Doctor of Physical Therapy Faculty & Staff


Caterina (Carrie) Abraham, PT, DPT, MPH

Carrie is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Wheeling Jesuit University. She has 24 years of physical therapy experience with the last 18 being in the academic setting. She had performed the job of Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education at Wheeling Jesuit University for 8 years ceasing that role in January 2009. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy (1994) and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from West Virginia University (2004). She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University in May 2009. She held an ABPTS certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from 2001 to 2011. Her primary teaching responsibilities include content in orthopedics, public health and women's health. She currently teaches Clinical Science, Physical Therapy Science, Integrated Seminar, Research Training Seminar and local and international (Haiti) Service Learning courses throughout the curriculum. She has authored a chapter on pre-natal and post-partum exercise in the textbook titled: Clinical Pediatric Physical Therapy: From the NICU to Independent Living by Dr. Mark Drnach. She works with the Ohio County Family Resource Network, serving on their Wellness Committee providing community wellness activities and education in Ohio County, WV. She serves as a Federal Legislative Key Contact for the American Physical Therapy Association Government Affairs Office and currently serves as president of the West Virginia Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. She works as a PT per diem in local clinics throughout the year. She also provides physical therapy services at Wheeling Jesuit University in the Department of Physical Therapy's pro bono Care Clinic.

Recent Presentations:

  • 2017 31st Annual Jose I. Ricard, MD Family Medicine and Sports Medicine Conference.  Utilizing physical therapy and athletic training in treating pain and managing concussions in youth athletics. Presented with Drew Mason, ATC. November 10 – 12, 2017 Huntington, WV.
  • 2017 7th International Symposium on Service-Learning.  Inter-professional Education in International Service Learning.  Primary author for a panel presentation.  Galway, Ireland.  June 14 – 17, 2017.
  • 2015 6th International Symposium on Service-Learning.  Using the provision of pro bono physical therapy care to increase doctor of physical therapy student community engagement.  Indianapolis, IN. May 27-30, 2015. 
  • 2015 OMICS 3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Maternal and fetal benefits of regular exercise and physical activity during pregnancy.  San Antonio, TX.  May 18-20, 2015. 
  • 2014 Abraham, C., Bair, E., Shamblin, E., Traylor, E.  Characteristics of PTs nationwide who are providing pro bono care.  Presented poster presentation at West Virginia Physical Therapy Association Spring conference.  April, 2014.
  • 2014 Abraham, C., Bair, E., Shamblin, E., Traylor, E.  Characteristics of PTs nationwide who are providing pro bono care.  Presented platform and poster presentation at Widener University Pro Bono Conference.  March 15, 2014.
  • 2013 Abraham, C., Marangoni, A.  Workplace Wellness.  Presentation for Ohio Valley Chapter of the WV State Health Education Council.  March 2013.
  • 2013 Abraham, C., et al.  Using Problem Based Learning Educational Strategies in Educational Curricula and in Clinical Practice.  Presented concurrent session at the APTA Combined Section Meeting Jan 2013 – Education Section . San Diego, CA.

Recent Publications:

  • 2017 7th International Symposium on Service-Learning.  Inter-professional Education in International Service Learning.  Galway, Ireland.  Proceedings of the 7th Annual International Symposium of Service Learning.  Primary author.  June 14 – 17, 2017.
  • 2015 Abraham, C.  Using the provision of pro bono physical therapy care as a means of increasing doctor of physical therapy student engagement in community service.  Proceedings of the 6th Annual International Symposium of Service Learning.  May 2015.
  • 2015 Abraham, C.  Maternal and fetal benefits of regular exercise and physical activity during pregnancy.  International Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  May 2015 Vol 3, Issue 3.

Current Research Activity:

  • Comfort level and success rate of PT students in regards to cognitive processing styles.  Data collection continued through Dec 2018.  Manuscript preparation has begun.
  • Incidence of concussion, head and facial injuries in women’s lacrosse compared to the statistics in men’s lacrosse: A systematic Review. Project completed June 2017 – in manuscript consideration.