Professor, Director PhD Program in Rehabilitation Sciences
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Department
Dr. Chiarello is a Professor, board certified specialist in pediatric physical therapy, and the Director of the PhD Program in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. She received her doctoral degree from Hahnemann University. Dr. Chiarello is a co-principal investigator on the PT COUNTS research study funded by the Institutes of Education Sciences to understand the association between physical therapy and student outcomes in school-based services. She was the principal investigator for a federally and internationally funded multi-site observational study of young children with cerebral palsy, Move & PLAY, to identify the child, family, and service determinants of motor ability, self-care, and play. In addition, she is a co-investigator on the current On Track study, a follow-up of the Move and PLAY study, to create developmental trajectories on balance, strength, range of motion, endurance, health conditions, and participation in self-care and recreational activities for children with cerebral palsy. Dr. Chiarello has served the APTA Section in Pediatrics as the Chair of the Nominating Committee and Practice Committees and as Region IV Director. She is currently Chair of the Early Intervention Special Interest Group. Dr. Chiarello conducts research, publishes, and presents nationally and internationally in the areas of community-based practice, family-centered care, and understanding participation outcomes for children with physical disabilities.
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