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Susan Klappa, PT, MPT, Ph.D., M.A.

Susan Klappa
Title: Department Chair/Head AC
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Office: Health and Natural Sciences, 468, Dahlonega

Overview

Dr. Sue Klappa is a professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega. She completed her Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Minnesota with a focus on community engagement and international education. Sue earned her Masters of Physical Therapy degree from St. Catherine University (formerly The College of St. Catherine). She also holds a Master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in cardiac rehabilitation.

Dr. Klappa is a PT educator and clinician who has practiced physical therapy and presented internationally. Dr. Klappa has had 6 tours of service to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. She has worked in outpatient clinics, at a Level I trauma center, and in disaster relief tent hospitals with patients with neurological, cardiopulmonary, integumentary and other problems. She has also led and facilitated many service learning/community engagement experiences for student PTs and PTAs in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Honduras, Mexico, and Haiti. Dr. Klappa has developed many educational sessions as well as pro bono campo and batey community health clinics in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Honduras.

Dr. Klappa’s research interests explore how interprofessional collaboration, global health work, and international community engagement influence the formation of professional identity among physical therapists. Community-based participatory research in physical therapy is also another topic of interest.

Education

  • Ph.D., Education, Curriculum & Instruction: Family, Youth, & Community, University of Minnesota, 2010
  • MPT, Physical Therapy, The College of St. Catherine, 1994
  • M.A., Physical Education, University of Minnesota, 1984
  • B.A., Biology, Hamline University, 1978

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