Faculty Emeritus

Susan S. Deusinger, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Susan S. Deusinger, PT, PhD, FAPTA, retired in July 2014 after 36 years at Washington University.  During her tenure Susie demonstrated great passion for the profession and for leading the Program to the highly respected organization it is today.  Susie was instrumental in leading Washington University’s transition from baccalaureate level physical therapist education, to a master’s degree, to the current clinical DPT degree.  Susie’s leadership has been acknowledged multiple times by the American Physical Therapy Association at the chapter, state, and national level, and she was inducted into APTA’s Catherine Worthingham Fellows in 2006.

Robert H. Deusinger, PT, PhD

Bob Deusinger, retired in 2013, and his career with the Program in Physical Therapy covered all three missions: education, research and patient care.  As the director of the Human Biodynamics Laboratory (HBL),Bob led a team in research directed at understanding complexities of the knee joint and the mechanisms of injury or disease. He also served as Director, Clinical Practice for seven years, taught Kinesiology to the DPT students, and mentored PhD students.  Bob was honored with the Robert Bartlett Recognition Award and Charles M Magistro Distinguished Service Award from the Foundation for Physical Therapy.

Kathleen Dixon, PT, MEd

Kathleen Dixon’s career spanned nearly fifty years during which she distinguished herself as a clinician, educator and advocate for physical therapy. She began her service to Washington University in 1981. Kathleen made major contributions in curriculum analysis, development of faculty as excellent educators, and delivery of innovative learning experiences to ensure our students would maintain the highest professional standards and integrity. She was active at the local and state levels of the Missouri Physical Therapy Association. She retired in 2000.

Robert J. Hickok, PT, MHA

Robert J. Hickok, PT, MHA, served Washington University as a faculty member in the Program in Physical Therapy and as the Chief Facilities Officer, for the School of Medicine. Bob was President of the Missouri Physical Therapy Association, was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and was a part of the Organizing Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Physical Therapy.

Shirley A. Sahrmann PT, PhD, FAPTA

Shirley A. Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is a renowned teacher, researcher, and clinician. She began teaching in 1961 and spent 54 years educating two generations of physical therapists, and was the first director of the Movement Science Program.  Shirley became a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association in 1986, and in 1998 was selected to receive the Mary McMillan Award, the highest honor of the Association.   Her first book, Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes, has been translated into seven languages; her second book, Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Cervical and Thoracic Spines and the Extremities, has been equally influential in educating physical therapists to embrace their responsibility to guide patients toward optimal health and functional independence through movement.  She retired in 2012 but still makes time to lecture to DPT students and present at continuing education courses.