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Andrea Hergenroeder is the director of the Pre-Health Resource Center and an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. She is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy with 25 years of experience as a physical therapy clinician, manager, and educator. Her clinical background includes extensive experience with patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary dysfunction across the healthcare continuum in international, national, and regional sites. Previously, Hergenroeder worked for UPMC Centers for Rehab Services, where she held several leadership roles, including Director of Physical Therapy and Coordinator of Clinical Education and Professional Development. She has a passion for teaching and for the past 15 years has taught courses in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy, health and wellness, and the management of medically complex patients in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Her areas of teaching expertise include the use of simulation, educational technology, and experiential learning activities to support student learning. Hergenroeder's research focuses on physical activity and sedentary behavior interventions to improve physical function and reduce risk of non-communicable diseases.

Hergenroeder is the recipient of the Innovation in Teaching Award from the University of Pittsburgh, the American Physical Therapy Association Academy of Acute Care Educator Award, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehab Sciences Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award.



Department of Physical Therapy


Doctor of Physical Therapy Residential and Hybrid Program


  • Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award

Representative Publications

Research Interests

  • Exercise, physical activity, and sedentary behavior
  • Behavioral lifestyle interventions
  • Health promotion in physical therapy practice

Ongoing Projects:

  • Lung Transplant Go: Improving Self-Management of Exercise after Lung Transplantation
  • Describing Biomechanics and Clinical Presentation of Movement in Adults with Different Levels of Physical Activity Engagement