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Julia Chevan
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Va., 2006
  • Master of Science, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Ct., 1995
  • Master of Public Health, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., 1988
  • Bachelor of Science, Boston University, Boston, Mass., 1985

Julia Chevan, PhD, joined the Department of Physical Therapy in 1993. She was instrumental in the development of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and has been a leader in faculty governance. She is a former Fulbright Scholar and is an investigator publishing in the area of health services research. Her interests in global health have taken her to Armenia, Liberia, Haiti and Rwanda. Beyond her academic work, she is active in her community serving in positions of leadership on both private and public boards

Research Interests

  • Application of health services and research methods/models in physical therapy
  • Provider supply
  • Physical therapy service access
  • Social detriments of access and health behaviors on physical therapy

Courses Taught

  • Evidence Based Practice and Clinical Research
  • Applied Research in Physical Therapy

Certifications and Memberships

American Physical Therapy Association Educational Leadership Institute Fellow

American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association

Certificate in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, McKenzie Institute USA

Selected Works


Chevan J, Riddle DL, Reed SD. Out-of-pocket spending for ambulatory physical therapy services from 2008 to 2012: a national panel survey. Phys Ther. 2015;95:1680-1691.

Lefebvre KM, Chevan J. The persistence of gender and racial disparities in vascular lower extremity amputation: an examination of HCUP NIS data (2002-2011). Vasc Med. 2015;20(1):51-59.

Chevan J, Haskvitz EM. Reported characteristics of participants in physical therapy related clinical trials. Phys Ther. 2015;95(6):884-890.

Chevan J, Roberts DE. No short-term savings in health care expenditures for physically active adults. Prev Med. 2014;63:1-5.

Chevan J, Campbell AA. Peripheral arterial disease is an overlooked women’s issue. Top Geriatr Rehabil. 2013;29(3):155-160.

M’kumbuzi VRP, Biraguma J, Chevan J. The completeness of physiotherapy patient registers in Kigali, Rwanda. Rwanda Journal of Health Science. 2013;2(1):55-60.

Chevan J, M’kumbuzi VRP, Biraguma J. Culture, language and resources: overcoming impediments to research collaboration with physical therapy faculty in a developing country, an example from Rwanda. J Phys Ther Educ. 2012;26(1):50-54.

Chevan J, Riddle DL. Factors associated with care seeking from physicians, physical therapists or chiropractors by persons with spinal pain: a population-based study. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2011;41(7):467-476.

Machlin SR, Chevan J, Yu WW, Zodet MW. Determinants of utilization and expenditures for episodes of ambulatory physical therapy among adults. Phys Ther. 2011;91(7):1018-1029.

Lefebvre KM, Chevan J. Sex disparities in level of amputation. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2011;92(1):118-124.

Kaufman RR, Chevan J. The Gender Gap in Peer Reviewed Publications by Physical Therapy Faculty Members: A Productivity Puzzle. Phys Ther. 2011;91(1):122-131.

Wilkinson SG, Chevan J, Vreeman D. Establishing the centrality of health informatics in physical therapist education: if not now, when? J Phys Ther Educ. 2010;24(3):10-15.

Chevan J, Haskvitz EM. Do as I do: exercise habits of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and student physical therapists. Phys Ther. 2010;90(5):726-734.

Chevan J. Demographic determinants of participation in strength training activities among U.S. adults. J Strength Cond Res. 2008;22(2):553-558.

Spring 2017 Laurels Submissions

Julia Chevan, PhD, professor of physical therapy and interim dean of School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies, co-authored “Application of a contextual instructional framework in a continuing professional development training program for physiotherapists in Rwanda” published in Disability and Rehabilitation in March 2017.

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