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Mary Blackinton, PT, EdD, GCS, CEEAA

Mary Blackinton
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy - Tampa
(813) 574-5311


  • BS in physical therapy from University of Maryland – Baltimore (1983)
  • MS in Gerontology from Nova University
  • 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 also 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 2013 Educational Leadership Institute (ELI) fellow.


Guest Lectures: Professional Issues in Physical Therapy, Clinical Skills I, Clinical Skills II,


  • Courses: PHTT 6816: Motor Control Across the Lifespan; PHTT 6822; PHTT 6930 Wrap Up and Review; and guest lectures for PNF and Unit 2 in PHTT 6830 Neuromuscular Systems I.

Dr. Blackinton is one of the charter faculty members 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 neurorehabilitation interventions. She is a strong advocate for active instructional strategies including the use of patient case scenarios, role-playing, motor learning journal assignments, clinical reasoning, and Neuro Bootcamp. She is the past director of the Transition DPT Program at NSU. As the Associate Director of the H-DPT Program at NSU-Tampa, she oversees a team of 8 faculty and 2 support staff who deliver physical therapist education using innovative hybrid instructional strategies.

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 ( and co-investigator of 3 grants:

“Can In-Patient Simulation Labs Prepare Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Students for In-Patient Environments? “

“Where does the time go? A work sampling study comparing faculty activities in traditional and hybrid DPT Programs.”

“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), an article in Physiotherapy Canada entitled Applying Motor Control Theory to Physical Therapy Practice: A Case Report, and a 2016 article in the International Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation entitled, “Identification of Balance Deficits in People with Parkinson Disease; is the Sensory Organization Test Enough?”Currently she is a reviewer for the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, the Journal of Physical Therapy Education, and for the McMaster Online Rating of Evidence (MORE) system.

Areas of Practice

Dr. Blackinton is 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. She currently provides pro-bono PT services at the Judeo Christian Clinic in Tampa, Florida.

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 the current Chair of the Program Committee for the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), and a 2013 fellow of the APTA's Education Leadership Institute. Dr. Blackinton was asked to represent the value of Academic Excellence at NSU's 2012 Team 2020 event. She was a final nominee for Administrator of the Year for the 2013 and 2015 Student Lifetime Achievement Awards at NSU.

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