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Physical Therapy Program
Nova Southeastern University
3632 Queen Palm Drive
Tampa, Florida 33619
(813) 574-5309

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Mary Blackinton PT, EdD, GCS, CEEAA

Mary Blackinton

Associate Professor; Associate Director, Hybrid Entry-level DPT Program-Tampa
(813) 574-5311


Dr. Blackinton obtained her BS in physical therapy from University of Maryland – Baltimore (1983); her MS in Gerontology from Nova University and her EdD in higher education (2001) with a specialization in health care education from Nova Southeastern University (NSU).  


Dr. Blackinton is board certified in Geriatric Physical Therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialization (ABPTS). She completed her training and certification as an exercise expert for aging adults (CEEAA) in December 2011. Dr. Blackinton also completed the APTA’s Clinical Instructional Education and Credentialing Program in January 2012 and is a credentialed Clinical Instructor. In July 2013, Dr. Blackinton completed a Fellowship in Educational Leadership through the APTA.


Guest Lectures: Clinical Skills I, Clinical Skills II, 


Dr. Blackinton is one of the charter faculty in the PT Department at NSU where she began her teaching career in August 1994. Her primary teaching responsibilities have been in the Neuromuscular Courses, with emphasis on instruction related to motor control/motor learning; tests/measures in neurological examination, and neurorehabiliation interventions.  She is a strong advocate for active learning strategies including the use of patient case scenarios, role-playing, motor learning journal assignments, clinical reasoning, and Neuro Bootcamp.  She is the past director and instructor in the Transition DPT Program at NSU.  As the Associate Director of the HE-DPT Program, she now teaches Motor Control across the Lifespan and Health Promotion, Wellness, and Prevention courses. 

Scholarly Activities and Interests

Dr. Blackinton’s educational research interests focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning. She is the co-chair of the Health Professions Educational Research Symposium (  Along with the HE-DPT faculty at NSU-Tampa, she is a co-investigator of a grant entitled:  “Where does the time go? A work sampling study comparing faculty activities in traditional and hybrid DPT Programs.” She was also a co-investigator for “A tale of 2 case methods: Investigating the student learning outcomes of two teaching strategies designed to enhance clinical reasoning.”  Dr. Blackinton’s clinical research interests include balance and fall prevention; and she was a co-investigator for a quality of life grant entitled “Balance Broward: An interdisciplinary fall risk identification and prevention program for older adults.” She has co-authored several publications including Bar Charts for Physical Therapists (Neuromuscular and Integumentary Areas), 2 chapters in an upcoming textbook entitled Neuromuscular Rehabilitation: A Patient-centered Approach from Examination to Interventions and Outcomes, as well as a recent article in Physiotherapy Canada entitled Applying Motor Control Theory to Physical Therapy Practice:  A Case Report. Currently she is a reviewer for the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy and for the McMaster Online Rating of Evidence (MORE) system.

Areas of Practice 

Dr. Blackinton was a founding member of the Interdisciplinary Balance and Fall Prevention Clinic at NSU-Ft. Lauderdale, an interdisciplinary team that assesses older adults who have fallen or who are at risk for falls. Her PT practice focuses on balance examination and treatment, geriatric rehabilitation, and neurologic rehabilitation. 

Professional Activity Summary

Dr. Blackinton has been an APTA member since 1983, and is a current member of the Education, Geriatric, and Neurologic sections.  She is a past chair of the FPTA Research Committee and an Education Leadership Institute fellow. She is currently a member of the editorial board for PTNow (media and community).  Dr. Blackinton was asked to represent the value of Academic Excellence at NSU’s 2012 Team 2020 event. She was also a final nominee for Administrator of the Year for the 2013 Student Lifetime Achievement Awards at NSU.