Christopher L. Petrosino, PT, PhD

Christopher L. Petrosino, PT, PhD

Chair of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Science/Professor

Chris joined Sacred Heart University in July 2017 returning to a Program Director position after 7 years in university administration as a Dean and Associate Academic Vice President.  Chris has 7 years of experience as a Program Director and 8 years of experience as an Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education in his 22 years as an academician.  Prior to joining the academy, Chris was a physical therapist working inside Steel Mills in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania in the roles of Manager of Industrial Medicine and senior physical therapist for a hospital system.  Chris has held various leadership positions in the APTA at the regional and national levels and is currently on the APTA Nominating Committee.  In addition to his administrative duties, he has taught courses in research, evidence based practice, professional issues, business administration, practice management, and clinical sciences.

Professional interests include:

  • Professional Issues in Physical Therapy and Higher Education
  • Curriculum Design, Assessment, and Development
  • Teaching and Learning Strategies
  • Experiential Learning and Clinical Education
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methodologies
  • Industrial Physical Therapy

Degrees and Certifications

    • Ph.D., Communication Studies, Ohio University
    • M.Ed., Higher Education Administration, Ohio University
    • BS, Physical Therapy, Ohio University
    • BA, Psychology, Ohio University

Teaching Responsibilities

    • Contemporary and Professional Practice Issues
    • Administrative and Professional roles in Physical Therapy
    • Research and Evidence-Based Practice
    • Clinical Sciences and labs

Research Interests and Grants

    • Student learning and teaching strategies
    • Functional assessment and evaluation
    • Diagnostic accuracy and intervention efficacy
    • Leadership and communication

Publications and Presentations

Contact Information

Office Location & Hours

  • Location:
    Physical Therapy
    Healthcare Education N171
    College of Health Professions
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