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Carla Sabus, PT, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

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Professional Background

Carla Sabus, PT, Ph.D., has a clinical background in acute care practice including trauma, burn, and neuro rehabilitation. An associate professor, she also serves as chair of the admissions and curriculum committees in the physical therapy degree program.

Sabus currently teaches physical therapy intervention which introduces all the basic physical therapy handling skills, therapeutic exercise, and mobility training, and she serves as instructor in research in evidence-based physical therapy practice for both the entry-level and post-professional physical therapy programs.

Sabus continues clinical practice in the KU Medical Center’s interdisciplinary ALS clinic and at The University of Kansas Health System.

Academic Background

After beginning her academic career with a bachelor's degree in biology from Briar Cliff College, Sabus immediately transitioned to graduate study and completed a master's degree in physical therapy at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa.

In 2008, she completed her post-graduate work at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, with a doctorate in education. Since that time, Sabus has held an appointment in the Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training at KU Medical Center.

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Research Focus

Sabus’ research pursuits are in innovative teaching practices, bridging academic and clinical education, inclusion of evidence-based practice in physical therapy education and physical therapist practice, and the diffusion of innovation in the context of physical therapy practice.

Last modified: Mar 28, 2021

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Carla Sabus, PT, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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