Claire Child, PT, DPT, MPH, CCS

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

My teaching philosophy emphasizes the importance of developing and refining clinical reasoning skills early and often in the classroom. A robust understanding of normal and abnormal body structures and functions is required to then inform effective examination and treatment plans.  Didactic information should be presented in clinical contexts, wherever possible. Elements of the current healthcare landscape and realistic practice dynamics are integrated into the majority of my learning activities. I bring to my teaching a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and high-level clinical experience in large, academic medical centers, and in the practice of cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy. I also hold an ABPTS clinical specialist certification in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy (CCS).  


  • Masters of Public Health 2012 

T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health (MA) 

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy 2011 

MGH Institute of Health Professions (MA) 

  • BS Biology 2008 

Brigham Young University (UT) 

Clinical Experience/Expertise 

  • PRN acute care therapist 

Employer: Good Shepherd Penn Partners at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 

  • ABPTS Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Certified Specialist (CCS), 2014 – Present 
  • BLS/ACLS-certified 

Scholarship/Research Interests 

My research interests are in the areas of quality improvement related to exercise prescriptions for acute care hospital inpatients with advanced heart and lung diseases, quantifying falls risk in at-risk inpatients with multiple body system involvement, and increasing staff physical therapist confidence in the safe management of patients with advanced lung disease and high supplemental O2 requirements. 


  • PPTA Acute Care Special Interest Group Award of Clinical Excellence – 2017 




  • Child, Claire, et al. “Using the AM-PAC ‘6-Clicks’ inpatient basic mobility short form to guide interventions for mobility and patient education in acute care.” Accepted for Platform Presentation. Health Policy and Administration Section. APTA Combined Sections Meeting. Washington, D.C. (Pending 2019) 


  • Child, Claire.   “Improving the quality of exercise prescription for patients readmitted within 18 months after lung transplant.” Platform Presentation. Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference. Lancaster, PA, October 2016. 


  • Child, Claire.  “Improving the quality of exercise prescription for patients readmitted within 18 months after lung transplant.” Platform Presentation. Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section. APTA Combined Sections Meeting. Anaheim, CA, February 2016.


Contact Info

Dr. Claire Child, PT, DPT, MPH, CCS

Francis Hall 243


Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Alvernia University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: The program's current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 610-568-1546 or email

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