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An Interview with Mark Guthrie, PhD

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Dr. Mark Guthrie, Associate Professor and Division Head for Physical Therapy (PT), has been a member of the University of Washington faculty since 1983.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Washington State University, and both his Master of Physical Therapy and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Washington.

What is the focus of your teaching efforts?

My primary teaching is a 3-quarter series for the Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), and Prosthetics & Orthotics (P&O) students: two quarters of musculoskeletal anatomy, and one quarter of clinical kinesiology. I tell my students, and I believe it, that the anatomy courses are the most important courses they will take. I also teach two administration courses and a pharmacology course for the PT students.

What is the focus of your most recent research efforts?

Since I became Head of the PT Division, my research has become very secondary. However, administration efforts have included developing and implementing the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and moving that program to self-sustaining status.

What do you enjoy most about your work and what makes you want to go back every day?

First: I love to teach and I am honored to have the greatest students on the planet. They're intelligent, motivated, honest, and earnest. They inspire me. Second: my colleagues. I am in awe of all of them.

What are your interests/hobbies outside of work?

Hiking, climbing, cycling, running, charcuterie, and I’m a very good home wine-maker. However, my greatest passion is flyfishing.

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