Office: Building 5-C124
Deborah Lowe - PT, MS, MA, PhD
Department Chair and Director, Professor, Physical Therapy
PhD, University of Wisconsin Madison, Neuroscience
MS, Duke University Durham, Physical Therapy
MA, University of Texas Austin, Kinesiology
BS, Pepperdine University Malibu, Sports Medicine
Dr. Lowe joined the Department of Physical Therapy as the Director and Chair in 2004. Her academic training includes behavioral and basic sciences and clinical medicine. She is a strong proponent of integrative medicine and collaborative care for optimal health and wellness outcomes and has guided the development of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program to include these elements. She continues to expand the opportunities for integrative care with her current training in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Research interests: Integrative medicine in physical therapy education and practice
Courses taught in the program:
PT 410 Pathology Medical Sciences: General Systems
PT 412 Pathology/Pharmacology/Diagnostic Technology: Neurologic
PT 441 Integrative Seminar I
PT 442 Integrative Seminar II
PT 461 PT as Educator
PT 495A Research V: Research Development
PT 495B Research VI: Research Development
PT 495C Research VII: Capstone Project
Naam Yoga Therapies Training Level II – 75 hours; October, 2014 – March, 2014; Santa Monica, CA; Naam Yoga Association
Naam Yoga Therapies Training Level I – 200 hours; July 15th, 2012, Santa Monica, CA; Naam Yoga Association.
Harmonyum Level 1, Level 2 May 24-27, Level 3 October 25-28; 2012, Santa Monica, CA
Naamflexology: January 15th, 2018, Santa Monice, CA.
Lowe D., Gabard D. Physical Therapy Student Experiences with Ethical and Legal Violations during Clinical Rotations: Reporting and Barriers to Reporting. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 28(3):98-111; 2014.
Gabard D., Lowe D., Duesinger S., Selzner D., Crandall S. Analysis of Empathy in Doctor of Physical Therapy Students: A Multi-site Study. Journal of Allied Health. 42(1):10-16; Spring 2013.
Anderson D, English E, Varee K, Diaz D. Lowe D. Reliability and validity of an iPhone® inclinometer as compared to a universal goniometer as a tool for measuring joint motion of the shoulder in apparently healthy subjects. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice. 25(1):34-38; 2013.
Keeler J, Albrecht M, Eberhardt L, Horn L, Donnelly C, Lowe D. Diastasis Recti Abdominis: A Survey of Women’s Health Specialists for current Physical therapy clinical practice for postpartum women. Journal of Women’s Physical Therapy. 36(3):131-142; 2012.
C. Newsam, D. Lowe, B. Adibe. A standardized patient encounter to assess movement analysis skills in DPT students as part of the neuromuscular patient management curriculum. Poster presentation at Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. Washington DC, January 23, 2019.
McCauley J, Donnelly CF, Horn L, Ninness S, Campa J, Chorolec L, Lowe D. The effect of a reformer-based Pilates program on stress urinary incontinence. Presentation at the Polestar Pilates 7th World Conference: “Building for Life”, San Diego, CA, May, 2011.