Tracy J. Brudvig PT, DPT, PhD, OCS

Director and Professor of Physical Therapy

Tracy Brudvig earned her Master’s in Physical Therapy from the Army Baylor Program and went onto serve as an Army physical therapist in a variety of clinical and educational positions for 20 years. Upon retiring from the Army in 1999, Dr. Brudvig entered academia. She earned her PhD in Higher Education from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Brudvig has nearly 40 years of experience as a physical therapist, including 20 years as a physical therapy educator.

Prior to assuming the Director of the Division of Physical Therapy, Dr. Brudvig held a variety of academic positions and taught a variety of courses at the graduate level. She also held various positions in the American Physical Therapy Association both at the state and national levels.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Temple University
  • Masters in Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy (Honor Graduate), Baylor University
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences (Academic Honors), University of California, Irvine

Post Doctoral Training

  • Maternal and Child Health Care, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Educational Leadership Institute Fellowship, American Physical Therapy Association

Certifications and Memberships

  • Orthopedic Specialty Certification with 2 re-certifications
  • American College of Sports Medicine Certified Fitness Instructor
  • Brazelton Neonatal Assessment Certification
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment Certification: Pediatrics
  • Member of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the APTA
  • Education Committee of the Massachusetts Chapter of the APTA
  • Member of the Orthopedic Section of the APTA
  • Member of the Education Section of the APTA
  • Co-chair, Clinical Reasoning Competency Task Force, Clinical Reasoning, Curriculum and Assessment Consortia, American Council of Academic Physical Therapy

Research Interests

  • Critical Thinking and Clinical Reasoning in DPT Students
  • Curricular Models in Physical Therapy


Macauley K, Brudvig TJ, Barry A, Lufkin O, McEnroy K and Milinazzo A. Assessing a Clinical Decision-Making Tool Using Serial Rasch Analysis. JOPTE 2018, 32(3): 248-257.

Macauley K, Brudvig TJ, Bonneville M, Kadakia M. Systematic Review of Outcome Measures that Assess Critical Thinking and Clinical Decision-Making Changes after Simulation Participation accepts for publication JOPTE 2017, 31(4):64-75.

Brudvig TJ and Macauley K. Measuring Clinical Decision Making and Clinical Skills in DPT Students Across a Curriculum. Journal of Allied Health, 46(1) 2017, 21-26.

Brudvig TJ, Mattson DJ, And Guarino AJ Critical Thinking Skills and Learning Styles in Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Students. JOPTE 2016, 30(4): 3-10.

Brudvig TJ, Mattson DJ, Guarino AJ. Critical Thinking Skills and Learning Styles in Physical Therapists Trained in India Enrolled in a Master’s Program. JOPTE 2015 Vol 29 (4): 5-13.

Brudvig TJ and Macauley K. A Clinical Decision Making Tool for DPT Students. Academic Exchange Quarterly Summer 2015 ISSN 1096-1453 Volume 19 (2).

Sharma, A; Sharma, S; Steiner, LA.; Brudvig, TJ. Identification and Effectiveness of Physical Therapy Interventions for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction in Pregnant and Nonpregnant Adults: A Systematic Review. Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy, 2014: 38(3): 110-117.

Brudvig TJ. An adult patient with Asperger’s syndrome: A case example of behavioral challenges for the orthopedic physical therapist. Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice, 2014; 26(3): 178-181.

Brudvig TJ, Dirkes, A, Dutta, P, and Rane K. The acquisition of critical thinking skills in health professional students: A Systematic review. JOPTE 2013: 27(3) 12-25.

Brudvig TJ, Kulkarni H, and Shah S. The effects of mobilization and therapeutic exercise on patients with shoulder joint dysfunction: A systematic review with meta-analysis. JOSPT 4(10): 734-748, 2011

Brudvig TJ and Fletcher M: Differential diagnosis in a patient with dizziness. JOSPT, 41(4): 281, 2011.

Brudvig TJ and Colbeck C: The doctorate of physical therapy: clinical and academic physical therapists’ perception of appropriate curricular changes, JOPTE, Vol. 21(1), pp:3-10, 2007.

Brudvig TJ and Fitzgerald PI: Identification of Signs and Symptoms of Acute Exertional

Rhabdomyolysis in Athletes, Strength and Conditioning Journal. Vol. 29(1), pp:10-14, 2007.


Room: 219 Courniotes Hall

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