Robin L. Dole

Robin L. Dole, PT, DPT, EdD, PCS

  • Dean of College of Health & Human Services

Programs I Teach


  • EdD, Child and Youth Studies, Exceptional Education and Special Services (2000)
    Nova Southeastern University (FL)
  • MS, Physical Therapy, post-professional fellowship in pediatrics (1995)
    University of Indianapolis (IN)
  • DPT, Physical Therapy, post-professional (2009)
    MGH Institute for Health Professions (MA)
  • BS, Physical Therapy (1988)
    Ithaca College (NY)

About Me

I received my entry-level BS in physical therapy from Ithaca College and completed a pediatric fellowship on my way to pediatric specialization in physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis. My academic doctoral work is in child and youth studies from Nova Southeastern University, with a focus in exceptional education and special services. I also completed a post-professional doctorate in physical therapy through MGH Institute of Health Professions. These academic pursuits have contributed to my work as a pediatric physical therapist working in early intervention and school-based settings and have informed my research and teaching.

As a scholar, a professor, and a clinician, it is my philosophy that learning occurs within a rich environmental context, and that what we practice well and what we reflect on is learned and shaped in ways that result in permanent changes in our understanding and behavior. On my office door you will find this quote by Abigail Adams: "Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence." I believe this for my own professional development as well as for the education and preparation of future physical therapists.

Research Interests

My scholarly interests are closely tied to my work and experiences as a pediatric physical therapist and an academician. Those pursuits have led to collaborations with others who are teaching pediatric content in physical therapy programs where we have explored questions related to critical thinking, curriculum, and knowledge translation. My other primary research collaboration is within the Institute for Physical Therapy Education at Widener, where we are studying a variety of elements related to civic engagement, service learning, and leadership connected to our curriculum and our student-led pro bono physical therapy clinic.


  • Kenyon L, Dole, RL, et al. Contemporary practice as a board-certified pediatric clinical specialist: A practice analysis. Pediatric Physical Therapy. (in press).
  • Crandell, CE, Black, JD, Dole RL, Palombaro, KM. The prevalence and characteristics of physical therapy pro bono services involving doctor of physical therapy students. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2020; 17; 18(2), Article 13.
  • Moerchen VA, Lundeen H, Dole RL. Educational research priorities for pediatric physical therapy: A consensus study. Pediatric Physical Therapy. 2020; 32:60-69. doi:10.1097/PEP.0000000000000666

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA); Pennsylvania Chapter


  • Chief Delegate, Pennsylvania; American Physical Therapy Association House of Delegates
  • Chair, Pediatric Specialty Council, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
  • Service Award; Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, 2011