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Maggie ONeil

Margaret O'Neil


Associate Professor

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Switzer Merit Fellowship.

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Department

267.359.5546 P
267.359.5576 F
1601 Cherry Street, Room 746

Dr. O’Neil is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. She holds a secondary appointment in the School of Public Health, Department of Community Health and Prevention. Dr. O’Neil conducts interdisciplinary research to identify valid, objective physical activity measures for children and youth with cerebral palsy.  Her intervention research examines the effectiveness of customized active video games to promote physical activity and function in youth with cerebral palsy and the effectiveness of health promotion programs to increase physical activity and participation in youth who are obese.  Dr. O’Neil is a recipient of the Drexel University 2015 Innovations Award.

Funding sources for Dr. O’Neil’s research includes the NIH, the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM), the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Ben Franklin Technology Partners Program and the Coulter Translational Grant Program.  

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Research Interests:

Dr. O’Neil’s work focuses on measures of physical activity dimensions (frequency, intensity, type) and participation outcomes for children and youth with disabilities (cerebral palsy, autism) and chronicconditions (obesity). Dr. O’Neil conducts her research in clinical and community settings to contribute to the limited resources available for health promotion activities for children with special health care needs and their families.

Professional Society:

Dr. O’Neil is a member of the APTA, the World Congress PT (WCPT), the AACPDM, and the American Public Health Association (APHA). Dr. O’Neil is on the WCPT Research Committee for the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Paediatrics. She was recently appointed to the AACPDM Awards Committee and the Foundation for Physical Therapy Scientific Review Committee. Dr. O’Neil is the past chair of the APTA Academy of Pediatrics Research Committee and past co-chair of two APTA Task Forces (Health Promotion and Childhood Obesity). She recently served on the Expert Advisory Board for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to revise a national health promotion program for individuals with special health care needs (I Can Do It! You Can Do It!) and on the Public Health Sector Expert Panel for review and revision of the National Physical Activity Plan.