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Stephen J. Carp, PT, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Chappuis Hall 24

Dr. Stephen Carp is an associate professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at DeSales University since 2016. He received an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from Temple University. He also earned a Master of Science degree in physical therapy and a Ph.D. in motor control from Temple University.

Dr. Carp has over 30 years of clinical experience in many arenas of physical therapy, including acute care, outpatient, wound care, skilled nursing, and acute medical rehabilitation. He is an ABPTS board certified geriatric specialist. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Carp has held numerous administrative and consultative positions in hospitals, including vice-president of quality, vice-president of performance improvement, and interim CEO.

Dr. Carp's primary teaching responsibilities in the curriculum include Differential Diagnosis & Intervention - Geriatrics, Differential Diagnosis & Intervention – Cardiopulmonary, Professional Development 3, Clinical Reasoning 4, Clinical Medicine 3 - Special Populations, Business & Management Issues, and Special Topics 2 - Global Health. 

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Carp is a faculty mentor for student research projects in PT Research 1-4. He pursues three research lines: non-academic intelligence metrics related to graduate admissions, the effectiveness of non-government support for the poor, and the effect of exercise on cognitive and fall risk metrics in persons with Alzheimer’s disease. He has authored over 15 publications and has published three textbooks, most recently Foundations: An Introduction to Physical Therapy, published in January of 2019 by Thieme, Inc. He has served as an item writer for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and has developed three continuing education programs for the APTA. Dr. Carp is a Combined Sections Meeting proposal reviewer for the Academy of Physical Therapy Education and Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy.  Dr. Carp is a reviewer for five journals.  He has presented at numerous national meetings.  He was awarded the 2019 Distinguished Educator Award by the Academy of Geriatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association and delivered the 2020 APTA-PA Conference keynote address.

Dr. Carp is married to his wife, Diane, and has three wonderful children and two grandchildren. He enjoys spending his free time running, gardening, woodworking, and providing service to the poor through the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.