Chatham University

Physical Therapy (DPT) Faculty and Staff

Melissa Bednarek PT, DPT, PhD

Melissa Bednarek
Assistant Professor
Hometown : Lockport, New York
Joined Chatham : 2009

Academic Areas of Interest

Cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy, Acute care physical therapy, Pulmonary rehabilitation


  • PhD in Physiology, Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA), 2009
  • MPT, MCP Hahnemann University (Philadelphia, PA), 2000
  • BS in Biology and Psychology, St. Bonaventure University (St. Bonaventure, NY), 1998


  • Hertweck ML, Hawkins SR, Bednarek ML, Goreczny AJ, Schreiber JL, and Sterrett SE. Attitudes toward interprofessional education: Comparing physician assistant and other health care professions students. J Physician Assist Educ. 2012; 23(2): 8-15.
  • Bednarek ML, Speich JE, Miner AS, Ratz PH. Active tension adaptation at a shortened arterial muscle length: inhibition by cytochalasin-D. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2011 Apr;300(4):H1166-73.


  • American Thoracic Society
  • American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • American Physiological Society
  • American Physical Therapy Association: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section, Home Health Section
  • Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association


  • Co-Chair of the Education Committee of the Southwest District Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association: March 2010-May 2013


  • Ohtake P, Bartlo P, Bednarek M, Gillette P, Hilton T, Smith N. “Using Simulation to Bring Acute Care Patient Management into the Classroom: Experiences and Outcomes.” Educational Session at APTA Combined Sections Meeting (San Diego, CA) January 2013