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Deborah Givens, PT, DPT, PhD

Division Director and Professor

Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Allied Health Sciences
3032 Bondurant Hall, CB# 7135
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7135
Office: (919)843-8660 Fax: (919)966-3678

email Dr. Givens
please address DPT admissions questions to: dptadmissions@unc.edu

Education

  • PhD, Exercise Science, The University of Iowa, 1997
  • DPT, MGH Institute of Health Professions, 2005
  • MS, Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions, 1990
  • BS, Physical Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982

Research Interests

  • Corticomotor excitability and knee osteoarthritis
  • Low back pain interventions, motor control, and prognostic factors

Recent Funding

  • Modifying Corticomotor Excitability in the Rehabilitation of Knee Osteoarthritis
    NC TraCS Translational Research Matched Pilot Grant Program
    10/2016-9/2017

Teaching

  • PHYT 724 – Functional Assessment and Outcome Measures in Physical Therapy
  • PHYT 820 – Advanced Patient Management I
  • PHTY 751 – Evidence-based Practice 1
  • Residency Modules in Evidence-based Practice to Orthopedics and Neurology and Neonatal Fellow

Professional Societies

  • American  Physical Therapy Association
    • Academy memberships: Orthopaedics, Research, Education
  • APTA North Carolina
  • American Council of Academic Physical Therapy
    • Consortium Membership: Research Intensive Programs in Physical Therapy (RIPPT)
    • Currently the Chair of RIPPT

Editorial Boards

  • International Editorial Review Board, Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy

Honors

  • Penny Kroll Visiting Speaker, Marshall University School of Physical Therapy, June 2020
  • Bette Ann Harris ’83 Distinguished Alumni Award, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA, 2009
  • Faculty Service Award, School of Allied Medical Professions, The Ohio State University, 2003
  • Faculty Teaching Award, School of Allied Medical Professions, The Ohio State University, 2003
  • Faculty Research Award, School of Allied Medical Professions, The Ohio State University, 2002

Publications

  • Please see this PubMed Link for a list of peer review publications