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Debra Stern, PT, DPT, MSM, DBA, CLT, CEEAA

Debra Stern
Director of Clinical Education, Physical Therapy - Ft. Lauderdale
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy - Ft. Lauderdale
(954) 262-1268


DBA in Business Administration with Healthcare Administration Specialty in 2003

Doctor of Physical Therapy at A.T. Still University – Mesa, Arizona in 2011

Master of Science in Management at Rollins College – Winter Park, FL

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at State University of NY at Buffalo – Buffalo, NY


APTA Certified Exercise Expert in Aging 2011

Certified Lymphedema Therapist

Manual certification from both the Ola Grimsby Institute and James Cyriax

APTA’s Clinical Instructional Education and Credentialing Program in 2008; credentialed Clinical Instructor.


Dr. Stern is the former program DCE and is currently a member of the Clinical Education team.  She teaches in

The Gerontology course, Intro to Physical Therapy and Clinical Skills for skills assessment. She is 

Actively engaged in managing the Service Learning component of the program.

Additionally, Dr. Stern co-teaches in Health Policy in the PhDPT program and healthcare management in public health.

Scholarly Activities and Research

Dr. Stern has co-authored 2 textbooks: Effective Documentation for Physical Therapy Professionals, Ed 1 and 2, and

Clinical Education in Physical Therapy.  She has also contributed to several textbooks. Her third edition textbook on documentation

Is scheduled for publication in early 2021.

Dr. Stern’s research interests are clinical education and geriatrics.  She has multiple publications in

peer reviewed journals and has presented at state, national and international conferences.

As the physical therapy member on the NSU Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program HRSA grant, she is responsible for

Training medical professionals in fall prevention for which outcomes are being tracked.


Dr. Stern serves on the Interprofessional Balance and Falls Clinic as a faculty supervisor and as a faculty mentor

in the Interprofessional Diabetes Education and Awareness initiative for the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Healthcare Sciences.

She is also a Special Olympics Clinical Director for the FunFitness program.

Areas of Practice

Dr. Stern supervises students in clinical education experiences and in an interprofessional diabetes clinic with optometry. 

Her practice experience is primarily with geriatrics.

Professional Activity

Dr. Stern is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) and the

SE District of the Florida Physical Therapy Association.  In September 2019, she completed her 10 year tenure on the FPTA Continuing

Education Committee. She belongs to multiple special interest groups of the APTA and FPTA including geriatrics, education, health policy and

administration and the Florida Consortium of Clinical Educators.

Dr. Stern also served as a committee member for the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) to investigate Integrated

Clinical Education with a resulting Publication in 2019.


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