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About Penny G. Kroll

Penny Kroll, Ph.D., is the director and chair of the School of Physical Therapy at Marshall University. Dr. Kroll received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in 1975 and her M.A. (1982) and Ph.D. (1988) degrees in Physical Therapy from New York University. She lived and worked in New York City from 1975-1991, four years of which she served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Public Health Service. After leaving the service, she held staff and supervisory positions in a number of orthopedic settings including the position of Director of Rehabilitation at the Hospital for Joint Disease. During that time, she also held positions as an adjunct or full-time faculty member at New York University, Long Island University, Ithaca College-Bronx Campus, and Hunter College.In 1991, she took a full-time faculty position at the University of Miami in Miami, Fla., and remained in that position until 2003 when she became Department Chair of the Physical Therapy Department at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. In that position, she was responsible for management of 11 full-time, and numerous adjunct faculty members, and approximately 145 entry-level and transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students. In 2007, Dr. Kroll served as Academic Physical Therapy Department Head at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as Coordinator/Overseer of the physical therapy clinical services aspect of the LSU System Health Care Services Division Contracts. In August 2010, she was hired to develop the new Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Marshall University, which achieved candidacy for accreditation and admitted its inaugural DPT degree class in May 2012.

Dr. Kroll’s clinical focus has been inpatient and outpatient orthopedics; although, she has taught in a number of subject areas, her teaching focus has been primarily in the movement sciences, specifically kinesiology and biomechanics. Her research interests have been in measurement methods in physical therapy. Dr. Kroll has a strong interest in interdisciplinary education and training, which can be seen through her participation in various venues in which interdisciplinary curriculum design and content were developed. This interest in interdisciplinary education is also evident in her work as co-investigator at Thomas Jefferson University when she attained a U.S. Department of Education training grant to provide interdisciplinary training to entry-level physical and occupational therapy students in the area of early intervention in pediatrics. As an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) member since 1974, Dr. Kroll has served in various leadership positions in state and national American Physical Therapy Associations.

Positions

Present Chair/Program Director, School of Physical Therapy, Marshall University
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Present Professor, School of Physical Therapy, Marshall University
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Curriculum Vitae



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Contact Information

Phone: (304) 696-5614
Office Location: SOPT 140