Research/Areas of Interest: Research agenda includes pediatric health promotion and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Ohio University, Athens, United States, 2000
  • Master of Physical Therapy, Ohio University, Athens, United States, 2002
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, United States, 2006
  • Doctor of Health Science, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, United States, 2010

Biography

Amy Schlessman, PT, DPT, DHSc, serves as a core faculty member for the Tufts Doctor of Physical Therapy Program - Phoenix, Arizona. She has been practicing physical therapy since 2002. She has over 19 years of clinical practice experience in pediatrics and nine years of clinical practice experience with adults in home health, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation centers. She has taught in higher education since 2005 with extensive experience teaching in online and hybrid formats. Prior to joining Tufts, she also served as a faculty liaison in a Center for Teaching Excellence, supporting and training full-time and part-time faculty in best practices in teaching. Her research is focused on pediatric health promotion and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her scholarship includes over 60 professional presentations at national, state, and regional conferences, and over 100 invited speaker presentations. She serves the APTA's Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy as Website co-chair, Zoom chair, member of the Communications, Membership, and Public Relations Leadership Committee, and Ohio Pediatric Advocacy liaison. She continues to practice clinically in the school-based setting and teach professional development courses.