Dr. Priscilla A. Weaver joins Doctor of Physical Therapy program as chair and director

Priscilla A. Weaver (PT, DPT, PhD, PCS) has joined the Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (CPHS) as the new chair and director for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

“We are excited to have Dr. Weaver join us to lead our Department of Physical Therapy,” said Dean Dr. Michael L. Adams, (’96 PharmD, PhD). “She brings perspective and insight from her impressive background, which includes leadership in the physical therapy profession and as director of the physical therapy program at St. Ambrose University. Her commitment to educating future physical therapists and her passion for the profession is evident. We look forward to her many contributions.”

A licensed physical therapist, Weaver is also a pediatric certified specialist with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists and serves as chair of the Early Intervention Special Interest Group with the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois, she then earned a doctor of physical therapy degree from Washington University followed by a doctor of philosophy in human performance from Indiana University. Weaver then completed an American Physical Therapy Association Fellowship in Education Leadership.

She has spent 15 years working in the profession gaining great experience helping people through outpatient practice, healthcare systems, public schools, and early intervention serving young children and their families with disabilities. She plans to provide services to young children in our community.

Weaver entered higher education as an assistant professor and then director of clinical education for the Bradley University Department of Physical Therapy and Health Science. While in those roles, she also became an owner/provider of Illinois Early Intervention Program: Movement Specialists Physical Therapy. Her next adventure was as an associate professor and director of the St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Department. She also conducts research on pediatric physical therapy practice and education to assist the profession in advancing the care for children.

“I am grateful for the warm welcome of the Campbell University community,” said Weaver. “I am fortunate to collaborate with highly-qualified faculty in preparing students to become physical therapists who deliver person-centered care to improve the health of individuals and society. Our graduates are movement experts who improve the quality of life for people of all ages and abilities.”