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Debora L. Miller, PT, MBA, FACHE, FAPTA is Professor Emerita in the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS).  Prior to retirement, she served as Vice Dean for SHRS for 7 years, as Vice Chair of the PT department for 13 years and as Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives. As Vice Dean, Miller was responsible for several key initiatives, including but not limited to: strategic planning, online learning, teaching and academic excellence, and facilities master planning. 

Miller has nearly 20 years of experience in rehabilitation and healthcare leadership across the continuum of care, in leadership development, and in healthcare ethics and compliance program development and oversight in integrated healthcare systems. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience including the undergraduate Rehabilitation Science program, Master of Science program and most extensively in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in content areas related health policy, compliance and regulations, business ethics and risk management, leadership development, practice management, quality and process improvement, and current issues in healthcare. Her passion in teaching, scholarship and service is leadership development, mentoring and supporting others in their professional development journeys.

Miller served on several SHRS, University and Board of Trustees committees as well as the Faculty Assembly and Senate Council.  She served the American Physical Therapy Association in leadership roles at all levels; was faculty for the LAMP Institute for Leadership for 13 years; served on the Board of the Health Policy and Administration Section of the APTA for 4 years; was a member of the APTA Leadership Development Committee for two years; and earned the status of Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA (FAPTA). She was also awarded Fellow status (FACHE) with the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

She earned her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in physical therapy degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.


Department of Physical Therapy