Karen Mueller, PT, PhD, DPT

Karen Mueller Professor
Northern Arizona University
Physical Therapy, Flagstaff Campus
Phone: 928-523-7435
Fax: 928-523-9289
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Karen joined the NAU physical therapy department in 1987. Prior that time, she practiced for 7 years in the stroke, spinal cord, and brain injury units at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and also held positions as Senior Therapist for Program Development and Clinical Education Supervisor. Karen’s teaching interests lie in the areas of neurologic rehabilitation, professionalism, clinical communication and the psychosocial implications of disability. In addition to several articles related to the orthotic management of patients with stroke,  she authored the text “Communication from the Inside Out: Strategies for the engaged professional (FA Davis, 2010). In recent years, Karen has presented, conducted research, and published in the area of physical therapy intervention in hospice and palliative care. She currently serves as the Chair of the American Physical Therapy Association Oncology Section Hospice and Palliative Care Special Interest group and on the Allied Therapist Steering Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.   



B.S., Physical Therapy, University of Missouri, 1979
M.S. Physical Therapy, Northwestern University, 1987
PhD, Health Professions Education and Health Promotion, Union Institute and University, 2002
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) University of Montana, 2012