Katie Laubscher, DPT

Iowa's University Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Center for Disabilities and Development
100 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242-1011
Phone: 319-356-1173
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: May 10, 2019


Discipline Coordinators: Physical Therapy
Discipline(s): Physical Therapy
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership



NAME: Laubscher, Katie M
Title on Training Grant: Physical Therapy Training Director


Institution and Location Degree Year(s) Field of Study
Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska DPT 2003-2006 Physical Therapy
Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska B.S. 2000-2006 Health Sciences

Professional Experience:
2010-Current Senior Physical Therapist; Center for Disabilities and Development, University of Iowa Children's Hospital; Iowa City, Iowa
 Evaluation, management, and treatment of infants, children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities in a tertiary care setting
 Center Coordinator for Clinical Education for pre-physical therapy and physical therapy students
 Coordination and communication with healthcare providers across settings
2009-2010 Pediatric Physical Therapist; Therapy Solutions for Kids; Portland, Oregon
 Part-time position in a privately-owned outpatient pediatric clinic
 Evaluation and treatment of infants, children, and adolescents with acute and chronic musculoskeletal and neuromuscular impairments and functional mobility limitations
2009-2010 Physical Therapist; Pro Step Rehabilitation, Care Center East; Portland, Oregon
 PRN position in a Skilled Nursing Facility
 Evaluation and treatment of adults with sub-acute and chronic health care needs
2007-2010 Pediatric Physical Therapist/Instructor; Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC), Oregon Health and Science University; Portland, Oregon
 Evaluation and treatment in pediatric outpatient and acute care settings
 Emphasis on patient populations with neuromuscular and orthopedic impairments, developmental disabilities, and childhood obesity
 Coordination and communication with healthcare providers across settings to improve holistic patient care
 Participation in clinical education of student physical therapists
 Program Director of Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency and Physical Therapy Training Coordinator for Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program; 02/2009-06/2010

2006-2007 Pediatric Physical Therapy Resident; Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, Oregon Health and Science University; Portland, Oregon
 Twelve month post-professional mentored experience in pediatric physical therapy
 Evaluation and treatment in the pediatric outpatient and acute care settings
 Direct treatment and consultative services in the educational setting
 Mentored teaching experience at Pacific University Department of Physical Therapy
 Leadership Education and Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Interdisciplinary Training Program Trainee

Certification and Licensure:
2008-Present Pediatric Certified Specialist; American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
2010-Present Physical Therapist Licensure in the State of Iowa, License #4607
2003-Present America Heart Association CPR Certification

Honors and Awards
2010 Stanford Award, for manuscript containing the most influential educational ideas, given by the American Physical Therapy Association Education Section; with Hughes M, Jensen G, Black L

2011 Hampl S, Paves H, Laubscher K, Eneli I. Patient Engagement and Attrition in Pediatric Obesity Clinics and Programs: Results and Recommendations. Pediatrics. 2011; 128 (Supplement 2); S59-S64.
2010 Foran W, Turner A, Laubscher K, et al. (2010) The Role of Physical Therapy in Pediatric Care. In: Votroubek W, Tabacco A, (eds.), Pediatric Home Care for Nurses (pp. 611-628). Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett.
2009 Hughes M, Laubscher K, Jensen G, Black L. Use of Deconstructed Cases in Physical Therapy Ethics Education: An Assessment of Student Learning. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2009; 23(1); 22-28.


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