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M. Kathleen Kelly is associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Dr. Kelly brings over 35 years of clinical experience in pediatric physical therapy practice and is responsible for teaching and coordinating pediatric content in the DPT curriculum. Her clinical expertise in pediatrics focuses on the neurodevelopmental trajectory of high-risk infants and children with early brain injury. For the past 23 years, Dr. Kelly has been a core faculty member at LEND Center of Pittsburgh. The LEND program receives funding through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau with the goal of training the next generation of leaders in neurodevelopmental & related disabilities. In this role, Dr. Kelly has provided mentoring to well over 200 graduate students from across the university.

Dr. Kelly has over 16 years of experience in academic administration, program planning and curriculum development in the DPT program. She has extensive service to the university, school and department. Currently she is faculty representative to the Board of Trustees, is an appointed member on two committees in the Office of the Provost, and recently served on the search committee for the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences. Dr. Kelly holds membership in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) where she has served in leadership roles at the district, state and national levels.


Department of Physical Therapy


Doctor of Physical Therapy Residential and Hybrid Program
Doctor of Physical Therapy/Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering