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Sean Griech, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, COMT

Assistant Professor

Chappuis Hall 22


Dr. Griech is an assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He earned his BS in physical therapy from Daemen College and his transitional DPT from Shenandoah University. He most recently earned a Ph.D in Leadership studies with a focus on ethics from Alvernia University.

Additionally, Dr. Griech is a board certified orthopedic specialist (OCS), a certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT), and has successfully completed his certificate of competence in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Emory University. 

Clinical Experience/Expertise

Dr. Griech has practiced extensively in outpatient physical therapy.  Prior to joining DeSales he worked for a health network where he maintained a busy patient care schedule while managing several sites. He continues to practice in an outpatient clinic as well as in the university pro bono clinic.

Teaching Responsibilities

Dr. Griech's teaching responsibilities are primarily in the first year of the curriculum. He directs the Differential Diagnosis and Intervention series of courses, PT 540, 541, and 640. He also supervises students in the outpatient pro bono clinic in Clinical Reasoning 1, PT  660, and mentors student research activities in Research 1 through 4, PT 650 through 653 respectively. Additionally, Dr. Griech co-teaches the Musculoskeletal series of courses (PT 530, 531, and 630) with Dr. Karagiannopoulos.

Scholarship/Research Interests

Dr. Griech's research agenda is centered around ethical leadership, with a focus on: (1) the social determinant of health, and (2) examining the factors of burn-out in healthcare.  He also directs student research projects in various topics of musculoskeletal differential diagnosis and examination. 

Sean has published his work in several peer reviewed journals as well as text book chapters.  Additionally, he has presented regionally and nationally on these topics.  He also serves as a reviewer for several journals and text books.

Dr. Griech is very active within the Federal State Board of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). He has held several appointments for the FSBPT, most recently as a board elected member of the Exam Development Committee. He has also been honored by the FSBPT by being nominated to the academy of advanced item writers.


Dr. Griech grew up in western Pennsylvania, and is a huge fan of all Pittsburgh sports.  In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, the outdoors, and spending time with his wife and three children.