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Deborah Givens, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA

Division Director and Professor

Dr. Margaret Lee Moore Distinguished Professor in Physical Therapy
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

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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

  • Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association, May 2021
  • 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
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