Jennifer Collins, PT, EdD, MPA

Faculty & Staff

Jennifer Collins, PT, EdD, MPA

DPT Program Director, Professor

Department Chair
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Dr. Collins has been the Chair of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at ADU since June, 2015. Following graduation from Russell Sage College/Albany College of Medicine (1978) with her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy, she practiced PT serving individuals with developmental disabilities, elders, and clients in home care. She earned her Master of Public Administration (Health emphasis) from The State University of New York:Brockport in 1989, and her Doctor of Education from the University of Rochester (2001) in Higher Education/Educational Leadership. In 1991, Dr. Collins began her career as a full time faculty member, with progressively increasing areas of responsibility at Ithaca College, University of Findlay, and Nazareth College. She has taught in many areas of physical therapist education, but most enjoys Professional Issues, Management, Global Health, and Psychosocial Consideration of Practice. She prefers research in which she can use qualitative methods, and has published and presented extensively in the areas of professional issues, wellness approaches for young adults with developmental disabilities, and global education. She is a trainer American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Credentialed Clinical Instructor Programs (CCIP and ACCIP), and serves on the APTA Work Group that governs these programs. Professional service has played a major role in her experience, including: past Vice President of the New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA), delegate to the House of Delegates, a manuscript reviewer for professional journals, and an on-site reviewer for Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapist Education (CAPTE).