Deborah Sellheim

Dr. Sellheim is a graduate of the Physical Therapy Program at the University of North Dakota. She received a Master of Arts degree in counseling from the University of North Dakota and a PhD in Educational Policy and Administration, Higher Education Program, at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include curricular design and outcomes, physical therapy education and educational factors that affect how students approach learning. She has published and presented nationally on these topics. Dr. Sellheim is the recipient of two American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Journal of Physical Therapy Education awards for her publicatons:  The Stanford Award honoring the most influential paper published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education (2003) and the Feitelberg Journal Founder's Award (2006), recognizing excellence in the preparation of a manuscript.  Dr. Sellheim has taught in PT and PTA programs in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Utah. She is currently Professor and Director of the Curriculum for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at St. Catherine University. Her clinical background includes orthopedics and general practice (rural hospital and long term care facilities). Dr. Sellheim is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She is a 2012 recipient of the Corinne Ellingham Outstanding Service Award from the MN Chapter of the APTA.  She also serves on the MN Board of Physical Therapy. Her personal interests include hiking, travel, and reading.

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