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Margaret Plack

Margaret Plack

Professor of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences

Office Phone: 202-994-7763
Department: Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences


  • BA, New York University, 1978
  • EdD, Columbia University Tchrs Col, 2003
  • DPT, Nova Southeastern Univeristy, 2014


Dr. Plack’s clinical expertise is in pediatrics. She has over 35 years of practice working with children with developmental disabilities. She has worked in a variety of settings from the NICU to early intervention and the school district. Dr. Plack completed the 8-week NDT course as well as the specialized 3-week NDT Baby course.  Besides pediatrics, Dr. Plack has developed considerable expertise in the areas of reflective practice, educational strategies and educational outcomes.
Dr. Plack has presented numerous workshops at a variety of national and international conferences including the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition Meeting (aka NEXT) and Combined Sections Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies, Association of Standardized Patient Educators and American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). She has been involved in ongoing research related to reflective practice, adult learning principles, models of education, and educational outcomes and has published several manuscripts on topics related to her work. She published a book entitled, Teaching and Learning in Physical Therapy: From Classroom to Clinic, which is used both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Plack has been at GW since 2004 in a variety of positions and is currently a tenured professor. Dr. Plack teaches in her areas of expertise, which includes courses in Teaching and Physical Therapy Practice and Pediatrics, Foundations of Interventions, Pediatrics, and Capstone course. Dr. Plack twice received the Stanford Award for the most influential article of the year from the Journal of Physical Therapy Education as well as the J. Warren Perry Award from the Journal of Allied Health. She also received the Leadership in Education Award, which is the highest honor conferred by the Education Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and is awarded to individuals believed to have reflected substantial credit on physical therapy and physical therapy education through their scholarship, teaching, administration and service activities.


  • Clinical Management and Leadership
  • Core Curriculum in Health Sciences
  • Physical Therapy
  • Translational Health Sciences


View publications by this faculty member from January 1, 2013 - present

Ruckert E, Plack MM, Maring J. A model for designing a geriatrics course grounded in educational principles and active learning strategies. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2014; 28: 69-82.

Additional publications published before January 1, 2013 may be available within Himmelfarb Library's database.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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