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Nominating Committee nominees

Last Updated:
June 24, 2019

2019 Nominees
AACPDM 2020 Nominating Committee


Désirée B. Maltais

Darcy Fehlings, MD MSc FRCP(C)Désirée B. Maltais is an Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation at Université Laval and a researcher at Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration, in Quebec City, Canada. She is a physiotherapist interested in the evaluation of mobility and physical fitness, the determinants of physical activity and interventions and guidelines aiming to improve the level of physical activity among people with physical disabilities, especially children and adolescents. She is a licensed physical therapist with 20 years of clinical experience in pediatric rehabilitation. She is the president of the scientific council for the Quebec Rehabilitation Research Network, a member of the research management committee for Kids Brain Health Network and a member of the awards committee of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. She is also a past member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.


Jean Stansbury, APRN, MSN, CNP, CNS, CHPPN

David Scher, MDJean Stansbury is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with nearly 40 years of experience working with infants, children and young adults with complex medical care needs.  Her work has been primarily with persons who have cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular conditions, mostly at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St Paul Minnesota.  Jean has participated in research to improve patient outcomes in addition to providing direct patient care, especially for children and young adults using intrathecal baclofen.

Jean received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from St Catherine University in St Paul Minnesota, her master’s degree in childbearing-childrearing families from the University of Minnesota, and her post –master’s certificate from St Catherine University. She is also a certified hospice and palliative pediatric nurse.

  Jean has been a member of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine since 1990.  She has served multiple terms on the Multimedia Education Committee (including as Chair), and Program committee.  Jean also served on the Nominating Committee in 2008, Board of Directors 1998-2002, and participated in Strategic Planning for the Academy in 2013.

In addition to her clinical work with intrathecal baclofen, Jean has written, co-authored or reviewed several book chapters involving care of children with special healthcare needs, including Wong’s Essentials in Pediatric Nursing and Ethics in Child Health: Principles and Cases in Neurodisability.


Sylvia Õunpuu, MSc

Jean Stout, PT MSSylvia Õunpuu is the current Director of Research and Education/Kinesiologist of the Center for Motion Analysis at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Farmington, Connecticut, USA and is an Associate Professor at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Connecticut.  She has been with the Center for Motion Analysis since 1987 initially as the Kinesiologist and took on the role of Director of Research and Education in 2010.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology (1982) and a Master of Science degree in Biomechanics (1986) from the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada where she had the privilege to study under Dr. David Winter. 

Sylvia’s major focus has been using and promoting comprehensive motion analysis techniques for treatment decision-making and evaluation for a variety of gait pathologies in children, youth and adults with the ultimate goal of improving patient treatment outcomes.  She currently divides her time between patient testing, research and teaching.  Her current research focus is on treatment outcomes in cerebral palsy, clubfoot and Charcot-Marie-Tooth including the study of disease progression in the context of gait function for children with CMT. 

Sylvia has published extensively with over 60 peer review publications in several areas including short and long-term treatment outcomes research for orthopaedic surgical outcomes as well as brace intervention, motion analysis methodology, data interpretation strategies and typically developing and pathological gait patterns for a variety of gait pathologies.  She has published book chapters with a focus on motion analysis data interpretation.  Sylvia has taught extensively gait analysis methodology and data interpretation in a variety of forums including the annual comprehensive gait analysis course entitled “Clinical Gait Analysis: A Focus on Interpretation” which had its beginnings at Newington Children’s Hospital in 1990 and is taught world-wide.

Sylvia has been an active member of the AAPCDM since 1987.  She has participated on a number of committees over this time including Program, Multimedia, Research, Advocacy and has served the BOD as a Member at Large and most recently as the Treasurer (2016-2019).  She also serves on the BOD for the Commission for Motion Laboratory Certification and is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Gait and Posture.  Sylvia is also a charter member of the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society and has been active participant on the BOD, annual meeting planning and Chair of the Reimbursement Committee among other roles.