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Annette Willgens


Clinical Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Education

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Department

585.361.3703 P
237.359.5576 F
Three Parkway, 1601 Cherry Street, Room 747

Annette Willgens is an associate clinical professor, board certified specialist in pediatric physical therapy, and Director of the Clinical Education Program in the Department of Physical therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. She received her Doctor of Education with a concentration in Higher Education Leadership. She has a graduate certificate in Qualitative Research Methods. Scholarly interests include  exploring student centered teaching and learning while on clinical internships, clinician stress and prevention of burnout/compassion fatigue, mindfulness theory, creative curricular design, infant-maternal bonding and its impact on development, and she is currently completing a methodological congruence tool to improve rigor in qualitative inquiry. 

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Pediatric Physical Therapy; Clinical Education

Research Interests:

Dr. Willgens conducts research using grounded theory and phenomenology to more fully understand student learning, clinician stress and burn out, and family centered care. 

Professional Society:

Dr. Willgens has served as Editor of The Qualitative Report. She belongs to the Clinical Education, Research, and Pediatric sections of the APTA. She is a Level I & II Credentialed Clinical Instructor and she is Certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the University of San Diego Medical Center. Dr. Willgens is also a member of the American Hippotherapy Association and the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association.