Sandra A. Billinger, PT, PhD, FAHA

Assistant Professor
KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

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Professional Background
In addition to teaching in the DPT and PhD programs as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, Sandra Billinger, PT, PhD, FAHA, also has a joint appointment in the School of Medicine in the Department of Neurology and in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at KU Medical Center. She is the course director of PTRS 825 Exercise Physiology and PTRS 826 Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy and is a Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine. She has practiced as a physical therapist since 2004 in the areas of cardiopulmonary and neurological rehabilitation. Billinger has delivered numerous lectures related to exercise testing and interventions in the stroke population. She currently serves as director of the REACH Laboratory.

Billinger is a committee member for the health care working group of the National Physical Activity Plan; serves on the research committees for the Kansas Physical Therapy Association and the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and the Nominating Committee of the Neurology section of the APTA. She is an active member of the American Heart Association’s Stroke Council and received Fellowship status in 2004.

Academic Background
Billinger earned a Bachelor of Science in physical education with a minor in gerontology from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan., in 2002. She received her Master of Science in physical therapy in 2004 and her PhD in Rehabilitation Science in 2008 from the University of Kansas. Billinger continues her work at the KU Medical Center as faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science.

Research Focus

Billinger's research interests are aimed at examining the cardiovascular and pulmonary changes that occur in people with chronic disease specifically after stroke. She is interested in understanding the cellular mechanisms that influence vascular function after stroke and how exercise, as a therapeutic intervention may affect vascular health. PubMed: National Library of Medicine

Recent Publications

See Sandra Billinger's publications on PubMed

Lab Group Site

REACH Laboratory

The overall goal of the REACH laboratory is to understand the cardiovascular and pulmonary adaptations to chronic disease (heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and cancer).

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Last modified: Nov 05, 2014

Sandra A. Billinger


Sandra A. Billinger, PT, PhD, FAHA
Assistant Professor

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