New Physical Therapy Program Director

Mary Baldwin University recently named Dr. Catherine Turner the new director of its graduate physical therapy program. 

“I’m really excited at the opportunity to work in an environment that is designed to develop healthcare providers who are skilled in interprofessional practice,” said Turner. “Overall, I’m looking forward to working with the entire team, and learning how I can best contribute to the mission of the university.”

Turner will begin her role at MBU’s Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences on January 23.

Turner spent the past 11 years working as an associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where she also served as the department’s academic review chair, and co-directed the College of Fine Arts Clinic for Health and Injury Prevention. 

She earned multiple degrees, including two doctorates — one in curriculum and instruction, the other in physical therapy — and a bachelor’s of science in kinesiology. Turner is certified as an orthopedic specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists, has worked in a variety of clinical settings, published numerous scientific papers, and given dozens of presentations for universities and healthcare organizations. 

College of Health Sciences retiring dean, Lisa Shoaf, points to Turner’s expertise around interdisciplinary research and partnerships as a major asset — one that will be vastly beneficial, given MBU’s focus on interdisciplinary learning. 

For instance, while at UNLV, Turner spearheaded an effort to provide pro bono clinical services like screenings for dancers in the university’s fine arts department. The program was later expanded to include other performers, athletes, and community members.  

Turner says she’s excited by the potential of developing similar partnerships at MBU. 

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