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Natalie Michaels

Natalie Michaels Associate Professor

EdD (Curriculum and Instruction), University of Central Florida
MS (Applied Psychology), Fairfield University
BS (Physical Therapy), Ithaca College


Natalie Michaels, PT, EdD, GCS Emeritus is an Associate Professor with a shared appointment in the School of Physical Therapy and School of Ocupational Therapy. Her professional experiences include older adult rehabilitation, prosthetics, pediatrics, pathology, kinesiology, cognition, reflective critical thinking, and statistical analysis.

Dr. Michaels received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College, a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology from Fairfield University, and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Florida. She taught as an adjunct professor at Edison College in Fort Myers, Florida  and as an adjunct at Trevecca Nazarene. In 2006, she began teaching at Tennessee State University in the Department of Physical Therapy where she served 6 years as an associate professor, followed by 2 years as a full tenured professor. While at TSU, Dr. Michaels earned the Professor of the year Award in 2007, the Faculty Research Award in 2008, the President’s Fellowship in 2010, and the Faculty Service Learning Award in 2012.

Dr. Michaels is a certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist (Emeritus) with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She is also a Credentialed Clinical Instructor with the American Physical Therapy Association, and served as a Certified Wound Specialist as well as a Reviewer with the American Academy of Wound Management from 1998 to 2006. She serves as an item writer for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), and as a reviewer for multiple journals. She has also been active in the community, the Down Syndrome Buddy Walk, Aquatic Exercise Programs for Older Adults, Seminars for Senior Citizens, and conducting weight loss studies for high school students.

Dr. Michaels has over 15 peer-reviewed publications since 2008, with two papers recently accepted but not yet in print on topics such as:  fall prevention, scoliosis, social justice, deep vein thrombosis, and ethics.  


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