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Adrienne N. Pinckney, PT, DPT, PhD

  • Program Director, Institute for Physical Therapy Education, Associate Professor

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Higher Education Leadership for Changing Populations (2022)
    Notre Dame of Maryland University (MD)
  • DPT, Physical Therapy (2016)
    Arcadia University (PA) 
  • MPT, Physical Therapy (2003)
    University of Delaware (DE) 
  • BA, Biology (2000)
    University of Delaware (DE) 

About Me

I received my Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree from the University of Delaware in 2003 and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Arcadia University in 2016. I recently my PhD in Higher Education Leadership for Changing Populations at Notre Dame of Maryland University (Baltimore, MD) in May 2022.

I have 19 years of clinical experience, primarily in the outpatient orthopedic setting. I have assumed various roles in academic and clinical physical therapy education for over 17 years, including serving as an APTA Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor, Site Coordinator of Clinical Education (SCCE) for a nationwide outpatient physical therapy provider, instructor of several interprofessional continuing education seminars, and founding DCE and Assistant Professor within a PTA program.

I have been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2001, along with memberships in the Academy of Physical Therapy Education and the Section on Health Policy & Administration. She is a former recipient of the APTA Minority Student Scholarship Award (2003). I have been a member of the American Education Research Association (AERA) since 2017, along with membership in the AERA Division for the Professions.

I am an active supporter of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives within physical therapy education, particularly through involvement with multiple pipeline programs for secondary and post-secondary students, including HOSA.

Research Interests

  • Underrepresented minority (URM – as defined by the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy) student pursuit of PT careers 
  • The role of pipeline programs in URM student success in gaining admission to PT education programs
  • Physical Therapy student perceptions of value and self-efficacy within service learning

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Delaware Physical Therapy Association
  • American Education Research Association

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