Coginitive Mental Health Special Interest Group

CMH SIG Leadership

The purpose of the CMHSIG shall be to provide a forum and preferred channel for sharing information and resources, and promoting professional networking and advocacy efforts related to cognitive and mental health issues and behaviors in the area of geriatric physical therapy. The CMHSIG will foster the creation and collaboration of relationships among individuals with a common interest in physical therapy for older adults with cognitive and mental health issues and behaviors in order to advance the knowledge and skills of geriatric physical therapy practice. There are many opportunities for participation, so please consider getting involved! To participate or learn more about current SIG activities and projects, contact the SIG chair.

Cognitive & Mental Health SIG News

posted: May 21, 2018

The Cognitive and Mental Health SIG would like to share with you a youtube video link that speaks to how we can all clinically assess and address feelings of job burnout. It speaks to physicians, but we can change the script ourselves from MDs to physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, students, residents, and physical therapy doctors.

The video is < 5.5 minutes long and describes a straight-forward 3-step process to clinicially assessing job burnout and real action steps to correct it. It is hoped you think it is worth your time and worth sharing/discussing with your colleagues in team conferences and in local chapter meetings. We always love to hear from you! Please keep sending your comments on content and project development ideas to Lise McCarthy, CMHSIG Chair at [email protected]. Last, if you like and appreciate the content posted on the CMHSIG webpage so far, please do sign up to be a member at as this is the only way to really let the Board of Directors and the CMHSIG leadership know we are on the right track in developing content that supports and represents your needs. 

The video can be accessed at:


posted: April 27, 2018

The Brain Health Resource is a presentation toolkit offering current, evidence-based information and resources to facilitate conversations with older people about brain health as we age. Designed for use at senior centers and in other community settings, materials are written in plain language and explain what people can do to help keep their brains functioning at their best.

posted: February 20, 2017

The year 2020 is expected to bring 5.7 million people with dementia into our healthcare system. In all areas of healthcare, efforts are underway to improve how our communities can help people affected by dementia. Many of us are identifying and developing areas where we can work more effectively with other medical healthcare professionals to provide better care.

Read Full A Club Introduction

Case Study #1: Using the FAST to assess complex and basic ADL deficits and
impaired function in people with Alzheimer's dementia.

Case Study #2: Using the PAINAD to assess for pain in people with AND
without dementia.

Case Study#3: Using the Mini-Cog Test to assess for characteristics of
delirium, cognitive decline or dementia.



Cognitive & Mental Health SIG Member Resources


Dear New CMHSIG Member:

Welcome to the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Cognitive and Mental Health Special Interest Group (CMHSIG)! The purpose of the CMHSIG is to provide a forum through which individuals having a common interest in older adults with dementia and other cognitive-based conditions and mental health issues can learn from each other.

We encourage you to join the Academy listserv, which serves as a discussion forum for PTs and PTAs with an interest in older adults to ask questions and share information. Every post regarding dementia and other cognitive-based conditions and mental health issues will raise awareness in the PT community about these topics, so we encourage you to participate!

The CMHSIG also hosts a business meeting at the Combined Sections Meeting every year in February, which I hope you will consider attending. I hope to see you there and warmly encourage you to reach out to me, the other Officers and our many Liaisons. This CMHSIG leadership group represents people, across the United States and in various settings, who are committed to sharing their talents, knowledge and time in order to broadening our collective knowledge of how physical therapy care management services can effectively help people living with cognitive and mental health conditions.

Our society is undergoing another renaissance with regard to healthcare reform. In these turbulent and exciting times, the birth of this SIG in 2014 has been very timely. We have been successful in developing projects in many areas -- see our March 2018 GeriNotes project report for details. If you are interested in volunteering with our SIG, we have Liaison positions open which typically require a 1-2 hour time commitment each quarter. I have found that volunteering my time to our profession has been truly one of the most professionally satisfying experiences of my career to date. Should you decide to volunteer your time with us, know you will have tremendous support and opportunities for professional growth.

We are always looking for ways to hone and expand the scope of our SIG, so please forward any suggestions for programming and CMHSIG activities to me at [email protected]. I look forward to your participation in our CMHSIG! Your ideas are most welcome!

Lise McCarthy, PT, DPT, GCS
CMHSIG Founding Chair

Brainiac SIG Newsletter


Research Resources from CMH

Thank you for visiting the research portion of the CMH SIG website!

As the research liaisons, one of our goals is to meet the needs of the members by providing research that would be of interest to you. Please send suggestions regarding topics of interest to the SIG listserv and we will be happy to search for and hopefully find literature about that topic.

Here are some articles that we find interesting and helpful in our understanding of clinical practice in the area of Cognitive and Mental Health.

May 2016 Cognitive and Mental Health Recent Research


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