Skip to main content

Ashley Watamura Hyatt

Ashley Hyatt

Assistant Professor

College of Health and Human Sciences

Physical Therapy

Contact Information

Email: awhyatt@wcu.edu
Phone: 828.227.2296
Office: 228 Health and Human Sciences Building

Biography

After earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, Dr. Hyatt practiced as a clinician in multiple settings including inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, long-term acute care, skilled nursing, and home health. She also worked as a travel physical therapist for a year. As a physical therapist at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Charleston, Dr. Hyatt established a program for individuals with spinal cord injuries and assisted in the development of a program for individuals with cerebral vascular accidents.<br><br>Dr. Hyatt joined the Department of Physical Therapy in the Fall of 2013 with the primary role of teaching Neuroscience and Clinical Reasoning. She serves as the chair of the Student Affairs Committee in the Department and the primary advisor for the physical therapy graduate assistant program. Dr. Hyatt is also the founder and director of the student run Mountain Area Pro Bono Health Services (MAPHealth), formerly Mountain Area Pro Bono Physical Therapy (MAPPT). She continues to practice in an outpatient setting and in inpatient rehab.<br><br>Dr. Hyatt resides in Waynesville, NC with her family on a farm that has been in her husband's family for five generations. Outside of work, she enjoys playing basketball, working out, running trails, hiking, and traveling to see her family (in Hawaii and Pennsylvania) and friends.<br><br><b>What do you love the most about being a Catamount?</b><br>The students, faculty, and staff are truly a family, and I cannot imagine working in a more supportive environment! I love seeing everyone grow and learn together in this beautiful area in which we are fortunate enough to live. I honestly could not love my job any more than I do.

Education

  • BS, Lafayette College, Neuroscience
  • DPT, Medical University of South Carolina

Teaching Interests

PT 922 Neuroscience<br>PT 899 Doctoral Project<br>PT 811 Introduction to Clinical Care (co-teach)<br>PT 812 PT interventions (co-teach)<br>PT 923 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I (co-teach)<br>PT 924 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy II (co-teach)<br>PT 874 and 875 - Integrated Clinical Experience IV and V<br><br><br><br>

Research Interests

Dr. Hyatt has developed a line of research, along with Dr. Sue McPherson, focused on the effects of various types of attentional focus on motor learning for seated trunk control in adults post-acute and chronic stroke. The intention of this research is to discover the most effective methods for teaching patients specific skills to improve their motor learning.<br><br><b>Recent Publications and Presentations</b><br>Hyatt A, Craig A, Haney K, Houston Z, Irsik S, Seyler R, Stevens M. The effect of focus of attention on seated weight shifting in individual post acute stroke. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (Neurology: Stroke SIG section); Virtual, February 2021.<br><br>Hyatt A, Greene L, Lopez J, Parker AM, Suwak M, Waugh E. Shift Your Learning: Does Focus of Attention Strategies Impact Motor Learning in Adults Post Acute Stroke? American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (Neurology: Stroke SIG section); February 2020; Denver, CO,<br><br>Hyatt A, McPherson S, Wilson E, Pollard H, Correll W, Kirkland E, Puchel H, Tresslar N. Impact of focus of attention strategies on performance and learning of seated trunk control in the acute stroke population. To be presented at: American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (Neurology: Stroke SIG section); January 2019; Washington, DC.<br><br>Hyatt A, McPherson S, Franco V, Bowen H, Foil R, Kao E, Linton T. Impact of external vs internal focus of attentional strategies on seated lateral excursion measures in adults with chronic stroke and healthy adults.
Presented at: American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (Neurology: Stroke SIG section); February 2018; New Orleans, LA.<br><br>Hyatt A, McPherson S, Flinchum K, Hongdoxmai C, Kitchen K, Lackey B, Lehr J, Mollica R. Seated trunk control training in adults post stroke: do focus of attention strategies impact lateral excursion performance and learning? Presented at: American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (Neurology: Stroke SIG section); February 2017; San Antonio, TX.<br><br>Pollard H, Parker A, Pace B, Hyatt A. Cultivating a culture of continuous quality improvement. Presented at: Physical Therapy Pro Bono Network Western Regional Conference; April 2018; Phoenix, AZ.<br><br>Pollard H, Parker A, Pace B, Hyatt A. Cultivating a culture of continuous quality improvement. Presented at: Physical Therapy Pro Bono Network Eastern Regional Conference; March 2018; Chester, PA.<b> </b>

Office of Web Services