Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Susan Wainwright, PhD

Susan Wainwright PT, PhD

Chair, Department of Physical Therapy

Dr. Susan Wainwright is the Chair of Physical Therapy in the Jefferson College of Health Professions (JCHP). Dr. Wainwright is nationally recognized researcher and leader in physical therapy. She works in collaboration with clinical staff at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to advance physical therapist education and practice. Current initiatives include development of post-professional clinical residencies and development of a community-based pro bono physical therapy clinic to serve the needs of the uninsured and underinsured community of South Philadelphia in collaboration with Methodist Hospital.  As a qualitative researcher, Dr. Wainwright has published and presented on the development of expertise, clinical reasoning, professionalism and ethics in physical therapy. She has been instrumental in building the scholarship of teaching and learning within JCHP. She is involved in professional service at state and notional levels, including Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Physical Therapy Education and a Board Member of the Qualitative Research SIG within the Research Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.