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 17 years of physical therapy experience with the last 11 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 Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy (1994) and a Masters 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 – 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 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 secretary 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:

  • Presentation at the WVPTA Regional Fall PT After Hours Meeting. Webcasted to five other locations from Wheeling WV on October 25, 2011. Three hours. Titled: Updates for the WV Physical Therapy Practice Act and Legislative Rule and New Technology in the PT World.
  • Presentation of a concurrent session at APTA Combined Sections National Conference Feb 2011, New Orleans, LA. Titled: Wanted: Clinicians for service learning locally, regionally, and internationally.
  • Member of panel presentation for concurrent session at APTA Combined Sections National Conference Feb 2008, Nashville, TN. Titled: Integrating Service Learning in Physical Therapy Curricula: A Tale of Two Programs.

Recent Publications:

  • Guiding Outcomes with Clinical Prediction Rules. Published in Rehab Management Magazine, Fall 2011. Non-peer reviewed.
  • Authored chapter on pre-natal and post-partum exercise considerations for the textbook titled, Clinical Pediatric Physical Therapy by Mark Drnach, PT, DPT, MBA, PCS. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2008. Peer Reviewed.

Current Research Activity:

  • Validation of a clinical predication rule using lumbar manipulation for the treatment of patellofemoral joint pain. Data collection phase.
  • Creation of a survey to be implemented on the use of clinical prediction rules in current physical therapy practice. Survey creation and pilot testing phase.
  • Relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical success in doctoral level physical therapy students. Study complete. In manuscript preparation and submission phase.