Katherine J. Sullivan, PT, PhD, FAHA, an Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy at the Ostrow School of Dentistry. Her academic career has emerged from her baccalaureate education in physical therapy. She spent her early career in rehabilitation of adults with brain injury which led to her pursuit of graduate and post-doctoral studies in neuroscience in order to understand how the brain responds and recovers from disease or injury. She is an internationally and nationally recognized expert in post-stroke brain damage; recognized as a Fellow of the American Heart Association-Stroke Council for her research, publication, and service to advance understanding of the science and practice of stroke recovery. She is currently the USC Principle Investigator for the NIH-funded Locomotor Experience Applied Post Stroke (LEAPS) multi-site clinical trial of rehabilitation interventions used in community hospitals.
After 14 years of practice in neurorehabilitation and her graduate studies, Dr. Sullivan joined USC’s faculty as a full-time assistant professor in 2001 and was named associate professor in 2007. Her students include students in the professional doctorate program in physical therapy as well as advisor to students pursuing a PhD degree in neuroscience with an emphasis on the motor system. As an educator at USC, Dr. Sullivan is a teacher driven by two critical goals. She hopes to inspire students to link difficult concepts in science with an appreciation that the knowledge gained in her classroom will have relevance to their individual educational goals and future accomplishments in science or practice.
As a member of the USC faculty, Dr. Sullivan has contributed to education, research, and advocacy. She is a Fellow of the American Heart Association-Stroke Council and recipient of the Lucy Blair Service Award, Distinguished Physical Therapy Alumna of Marquette University, Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award and the American Physical Therapy Association’s Dorothy E. Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching. As a CET Fellow, she hopes to share her enthusiasm and passion for teaching with other faculty and graduate student TA’s to continue the excellence in teaching and learning at USC.