Jill D. Black

Jill D. Black, PT, DPT, EdD, FNAP

  • Associate Dean of College of Health & Human Services
  • Director of Institute for Physical Therapy
Media Expertise:
  • Health Sciences

Programs I Teach


  • EdD, Curriculum and Instruction (2000)
    University of Delaware (DE)
  • MS, Exercise Physiology (1992)
    University of Delaware (DE)
  • BS, Physical Therapy (1987)
    University of Delaware (DE)

About Me

My overall teaching goal has been that my students become positive and effectual change agents for their clients and communities as students and as they graduate and become physical therapy professionals. I aim to accomplish this goal through transformational, experiential, and active learning strategies.

I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity and support to conduct research in the realm of community and civic engagement at Widener University, where scholarship that leads to positive impact on communities is highly valued. My scholarship has led to a wonderful blend of improving my teaching, enhancing the learning experiences of the DPT students at Widener, serving the physical therapy needs of the Chester community, and positively impacting the growth of pro bono services and experiential learning locally, nationally and internationally.

Ultimately, both my teaching and scholarship contribute to the fostering of academic citizenship within my students and myself, as well as positively impacting the local community, the Institution, and the national and international professional communities. As Pro Bono Services Coordinator within the IPTE, much of my service has focused on the expansion of the national network for student-run pro bono clinics as well as the continued growth and development of the Chester Community Clinic.  

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of local community engagement and service-learning, international service-learning and clinical education, global health competencies, pro bono service, student leadership development, and oncological rehab.

Media Expertise

  • Cultural competency for the health care professional
  • Rehabilitation and oncology


  • Black JD, Palombaro KM, Dole RD. Student experiences in creating and launching a student-led physical therapy pro bono clinic: a qualitative investigation. Physical Therapy Journal. 2013; 93(5): 637-648.
  • Black JD, Green D, McKenna C, Squadrito J, Taylor S, Palombaro KM. Therapists' perspectives and interventions in the management of axillary web syndrome: an exploratory study. Rehabilitation Oncology. 2014; 32(4): 17-22.
  • Pechak CM, Black JD. Proposed Guidelines for International Clinical Education in US-Based Physical Therapist Education Programs: Results of a Focus Group and Delphi Study. Phys Ther. 2014; 94: 523-533.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)


  • Widener University Outstanding Researcher Award (2014)
  • HPA: The Catalyst Outstanding Service Award (2015)
  • APTA Global Health Special Interest Group Leavitt Award for Promotion of Social Responsibility (2015)

In the Media