Chatham University

Physical Therapy (DPT) Faculty and Staff

Joseph Schreiber PT, PhD, PCS

Joseph Schreiber
Associate Professor
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 and politics


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, 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


  • Schreiber J, Dole R. “The Effect of Knowledge Translation Procedures on Application of Information from a Continuing Education Conference.” Pediatric Physical Therapy. 2012. In press
  • Schreiber J, Goodgold S, Moerchen V, Remec N, Aaron C, & Kreger A. “A Description of Professional Pediatric Physical Therapy Education.” Pediatric Physical Therapy. 2011; 23: 201-204
  • Schreiber J, Benger J, Salls J, Marchetti G, Reed L. “Parent Perspectives on Rehabilitation Services for Their Children with Disabilities: A Mixed Methods Approach” Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. July 2011. 31 (3): 225-238
  • Schreiber J, Stern P, Marchetti G, Provident I. “Strategies to Promote Evidence Based Practice in Pediatric Physical Therapy: A Formative Evaluation Pilot Project”. Physical Therapy Journal. 2009; 89 (9). 918-933


  • Board Certification as Pediatric Clinical Specialist, February 1994 to present


  • 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


  • Accessing research evidence in pediatric practice; Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference, November 2011
  • The Great Debate: Is Evidence-based Practice Feasible for Pediatric Clinicians? Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference, November 2011
  • Standardized Tests and Measures in Pediatrics: Selection, Interpretation, and Application to Decision Making and Evaluation of Outcomes; Co Presenters: Robin Dole & Bob Palisano; Pennsylvania State Physical Therapy Association Southwest District and State Conference, October 2009 & May 2011
  • Poster Presentation: “Measuring perception of care in outpatient pediatric rehabilitation services: Internal consistency, internal structure validity and item analysis of the 20-item Measure of Processes of Care (MPOC 20).” Marchetti G, Schreiber J, Benger J, & Reed L. APTA Annual Conference June 2010.
  • Knowledge Translation: Some ideas on translating research into pediatric physical therapy practice; Section on Pediatrics First Annual Conference, January 2010