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About Celia M Pechak

Celia Pechak, PT, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at The University of Texas at El Paso, located on the US-Mexico border. She earned a BS in Physical Therapy from Marquette University, a Master of Public Health (with an international health focus) from the University of Hawaii, and a PhD in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She entered academia 9 years ago after 24 years in various clinical settings, and with a range of experience in international service. She has presented and published her research related to global health and physical therapist education, including international service-learning and international clinical education. Dr. Pechak’s current research streams are focused on delineating global health competencies in physical therapist education, and evaluating physical therapist students’ Spanish language proficiency in clinical contexts. Additionally, she is an active member of the UTEP Health-Focused Interprofessional Education (IPE) Community of Practice, and has published and presented on IPE. She is the recent past Chair of the Global Health Special Interest Group in the American Physical Therapy Association. She has served in Nepal, Vietnam, Haiti, and Guatemala.Dr. Pechak’s research, teaching, and service are underpinned by her desire to promote social responsibility and influence ethical practice with underserved communities locally and abroad.


Present Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program, University of Texas at El Paso

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University of El Paso
College of Health Sciences
Physical Therapy Program
1101 North Campbell
El Paso, TX 79902
(915) 747-7289
Fax: (915) 747-8211