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The programs listed provide only postprofessional doctoral (i.e., 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.

To provide information about new PhD and ScD/DSc programs available in physical therapy or to revise current information, please contact academicservices@apta.org.

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.

ALABAMA

University of Alabama at Birmingham
David A Brown, PT, PhD
1530 3rd Ave. S., 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 E. Washington St., 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
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
School of Allied Health Professions
Nichol Hall, Room A-620A
Loma Linda, CA 92350
909-558-4632, ext. 83171
Fax: 909-558-0459
Degree(s) awarded: PhD

The Ola Grimsby Institute
Carmi S. Bowlin
4420 Hotel Circle Court, Suite 210
San Diego, CA 92108
619-298-4116
Fax: 619-298-4225
Degree(s) awarded: PhD in orthopedic manual therapy

University of California at San Francisco
Richard Souza, PT, PhD
Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
1500 Owens St., Suite 400
Box 0736
San Francisco, CA 94143-0736
415-514-6774
Fax: 415-514-6778
Degree(s) awarded: PhD in rehabilitation science

University of Southern California
Carolee Winstein, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
1540 E. 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 Anschutz Medical Campus
Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD
Anschutz Medical Campus
Physical Therapy Program
13121 E. 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
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology Department
151 Human Performance Laboratory
541 S. College Ave.
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-1543
Fax: 302-831-3693
Degree(s) awarded: PhD in biomechanics and movement science

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

The George Washington University School of Medical and Health Sciences
Mary A Corcoran, OTR/L, PhD
Whitney Milhouse, MS
PhD in Translational Health Sciences Program
The George Washington University
2600 Virginia Ave. NW, Suite T127
Washington, D.C. 20037
202-994-4982
Fax: 202-994-1299
Degree(s) awarded: PhD in translational health sciences

FLORIDA

Nova Southeastern University
M. Samuel Cheng, PT, ScD, MSD
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
Kathy E Roach, 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

University of South Florida
John Mayer, DC, PhD
School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
Morsani College of Medicine

Tampa, FL 333612
813-974-8530
Fax: 813-974-8915
Degree(s) awarded: PhD in rehabilitation science

 

GEORGIA

None

HAWAII

None

IDAHO

None

ILLINOIS

Northwestern University Integrated Neuroscience
Ana Maria Acosta, PhD
Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences
645 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60611
312-503-2950
Fax: 312-908-0741
Degree(s) awarded: PhD, with a specialization in movement and rehabilitation science

University of Illinois at Chicago
Alex Aruin, PhD
Department of Physical Therapy (M/C 898)
College of Applied Health Sciences
1919 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60612-7251
312-355-0904 (office)
Fax: 312-996-4583
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
3901 Rainbow Blvd., MS 2002
Kansas City, KS 66160-7601
913-588-6799
Fax: 913-588-6910
Degree(s) awarded: PhD in rehabilitation science, DPT/PhD combined program

KENTUCKY

University of Kentucky
Esther Dupont-Versteegden, PhD
College of Health Sciences
Charles T. Wethington Building, Room 210E
900 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40536-0200
859-218-0592
Fax: 859-323-6003
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, OTR/L, PhD
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
Damary Gutierrez
36 1st Ave.
Boston, MA 02129
617-726-8008
Fax: 617-643-6340
Degree(s) awarded: Interdisciplinary PhD in rehabilitation sciences

MICHIGAN

Andrews University 
Gail Elliott, PT, DSc
Postprofessional Director
Department of Physical Therapy 
Berrien Springs, MI  49104-0420
269-471-6033
Fax: 269-471-2866
Degree(s) awarded: DScPT

University of Michigan - Flint
Cathy Larson, PT, PhD
Physical Therapy Department
Rm. 2157 WSW Building
303 E. Kearsley St.
Flint, MI 48502-1950
810-762-3363
Fax: 810-766-6668
Degree(s) awarded: PhD in physical therapy

MINNESOTA

University of Minnesota
Dawn A. Lowe, 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; PT/PhD joint program

MISSISSIPPI

None

MISSOURI

Washington University
Catherine Lang, PT, PhD
Program in Physical Therapy
4444 Forest Park Blvd.
Campus Box 8502
St Louis, MO 63108-2212
314-273-6067
Fax: 314-286-1410
Degree(s) awarded: PhD in movement science

MONTANA

None

NEBRASKA

None

NEVADA

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Daniel Young, PT, DPT, PhD
Department of Physical Therapy
School of Allied Health Sciences
Division of Health Sciences
4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 453029
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154
702-895-2704
Degree(s) awarded: PhD in interdisciplinary health sciences; rehabilitation sciences

NEW HAMPSHIRE

None

NEW JERSEY

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Sandra L Kaplan, PT, DPT, PhD
Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences
Physical Therapy Program
65 Bergen St.
Newark, NJ 07107
973-972-9484
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 S. Orange Ave.
South Orange, NJ 07079
973-275-2075
Fax: 973-275-2370
Email: gradmeded@shu.edu
Degree(s) awarded: PhD in health sciences

NEW MEXICO

None

NEW YORK

New York University
Wen K. Ling, PT, PhD
Physical Therapy Department
380 Second Ave., 4th Floor
New York, NY 10010
212-998-9415
Fax: 212-998-4190
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
Sandra Arnold, PT, PhD
Carol P. Dionne, PT, DPT, PhD
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Allied Health   
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
1200 N. Stonewall Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
405-271-2131
Fax 405-271-2432
Degree(s) awarded: DSc in rehabilitation sciences; PhD in allied health sciences, with emphasis in rehabilitation sciences

OREGON

None

PENNSYLVANIA

Drexel University
Lisa Chiarello, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
1601 Cherry St., Mail Stop 7502
Philadelphia, PA 19102
267-359-5532
Fax: 267-359-5576
Degree(s) awarded: PhD in rehabilitation sciences

Duquesne University
Christopher R. Carcia, PT, PhD
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
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
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
Blatt PE Center
1300 Wheat St.
Columbia, SC 29208
803-777-6887
Fax: 803-777-0558
Degree(s) awarded: PhD in exercise science, with a focus in rehabilitation sciences

Medical University of South Carolina, College of Health Professions
Rebecca Barry
Health & Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program
Department of Health Sciences and Research 
77 President St., MSC 700
Charleston, SC  29425
843-792-3328
Fax: 843-792-1538
Degree(s) awarded: PhD in health and rehabilitation sciences

SOUTH DAKOTA

None

TENNESSEE

None

TEXAS

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Phillip S. Sizer Jr, PT, PhD
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
School of Health Professions
3601 4th St., MS 6294
Lubbock, TX 79430
806-743-3220 or 806-743-3902
Fax: 806-743-2515
Degree(s) awarded: ScD in physical therapy

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

Texas Woman's University (Dallas)
Mary Thompson, PT, PhD
School of Physical Therapy
5500 Southwestern Medical Ave.
Dallas, TX 75235-7299
214-689-7700
Fax: 214-689-6583
Degree(s) awarded: PhD in physical therapy

Texas Woman's University (Houston)
Katy Mitchell, PT, PhD
School of Physical Therapy
6700 Fannin St.
Houston TX 77030
713-794-2048
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 Blvd.
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
Elena Acosta, MPH
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 E. 1860 S.
Provo, UT 84606
866-780-4107 or 801-734-6832
Fax: 801-375-2125
Email: 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
Department of Physical Therapy
Box 980224
1200 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23298-0224
804-828-0234
Fax: 804-828-8111
Degree(s) awarded: PhD in rehabilitation and movement science; PhD in health-related sciences

WASHINGTON

University of Washington
Deborah Kartin, PT, PhD
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
1959 NE Pacific St.
Box 356490
Seattle, WA, 98195-6490
206-598-5338
Fax: 206-685-3244
Degree(s) awarded: PhD in rehabilitation science

WEST VIRGINIA

None

WISCONSIN

 Bellin College
Julie Whitman, PT, DSc
Jonathon Weiss, PT, DPT
3201 Eaton Road
Green Bay, WI 54311
920-433-6699
Fax: 920-433-1922 
Degree(s) awarded: DSc in physical therapy

 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 of Wisconsin - Madison
Sally Wedde
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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