Robin L. Dole, PT, DPT, EdD, PCS, is a professor of physical therapy and prior director of the Institute for Physical Therapy at Widener University. She currently serves as dean of the School of Human Service Professions at Widener. Dr. Dole has been involved in pediatric practice for nearly 30 years, and as an academician and administrator for more than 20 years. Her primary areas of teaching, research, and practice involve pediatrics, community engagement, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She maintains an active clinical and consultative practice in early intervention and school-based services and provides continuing professional development courses on the use of standardized outcome measures and positive behavior supports. Dole is an active manuscript reviewer for several journals, including the Journal of Physical Therapy Education, Pediatric Physical Therapy and Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, where she also serves as an editorial board member. Dr. Dole is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters related to pediatric physical therapy, physical therapist education, and community engagement.
Dr. Dole was originally certified as a pediatric clinical specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 1996 and recertified in 2006 and again in 2016. Between 2014 and 2017 she was appointed to the Pediatric Specialty Council, including serving as chair for three of those years. Her active involvement in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) includes past chair of the Education Committee for the Section of Pediatrics (now the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy), chapter delegate, chief delegate, and executive committee member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the APTA, and member of the Reference Committee for the APTA House of Delegates. In 2011, Dole received the Service Award from the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association, and in 2017, the Pennsylvania Pediatric Special Interest Group honored her with its Award of Excellence.
Dr. Dole is Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the Widener Partnership Charter School where she also has served as chair of the nominating committee and the Instructional Resource Team (IRT). She has been an advisory board member for Quest Therapeutics, a pediatric hippotherapy clinic, and is currently on the faculty advisory board for the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic, a student-led pro bono clinic.
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