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, knowledge translation and implications of evidence based practice for pediatric physical therapists, and pediatric physical therapy entry level education

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


  • Schreiber J, Moerchen V, Rapport M, Thomas K, Furze J, Lundeen H, Pelletier E. Experiential Learning with Children: An Essential Component of Professional Physical Therapy Education. In press (Pediatric Physical Therapy)
  • Schreiber J, Perry S, Downey P, Williamson A. Facilitating Knowledge Translation through Innovative Continuing Education. Accepted for publication in December 2015 (Journal of Physical Therapy Education)
  • Schreiber J, Marchetti G, Racicot B, & Kaminski E. The Use of a Knowledge Translation Program to Increase Use of Standardized Outcome Measures in an Outpatient Pediatric Physical Therapy Clinic: An Administrative Case Report. Physical Therapy. 2015; 95: 613-629
  • 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


  • 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


  • Connolly B, Mulligan H, Elbasan B, Van Schie P, Schreiber J. Global perspective on best practices in paediatric evaluation tools and interventions. World Congress of Physical Therapy. May 2015
  • Poster Presentation: “Variability of Vestibular Rehabilitation Outcomes Based on Patient’s Perceptions of Symptoms and Functional Limitations” Carender W, Sabourin P, Schreiber J, Marchetti G, Alsalaheen B Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association February 2015
  • Pediatric Obesity Part II: Clinical Care Models and Education Curricula. Blanton S, Brown K, York S, Resnik C, Shah D, and Schreiber J. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association February 2015
  • The Congenital Muscular Torticollis Clinical Practice Guidelines: Implementation strategies for your Practice Setting Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference November 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