Our DPT faculty consists of more than a dozen scholars and clinicians. Most hold doctoral degrees and many hold advanced clinical certifications representing a variety of specialty training areas. As a student in our program, you also receive instruction from physicians and scientists from other departments at UNE, who teach gross anatomy, neuroscience, and the five-course pathology and medical management sequence. To learn more about our DPT faculty and affiliated faculty, click on the links below.
Dr. Sheldon joined the faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of New England in 1990. Prior to joining the faculty, he was a staff physical therapist (General Surgery, Neurology, Orthopedics, & Inpatient Rehabilitation Rotations), and then senior physical therapist (Neurology and Neurosurgery) in the Physical Therapy Department, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997 and was appointed Program Director in 2001. He has overseen the education programs’ continued accreditation by the Commission on... Read More
Dr. Cavanaugh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of New England. He received a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 1985 and completed his physical therapy training with a MS degree from Duke University in 1987. Since 1996, he has been a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy. In 2004, he earned a Ph.D in Human Movement Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,... Read More
Physical therapy; neuropathology and neuromuscular disorders; physical rehabilitation; geriatrics; mobility and balance problems; dizziness and inner ear dysfunction; physical activity; ambulatory activity monitoring; fall prevention.
Erin Hartigan, P.T., D.P.T., Ph.D., O.C.S., A.T.C. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy within the Westbrook College of Health Professions at the University of New England. Dr. Hartigan earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology (‘95), Certificate of Athletic Training (‘96), Master’s of Science (‘97) and Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy degrees (‘04) from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Biomechanics and Movement Science (‘09) from the University of... Read More
physical therapy; musculoskeletal disorders related to orthopedic and sports injuries; function after anterior cruciate ligament injury and reconstruction.
Dennis Leighton is a life-long Mainer who has been practicing and teaching physical therapy in the greater Portland area since 1984. After graduating from Greely High School in Cumberland, Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Springfield College in 1979 and a Master of Arts in Teaching Physical Education and Sports Medicine from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980. After working for two years as an athletic trainer in Maine and Connecticut, Dennis returned to... Read More
Orthopedic physical therapy; sports physical therapy; NCAA (National Collegiate Athletics Association).
Amy Litterini, P.T., D.P.T., is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of New England. She received a BS in Health Sciences in 1993 and a Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1994 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Simmons College in Boston, MA, in 2004. Her experiences in adult rehabilitation have included acute care, hospital-based out-patient care, private practice, long term care and home care in... Read More
Physical Therapy; Adult rehabilitation; Oncology; Physical Activity; Patient Navigation; Wellness
Pediatric physical therapy
school based physical therapy
development of postural control
attainment of walking skills in children with cerebral palsy
prevention and treatment of deformity in severe cerebral palsy
Dr. Katherine (Katy) Rudolph is physical therapist and researcher in the Department of Physical Therapy in the Westbrook College of Health Professions at UNE. She earned an MSPT Boston University in 1989 and a PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware (UD) in 1998. After post-doctoral training in the Center for Biodynamics at Boston Universitiy she accepted a faculty position at UD where she remained from September, 1999 thru August, 2011. She joined the UNE family in September, 2011.
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acute and chronic pain
PT, DPT, MS, PCS
Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor
- Pediatric Physical Therapist, York Hospital in S. Berwick
- Core Faculty, University of New Hampshire, MCH LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities)
- APTA Section on Pediatrics, Clinical Guidelines - torticollis
- APTA, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) - Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE), item writer
- APTA ABPTS Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy Read More
Pediatrics; comprehensive assessment and treatment of children with neuromotor/skeletal impairments; torticollis and plagiocephaly; orthotics; adaptive and augmentative equipment; collaborative and integrated teams; family-centered care; inclusion; parent
BS in Physical Therapy - University of Vermont 1994 Masters in Health Administration - University of New Hampshire 1999Read More
Clinical experience in acute rehabilitation
home health care
Management experience in SNF and home health care.
Deb graduated from Duke University in 1987 with a Masters in Physical Therapy, and completed the transitional DPT at Shenandoah University in 2013. She has experience in adult rehabilitation (both neurological and orthopedic) in a variety of settings, including outpatient orthopedics, outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and home health,. She currently works in a private outpatient practice. She is also an enthusiastic gardener and is a Master Gardener Volunteer through the Maine Cooperative Extension and volunteers with the Tax-Aide program... Read More
both neurological and orthopedic
in a variety of settings including skilled nursing
and outpatient physical therapy.
Has inpatient acute care and long term care experience. Collin has specialized in outpatient pediatrics with focus on cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, and torticollis. In 2008, she presented on plagiocephaly and torticollis at the AOTA national conference. Collin has been affiliated with the UNE PT department since 1998.
long term care
and outpatient pediatrics.
Pediatric occupational therapy intervention and assessment provided within school, clinic and hospital settings. Most recent clinical experience includes acute care setting working with children and adults in critical care. Special interests include poly-trauma, neuro-recovery, early mobilization in the ICU, therapeutic use of self and inter-professional education.
Active member of MeOTA, co-Southern Maine MeOTA representative and co-facilitator for Maine Community of Practice for Children and Youth.
Full-time Occupational Therapy Department, co-faculty PTH 710 in Physical Therapy Department.... Read More
Library liaison for Dental Medicine, Nurse Anesthesia, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Public Health, Medical Anthropology, Medical Humanities.
Beth has a BA from Cornell University and an MLIS from University of South Carolina. She is a guest lecturer in the liaison areas, and adjunct faculty for the Department of Physical Therapy as co-instructor in PTH514: Scientific Inquiry I. She attended Dartmouth's continuing education course Supporting Clinical Care: An Institute for Evidence-Based Practice for Medical Librarians, and is active with the North Atlantic... Read More
health sciences librarianship
faculty-librarian collaboration teaching evidence-based practice
Clinical Experience in Orthopedics & Sports.
Specializing in Manual Therapies of Massage
Muscle Energy & Strain Counterstrain techniques.
evaluation and treatment of neuromuscular disorders
balance and falls interventions
Traumatic brain injury and stroke specialty in clinical (acute/SNF and home health)settings
<br />Management experience in acute reh
Expertise: <br /><br />Job Search Strategies
Employer Relations. <br /><br />Communications
Michael Lawrence is the Manager of the Motion Analysis Laboratory (MAL) at the University of New England's Biomechanics Laboratory and supports all faculty research in the MAL.
His personal research interests include the mechanics of various strength training exercises, strength and conditioning, and the neuromuscular control of movement.
Outside of UNE he is a competitive powerlifter and holds an Elite total in the 275lb weight class. His best lifts are: 780 lbs squat (925 lbs equipped), 470 lbs bench (650... Read More
Kinesiology and Biomechanics
Strength and conditioning
Lower Extremity Biomechanics