Sujata Pradhan, PhD, PT

Title: Graduate Program Coordinator, Associate Professor
Division: Physical Therapy

Sujata Pradhan is a physical therapist and associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. She is interested in studying the applications of technological advances for the physical therapy management in individuals with Parkinson disease. Her work has focused on the use of wearable sensors, exergaming and virtual reality for rehabilitation. In addition to Dr. Pradhan’s teaching and research, she chairs the Doctor of Physical Therapy program’s admissions committee, serves as the Graduate Program coordinator and co-chairs the Rehabilitation Equity, Diversity and Inclusion council. She has a BSc (PT) and MSc (PT) degrees from the University of Bombay, MS (Physical Therapy) and PhD (Rehabilitation Science) degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and has completed post doctoral training in Advanced Rehabilitation Research at the University of Washington.

Education and Training

  • University of Washington, Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training, 2010 
  • University of Pittsburgh, PhD(Rehab. Sci.), 2007 
  • University of Pittsburgh, MS (PT), 2000 
  • University of Bombay, MSc(PT), 1998
  • University of Bombay, BSc (PT)-1994

Clinical Interests

Dr. Pradhan’s clinical interest focuses on the physical therapy management of individuals with neurologic conditions with a special interest in Parkinson disease.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Pradhan’s teaching responsibilities in the department of Rehabilitation Medicine include coordinating and teaching Neurobiology for Rehabilitation course for the DPT, MOT and MPO programs. Her responsibilities within the division of Physical Therapy include coordinating and teaching the Physical Therapy Seminar 1 as well as serving as a guest lecturer in several other courses. She mentors several students in the DPT program and serves on dissertation committees for several students in the PhD in Rehabilitation Science program.

Research Interests

The overall goal of Dr. Pradhan’s research is to use technological advances (specifically those in the area of sensors, exergaming, virtual reality and wearable devices) to develop objective measures and design interventions for individuals with Parkinson disease. Additionally her research interest includes knowledge translation of the advances in technology related to rehabilitation into clinical practice. Dr. Pradhan’s work has been supported by funding from the UW-Dept. of Rehab Medicine, Royalty Research Fund – University of Washington, Institute of Translational Health Sciences- University of Washington, The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research & the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).


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