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Dolores Bertoti

Associate Professor, Chair of Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, and Social Work


Educational Background

  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Temple University
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Temple University


Dolores Bertoti is an Associate Professor and the department chair of Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy and Social Work. Professor Bertoti has been with Alvernia since 1992, where she currently teaches courses in her area of expertise in Kinesiology, Neuroscience, Electrotherapy, and Human Biology, primarily for the university’s programs in athletic training and occupational therapy. Dolores, a licensed physical therapist, has a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and a master of science, with years of clinical practice in physical therapy. Bertoti specializes in rehabilitation of people of all ages, especially children with brain injuries.

Professor Bertoti is a 1975 graduate of Temple University with a BS, later earning an advanced Masters in Physical Therapy at the same university in 1984. She was certified as a pediatric clinical specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist during 1993-2003 and served as an appointed member of the Specialization Academy of Content Experts for this Board for three years. Dolores has written in over twenty publications and made countless presentations in the areas of applied neurorehabilitation, motor control, pediatric clinical practice, electrotherapy, and clinical research. Her 2004 text and workbook, Functional Neurorehabilitation Through the Life Span, offers a practical approach to understanding and intervening effectively with persons with neurological impairment at any age stage. Active in inquiry and scholarship, she was recognized as recipient of the APTA Jack Walker Award for Excellence in Clinical Research 1989. In 1990, the American Business Club named her National Therapist of the Year (USA).

Currently under contract with F A Davis Publishers in Philadelphia, Bertoti is working with Dr. Peg Houglum from Duquesne University revising Brunnstrom’s Clinical Kinesiology; soon to be published. Most recently, Professor Bertoti was the keynote speaker at the Australian Physiotherapy International Conference in Cairns, Australia in October 2007 where she presented “Functional Neurorehabilitation through the Life Span," in addition to offering a plenary session “Anticipatory Management of Developmental Disabilities: Establishing Priorities and Easing Transitions” and a post conference workshop with Australian colleagues entitled “Incorporating Physical Activity among People with Neurological Impairments across the Life Span: Issues and Solutions.”

Professor Bertoti was awarded the Annual St. Bernardine Award for Teaching Excellence in 1995. Bertoti served the college as the Dean of Academic Advancement from 2002-2007, and was recognized nationally in 2007 as one of ten educators to be recognized as an “Outstanding First-year Student Advocate” by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience.

Contact Information

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Dolores Bertoti
Associate Professor 

     Bernardine Hall Room 3107
     Phone: 610.796.8372
     Fax: 610.796.5516