Directory of Postprofessional PhD and ScD/DSc Programs

The programs listed provide only postprofessional doctoral (ie, PhD, ScD) graduate educational and research opportunities for physical therapists. The degrees offered are housed in institutions that either have physical therapist degree programs or are associated with a physical therapist degree program.

The listing of postprofessional doctoral programs may not be all inclusive as new programs are developed or revised or because APTA has not been notified of an existing program. Some degrees may not necessarily be restricted to physical therapist applicants.

Additional information about these programs may be obtained by contacting the program director or contact name listed.

Disclaimer: Inclusion on this list of programs does not indicate approval or endorsement by APTA or the accreditation of these programs of study by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  

ALABAMA  

University of Alabama at Birmingham
David A Brown, PT, PhD, Professor and Program Director
1530 3rd Avenue South, SHPB 384
Birmingham, AL 35294-1212
205/934-3566
Fax: 205/975-7787
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Rehabilitation Science

ALASKA  

None

ARIZONA  

University of Medical Sciences Arizona
Janice Pitts, PT, PhD
4600 East Washington Street
Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ 85034
480/442-8059
Fax: 623/335-7442
Email: info@umsaz.org
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Rehabilitation Science, DSc in Movement Sciences

ARKANSAS  

University of Central Arkansas
Mark Mennemeier, PhD, Coordinator of PhD Program
Department of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy Building
201 Donaghey Ave
Conway, AR 72035-0001
501/526-7773
Fax: 501/450-5822
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Physical Therapy

CALIFORNIA  

Loma Linda University
Everett Lohman, III, PT, DSc, OCS
School of Allied Health Professions
Nichol Hall, Room A-620A
Loma Linda, CA 92350
909/558-4632, ext 83171
Fax: 909/558-4291
Degree(s) Awarded: DSc

The Ola Grimsby Institute
Carmi S. Bowlin, Program Coordinator
4420 Hotel Circle Court, Ste 210
San Diego, CA 92108
619/298-4116
Fax: 619/298-4225
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Orthopedic Manual Therapy

University of Southern California
Carolee Winstein, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
1540 East Alcazar St, CHP 155
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9006
323/442-2900
Fax: 323/442-1515
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Biokinesiology

COLORADO  

University of Colorado Denver
Margaret Schenkman, PT, PhD
Anschutz Medical Campus
Physical Therapy Program
13121 East 17th Ave, C244
Aurora, CO 80045
303/724-9139
Fax: 303/724-9016
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Rehabilitation Science

CONNECTICUT  

None

DELAWARE

University of Delaware
Charles Buz Swanik, PhD, ATC
Physical Therapy Department
301 McKinly Laboratory
Newark, DE 19716
302/831-1543
Fax: 302/831-4234
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science

FLORIDA

Nova Southeastern University
M. Samuel Cheng, PT, MS, ScD 
Director, PhD Program and Associate Professor
3200 S. University Dr.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328
800/356-0026, ext 21662
Fax: 954/262-1273
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Physical Therapy

University of Florida
Krista Vandenborne, PT, PhD
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Health Professions
Box 100154
Gainesville, FL 32610-0154
352/273-6085
Fax: 352/273-6109
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Rehabilitation Science

University of Miami
Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD
Department of Physical Therapy
Miller School of Medicine
5915 Ponce de Leon Blvd, 5th Floor
Coral Gables, FL 33146-2406
305/284-4535
Fax: 305/284-6128
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Physical Therapy

GEORGIA  

None

HAWAII  

None

The programs listed provide only postprofessional doctoral (ie, PhD, ScD) graduate educational and research opportunities for physical therapists. The degrees offered are housed in institutions that either have physical therapist degree programs or are associated with a physical therapist degree program.

The listing of postprofessional doctoral programs may not be all inclusive as new programs are developed or revised or because APTA has not been notified of an existing program. Some degrees may not necessarily be restricted to physical therapist applicants.

Additional information about these programs may be obtained by contacting the program director or contact name listed.

Disclaimer: Inclusion on this list of programs does not indicate approval or endorsement by APTA or the accreditation of these programs of study by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  

IDAHO  

None

ILLINOIS  

Northwestern University Integrated Neuroscience
David A. Brown, PT, PhD
Associate Chair for Postprofessional Education
Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences
645 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60611
312/908-0976
Fax: 312/908-0741
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD with a specialization in Movement and Rehabilitation Science

University of Illinois at Chicago
Christina Hui-Chan, PT, PhD
Professor and Head
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Applied Health Sciences
1919 W Taylor St M/C 898
Chicago, IL 60612-7251
312/996-1502
Fax: 312/996-3807
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Disabilities Studies and Rehabilitation Sciences

INDIANA  

None

IOWA  

University of Iowa
Richard K. Shields, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
Graduate Program
1-252 Medical Education Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1190
319/335-9791
Fax: 319/335-9707
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Rehabilitation Science

KANSAS  

University of Kansas Medical Center
Irina Smirnova, PhD 
Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
MS 202
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160-7601
913/588-6799
Fax: 913/588-4568
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Rehabilitation Science, PT/PhD joint program

KENTUCKY

University of Kentucky
Carl Mattacola, PhD
College of Health Sciences
Charles T. Wethington Building
900 South Limestone
Lexington, KY 40536-0200
859/323-1100 ext 80579
Fax: 859/323-8957
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Rehabilitation Science

LOUISIANA  

None

MAINE  

None

MARYLAND  

University of Maryland
Mark W. Rogers, PT, PhD, FAPTA
School of Medicine
100 Penn St, Suite 115
Baltimore, MD 21201
410/706-0841
Fax: 410/706-6387
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

MASSACHUSETTS  

Boston University
Wendy Coster, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA- Acting Chair
Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
635 Commonwealth Ave
Room 519
Boston, MA 02215
617/353-7518
Fax: 617/353-9463
Degree(s) Awarded: ScD in Rehabilitation Sciences

MGH Institute of Health Professions
Robert Hillman, PhD, CCC-SLP – Program Director 
36 1st Avenue
Boston, MA 02129
617/726-0216
Fax: 617/643-6340
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences 
 
MICHIGAN  

None

MINNESOTA  

University of Minnesota
Paula M. Ludewig, PT, PhD 
Program in Rehabilitation Science
Mayo Mail Code 388
420 Delaware St, SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612/625-3966
Fax: 612/625-4274
Contact: Rich Adamczak
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Rehabilitation Science

MISSISSIPPI  

None

MISSOURI  

 Washington University
Gammon M Earhart, PT, PhD
Program in Physical Therapy
4444 Forest Park Blvd
Campus Box 8502
St Louis, MO 63108-2212
314/286-1425
Fax: 314/286-1410
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Movement Science

MONTANA  

None

NEBRASKA  

None

NEVADA  

None

NEW HAMPSHIRE  

None

NEW JERSEY  

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Judith Deutsch, PT, PhD
Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences
Physical Therapy Program
65 Bergen St.
Newark, NJ 07107
973/972-8576
Fax: 973/972-3717
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Health Sciences

Seton Hall University
Genevieve Pinto Zipp, PT, EdD
School of Graduate Medical Education
400 South Orange Ave.
South Orange, NJ 07079
973/275-2075
Fax: 973/275-2370
E-mail: gradmeded@shu.edu
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Health Sciences

NEW MEXICO  

None

NEW YORK  

New York University
Mitchell Batavia  PT, MA, PhD
Physical Therapy Department
380 Second Ave, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10010
212/998-9409
Fax: 212/995-4190
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Physical Therapy

State University of New York at Buffalo
Peter J. Horvath, PhD
Physical Therapy, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences
410 Kimball Tower
3435 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079
716/829-2941, ext 408
Fax: 716/829-2428
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Rehabilitation Science

NORTH CAROLINA  

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Vicki Mercer, PT, PhD
Division of Physical Therapy
Bondurant Hall, Suite 3000
CB #7135
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7135
919/966-4708
Fax: 919/966-3678
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Human Movement Science

NORTH DAKOTA  

None

OHIO  

The Ohio State University
John A. Buford, PT, PhD
Graduate Studies
School of Allied Medical Professions
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210-1234
614/292-5921
Fax: 614/292-0210
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

OKLAHOMA  

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
MariaJones, PT, PhD, associate professor 
Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities

Carol P. Dionne, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, Cert MDT, associate professor
Department of Allied Health Sciences
College of Allied Health
1200 N. Stonewall Avenue, Room 1138 and 3099
College of Health Building
Oklahoma City, OK  73117
Phone: 405-271-2131 ext. 46811 or 47115Fax: 405/271-3580
Degree(s) Awarded:
PhD in Allied Health Sciences, ScD in Rehabilitation Sciences

  OREGON  

None

The programs listed provide only post-professional doctoral (ie, PhD, ScD) graduate educational and research opportunities for physical therapists. The degrees offered are housed in institutions that either have physical therapist degree programs or are associated with a physical therapist degree program.

The listing of post-professional doctoral programs may not be all inclusive as new programs are developed or revised or because APTA has not been notified of an existing program. Some degrees may not necessarily be restricted to physical therapist applicants.

Additional information about these programs may be obtained by contacting the program director or contact name listed.

Disclaimer: Inclusion on this list of programs does not indicate approval or endorsement by APTA or the accreditation of these programs of study by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  

PENNSYLVANIA

Drexel University
Lisa Chiarello, PT, PhD, PCS
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
1505 Race Street, 9th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215/762-8805
Fax: 215/762-3886
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

Duquesne University
Christopher R. Carcia, PT, PhD, SCS
Program in Rehabilitation Science John G. Rangos Sr., School of Health Sciences
Department of Physical Therapy
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
412/396-5545
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Rehabilitation Science

Temple University
Carole Tucker, PT, PhD, PCS, RCEP
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Allied Health Professions
Jones Hall
3401 Ontario St
Philadelphia, PA 19140
215/707-4877
Fax: 215/707-7819
Degree(s) Awarded: Interdisciplinary PhD

University of Pittsburgh
Rory Cooper, PhD, FISA/PVA
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Department of Physical Therapy
6035 Forbes Tower
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412/383-6596
Fax: 412/383-6629
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

RHODE ISLAND

None

SOUTH CAROLINA

University of South Carolina 
Stacy Fritz, PT, PhD 
Public Health Research Center
921 Assembly Street, 3rd Floor
Columbia, SC 29205
803/777-6887
Fax: 803/777-0558
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Exercise Science with a focus in PT  

SOUTH DAKOTA

None

TENNESSEE

None

TEXAS

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 
Phillip S. Sizer, Jr, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT 
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
School of Allied Health Sciences
3601 4th St, MS 6294
Lubbock, TX 79430
806/743-3220
806/743-3902
Fax: 806/743-2515
Degree(s) Awarded: ScD in Physical Therapy  

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 
C. Roger James, PhD, FACSM
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
School of Allied Health Sciences
3601 4th St, MS 6223
Lubbock, TX 79430
806/743-3226
806/743-4524
Fax: 806/743-2189
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences 

Texas Woman's University (Dallas)
Ann Medley, PT, PhD, CEEAA, associate director
School of Physical Therapy
5500 Southwestern Medical Avenue
Dallas, TX 75235-7299
214/689-6500
Fax: 214/689-6583
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Physical Therapy

Texas Woman's University (Houston)
Sharon L. Olson, PT, PhD, director
Peggy Gleeson, PT, PhD, associate director
School of Physical Therapy
6700 Fannin St.
Houston TX 77030
713/794-2090
Fax: 713/794-2071
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Physical Therapy

University of Texas Medical Branch  
Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD
Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-1137
409/747-1637
Fax: 409/747-1638
Degree(s) Awarded:  PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

University of Texas at El Paso
Christina Sobin, PhD, director
Elena Acosta, MPH, coordinator
1851 Wiggins
El Paso, TX 79968
915/747-7256
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

UTAH   

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Admissions
561 East 1860 South
Provo, UT 84606
866-780-4107 | 801/734-6832
Fax: 801/375-2125
E-mail: info@rmuohp.edu
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD (multiple awarded)

VERMONT

None

VIRGINIA

Old Dominion University
E Andrew Balas
School of Community and Environmental Health
Norfolk, VA 23529-0288
757/683-4960
Fax: 757/683-5674
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Health Services Research

Virginia Commonwealth University
Sheryl Finucane, PT, PhD, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Department of Physical Therapy
Box 980224
1200 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23298-0224
804/828-0234
Fax: 804/828-8111
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Rehabilitation & Movement Science, Physiology & Physical Therapy, Health Related Sciences

WASHINGTON

University of Washington
Deborah Kartin, PT, PhD, Program Director Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Room BB911
UW Medical Center, Box 356490
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195-6490
206/598-5370
Fax: 206/685-3244
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Rehabilitation Science

WEST VIRGINIA

None

WISCONSIN

Marquette University
Lawrence Pan, PT, PhD
Physical Therapy Department
PO Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
414/288-7161
Fax: 414/288-5987
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Clinical and Translational Rehab Health Sciences

University ofWisconsin - Madison 
Sally Wedde, Education Programs Administrator
Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
2112 Health Sciences Learning Center
750 Highland Drive
Madison, WI 53706
608/262-3768
Fax: 608/262-7864
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Clinical Investigation


 WYOMING

None

 

International

CANADA

McGill University
Annette Mainemer, PhD
School of Physical and
Occupational Therapy
3654 Promenade Sir WIlliam Osler
Montreal, QC H3G 1Y5
CANADA
514/398-4500
Fax: 514/398-6360
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Rehabilitation Science

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