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About David Chapman, PT, PhD

Dr. David Chapman, PT, Ph.D. is an associate professor and Co-Chair of the IRB at St. Catherine University. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science and secondary education in 1980. He received a Master of Science degree in Physical Education/Adapted Physical Education with an emphasis in measurement from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1984. He completed his doctor of philosophy degree at Indiana University in Human Performance and Developmental Psychology in 1999 as well as his physical therapy degree in 2000.

Dr. Chapman is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and has numerous presentations and journal publications in the areas of the motor development for infants with developmental disabilities and the development of knowledge confidence by entry-level physical therapy students. He has also published several textbook chapters regarding the physical therapy examination process for individuals with neurological diagnoses, the use of sensory information in treating children, and inter-professional education. Dr. Chapman began his academic career at Indiana University in 1995 and joined the St. Catherine University in 2009. He currently teaches course content in leadership and project management neuro-rehabilitation, pediatrics, rehabilitation following an amputation, and service learning.


Present Associate Professor, St. Catherine University Physical Therapy Department
Present Associate Professor, Physical Therapy, St. Catherine University Physical Therapy Department

Curriculum Vitae



2015 - 2019 Kicking behavior in infants with spina bifida following in-utero and postnatal surgery: A novel approach for assessment of surgical efficacy and design of evidence-based intervention strategies
Mayo Clinic Foundation
Role: Co-PI
Colleague(s): Kristin Zhao, Nick Witgen
2013 - 2015 The ability of young infants with spina bifida to generate kicks.
EARDA - St Catherine University
Role: PI
2010 - 2013 The ability of young infants with spina bifida to generate kicks
EARDA Pilot Grant from NIH
Role: PI
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2019 - Present Member of Board of Directors, Minnesota APTA
2009 - Present Member, APTA/MN APTA
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Honors and Awards

  • Finalist for the annual Faculty Teaching and Advising Award at St. Catherine University (2013 - 2014 Academic Year)
  • Halder and Katie Palmer Rehabilitation Services Award for outstanding compassion in the performance of rehabilitation therapy Bloomington Hospital Foundation
  • Jeanne Hughes Award through the American Physical Therapy Association
  • John H. Edwards Fellowship – The most prestigious fellowship awarded to graduate students by Indiana University.
  • Indiana University Department of Kinesiology Graduate Student Fellowship


  • Service Learning Immersion Experience: Mississippi
  • DPT 6060 Pediatrics
  • DPT 6030 Rehabilitation III
  • DPT Rehabilitation II
  • DPT 5040 Rehabilitation I


2000 BS, Indiana University, Indianapolis ‐ Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy
1999 PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana ‐ Ph.D., Exercise Science
1984 MS, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois ‐ Master of Science, Exercise Science
1980 BS, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa ‐ Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science

Publications (6)

Presentations (4)