Kim Dunleavy

Kim Dunleavy, PhD, PT, OCS

Clinical Professor Director Of Community Engagement

Business Phone: (352) 273-6114
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About Kim Dunleavy

Dr. Dunleavy is a Clinical Associate Professor and the Director of Community Engagement and Professional Education in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Florida. She has extensive academic experience in Physical Therapy education at the University of Central Arkansas, Wayne State University and the University of Florida. Dr Dunleavy’s training includes an entry level professional Physiotherapy Bachelors degree from the University of Cape Town, a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas, a Masters in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy and residency training from the Ola Grimsby Institute and a PhD in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University. She has been Board Certified by the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopaedic Specialist since 1993 and was elected as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice Physical Therapy Academy in 2017, serving on a taskforce to address the challenge of the organization’s response to the opioid crisis in 2019. She currently serves as the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy representative to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education. She recently served on the planning committee for a National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine joint workshop on the Non-Pharmacological Management of Pain in December 2018. As a follow up to this workshop, she is one of the leaders of a collaboration between Global Forum members and the International Society for the Study of Pain Education working group and a co-editor of a virtual special edition of the Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice on exemplars and models for interprofessional pain education. Dr Dunleavy is the PI of a NIOSH pilot study funded by the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety to identify modifiable work and movement solutions for seafood workers with chronic low back pain. She is also a co-investigator for a $1.25 million dollar grant from the Department of Education Training for interdisciplinary personnel preparation for early childhood interventions at the University of Florida, contributing to the interprofessional education and evaluation components. Her recent scholarship has included publications and presentations related to interprofessional peer teaching and interprofessional team experiences involving Physical Therapy, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Dental students. Dr Dunleavy is a member of the Healthcare Sciences Interprofessional Committee at the University of Florida and along with representatives from this group is working on interprofessional educational initiatives to address the opioid crisis. She has initiated and organized peer learning activities with Dentistry, Nursing and Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida and facilitated Physical Therapy students and faculty joining a global service trip to Mexico with medical, physician assistant and pharmacy students. Dr Dunleavy has merged her scholarship and service goals in the pursuit of enhancing professional development and instructional design for global physical therapy delivery. Her experience working in a rural South African area in Lebowa highlighted the need for training of health care providers who are able to provide care in underserved areas. She developed a training program for Physiotherapy Assistants that led to involvement in a non-profit organization Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) when she moved to the United States. She has been actively involved in global clinical and academic educational projects in multiple global locations including Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Suriname, South Africa, Rwanda and Haiti, providing consultation for needs assessment, instructional material design and program evaluation. She was one of two technical advisors who developed the proposal and provided consultation and evaluation for USAID funded grant to develop Physical Therapy continuing education in Rwanda, and contributed to the design and delivery of continuing education courses to upgrade Physical Therapy training in Vietnam. She has also conducted a USAID grant evaluation in Cambodia, served on USAID grant review and consultation committees for future USAID grant directions. She served for 12 years on the Board of Directors of HVO, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health through education in developing countries for 12 years. Her dissertation documented and evaluated the effectiveness of a culture-neutral instructional design model used by the World Health Organization to design materials for blood safety training across multiple countries. Along with a focus on educational design and delivery for entry level and continuing professional education in global settings and interprofessional education, Dr Dunleavy’s scholarship has been in the areas of evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal diagnoses. She has recently published a textbook on Therapeutic Exercise Prescription, with multiple international and national presentations and peer-reviewed publications related to management of musculoskeletal diagnoses. She currently teaches musculoskeletal and health promotion courses and coordinates the interprofessional and community engagement activities for the University of Florida Department of Physical Therapy.


Representative American Council of Academic Physical Therapy Education
2018-current · National Academies of Science, Medicine and Engineering – Global Forum on Innovation in Healthcare Education
Fellow NAP – Distinguished Scholar
2018 · National Academies of Practice
Societal Impact Award
2018 · American Physical Therapy Association

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist
    American Physical Therapy Association


Assessing professionalism in health profession degree programs: A scoping review.
Currents in pharmacy teaching & learning. 13(8):1078-1098 [DOI] 10.1016/j.cptl.2021.06.006. [PMID] 34294251.
Chronic lower back pain in aquaculture clam farmers: adoption and feasibility of self-management strategies introduced using a rapid prototype participatory ergonomic approach.
International journal of occupational safety and ergonomics : JOSE. 1-11 [DOI] 10.1080/10803548.2021.1935543. [PMID] 34121632.
Dealing with Anxious Patients: A Systematic Review of the Literature on Nonpharmaceutical Interventions to Reduce Anxiety in Patients Undergoing Medical or Dental Procedures
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. [DOI] 10.1089/acm.2020.0504.
Dealing with Anxious Patients: An Integrative Review of the Literature on Nonpharmaceutical Interventions to Reduce Anxiety in Patients Undergoing Medical or Dental Procedures.
Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.). 27(9):727-737 [DOI] 10.1089/acm.2020.0505. [PMID] 34076496.
Effect of the FIFA 11+ soccer specific warm up programme on the incidence of injuries: A cluster-randomised controlled trial.
PloS one. 16(5) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pone.0251839. [PMID] 34029321.
Patellar clunk syndrome – a complication after Total Knee Arthroplasty to be considered for Physical Therapy management: a case report.
JOSPT Cases. 1(2):80-84 [DOI]  doi:10.2519/josptcases.2021.10068.
Strategies for Managing Chronic Pain, Chronic PTSD, and Comorbidities: Reflections on a Case Study Documented over Ten Years.
Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings. 28(1):78-89 [DOI] 10.1007/s10880-020-09741-5. [PMID] 32889675.
An interprofessional team experience – value and timing in a Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum?
Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 33(2):126-133 [DOI] 10.1097/JTE.0000000000000088.
Impact on clinical performance of required participation in student-run pro bono clinic.
Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 33(3):209-214 [DOI] 10.1097/JTE.0000000000000083.
Perceptions of the professional and personal impact of hybrid fellowship training: a qualitative study.
The Journal of manual & manipulative therapy. 27(2):99-108 [DOI] 10.1080/10669817.2018.1542850. [PMID] 30935336.
Application of a contextual instructional framework in a continuing professional development training program for physiotherapists in Rwanda.
Disability and rehabilitation. 40(13):1600-1608 [DOI] 10.1080/09638288.2017.1300692. [PMID] 28325084.
Physical Therapist’s perceptions: Learning from a community-based, client-focused, interprofessional learning experience
Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 32(1):70-76 [DOI] 10.1097/JTE.0000000000000025 .
Impact of interprofessional peer teaching on Physical and Occupational therapy student’s role identity and motivation
Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice. 6:1-5 [DOI] 10.1016/j.xjep.2016.10.006.
Leadership Development of Rehabilitation Professionals in a Low-Resource Country: A Transformational Leadership, Project-Based Model.
Frontiers in public health. 5 [DOI] 10.3389/fpubh.2017.00143. [PMID] 28691003.
Comparative effectiveness of Pilates and yoga group exercise interventions for chronic mechanical neck pain: quasi-randomised parallel controlled study.
Physiotherapy. 102(3):236-42 [DOI] 10.1016/ [PMID] 26435334.
Reliability and Validity of Cervical Position Measurements in Individuals with and without Chronic Neck Pain.
Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. 23(4):188-196 [DOI] 10.1179/2042618614Y.0000000070.
The role of associative learning and fear in the development of chronic pain – a comparison of chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Physical Therapy Reviews. 19(5):352-266 [DOI] 10.1179/1743288X14Y.0000000154.
When a white coat fear is really a white coat fear: implications of sexual abuse by a physician for interactions with healthcare professionals
European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare. 2(3):303-313 [DOI] 10.5750/ejpch.v2i3.727.
Comparison of cervical range of motion in two seated postural conditions in adults 50 or older with cervical pain.
The Journal of manual & manipulative therapy. 21(1):33-9 [DOI] 10.1179/2042618612Y.0000000017. [PMID] 24421611.
Emergence of delayed posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms related to sexual trauma: patient-centered and trauma-cognizant management by physical therapists.
Physical therapy. 92(2):339-51 [DOI] 10.2522/ptj.20100344. [PMID] 22173794.
Outcomes of hip resurfacing in a professional dancer: a case report.
Physiotherapy theory and practice. 28(2):142-60 [DOI] 10.3109/09593985.2011.574784. [PMID] 21801098.
Proximal tibial fracture following Total Knee Arthroplasty.
Journal of Orthopaedic Sports Physical Therapy. 41(9):142-150 [DOI] 10.2519/jospt2011.0418.
Reliability and minimal detectable change of spinal length and width measurements using the Flexicurve for usual standing posture in healthy young adults.
Journal of back and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. 23(4):209-14 [DOI] 10.3233/BMR-2010-0269. [PMID] 21079300.
Physical therapy education and provision in Cambodia: a framework for choice of systems for development projects.
Disability and rehabilitation. 29(11-12):903-20 [PMID] 17577725.
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Job choice and personality: a profile of Michigan Occupational and Physical Therapists.
Journal of Allied Health. 30(2):75-82
Community-based Rehabilitation: An International Model.
Pediatric Physical Therapy. 8(3):117-112


Oct 2018 ACTIVE
INSPIRE: Interdisciplinary Related Services Personnel Preparation for Early Childhood
Role: Project Manager
Sep 2016 ACTIVE
Southeastern and Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCC-AHS)
Role: Project Manager

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
PHT6502 Hlth Promo/Wellness 1
PHT6771C Musclskltl Disordr 2
PHT6190C Motor/Therap Exerc 2
PHT6770C Musclskltl Disordr 1
PHT6503 Hlth Promo/Wellness 2
PHT6609 Evidence Base Pract 3
PHT6504 Hlth Promo/Wellness 3
HSC4970 Public Health and Health Professions Senior Honors Thesis
PHT6188C Functional Anatomy 2
PHT6187C Functional Anatomy 1
PHT6605 Evidence Base Pract 1

Contact Details

(352) 273-6114