LauraSwisher

Laura Swisher, PT, MDiv, Ph.D.

Professor, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences

Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences

Professor, School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of South Florida

Contact Info School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC 77
Tampa, 33612

Academic Email: lswisher@health.usf.edu

Academic Phone: (813) 974-6203

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Education

  • PHD, Public Administration, Tennessee State University, 1998
  • PT, Tennessee State University, 1986
  • MDIV, Andover Newton Theological School, 1978
  • BA, Religion Studies, Wilson College, 1973

Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (Professional Service, 2003 - Present)

Positions Held

  • Associate Professor, Coordinator of Professional (School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of South Florida 2013 - 2006)
  • Associate Professor, Coordinator of Professional E (School of Physical Therapy, University of South Florida 2005 - 2006)
  • Assistant Professor (School of Physical Therapy, University of South Florida 1998 - 2005)
  • Clinical Specialist for Research / Coordinator (Department of Rehabilitation Services, Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1996 - 1998)
  • Department Head (Department of Physical Therapy, Tennessee State University 1993 - 1996)
  • Acting Department Head (Department of Physical Therapy, Tennessee State University 1993 - 1993)
  • Center Coordinator for Clinical Education (Department of Rehabilitation Services, Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1991 - 1993)
  • Staff Physical Therapist (Department of Rehabilitation Services, Vanderbilt University Medical Center 1986 - 1991)
  • Resident House Manager (YWCA, Domestic Violence Program 1981 - 1985)
  • Associate Director of Field Education (-, Vanderbilt Divinity School 1980 - 1981)
  • Interim Program Director (-, Forest Hills United Methodist Church 1980 - 1980)
  • Director of Student Services and Religious Life (-, Wilson College 1978 - 1979)
  • Student Hospital Chaplain (Deaconess Hospital (St. Louis), Memphis Institute of Medicine and Religion 1976 - 1977)
  • Accounting Clerk (-, New England Life Insurance Company 1973 - 1974)

Awards/Honors

  • Distinguished Educator Award (APTA Education Section - 2013)
  • Outstanding Teaching A (Morsani College of Medicine - 2012)
  • Outstanding Teaching Award (Morsani College of Medicine - 2011)
  • Student Choice Award (USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences - 2010)
  • President’s Service Award (Florida Physical Therapy Association - 2009)
  • Lucy Blair Service Award (APTA - 2008)