Research Assistant Professor
Mindy Oxman Renfro is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Montana's School of Public and Community Health Sciences (SPCHS). She works in the Rural Institute where she studies fall risk assessment and fall prevention for older adults and adults with disabilities as well as issues related to aging-in-place and telemedicine. She teaches an online, interdisciplinary course in the UM gerontology minor and is the faculty member for the Utah Regional LEND program through Utah State University.
Dr. Renfro was an invited member of the CDC’s Expert Fall Prevention panel and works closely with the physical therapy subgroup at a national level. She received her interdisciplinary PhD (public health, geriatrics, physical therapy), transitional DPT, and certificate in public health from the University of Montana in 2011. She received her MS in Allied Health education from the University of Connecticut in 1984 and her entry-level BS in PT from the University of Vermont in 1977. She currently facilitates the team developing a Balance & Falls Expert credentialing course for the APTA's Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy (AGPT) and serves as an invited consultant for the NCOA's Evidence-Based Resource Council.
Dr. Renfro has been involved in fall prevention initiatives for much of her professional career, most recently as past-Chair of the AGPT's Special Interest Group on Balance and falls and co-chair/chair of the Montana and Nevada Fall Free Initiatives. She has held several faculty positions, and has a demonstrated record of effective collaboration which includes facilitating the Missoula Coalition on Aging & Disabilities.