Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Smita Rao, PT, PhD, is a clinician-scientist, who trained as a physical therapist and earned a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) and Master of Science (Orthopedic Physiotherapy) at the University of Mumbai, India. She obtained her academic doctorate at the University of Iowa in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. Her dissertation examined foot and ankle changes in patients with diabetes. She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship funded by the Arthritis Foundation, with Drs Deborah Nawoczenski, PT, PhD and Judith Baumhauer, MD. Her research agenda focuses on improving physical therapy and rehabilitation care in individuals with musculoskeletal conditions such as diabetes and osteoarthritis. Specifically, her research agenda seeks to: 1) Identify impairments contributing to patients’ symptoms, 2) Develop and implement interventions that target specific impairments.