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Duquesne University Awards First Doctoral Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences

The Rangos School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University conferred its first doctoral degree in rehabilitation sciences in August.

Joseph Michael Schreiber of Glenshaw completed Duquesne’s doctoral program, which was created to help meet the critical need for teacher-scholars in health and rehabilitation sciences.

“All health sciences departments have dire faculty shortages across the U.S. in both faculty and program chair positions because few people are trained at the doctoral level, which is essential for entry into most academic settings,” said Dr. Pat Crist, program director. “Our program prepares faculty in the two highly desirable areas of teaching and research.”

“I am always interested in advancing my career, and in order to do that, I had to expand my research and teaching abilities,” Schreiber said. As a nontraditional student with a job and family, Schreiber found that Duquesne’s doctoral program, while rigorous, allowed him to meet academic and other responsibilities.

“It did take a lot of persistence, but I had a lot of family support and help,” Schreiber said.

Schreiber, assistant professor in the physical therapy department at Chatham University, focused his dissertation on the influence of published research in guiding evidence-based interventions used by practicing pediatric physical therapists.

For more information on the rehabilitation sciences program, visit www.healthsciences.duq.edu and click on Graduate Programs.

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