Patricia C. Heyn, PhD, FACRM, FGSA
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation-Assistive Technology

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Fellowships:
  • University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals Program, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2004)
Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish
Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation-Assistive Technology

Professional Titles

  • Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Recognition & Awards

  • NIH/NIDDK NMRI Workshop Faculty Travel Award, NIH/NIDDK (2019)
  • Women in Rehabilitation Science Award, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (2018)
    Awarded for her excellence, mentoring and scientific contribution to the filed of rehabilitation medicine
  • Best Research Poster Award, Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (2017)
  • Fellow Award, Gerontological Society of America (2016)
  • Fellow Award, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (2016)
  • NIH/National Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood/ and the Society of Behavioral Medicine Workshop Award, NIH (2010)
    Controversies in Clinical Trials – a Satellite Symposium of the 11th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C
  • Professor Alfonso Bovero Award for Outstanding Contributions to Medical Education, School of Medicine, University of Sao Paulo (2008)
  • Scholar Award, American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) (2006)
  • Hispanic Health Services Research Award, Center for Excellence, Stanford University School of Medicine (2004)
  • National Institute on Aging Premier Summer Institute on Aging Research, NIH/NIA (2004)
  • American Society of Neurorehabilitation Presidential Award, American Society of Neurorehabilitation (2004)
    81st Annual Assembly of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) and the 11th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation

Research Interests

Wellness, Health Promotion, Exercise Recommendations, Disability, Alzheimer's Disease, Frailty and Sarcopenia Syndrome

Publications

  • Faieta, J.M., Devos, H., Vaduvathiriyan, P. et al Heyn PC. (2021) Exercise interventions for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol. Syst Rev 10, 6 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-020-01555-8
  • Heyn PC & Santos FH (2021). Chapter 11: Successful Aging in the Mental Health, Intellectual Disabilities and the Aging Process, Springer, ED. Prof.Vee P. Prasher, Prof. Philip W. Davidson and Prof. Flavia H. Santos
  • Kim S, Thompson K, Winckel AV, Heyn PC (in-oress). Chapter 78: Complementary Integrative Medicine in the Brain Injury Medicine, Third Edition. ED. Nathan Zasler, Douglas Katz, Ross Zafonte,
  • NG TKS, Tagawa A, Chu-Man HO R, Larbi A, Kua EH, Mahendra R, Carollo J, Heyn PC (in press). Commonalities in biomarkers and phenotypes between mild cognitive impairment and cerebral palsy: a pilot exploratory study. Aging
  • ACS TQIP Best Practice Guidelines, Geriatric Trauma Management Revised (in-press), Trauma Quality Improvement Program, American College of Surgeons.
  • Leroi I, Constantinifou F, Langenbahm D, Heyn P, Dawes P, Yeng WK (2020). Hearing and Vision Impairment in People with Dementia: A Guide for Clinicians. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Volume 101, Issue 9, 1667-1670
  • Kim S, Capo-Lugo C, Reed WR, Vora A, Ehsanian R, Krishnan S, Hu X, Galantino ML, Mortera MH, Beattie A, Sasson N, Theodore BR, Erb M, Heyn P. (2020) Using a Survey to Characterize Rehabilitation Professionals' Perceptions and Use of Complementary, Integrative, and Alternative Medicine. J Altern Complement Med. 2020 Aug; 26(8):663-665.
  • Kahya M, Sood P, Devos H, Krishnan S, Hirsch M, Heyn P (2020). Falls Risk and Alzheimer Disease: A Patient Guide. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Volume 0, Issue 0. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2020.01.005.
  • Ng, T.K.S., Tagawa, A., Larbi, A., Kua, E.-H., Mahendran, R., Carollo, J. and Heyn, P.C. (2020), Distinct and common biomarkers and phenotypes in cerebral palsy and mild cognitive impairment: An exploratory study. Alzheimer's Dement., 16: e046655. https://doi.org/10.1002/alz.046655.
  • Ng, T.K.S., Tagawa, A., Carollo, J. and Heyn, P.C. (2020), Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) is a biomarker of objective cognitive impairment but not subjective cognitive complaint in cerebral palsy. Alzheimer's Dement., 16: e046716. https://doi.org/10.1002/alz.046716
  • Ng T, Tagawa A, Carollo J, Heyn PC (2020). Distinct and Common Biomarkers and Phenotypes in Cerebral Palsy and Mild Cognitive Impairment: An Exploratory Study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Volume 101, Issue 11, e9. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2020.09.023
  • S Noten, WMA van der Slot, DE Thorpe, PC Heyn, CM Marciniak, PG McPhee, RP Lamberts, NG Langerak, O Verschuren, T Salokivi, K Morrison, G Papageorgiou, HJG Berg-Emons (2020). Determining blood pressure levels in adults with cerebral palsy: a systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology.
  • Sood P, Kletzel S, Negm A, Heyn PC, Krishnan S, Devos H (2020). Effectiveness of Brain Gaming in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment or Dementia: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Volume 101, Issue 11, e114. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2020.09.347
  • Hu X, Kim S, Mortera M, Heyn PC (2020). Pharmacological Interventions for Reducing Intracranial Pressure After Traumatic Brain Injury: An Overview of Systematic Reviews with Randomized Controlled Trials. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Volume 101, Issue 11, e112 - e113. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2020.09.344
  • Baer HR, Thomas SP, Pan Z, Tagawa A, Carollo JJ, Heyn PC. Self-reported physical function is associated with walking speed in adults with cerebral palsy. J Pediatr Rehabil Med. 2019;12(2):181-188. PubMed PMID: 31227669
  • Xue B, Head J, McMunn A, Heyn PC. The Impact of Retirement on Cardiovascular Disease and Its Risk Factors: A Systematic Review of Longitudinal Studies. Gerontologist. 2019 May 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31091304
  • Philippou E, Polak R, Michunovich A, York M, Faieta JM, Hirsch MA, Heyn PC. Food for Thought: Basic Nutrition Recommendations for the Mature Brain. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 Aug;100(8):1581-1583. PubMed PMID: 30871790
  • Heyn PC, Meeks S, Pruchno R. Methodological Guidance for a Quality Review Article. Gerontologist. 2019 Mar 14;59(2):197-201. PubMed PMID: 30698698
  • Kim S, Mortera M, Hu X, Krishnan S, Hoffecker L, Herrold A, Terhorst L, King L, Machtinger J, Zumsteg JM, Negm A, Heyn P. Overview of pharmacological interventions after traumatic brain injuries: impact on selected outcomes. Brain Inj. 2019;33(4):442-455. PubMed PMID: 30694081
  • Heyn PC, Tagawa A, Pan Z, Thomas S, Carollo JJ. Prevalence of metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease risk factors in adults with cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2019 Apr;61(4):477-483. PubMed PMID: 30663044
  • Sood P, Kletzel SL, Krishnan S, Devos H, Negm A, Hoffecker L, Machtinger J, Hu X, Heyn PC. Nonimmersive Brain Gaming for Older Adults With Cognitive Impairment: A Scoping Review. Gerontologist. 2019 Nov 16;59(6):e764-e781. PubMed PMID: 30605502
  • Driskell LD, York MK, Heyn PC, Sanjak M, MacAdam C. A Guide to Understanding the Benefits of a Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Treatment. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 Mar;100(3):583-586. PubMed PMID: 30029769
  • Cahill M, Pettigrew J, Robinson K, Galvin R, Heyn PC. The Transition to Retirement Experiences of Academics in "Higher Education": A Meta-Ethnography. Gerontologist. 2018 Jan 27. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29385494
  • Ayalon L, Levkovich I, Heyn PC. A Systematic Review of Research on Social Networks of Older Adults. Gerontologist. 2018 Jan 29. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29385450
  • Driskell LD, York MK, Heyn PC, Sanjak M, MacAdam C. A Guide to Understanding the Benefits of a Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Treatment. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018 Jul 17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30029769
  • Hu X, Heyn PC, Schwartz J, Roberts P. What Is Mild Stroke?. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Nov;98(11):2347-2349. PubMed PMID: 28460850
  • Krishnan S, York MK, Backus D, Heyn PC. Coping With Caregiver Burnout When Caring for a Person With Neurodegenerative Disease: A Guide for Caregivers. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Apr;98(4):805-807. PubMed PMID: 28185639
  • Yarar-Fisher C, Heyn P, Zanca JM, Charlifue S, Hsieh J, Brienza DM. Early Identification of Cardiovascular Diseases in People With Spinal Cord Injury: Key Information for Primary Care Providers. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Jun;98(6):1277-1279. PubMed PMID: 28185637
  • Heyn et al (forthcoming). The effects of a mobile-based vocational skill building coaching technology intervention for people with cognitive disabilities: A pilot feasibility study. RATE Journal.
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Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
Center Affiliations

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Clinical Exercise Instructor, American College of Sports Medicine, Certificate (2015)
  • Neurologic Rehabilitation, Specialized Training (2003)
  • Gerontologist, Certificate (2001)
Clinical Interests
Brain Health, Wellness, Patient Self-Health Promotion Empowerment

Care Philosophy
Support patients to take control over their health by proper self-health promotion management strategies and self-empowerment

Personal Interests
In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, exercising, travel to exotic places and playing with my children.

Volunteer Activities
I am dedicated to improve the health and the quality of life of individuals with disabilities and the elderly: health fair, community education and participation

Public Speaking
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1) Wellness Health Promotion Strategies 2) Self-Health Management and Empowerment 3) Patient-Centered Outcomes 3) Cognitive and Brain Health 4) Exercise training and brain health

General Information

Fellowships:
  • University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals Program, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2004)
Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish
Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation-Assistive Technology
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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