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Ellen Costello

Ellen Costello

Director of Admissions
Director, Physical Therapy Program
Associate Professor of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences

Office Phone: 202-994-0056
Email: Email
Department: Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences


  • BS, Ithaca College, 1982
  • MS, New York Medical College, 1986
  • PhD, New York University, 1998


A member of the GW faculty since 2004, and Associate Program Director since 2011, Dr. Costello has taught in a variety of entry-level Physical Therapist Programs over the past 25 years. Her primary areas of teaching include gross anatomy and management of individuals with cardiovascular and pulmonary dysfunction. She has practiced in a variety of settings including a large city hospital Burn and Trauma Center, an Oncology Specialty Hospital and Home Care. She has received a number of teaching excellence awards and research awards at GW and other institutions.

With grant support from a variety of funding sources, Dr. Costello has worked both independently and collaboratively on topics that range from outcomes in physical therapist education to physical activity and aging in the older population. She has published and presented her research in both peer-reviewed journals and National Research Forums. Dr. Costello is a member of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Education, Acute Care and Geriatrics Sections of the APTA. She is currently an on-site reviewer for CAPTE, the accrediting body of the APTA. She is also the Director of the Community Fitness Program at GW, a service offered to local seniors with chronic health conditions.


  • Physical Therapy
  • Translational Health Sciences


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

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Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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