Laurie Ray, MPT, PhD

Laurie Ray, MPT, PhD

Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Allied Health Sciences
3005 Bondurant Hall, CB# 7135
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7135
OFFICE: (919)636-1827 FAX: (919)966-3678

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Research Background & Interests

Related services under IDEA legislation, providing services in the least restrictive environment, embedded therapy

Reverse inclusion, service delivery for students with multiple or severe disabilities (especially high school students)

Transition out of school and into the community

Translational/action research for school based physical therapy

Appropriate workload for school-based physical therapists and therapist assistants; Retention of school-based practitioners

Appropriate cost recovery for school-based services


Current Research



PhD, The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2011, Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation

MPT, The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1999, Physical Therapy

BA, The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1990, Interdisciplinary Studies



PHYT 880, Child and Family Assessment and Intervention

Lectures for UNC-Chapel Hill, WCU, ECU, Elon University, Winston-Salem State University


Selected Publications


Professional Societies

American Physical Therapy Association

National Alliance for Medicaid and Education

Council on Exceptional Children



Thorpe/Mitchell Diversity Leadership Faculty Award, 2009