Chatham University

Physical Therapy (DPT) Faculty and Staff

Joseph Schreiber PT, PhD

Joseph Schreiber
Professor and Program Director
Hometown : Pittsburgh, PA
Joined Chatham : 2001

Academic Areas of Interest

Physical therapy for children, evidence based practice and clinical decision making, and knowledge transtation; fitness for children with disabilities

Personal Areas of Interest

Exercise & fitness, golf, hiking, environmental issues


Dr. Schreiber has over 25 years of experience in the practice of pediatric physical therapy. During that time he has worked in a wide variety of clinical and academic settings including the Western PA School for Blind Children, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, The Children's Therapy Center, The Children's Institute, and currently here at Chatham University. Throughout that time span, Dr. Schreiber has collaborated with many talented and dedicated colleagues to advance the quality of services physical therapists provide for children. His most recent research has focused on supporting practitioners in their ability to use scientific research evidence to guide and enhance clinical decision making. In addition, he has worked at the local, state, and national level to support the practice of pediatric physical therapy.


  • Ph.D., in Rehabilitation Science, Duquesne University, 2007
  • MS in Pediatric Physical Therapy, Hahnemann University, 1992
  • BS in Physical Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, 1986


  • Rapport MJ, Furze J, Martin K, Schreiber J, Dannemiller LA, DiBiasio PA, Moerchen VA. “Essential competencies in entry-level pediatric physical therapy education. Pediatric Physical Therapy”. 2014; 26 (1): 7-18
  • Schreiber, J. Invited commentary: The Importance of Qualitative Research in Pediatric Physical Therapy. Journal of Physical Therapy Reviews. 2013; 18 (2): 146-147
  • Schreiber J, Dole R. “The Effect of Knowledge Translation Procedures on Application of Information from a Continuing Education Conference.” Pediatric Physical Therapy. 2012. 24; 259-266
  • Schreiber J, Perry S, Downey P, Williamson A. Implementation of an Innovative Continuing Education Program Focused on Translation of Knowledge into Clinical Practice: A Case Report. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2013; 27 (3). 63-71


  • Board Certification as Pediatric Clinical Specialist, February 1994 to July 1 2014


  • Award for Excellence in Pediatric Physical Therapy, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Pediatric Special Interest Group, 2011


  • American Physical Therapy Association member since 1986


  • Serving as President of the Section on Pediatrics, American Physical Therapy Association, February 2011 to present.
  • Served as Chair of the Education Committee for the Section on Pediatrics, American Physical Therapy Association; February 2008 to February 2011
  • Served as chair of the Pediatric Special Interest Group for the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association: October 2003 to March 2007


  • The Congenital Muscular Torticollis Clinical Practice Guidelines: Implementation strategies for your Practice Setting Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference November 2013
  • Knowledge Translation: Changing practice in an outpatient clinic Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association January 2013
  • Diane Cherry Forum: Best Practices in Pediatric PT Education Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association January 2013
  • Lost in Translation: Implementation of Research Findings in Today’s World of Clinical Reality: Eugene Michels Forum- Invited Panelist Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association January 2013
  • Knowledge Translation: Some ideas on translating research into pediatric physical therapy practice; Section on Pediatrics First Annual Conference, January 2010