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Dr. Sean Collins, PT, ScD

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7B Red Oak Way
Boscawen, NH 03303-1158
United States
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Professor and founding director of physical therapy at Plymouth State University (PSU) with an ScD in Work Environment (Human Factors & Ergonomics)  from UMass Lowell with Robert Karasek. The program at PSU is influenced by my background in ergonomics and human factors in at least two ways. First,  curriculum delivery is founded on cognitive engineering and decision making theory (and its influence on learning complex tasks) and decision latitude in students to promote self regulated learners.  Second, the curricular concepts of causation, adaptation and systems theory are based on my work in psychosocial ergonomics.  My recent work in physical therapy has focused on the logical structure and use of graphical causal models to bridge research and practice (CLEaR - clinical logic, epistemology and reasoning) as a cognitive architecture for clinical reasoning and decision making. My current work is shifting back to a consideration of Selye's adaptation energy as a theoretical biological entity that provides insight into monitoring and modeling human stress, adaptation, fatigue and exhaustion.