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Sarah Jean Gilliland


Physical Therapist (PT)

Member Since: 2005

Professional Bio

Dr. Gilliland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at West Coast University in Los Angeles, CA. She received her DPT from Chapman University and her MA and PhD in education from University of California at Irvine. She has publications and presentations in the areas of clinical reasoning and professional development in physical therapy education. Her research has been supported by the Foundation for Physical Therapy, Inc. (PODS Scholarships) and the Academy of Physical Therapy Education. Dr. Gilliland is a member of the Clinical Reasoning Curricula and Assessment Research Consortium, and is chair of the Scholarship of Education SIG. She was recognized by APTA as an Emerging Leader in 2015 and received the Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award in 2018. Dr. Gilliland received the 2019 Faculty of the Year award for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at West Coast University. Her true passion is getting to play a role in students’ development into competent and caring physical therapists.
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General Areas of Expertise
Clinical reasoning, Mixed methods research, Qualitative
Special Interest Groups