Chatham University

Physical Therapy Faculty and Staff

Patricia Downey PT, PhD, DPT
Professor, Dean for the School of Health Sciences

Hometown : Detroit, Michigan
Joined Chatham : 1994

Academic Areas of Interest

Orthopedic physical therapy, Women's health physical therapy, Osteoporosis

Personal Areas of Interest

Fitness, Travel, Spending time with my family, Craft beers, Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball


Dr Downey has been a licensed physical therapist for over 30 years specializing in orthopedics and women's health. She has been on faculty at Chatham since 1994 and physical therapy program director from 2005-2014. She became the inaugural Dean for the School of Health Sciences in 2014. She has an advanced masters degree in orthopedic physical therapy and was a certified orthopedic clinical specialist for 20 years. She also has a PhD in physical anthropology with an emphasis in functional anatomy and morphology.