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McGough Joins the University of Rhode Island

June 1, 2021

Ellen McGough, PT, PhD


Ellen McGough, PT, PhD (Associate Professor; Associate Director, Division of Physical Therapy) has accepted a position with the University of Rhode Island as Physical Therapy Department Chair and Program Director.

Dr. McGough received a BS in Microbiology (1982) and a BS in Physical Therapy (1986) from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.  She completed her M.Ed. (2003) and PhD (2009) at the University of Washington. She also completed the Predoctoral Fellowship Rehabilitation Sciences Training Program (2007-2009) and the Post-doctoral Fellowship Biobehavioral Nursing Research Training Program (2009-2010) at the University of Washington.

Dr. McGough has served as instructor/lecturer (1997-2007), Assistant Professor (2011-2017), and Associate Professor (2017-2021) within the Department of Rehabilitation. She has been the primary instructor for many Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) courses over the years. Dr. McGough also mentored students within the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program as graduate faculty.  She has served as Director of Education of the DPT Program and Co-Director of the UW Acute Care PT Residency Program. Most recently, she has served as Associate Director of the Division of Physical Therapy.

Dr. McGough has been a licensed physical therapist in the State of Washington since 1990 and has practiced in musculoskeletal, neurological rehabilitation, acute care, and senior care settings. She mentors UW DPT students at the Harborview Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic.

Dr. McGough has maintained an active research program since starting as Assistant Professor within the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Her research aims to improve physical function and prevent mobility disability in adults with chronic conditions and age-related impairments. Her studies incorporate body-worn sensors in real-world settings to assess fall risk and mobility disability, virtual and in-person exercise programs for people living with dementia, and train-the-trainer models to improve physical activity in older adults with neurodegenerative disease. She plans to expand her research program at the University of Rhode Island.

Dr. McGough's last day with the department is June 15, 2021.