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Dr. Paula Sammarone Turocy, LAT, ATC is 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 Rangos School and the Interim Dean of the Rangos School of Health Sciences in the 2016-2017 academic year. 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. 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 National Athletic Trainers' Association (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 most recently served as a volunteer on the interdisciplinary medical team serving the residents of the Washington City Mission in the Mission's Pain Management Clinic. Dr. Turocy's previous positions include working as 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; Head Athletic Trainer at East Lansing High School in Michigan, and periodically as a consultant and volunteer athletic trainer for the Duquesne University Department of Athletics. 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 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, was an intern at the Michigan State Sports Medicine Clinic, and assisted with the care of the athletes on West Chester's varsity 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 is recognized nationally and regionally as a leader in her field; she has been inducted in the NATA Hall of Fame, Eastern Athletic Trainers Association's 49 Club (Hall of Fame), Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame, and the Sturzebecker Hall of Fame at her alma mater, West Chester State University. She has received the NATA Sayers "Bud" Miller Outstanding Educator, Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer and Service Awards; the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association's Cramer, Jeffrey Stone Service and William "Pinky" Newell Awards; the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society's (PATS) Distinguished Merit Award; and the CAATE Bob and Lynn Caruthers Service Award. 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 District 2 Value Committee and a former President and Board of Director of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society (PATS). She has served as a BOC Test Site Administrator and member of two Role Delineation Study Panels and on a wide variety of NATA Committees and Task Forces. Finally, Dr. Turocy was the PATS liaison to the Pennsylvania Parent and Teachers' Association and a member of the Executive Board of the Allegheny County Safe Kids Coalition. She currently is a member of the the PATS Hall of Fame Committee and the Co-Chair of the EATA Excellence in Leadership Award Committee. A former member on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Athletic Training (JAT) and Athletic Training Education Journal (ATEJ), she continues to serve and is a regular reviewer for the JAT, ATEJ, and the Journal of Allied Health.


  • 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

Areas of Expertise

  • Medical/Health Professional Education
  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • Manual Therapy and Pain Management
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Spine and SI Evaluation Treatment


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

Dr. Turocy's research profile includes:

Development, implementation, and assessment of new educational models for preparing medical and health professional students for practice
Development, implementation, and assessment of formative and summative evaluation models for pre-medical and pre-health advisement units
Clinical outcome assessments of therapeutic interventions for pain and anxiety in populations where drug therapies are not preferred
Therapeutic and physiological considerations to enhance physical performance-strength, flexibility, VO2Max, nutrition ergogenic aids and their impact on physical performance and human physiology

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).

49 Club (EATA Hall of Fame) - 2017

Jeffrey "Stoney" Stone Service Award (EATA) - 2017

Paula Sammarone Turocy EATA Undergraduate Scholarship endowed - 2016

William E. "Pinky" Newell Memorial Address Award (EATA) - 2015

NATA Hall of Fame - 2014

Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award - 2014

Bob and Lynn Caruthers Service Award (CAATE) - 2013

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

Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association (EATA), 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

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

PMHP 103 - Pre-Medical and Health Professions Combined Course

PMHP 201 & 203 - Pre-Medical and Health Professions III & IV

PMHP 205 - Medical Terminology for Pre-Health Professions - 1 credit

PMHP 206 - Pre-Medical and Health Professions Medical Terminology - 1 credit

PMHP 301 & PBPM 511 - Pre-Medical and Health Professions Seminar

PBPM 501- Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical and Health Professions I

PBPM 503 - Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical and Health Professions Clinical Topics

PBPM 509 - Medical Terminology for Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical and Health Professions - 1 credit

PBPM 510 - Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical and Health Professions Medical Terminology