Deborah K Anderson, PT, EdD, MS, PCS

Program Director and Associate Professor

Midwestern University
College of Health Sciences
Physical Therapy Program
Alumni Hall 320I
555 31st St.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Office: (630) 515-7281


B.S. Physical Therapy UHS/Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL 1986
M.S. Physical Therapy UHS/Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL 1991
Ed.D. Adult and Higher Ed. Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL 2015


My research agenda has three branches, all of which have current projects: professionalism in PT education/clinical education, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and pediatric physical therapy,


Anderson,  D. K. , Furze,  J., Moore,  J. G. (2018). Moving toward excellence in pediatric physical therapy education: a scoping review. Pediatric Physical Therapy, accepted
for publication

Bradley, K., Schumacher, C., Borchert, J., Kliethermes, M. A., & Anderson, D. K. (2018).  The Validity and Reliability of a Tool for Assessing Ambulatory Care Pharmacist Practice (TAAPP). American Journal of
Health-System Pharmacy
, accepted for publication.

Anderson DA. (2018). Adult Use of Clickers & Personal Response Systems. In CA McCollough (Ed.) STEM The Pedagogy of Promise. (pp. 79-87). Stuyvesant Falls, NY: Rapid Intellect Group.

Anderson, D. K. & Hall, K. D. (2018). Reliability, internal consistency, and minimal detectable change of the APTA Professionalism in Physical therapy: Core Values Self-Assessment. JOPTE, 32(2): 145-150.

Cech, D., Krzak, J., & Anderson, D. (2017). Linking the Essential Core Competencies to Pediatric Content in an Entry-Level Physical Therapy Education Curriculum: A Case Report. JOPTE, 31(4): 89-94. 

Anderson, D. K. (2017). Adult use of clickers & personal response systems. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 21(2): 56-64.

Kenyon, L., Anderson, D. K., & Frost, J. G. (2017). A Survey of Pediatric Clinical Education in DPT Professional Education. JOPTE, 31(3): 105-113.

Noronha S, Anderson DK, Lee M, Krumdick ND, Irwin KE, Burton-Hess J, Ciancio M, Wallingford M, & Workman GM. (2016) Professionalism in Physician Assistant, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Clinical Psychology and Biomedical Sciences Students. Journal of Allied Health, 45(1): 71-78.

Kenyon, L., Martin, K., Birkmeier, M., & Anderson, D. (2015). Innovation in Pediatric Clinical Education.  Pediatric Physical Therapy, 27:178-186

Anderson, D. (2015). ARS Technology: Impact on Adult Learning. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 19(4), 129-136.

Anderson, D. (2015). Catherine: Early intervention.  In S. Cahill & P. Bowyer (Eds.). Cases in Pediatric Occupational Therapy: Assessment and Intervention. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc.

Anderson, D., & Burns, S. (2013). One minute assessment: Student perception of learning gains. College Student Journal, 47(1), 219-225.  

Anderson, D. & Irwin, K. (2013). Self-assessment of professionalism in physical therapy education. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, & Rehabilitation, 44, 275-281.

Anderson, D. (2013) Case study: Developmental Coordination Disorder in S.K. Effgen, Editor, Meeting the Physical Therapy Needs of Children-2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.

Anderson, D. (2011). Adult learning with audience response systems. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 15(3), 30-36.