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Susan L. Whitney, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA

  • Professor, Departments of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Physical Therapy
  • Co-Director and Professor, Physical Therapy Post-Professional MS Program
  • Director, Vestibular Rehabilitation Program

Susan Whitney is particularly interested in clinically useful tools that can prognosticate or record change over time in persons with vestibular disorders plus the development of new interventions to improves people's lives who are living with inner ear problems.

    Education & Training

  • Temple University, BS in Physical Therapy, Cum Laude
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Education, Completed Requirements for Athletic Training Certification
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Health Related Professions, Master of Science Degree in Health Related Professions
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Education, PhD in Education (primary emphasis in Motor Development)
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions, Transitional DPT degree
Hallpike-Nylen Award, Barany Society, May 2022
University of Rhode Island Physical Therapy Department’s Distinguished Lecturer’s Award, March 2022
John Maley Lecture, awarded 2021. Given to one physical therapist by the American Physical Therapy Association
Presidents Award, International Neurologic Physiotherapy Assocation, a subgroup of World Physiotherapy, 2021
Academy of Neurology Vestibular SIG Best Poster award (1 st and 2nd prizes) 2020
Research Interests
  • Balance and dizziness in persons with vestibular disorders
  • Concussion, dizziness, and balance
  • The effect of personality on recovery