Physical Therapy Faculty

Jane Katz, EdD, PhD, MA

Email: jkatz@jjay.cuny.edu

Dr. Jane Katz earned her bachelor's degree in physical education at the City College of New York, a Masters in Education Administration from New York University and both a Master's degree in Therapeutic Recreation for Aging and her Doctor of Education degree in Gerontology from Columbia University. Since 1964, she has taught thousands of students at the City University of New York about the benefits of water fitness. Dr. Katz is currently a professor in the Department of Physical Education and Athletics at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she teaches fitness and swimming to New York City's police and firefighters. Dr. Katz has received numerous prestigious honors for her work as an educator, aquatics innovator and author including the Townsend Harris Academic Medal from CCNY; the Federation Internationale de Natation Amateur (FINA) Certificate of Merit in honor of her "dedication and contribution to the development" of the sport of swimming; and the New York City PSAL's National Girls and Women in Sports Day Award. She has also been recognized as the City University of New York's Women's Swimming Coach of the Year, and has received multiple Outstanding Teacher Awards. As a member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic Synchronized Swimming Performance Team in Tokyo, Dr. Katz helped pioneer the acceptance of Synchronized Swimming as an Olympic Event. Her achievements as a Masters competitive, long-distance, synchronized, and fin swimmer have earned her All-American, World Masters, and World Senior Games Championships. In addition to authoring highly regarded books such as Swimming for Total Fitness and Your Water Workout, Dr. Katz is on the Advisory Board of Aquatics International magazine, is a member of USA Swimming's Education Committee, and since 1981, has been a consultant to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.