Kathleen Curtis, PhD, PT
Dr. Kathleen Curtis is a professor in the Physical Therapy Department at California State University, Fresno, where she teaches courses in research methods, professional development, health services administration, health behavior, and patient-practitioner communication. In addition to her responsibilities at California State University, Fresno, she is also an educational consultant with Health Directions, her own consulting firm. Dr. Curtis received her bachelor of science in physical therapy at Northeastern University. She received her master’s degree in health science from San Jose State University and received her doctorate in education at University of California, Los Angeles.
Her background includes a wide variety of experiences in clinical practice, staff development and supervision, clinical research, and clinical and academic teaching. Her interests include methods to enhance career development and longevity of professionals in the rehabilitation fields. She administers an annual outcomes assessment in the Physical Therapy Department at California State University, Fresno. She coauthored and currently serves on the advisory board of California State University, Fresno’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Interprofessional Collaboration, the first post-baccalaureate program of its kind in the country.
She has published extensively in rehabilitation literature and serves as a manuscript reviewer for several journals. She was recently awarded the California Physical Therapist Faculty Research Award for her study on helping behavior in physical therapists.
She has been teaching clinical education and career development workshops for the past 14 years and has trained more than 3500 clinical instructors and coordinators in the United States and Canada. In addition to teaching workshops, she published a six-module volume, Training Programs for Clinical Instructors, which is currently in use in more than 500 hospitals, colleges, and universities across the United States and Canada.