Assistant Professor Madanayake joined the faculty in the fall of 2006 and teaches part-time in the content areas of geriatric physical therapy, legal issues in physical therapy practice, and physical agents. Prof. Madanayake earned a bachelor of arts degree in physical therapy from the College of St. Scholastica in 1986 and completed her Juris Doctor degree at William Mitchell College of Law in 2005. She has been a Board Certified Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy since 1996. Prof. Madanayake continues part-time clinical practice with older adult clients.
She is a Peer Reviewer for the American Physical Therapy Association - Minnesota Chapter. Her primary research interests include the impact of walking pole use in older adults, as well as the further development of physical therapy education focusing on legal issues that are pertinent to the daily practice of entry-level physical therapists.