Kathryn E Roach


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Kathryn E. Roach holds a primary appointment in the Department of Physical Therapy and a secondary appointment in DPHS. She holds the rank of Professor and is Vice Chair for Research and acting Vice Chair for Ph.D. studies in the Department of Physical Therapy. Dr. Roach received a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois, an MHS in Physical Therapy from Washington University, St. Louis and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Chicago in Public Health-Epidemiology. She worked as a physical therapist in a variety of clinical settings prior to joining the faculty at UM.

Dr. Roach has mentored 15 Ph.D. students and she teaches courses in the UM DPT, Ph.D. and Clinical Residency programs.  She has published widely on physical therapy interventions in a variety of clinical populations including cognitive impairment and spinal cord injury. She has also published extensively on the development and testing of clinical outcome measures including the ACIF, SPADI, FFI, AMP, CHAMP and the APTA Physical Therapy Student Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI). She has a decade-long collaboration with Miami-Dade County schools in evaluating programs designed to improve student physical fitness. She has received research funding from the Foundation for Physical Therapy, the State of Florida, South Florida Veterans Affairs Foundation for Research and Education, DOD, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the Department of Education, CDC and NIH.

Dr. Roach’s current research interests include validation of a new, instrumented measure of muscle function and examining factors influencing the outcomes of physical therapy clinical residency programs.