this month the program welcomed it largest class to date, 22 students.