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Leesa M. DiBartola, Ed.D., P.T., D.P.T., M.C.H.E.S.

Assistant Professor/Assistant Chair/Director of Clinical Education
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Physical Therapy

Rangos 112
Phone: 412.396.5542


D.P.T., Physical Therapy, Temple University, 2010
M.P.T., Physical Therapy, Chatham University, 2003
Ed.D., Higher/Medical Education, University of Pittsburgh, 1995
M.Ed., Health Education, University of Pittsburgh, 1981
B.S., HPER/Athletic Training, University of Pittsburgh, 1978

Principles of Practice I:  Introduction to Physical Therapy
Principles of Practice II: Social and Cultural Issues
Principles of Practice III: Ethical, Moral and Legal Issues
Principles of Practice IV: Patient Care and Education
Clinical Education I
Clinical Education II
Clinical Education V



Patient-provider relationship, Professionalism, Ethics, Social Health Issues, Health Education, Clinical Education


Miknevich MA, DiBartola LM, Gibbs-McElvy S, Corey V, Ward J. Using Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education Core Competencies to Guide Education Initiatives in a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program, Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, 2007.

DiBartola LM. The LSI Challenge:Teaching about Teaching by Learning about Learning, Journal of Allied Health, 35 (4): Winter 2006.

"Hodges MG, Miknevich MA, DiBartola LM, Mustovic E. Can ethics be taught? Developing a creative curriculum for a PM&R residency program.  American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; 84(3) 2005.

DiBartola LM. Listening to patients and responding with care: A model for teaching communication skills. The Joint Commission on Quality Improvement Journal, 27 (6) 315-23, 2001.

DiBartola LM, Miller MK, Turley CL. Do learning style and learning environment affect learning outcomes? Journal of Allied Health, 30 (2) 112-5, 2001.

DiBartola LM, Moore BB, Pawlson LG. Teaching managed care: The world wide web as an educational resource. Academic Medicine, 75 (3), 2000.


Professionalism in Action: The Professional Behavior Policy, Mayo Clinic Symposium: Professionalism in Health Care, Poster Presentation, 2010.

DiBartola LM. A Model for Professionalism: Integrating the APTA Generic Abilities and Core Values into the Physical Therapist Education Experience. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, 2007.

APTA - CMS Annual Meeting, Assessing Professional Behaviors of Physical Therapy Students During the Clinical Education Experience, Feb 2005.

Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh , Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Education, Ethics, Communication, and Professionalism, 2003, 2004, 2005.

Association of American Medical Colleges Annual Meeting, Giving Feedback to Student: A Workshop for Faculty Educators, 2001.

The Picker Institute Annual Symposium, Listening to Patients and Responding with Care, 2000.


C. Everett Koop National Health Education Award, 1994. Pittsburgh Health Education Center Award for Excellence in Health Education, 1992.