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Kenneth Harwood

Kenneth Harwood

Director of the Program in Health Care Quality
Director for Research for the Program in Physical Therapy
Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
Associate Professor of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences (Secondary)

Office Phone: 202-994-7142
Email: Email
Department: Clinical Research and Leadership


  • B.S., State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, 1981
  • M.S., New York University, 1989
  • PhD, New York University, 2001


Professor Harwood is the Director of Health Care Quality Initiatives for the Program of Clinical Research and Leadership and the Director of Research for the Program in Physical Therapy. Formerly, he was the Vice President of the Practice and Education for the American Physical Therapy Association where he oversaw Association efforts and activities designed to improve and enhance the state of physical therapy education and practice. In addition, Dr. Harwood held previous full-time academic positions at Columbia University, New York University and SUNY, Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn, and a number of consulting positions as a physical therapist and ergonomist.

Dr. Harwood research interests include ergonomics, low back pain care, health care policy and quality. He has published and presented nationally and internationally in the field of occupational health, low back pain care and prevention, safe patient handling and movement, health care policy and quality, and leadership. He is a founding editorial board member of the American Journal of Safe Patient Handling and Movement, a manuscript reviewer for a number of physical therapy and rehabilitation journals, and a grant reviewer for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

Dr. Harwood has been honored by a number of academic institutions for lectureships, received the 2010 Advocacy Award for Improved Caregiver Safety, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from SUNY, Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn, a member of the team that won the 1996 Woodbridge Award for Excellence in Research, and presented testimony on behalf of the APTA to a United States Senate Subcommittee.


  • Clinical Management and Leadership
  • Clinical Research Administration
  • Core Curriculum in Health Sciences
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Health Care Quality
  • Physical Therapy
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Translational Health Sciences


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Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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