EdD Program

Doctor of Education in Movement Science (Physical Therapy) at Teachers College and Columbia University Medical Center

Transform your career and enter the next generation of physical therapy faculty at universities and colleges. Through a unique collaboration between Teachers College, and its long history of excellence in education, and top-rated Columbia University Medical Center, our graduates will become leading scholars and innovators in the field of physical therapy with expertise in Movement Sciences.



Prepare to Learn

Learn the theoretical and scientific knowledge to perform original applied, clinically relevant research leading to scientific presentations, peer-reviewed publications, and compete for extramural funding through grant writing. 

Develop a breadth and depth of knowledge in a variety of clinical specialty areas that reflect faculty expertise including musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and cardiovascular, and other specialty areas as they relate to prevention, impairment, functional limitation, and disability. 

Graduate with the theoretical, scientific evidence base, and practical skills required to conduct research and to teach at the professional entry-level and post-professional levels within the academic community or to take on other roles in private practice, industry or governmental and non-governmental agencies.


Prepare to Connect

The Physical Therapy track utilizes the rich academic resources already available within the Movement Sciences program at Teachers College and the Physical Therapy program at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. The resources provide students with knowledge on the application of movement sciences to content areas within physical therapy. The track provides an additional array of specialized clinical and field-based research courses within the specialization of physical therapy by the faculty in physical therapy at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Dr. Rao working with a student and a patient.

 

Dr. Jacqueline Montes with a patient.
Dr. Margaret O'Neil with a patient.

Prepare to Research

Students enrolling in the Physical Therapy track can engage in research in one of our research labs at Columbia University Medical Center or Teachers College. Students can participate in research under the direction of a faculty mentor in a range of clinical populations, including those with neurological, pediatric or orthopedic conditions, as well as in topics related to health promotion and prevention. Our labs include state-of-the-art equipment for the analysis of movement (including Vicon motion analysis, force plates, inertial measurement systems), cardiopulmonary testing, physical activity monitoring, muscle oxidation measurement, Virtual Reality Games, and portable EEG assessment.

Link to our Pace Laboratory


Student Profiles

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Kristine Gneiss

University and Year of graduation:

Columbia University, Programs in Physical Therapy, 2011

Clinical background:

I am a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and work with an orthopedic and sports population as well as chronic pain population, utilizing manual therapy, neuromuscular re-education, pain science, and exercise in treatment approaches for clients. I am trained in Pilates.

Research interest:

Running Biomechanics, Injury Screening and Prevention, Pain Science

Why you chose this Ed.D program:

This program stands out because of the distinguished faculty, program resources, and unique collaboration between Teachers College and Columbia University Medical Center Program in Physical Therapy.


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Elizabeth Harding

University and Year of graduation:

Monash University (Australia) 2013

Clinical background:

Orthopedic and Neurological Outpatient Rehabilitation

Research interest:

The assessment and measurement of hypermobility in Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Why you chose this Ed.D program:

I was motivated by the innovative collaboration between Teachers College and CUIMC which offers the ideal environment to accomplish clinically relevant research at the intersection of physical therapy and education.


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Jennifer Jezequel

University and Year of graduation:

Columbia University, Programs in Physical Therapy (2008)

Clinical background:

I am a Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist with shared clinical roles in the gait analysis laboratory and pediatric outpatient rehabilitation in a specialized hospital setting. My primary focus is in the care of individuals with cerebral palsy.

Research Interest:

My current research interests are related to the assessment of selective voluntary motor control in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy.

Why you chose this Ed.D program:

I selected this EdD program in pursuit of rigorous academic training offered as a part-time program with an in-person learning environment.


 Johnathan Jezequel

University and Year of graduation:

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (2008)

Clinical background:

I am a double Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedics and Sports and have spent my career in private outpatient practices. I believe deeply in patient education and empowerment and a focus of quality over quantity.

Research Interest:

My research interests are in motor control and lower limb tendinopathies.

Why you chose this Ed.D program:

The Doctor of Education in Movement Science at Teachers College and Columbia University Medical Center, is above and beyond other comparable programs, provides an in-person graduate program experience with just the right combination of academic rigor, research training, and clinical relavance.


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Genevieve Smith

University and Year of graduation:

Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University

Clinical background:

My clinical background is in outpatient orthopedics. I am a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. My clinical interests include vestibular dysfunction, concussion, running injuries, and athletic injury prevention and management.

Research interest:

My research interest include the management of sports-related concussion and athletic injury prevention.

Why you chose this Ed.D program:

I chose this EdD program because of the unique collaboration between Teachers College and Physical Therapy Department on the Medical Campus, the supportive faculty, and the opportunity to begin our research projects on day 1.


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Lisa H. Yoon PT, DPT

University and Year of graduation:

Columbia University, MS

Utica College, tDPT

Clinical background:

I am a Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist with over 25 years of experience with infants, and children in the home, school and outpatient settings.

Research interest:

My research interest is in using ultrasound to understand strength and function deficits in children and adults with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Why you chose this Ed.D program:

I chose this EdD program for its rigor in training independent researchers, and for its well-known faculty.


Internationally Recognized Faculty

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Debra Clayton Krasinski, PT, MS, Ph.D. Assistant Dean, Associate Professor and Director, Programs in Physical Therapy and Vice Chair of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy).

Ashwini K. Rao OTR, Ed.D., OTR, FAOTA. Director of Ed.D. (PT) Program. Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy) in the G.H. Sergievsky Center 

Jacqueline Montes, PT, Ed.D, NCS. Associate Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy) in Neurology

Margaret O’Neil, PT, PhD, MPH. Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy) 

Teachers College - Columbia University

Lori Quinn PT, Ed.D. Associate Professor of Movement Sciences and Education

Carol Ewing Garber, Ph.D. Professor of Movement Sciences and Education

Andrew M. Gordon, Pd.D. Professor of Movement Sciences and Education


For further information, please contact:

Ashwin K. Rao, EdD, OTR, FAOTA

Ashwin K. Rao, EdD, OTR, FAOTA
Director, Doctor of Education in Movement Science (Physical Therapy)

Ashwini K. Rao, Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine

Programs in Physical Therapy and GH Sergievsky Center

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

617 West 168th Street, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10032

Phone: (212) 305-1647

Email: akr7@cumc.columbia.edu