American Physical Therapy Association, Certified Clinical Instructor
PHTT 6700 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice
PHTT 6802 Application of Evidence-Based Practice
PHTT 6920 Applied Clinical Decision Making
PHTT 6821 Musculoskeletal III (content on ergonomics)
PHTT 6904 Capstone
Instructs additional course content in other D.P.T. courses.
Kathleen Rockefeller, P.T., Sc.D., M.P.H. is the lead faculty for evidence-based practice content in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)program; she strives to make research and evidence-based practice interesting and meaningful for students. Rockefeller provides instruction in content on occupational health physical therapy, including ergonomics, in addition to content on safe patient handling and mobility. She also provides advisement for Ph.D. students at Nova Southeastern University and elsewhere.
Rockefeller is the Coordinator of the Faculty Residency Program, which is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). The mission of the program is to develop well-prepared, competent faculty by providing a supportive mentored environment that fosters excellence in teaching, service, scholarship, and governance in academia. She provides management support for the program, as well as instruction in didactic courses, and serves as a mentor to individual residents.
Rockefeller‘s scholarly interests focus on a variety of topics, including work-related musculoskeletal disorders in health care professionals and the prevention of these disorders by the implementation of ergonomic best practices. She is also interested in studying the integration of evidence-based practice in professional curriculum and how faculty spend their time in job-related tasks and activities. Currently, Rockefeller is a reviewer for Physical Therapy, the International Journal of Safe Patient Handling & Mobility, Applied Ergonomics, and the Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia’s grant program.
Rockefeller practiced in the areas of orthopedic and sports physical therapy, including five years at the University of Washington Sports Medicine Clinic. She managed efforts related to safety and ergonomics for a large telecommunications company while completing her Master of Public Health degree. She has taken numerous continuing education courses in a variety of subject areas. Rockefeller has expertise in workplace ergonomics, work-related musculoskeletal disorders, safe patient handling and mobility practices, and evidence-based practice in physical therapy.
Rockefeller has been an APTA member throughout her entire career. She is a member of the Acute Care, Education, Health Policy & Administration, Research, and Orthopaedic Sections. She has also served as both the vice-president and the research chair of the Occupational Health Special Interest Group (OHSIG in the Orthopaedic Section). Rockefeller has represented the SIG in international efforts in the area of occupational and health physical therapy. She has served on the Research Committee of the Academy of Physical Therapy Education, most recently as chair. Rockefeller is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal for Safe Patient Handling & Movement. She has been active in national and international efforts to promote safe patient handling and movement practices for therapists and has given numerous presentations on these topics