Teresa Miller, BSPT, PhD is the founding DPT Program Director at St. John’s University. She is an Associate Professor Emerita from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY where she taught physical therapy for almost 25 years. Dr. Miller received her PhD in Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2007, a Master of Science Degree in School Psychology from St. John’s University (1993), a BS in Physical Therapy from SUNY Downstate Medical Center (1981), an AAS in Physical Therapy Assisting from Nassau Community College (1975). She is currently a student in the American Physical Therapy Association Educational Leadership Fellowship and has served and continues to serve in leadership roles in the profession. Dr. Miller is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. CM
Her clinical practice experience spans a wide gamut and includes areas such as orthopedics, neurology, geriatrics, pediatrics, pain management, and complementary and integrative therapies. She has worked in school-based, acute care, rehabilitation, and private practice settings. She is passionate about learning and teaching wholistic, mind-body, systems-based, patient-centered, evidence-based approaches to maximizing function and improving quality of life. Dr. Miller’s vision for the program is to graduate compassionate, competent, entry-level practitioners of physical therapy who will serve as leaders and advocates for the local, regional, and global health care communities, and as leaders and innovators in the physical therapy profession. In her spare time, Dr. Miller loves to read, cook, garden, sail, practice martial arts and spend time with family and friends.
“Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” –William Butler Yeats
Board Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (1999 to present)
APTA Educational Leadership Fellowship (Student, Class of 2021)
Dr. Donald Scherl Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching, Innovation, Scholarship, Service and Student Advocacy (SUNY Downstate 2016)
Dr. Miller’s publications and current research agenda include topics in physical therapy such as clinical reasoning, student burnout, student attitudes, human movement, manual guidance, and innovative strategies for improving mobility, strength, balance, and function.