Donna J. Cech, PT, DHS, PCS

Professor and Program Director

Midwestern University
College of Health Sciences
Physical TherapyProgram
Alumni Hall, Suite #340
555 31st St.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Office: (630) 515-7221


Doctor of Health Science Physical Therapy University of Indianapolis 2008
Master of Science Physical Therapy Rosalind Franklin University 1992
Bachelor of Science Physical Therapy University of Wisconsin 1974


Primary research agenda includes:           

Physical therapy management of children with neurologic dysfunction, with special focus on standardized outcome assessment measures     

Life span human development - with special interest in development of skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiac and pulmonary system as it impacts human function

Curricular development and assessment

Global health

Research Projects:

Project I: Assessment of physical therapy practice and physical therapy profession development in Ecuador

Project II: Utilization of the Dynamic Gait Index (DGI) in Children - development of age norms and relationship between development of the vision, proprioceptive and vestibular systems and performance on the DGI

Project III:  Community Case Report on effectiveness of Community based Rehabilitation project to improve access to health care, education, employment, and community inclusion for individuals with disabilities in Ecuador.

Selected Publications:

Cech D.J.. "Case Study: Cerebral Palsy". In Effgen S (Ed), Meeting the Physical Therapy Needs of Children, 2nd edition. Philadelphia, PA: FA Davis., 2013  

Cech DJ. Prevention of osteoporosis: from infancy through older adulthood. Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal, 30:6-12.  Cech DJ, Martin S. Functional Movement Development Across the Life Span, 3rd Edition. St. Louis: Elsevier, 2012             

Rahlin M, Cech D, Rheault W, Stoecker J. Use of Music during Physical Therapy Intervention for an infant with Erb's palsy: A single subject design.  Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 2007; 23(2):105-117  Rahlin M, Rheault W, Cech D. Evaluation of the Primary Subtests of the toddler and Infant Motor Evaluation:  Implications for Clinical Practice in Pediatric Physical Therapy. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 2003:15:176-183.    

Commentary on "Investigation of the Dynamic Gait Index in children: a pilot study".
Cech DJ, Rosati Skertich CM.Pediatr Phys Ther. 2011 Fall;23(3):274.

Commentary on Motor proficiency in children with neurofibromatosis type 1.
Biedry NL, Cech DJ.Pediatr Phys Ther. 2010 Winter;22(4):349. No abstract available.