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February 19, 2024

The University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) will begin offering a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) program, the first at a research-intensive public university in the United States and the only one in Pennsylvania, Anthony Delitto, dean of SHRS, announced Monday, February 19, 2024.

February 13, 2024


Happy Black History Month! I am always excited to acknowledge and commemorate the heritage, culture and accomplishments of past, present and future Black changemakers within SHRS and beyond. SHRS and the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement consistently strive to establish an environment where you can authentically be yourself and have the space and tools necessary to grow personally and professionally.

February 12, 2024

The ability to change comes naturally to Counseling alumna Katlyn Kohne (MS ’16). Her career has taken her from mental health counseling at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, where she worked with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, to rehabilitation counseling at the Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, helping teens and young adults with disabilities pursue their goals of employment and independence.  

February 9, 2024

The verdict is in on CORRT. And it’s no surprise. After more than 16 years, the Comprehensive Opportunities in Rehabilitation Research Training (CORRT) initiative is widely recognized as one of the most successful research career development programs for physical and occupational therapy scientists ever. 

February 9, 2024

My name is Brittany Platt and I have a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Pitt Greensburg. I am from Glenshaw just north of Pittsburgh. I decided to complete Pitt’s Master of Rehabilitation Technology (MRT) program because I’ve had epilepsy since I was 8 years old and multiple surgeries to remove a part of my left temporal lobe. The final surgery resulted in a brain infection that required me to be in rehab for over 20 days during my senior year of college. I enrolled in the MRT program to help other people who have disabilities live their best lives possible.  

February 8, 2024

While many students may feel that graduate school is required to find a fulfilling career with a Communication Science undergraduate degree, alumna April Klein has proven otherwise. 

February 1, 2024

As a full-time assistant professor at Slippery Rock University’s PA Program and a physician assistant at Heritage Valley Beaver in Surgery/Wound Care, I knew moving forward and getting my doctoral degree was the appropriate next step in my academic career. I am always looking for ways to improve my knowledge and the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences’ Doctor of PA Studies (DPAS) program is a vital part of this journey. 

January 31, 2024

Prosthetists by their nature—and profession— are dedicated to helping people overcome physical challenges. But now students in the Prosthetics & Orthotics (P&O) program are learning how their industry is expanding to help man’s best friend put their best paw forward.

January 29, 2024

Hear from our students on why they chose the one year, online doctoral program in PA Studies at Pitt!

January 29, 2024

As Co-Director of the Smart Home Tech Division of Pitt's Healthy Home Lab, Health Informatics Assistant Professor Yong Choi is doing real-world research on how smart technologies can provide health and wellness solutions to older adults.

January 25, 2024

The Doctor of Physician Assistant Studies (DPAS) program is only one year old, but it is already making its mark. This fully online program designed for working professionals helps students develop the skills they need to be at the leading edge of their profession. 


January 19, 2024

When Professor Paul Arciero arrived at SHRS’ Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition (SMN) in Aug., he was already a renowned nutrition and applied physiology scientist, keynote speaker and author. His academic credentials include more than 70 peer reviewed journal articles that primarily focus on two distinctive research paths—neuro-cognition and improved health and performance through nutrition and exercise. Arciero is excited about continuing these studies at Pitt, expanding his work even further.

January 19, 2024

B.J. Vascik is an orthopedic physician assistant with the Department of Veterans Affairs, VISN-4 Western Market V-Consult. He provides care at the Washington and Butler, PA, and Belmont, OH, clinics and also provides telehealth assessments for the Pittsburgh VA. Vascik graduated from Pitt’s online Doctor of PA Studies (DPAS) program in spring 2023. Here, he shares how the program has helped him elevate his health care management and research skills to improve his and his colleagues’ place of practice. 

January 18, 2024

Becoming a part of the University of Pittsburgh Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program has given me the support and fellowship of belonging to a group as well as the visibility of being seen as an individual. As a Pitt OTD student, I have discovered many ways to take ownership of and personalize my educational experience.

January 18, 2024

Students in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders are broadcasting a podcast to bridge the clinical-research divide. There are two series designed to educate clinicians and trainees by unpacking research, and to introduce listeners to the amazing stories of the lived communication experience.

January 17, 2024

Professor Catherine Palmer is the new chair of the Communication Science and Disorders (CSD) Department at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS), effective February 1, 2024. Palmer, currently serving as interim chair, is also professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology and director of Audiology for the UPMC Integrated Health System. Palmer joined the university in 1990 and expanded her role as director of Audiology at UPMC in 1998. Since then, she has been a critical contributor to tremendous growth in both the CSD Department at Pitt and the Audiology service line at UPMC.

January 5, 2024

Janet Freburger, professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh, will serve as the principal investigator of the Research Data and Analysis Core (RDAC) of the Learning Health systems training to improve Disability and chronic condition care (LeaHD) Center. Other SHRS researchers include Assistant Professor Christine McDonough from the Department of Physical Therapy and Professor Elizabeth Skidmore from the Department of Occupational Therapy.

December 19, 2023

One day I was looking through the bachelor’s degrees offered at Pitt when one stuck out to me – the Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics (HI). The more I learned about the program in the Department of Health Information Management, the more excited I got! The combination of health care and technology just seemed so interesting to me, and made me feel hopeful about my studies and future career again.

December 14, 2023

At the American Physical Therapy Association Pennsylvania chapter (APTA PA) conference in October, Carolina Marrero Rodriguez (DPT ’23) received the Student Leadership Award for her numerous contributions to both the local chapter and the national American Physical Therapy Association. Her tremendous drive to help others by serving in leadership roles has given her invaluable experience and made impactful contributions to colleagues and patients alike.

December 14, 2023

The Catherine Worthingham Fellow Award (FAPTA) is the highest award that one can achieve in the physical therapy profession. It is bestowed on a physical therapist whose leadership, influence and achievements demonstrate frequent and sustained efforts to advance the profession. Since 1985, 26 of the named Fellows have been graduates or faculty from Pitt PT!

December 12, 2023

The Center for Interprofessional Studies (CIP) at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) supports students’ interprofessional education opportunities through collaborative and team-based care activities.

December 11, 2023

Third-year University of Pittsburgh Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Hybrid student Amanda Klein from Spokane, WA, completed her third of four clinical education experiences over the summer. Klein, a U.S. Air Force veteran, was awarded a special clinical education placement at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, MD, and has been sharing her insight with current and prospective students by writing this short blog series. In her final installment, Klein reflects on this invaluable experience and how it broadened her skillsets and influenced her career goals. 

December 4, 2023

The Ivan and Mary Novick Award for Young Alumni Leadership recognizes leaders who are recent graduates. Pitt Doctor of Occupational Therapy alumna Julia Lam (A&S '20, SHRS '20, '23G) received this distinguished award by making her mark as a leader in the community through Street Medicine at Pitt, an organization that brings health care and social support to those in need. 

December 1, 2023

You’re ready to apply to the Pitt Dietitian Nutritionist (DN) program – great! We’re here to help! Assistant Professor and Program Director Trisha Cousins is on the DN program admissions team and reviews each application. She has provided the tips here so you can submit a strong application.  

November 30, 2023

Meet some of our current Master of Science in Sports Medicine (SM) students and discover what made them choose Pitt for their degree and how their decision has impacted their professional development.