Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Director

As an academic administrator for over 20 years, Dr. Tschoepe is recognized as a national leader in physical therapist education. She focuses her energy on promoting excellence in education across the continuum of physical therapist preparation and practice and is committed to facilitating curriculum design and assessment that prepares graduates for contemporary clinical practice while simultaneously supporting faculty and leadership development. Her scholarly interests include promoting health and optimal aging in individuals with chronic neuromuscular conditions and developing/integrating leadership competencies in graduate health professional education. Her area of expertise is in movement science and she is also active in a clinical private practice treating individuals who are aging with a variety of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders.


Davis C., Tschoepe, B: (2016) ACAPT Second Annual Geneva R. Johnson Innovations in Physical Therapy Education Forum: Inspiring Voices to Orchestrate Change in Physical Therapy Education. Journal of Physical Therapy Education, IN PRESS

Tschoepe, B, Davis C.: (2015) ACAPT First Annual Geneva R. Johnson Innovations in Physical Therapy Education Forum: Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT: So What? Now What? Educating DPTs as Leaders to Meet Future Societal Needs. Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 29:2, 84-87

Mulligan, N., Tschoepe B., Smith, MB: (2014) Balance retraining in community dwelling older adults: Highlights of intervention strategies that hold promise in PT practice. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 30-2, 117-126.

Dean, E.., Dornelas de Andrade, …Tschoepe, B., et al: (2013) The Second Physical Therapy Summit on Global Health: developing an action plan to promote health in daily practice and reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 11-19-13, 1:15.

Krum, L., Tschoepe, B. A. , & Sage, L. (2007).  Models of clinical faculty development A comparison study of one university's experience.   Journal of Physical Therapy Education.  

Smith, M. B., Christenson, M., Tschoepe, B. A. , Scherer, S. A. , & Gorman, I. (2006).  Fitness program impact in a multi-level senior living center.   Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, 28, 111. 

Scherer, S. A., Tschoepe, B. A. , Smith, M. B. , Christenson, M., & Gorman, I. (2006).  Effectiveness of experiential learning in health promotion in physical therapist students. Journal of Physical Therapy Education

Awards and Recognition

  • APTA Education Section: Leadership in Education Award. Recognized for lifetime contributions and service to PT education, 2014
  • APTA-Co Chapter Service Award Bob Doctor Service Award-APTA Colorado Chapter, 2005
  • Outstanding Contribution to Practice Award American Physical Therapy Association - Private Practice Section, 1996
  • Outstanding Physical Therapist of the Year Award American Physical Therapy Association- Colorado Chapter, 1996
  • Centennial Recognition Award for meritorious Service University of Colorado Health Science Center, 1983
Barbara Tschoepe

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Physical therapy faculty development
  • Experiential learning in health promotion in physical therapy students
  • Physical therapy practice and implementation of clinical practice guidelines


  • D.P.T.; Regis University
  • Ph.D., Higher Education Administration (Cognate Kinesiology/Motor Control); University of Colorado
  • B.S., Physical Therapy; Texas Woman's University


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