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Scarlett Morris, DPT, PT, MTC, OCS

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Clinical Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Professional Background

Scarlett Morris, DPT, PT, MTC, OCS, has practiced physical therapy in the Kansas City area since 2009. She is a Board-Certified Orthopaedic Specialist and holds a certificate in orthopaedic manual therapy. Her clinical experience is primarily in the outpatient orthopedic setting with an expertise in workers compensation.

A clinical assistant professor, Morris provides instruction in KU's physical therapy degree program and presently teaches a course in acute physical therapy intervention as well as two orthopaedics courses. Due to her clinical expertise, Morris serves as a mentor and preceptor for students in a variety of settings during ICE affiliations including the ALS Association multidisciplinary clinic serving patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, JaySTART and BullDoc pro bono clinics, and the Family Medicine Interprofessional Teaching Clinic.

Prior to her arrival at KU, Morris started her academic career in 2014 in the physical therapy education program at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas. She joined to faculty at the KU Medical Center in 2017 to continue her academic career and clinical practice.

Morris remains active in the Kansas Physical Therapy Association where she serves on the research committee.

Academic Background
Morris graduated from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark., in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine. She then obtained her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Kansas in 2009 and became a board-certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy in 2014.



Morris' research interests are primarily educational in nature and student-focused. She has studied and continues to investigate pro bono student-run clinical services and learning outcomes. Her current research includes examining levels of grit and burnout in students in physical therapy degree programs.

With a strong interest in rubric, course, and curricular development, Morris has a goal of improving educational processes and their ability to practically translate into clinical practice. As a member of the Leveraging Education And Research iN Physical Therapy laboratory, she has presented at conferences related to curricular rubric development.