A A Email Print Share

Paula Turocy

Director, Pre-Medical and Health Professions Programs; Associate Professor, Rangos School of Health Sciences
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Pre-Medical and Health Professions

Fisher Hall 700
Phone: 412.396.6335


EdD, Curriculum & Instruction: Medical Curriculum, University of Virginia, 1994
MA, Sports Medicine, Michigan State University, 1984
BS, Athletic Training & Health and Physical Education, West Chester State College, 1982

Dr. Paula Sammarone Turocy, LAT, ATC is serving as Interim Dean in the John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences.  Dr. Turocy is also the Director of the University's Pre-Medical and Health Professions Programs and is a senior RSHS faculty member and Associate Professor in the Department of Athletic Training. As one of the three founding faculty of the athletic training education program, she served as that program's first Program Director and first Department Chair, stepping down from that position after 21 years of service in 2013. Dr. Turocy also was the inaugural Anna L. Rangos Rizakus Endowed Chair of Health Sciences and Ethics for the John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences. Dr. Turocy received her doctorate in education with an emphasis in medical curriculum from the University of Virginia. While at the University of Virginia, she also served as the Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean of Education and Doctoral Fellow in the Office of Admissions. Prior to her work at the University of Virginia, Dr. Turocy received her master's degree from Michigan State University where she also served as a graduate assistant, and her Bachelor of Science degree with teaching certification (K-12) from West Chester State College. She has held academic appointments at the Old Dominion University, University of Pittsburgh, Eastern Kentucky University and Penn State University-Scranton. In addition to her academic experience, Dr. Turocy has done over one hundred and fifty professional presentations and has a number of professional publications, including serving as the lead author on the NATA Position Statement on Safe Weight Loss and Maintenance Practices in Sport and Exercise.

In addition to her extensive experience as an educator and an administrator, Dr. Turocy brings with her a wealth of "hands on" clinical experience as an athletic trainer and health care professional. Dr. Turocy was the Head Athletic Trainer for volleyball, swimming and diving, and gymnastics at the University of Pittsburgh; Head Women's Athletic Trainer and Assistant Athletic Trainer responsible for the athletes participating in football and basketball at Eastern Kentucky University; and Head Athletic Trainer at East Lansing High School in Michigan. She also worked as a member of the US Olympic Medical Staff for the World University Games in Zagreb, Yugoslavia in 1987; the US Olympic Festival in 1986; and was a member of the US Olympic Committee's Elite Athletic Sports Medicine Network. Dr. Turocy also participated in graduate and undergraduate student athletic training experiences at Michigan State University, where she provided care for members of the football and gymnastics teams and was an intern at the Michigan State Sports Medicine Clinic, and assisted with the care of the athletes on West Chester's football, basketball, soccer, wrestling, lacrosse, swimming, and baseball teams. Her other health care experience includes working as a corporate health educator for an HMO in Pennsylvania. Dr. Turocy currently serves as a consultant to the Duquesne University Department of Athletics providing expertise and assistance with patients needing services such as nutrition, weight management, manual therapy, sacroiliac and spine evaluation and treatment.

Dr. Turocy is recognized nationally and regionally as a leader in her field; she has been inducted in the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame, Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame, and the Sturzebecker Hall of Fame at her alma mater, West Chester State University. She served as the inaugural Chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, the specialized national accreditor of Athletic Training education programs. Formerly, she served as Vice Chair and commissioner for the CAAHEP JRC-AT (Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs - Joint Review Committee on Athletic Training), District II Director for the NATA Research and Education Foundation, and was the liaison to the NATA Education Council, Degree Task Force, and Entry-Level Education Committee Education Council, as well as a member of the NATA Vision Quest Executive Committee and Terminology Task Force. She was the founding Chair of the EATA John G. Moyer Award and a former President and Board of Director of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society (PATS). She also has served as a BOC Test Site Administrator and member of two Role Delineation Study Panels. Finally, Dr. Turocy also was the PATS liaison to the Pennsylvania Parent and Teachers' Association and was a member of the Executive Board of the Allegheny County Safe Kids Coalition. She currently is a member of the NATA Hall of Fame and Specialized Certification - Pediatrics Development Committees, the PATS Hall of Fame Committee, and the District 2 Consumer Education Committee. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Athletic Training (JAT) and is a regular reviewer for the JAT, Athletic Training Education Journal, and the Journal of Allied Health.


Dr. Turocy's areas of academic specialty include:

Athletic Training


Exercise Physiology

Health Promotion

Conditions of the Spine and Sacroiliac

Curriculum Design and Evaluation

Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professional Education

Interprofessional Education in Healthcare


Gorse KG, Radlef MR, Turocy PS, Frazer GH. "Southwestern Pennsylvania Youth Baseball Health and Safety Study." -Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society Research Grant (2004).

Allegheny County Safe Kids, Inc., Turocy PS. "Emergency Action Planning - Assisting parents and community activity leaders in the development of a plan," - National Safe Kids, Inc and National Athletic Trainers' Association (2003).

Platt LS, Turocy PS. “An Analysis of the Leadership Skills and Abilities, Professional Attributes, and Teaching Effectiveness in Athletic Training Clinical Instructors,” – Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society (2001).


NATA Hall of Fame - 2014

Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award - 2014

CAATE Bob and Lynn Caruthers Service Award - 2013

John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences Dean's Award for Faculty Excellence in Teaching - 2012

Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association, Inc. Cramer Award - 2011

Duquesne University 2010 Staff Award - The DU Wellness Team - 2010

National Athletic Trainers' Association, Inc. - Grass Roots Award for Athletic Training Month - (Group Award) - 2010

Paula Sammarone Turocy Scholarship NATA Research and Education Foundation - Endowed by NATA, Inc. District Two - 2009

Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame - 2008

National Athletic Trainers' Association Sayers "Bud" Miller Athletic Training Educator Award - 2004

National Athletic Trainers' Association Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award - 2004

National Athletic Trainers' Association, Inc. Service Award - 2002

Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society Distinguished Merit Award - 2001

Duquesne University Teacher of the Year (Omicron Delta Kappa Award) - 1999 (Nominee - 2001)

Who's Who in American Women - 1994-1997

Who's Who in American Education - 1995, 1999-2008

Who's Who in Health Sciences Higher Education - 2003


ATHT 303 - Art and Science of Athletic Training IILab (team taught)

ATHT 402/L - Nutrition and Weight Management/Lab

ATHT 407/L - Physiology of Exercise/Lab

ATHT 421/L - Applied Therapeutic Exercise Lab

ATHT 430/L - Principles of Research/Lab

HLTS 502 (01) - Independent Study (Graduate)

PMHP 101 & 102 - Pre-Medical and Health Professions I & II

PBPM 501 & 510 - Pre-Medical and Health Professions I & II

REHS 700 - Dissertation

REHS 701 - Dissertation