Karen A. O’Loughlin, PT, DPT, MA
Director of Clinical Education – Doctor of Physical Therapy Program; Adjunct Assistant Professor
Office: HS 107
Dr. O’Loughlin is known for her work in physical therapy (PT) clinical education particularly as it relates to enhancing the academic-clinical partnership, developing mentoring relationships and advancing clinical instructor training. Other areas of special interest and research include developing and evaluating novel teaching methods and cultural competence training for professional students and practitioners. Her publications have explored the efficacy of the ‘Professional Development Plan’ as a method to facilitate professionalism and professional involvement of PT students, as well as the development and evaluation of curriculum model to facilitate cultural competence among PT students and practitioners.
Dr. O’Loughlin is a frequently invited speaker on clinical education, professionalism, cultural competence training and other topics related to physical therapy professional education. She has been actively involved in American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) activities; is a credentialed trainer for the APTA CI Education & Credentialing Program (CIECP) as well as for the Advanced CIECP, served as member and chair of the APTA Clinical Instructor Education & Credentialing Board, was a member of the APTA task force that developed the PT Student Evaluation: Clinical Experience and Clinical Instruction form, and has been member and chair of the APTA Section for Education and Clinical Education Special Interest Group Nominating Committees. In addition, Dr. O’Loughlin served on the APTA Cultural Competence Committee Ad Hoc Task Force to Develop a Cultural Competence Curriculum for physical therapy professional education. Dr. O’Loughlin currently holds positions as a faculty member for the APTA CIECP Train-the-Trainer Program and Nominating Committee Chair for the Ohio Chapter of the APTA. At the present time, Dr. O’Loughlin is a candidate for a national office, the APTA Nominating Committee.