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Kate Mitchell

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Kathryn Mitchell


Associate Clinical Professor

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Department

Kathryn Mitchell, PT, DPT, has 30 years of clinical experience in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with neuromuscular conditions including stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cerebellar disease and vestibular dysfunction. She is an associate clinical professor in the department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences and a board-certified neurologic clinical specialist. Mitchell teaches courses related to the management of adult neuromuscular conditions and serves as the assistant director of clinical education. She currently provides physical therapy services at Magee Rehab, Dynamic Home Therapy and Drexel Physical Therapy. Mitchell’s research interests focus on balance dysfunction and fall risk in people with neuromuscular disorders.

Professional Society

American Physical Therapy Association
Philadelphia Area Clinical Education Consortium
Alpha Eta Society

Selected Publications

Chen, H., Meiers, J., Wang-Hsu, E., Mitchell, K., Smith, S. S. (2018). Development and Validation of a Conceptually Novel Performance-based Balance Scale in Community-Living Older Adults. E-poster presented at 12th World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine [ISPRM], Paris, France.

Mitchell, K., Chen, H., Silfies, S. (2018). Test-retest reliability, validity, and minimal detectable change of the BESTest to assess balance in persons with MS. International Journal of MS Care 20(5),231-237.

Mitchell, K. D. (2018). Gait Speed Changes with Balance-Based-Torso-Weighting in persons with neurological conditions. J Neurol Phys Ther. 42(1):44-56.

Mitchell, K. D., Newton, R. A. (2006). Performance-Oriented Mobility Assessment Balance Score: Need for Assistive Device. Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1(3), 183-189.

Research Interests

Mitchell’s research interests include balance dysfunction and fall risks in persons with multiple sclerosis. 


Her clinical areas of interest are Adult Neuromuscular Rehabilitation, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Balance and Falls, and Locomotor treadmill training with spinal cord injury.

DPT, Physical Therapy, 2006 – 2008
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

MS, Physical Therapy, 1993 – 1999
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

BS, Physical Therapy, 1984 – 1988
University of Scranton
Scranton, PA