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Margo Orlin

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Margo Orlin


Associate Professor Emerita

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Department

Dr. Orlin is an Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. 
Dr. Orlin is a Scientific Staff member of Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia where she is an investigator on several studies involving children with cerebral palsy. 

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Academic Distinctions

Dr. Orlin was the recipient of the Jack & Ethel Hausman Clinical Research Scholars Award (2007-2010) for her work on running in children with cerebral palsy.

Faculty Fellowships

Catherine Worthingham Fellows of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Professional Society

Dr. Orlin has served the APTA Section in Pediatrics as a member of the Program Committee, Chair of the Memorial Scholarship Task Force and is currently the Chair of the Communications Committee. She is currently serving a second term as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Philadelphia and Vicinity and is co-Chair of the Special Needs Committee of the Jewish Family & Children's Service of Southern New Jersey.

Research Interests

Dr. Orlin's overarching research goal is to study activity and participation for children with cerebral palsy with a concentration on the biomechanics of physical activities, such as walking and running. Her background and dissertation research have been on gait analysis and foot biomechanics in children with and without cerebral palsy.

Dr. Orlin was a co-investigator on a large multicenter study of the determinants of activity and participation in children and youth with cerebral palsy. She merged that experience and her previous work in movement biomechanics, resulting in a 3-year funded study on the biomechanics of running in children with cerebral palsy, which recently ended. The biomechanical data generated by this study will help begin to answer questions as to how children with cerebral palsy run and what characteristics may be present that could potential cause stress and/or injury to the musculoskeletal system over time.

Dr. Orlin is also interested in how older adolescents and young adults with developmental disabilities transition to adulthood.  She has particular concerns for skills that are transferable to sustainable employment. She has been involved in this area of interest in the local community as a community volunteer.