Physical Therapy

Faculty & Staff

Susan Klappa

Sue Klappa, PT, MPT, PhD

Curriculum Vitae ResearchGate

Contact Information

301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-1144

P: 409-772-3068

Teaching Areas of Interest

Cardiopulmonary Care, Integumentary Care, Clinical Reasoning, Amputation Rehabilitation, Differential Diagnosis

Research Interests

Global Health, Disaster Relief, Interprofessional Collaboration, Community Engagement, Health Humanities, Teaching & Learning


Sue Klappa PT, MPT, PhD is a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Professions (SHP) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).. She completed her PhD in Education, Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Minnesota with a focus on community engagement. Sue earned a Master of Physical Therapy degree from St. Catherine University.

Dr. Klappa’s research interests explore how community engagement influences professional identity among physical therapists and participation in life roles for all. Through her work, Dr. Klappa believes humanities are crucial to understanding the human condition & allow us to connect more deeply with others.

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