Katy Mitchell, PT, Ph.D.


Coordinator of Post-Professional Studies

Physical Therapy

Katy Mitchell, PT, Ph.D.


HOU 7041

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My research expertise is in the areas of research methodology and statistical methods. I am particularly interested in the psychometrics of outcome measures when working with patient populations with variable performance parameters. I enjoy mentoring both DPT and PhD students in the research process and am regularly engaged in research collaborations at Texas Children's Hospital. I teach in both the DPT and PhD programs, and serve as the Coordinator of Post-Professional Studies for the School of Physical Therapy (Houston campus). In the DPT program, I teach the internal medicine and research methods courses. In the PhD program, I teach the advanced statistics and applied statistics courses as well as a computer applications course for physical therapy researchers. Prior to transitioning to academia, I worked primarily in acute care and with individuals with neurologic diagnoses. For a list of my recent peer-reviewed publications and presentations, please see my CV.


Ph.D., Physical Therapy, Texas Woman's University, Houston, Texas
M.S., Physical Therapy, Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR
B.S., Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis, CA


Statistics; Teaching Methods; Outcome Measures; Psychometrics

Latest Articles

Why are We Neglecting the Core Muscles in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis? A Narrative Review of the Literature
Physical Therapy Reviews (2021)
D Flowers, W Brewer, K Mitchell, Jennifer Ellison

Examining Demographic and Preadmission Factors Predictive of First Year and Overall Program Success in a Public Physical Therapist Education Program
Journal of Physical Therapy Education (2021)
Katy Mitchell, Jennifer Ellison, Elke Schaumberg, Peggy Gleeson, Christina Bickley

Depression, Anxiety, and Stress in DPT Students: Analysis of Incidence and Lived Experiences
Journal of Physical Therapy Education (2021)
J Bogardus, M Blackinton, B Litwin, T Morrow Nelson, Katy Mitchell

Familiarity with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) and Differentiation of Upper Body Gait Characteristics between Children with HSP and Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy
Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics (2021)
C Bickley, K Mitchell, A Scott, M Bury, M Oyelami

The effects of a high-intensity exercise bout on landing biomechanics post anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a quasi-experimental study
BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation. (2021)
A Alanazi, K Mitchell, T Roddey, A Alenazi, M Alzhrani

Home Environmental Assessment Protocol- Revised (HEAP-R) Initial Psychometrics: A Pilot Study
OTJR: Occupation, Participation, & Health (2020)
L Struckmeyer, N Pickens, D Brown, K Mitchell

Transversus Abdominis Activation Does Not Alter Gait Impairments in Patients With and Without Knee Osteoarthritis
Clinical Biomechanics (2020)
D Flowers, W Brewer, J Ellison, K Mitchell, C Frilot

Psychometric Properties of Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control in Infants and Toddlers with Down Syndrome
Pediatric Physical Therapy (2020)
Megan Flores, Katy Mitchell, Christina Bickley, Carolyn DaSilva

Idiopathic Toe Walking and Postural Instability: The Next Step
Annals of International Occupational Therapy (2020)
Jessica McHugh, Mary Baxter, Pei-Fen Chang, Katy Mitchell

Landing Evaluation in Soccer Players with or without Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
International Journal of Sports Medicine (2020)
A Alanazi, K Mitchell, T Roddey, A Alenazi, M Alzhrani

Mental and Physical Health Behaviors of Doctor of Physical Therapy Students
Journal of Physical Therapy Education (2020)
J Ellison, K Mitchell, J Bogardus, K Hammerle, C Manara

Validity of the Sock Test for Sitting Balance: A Functional Assessment Tool
Occupational Therapy Journal of Research (2020)
I Franc, M Baxter, K Mitchell, M Neville, P Chang

Comparison of Simultaneous Static Standing Balance Data on a Pressure Mat and Force Plate in Typical Children and in Children with Cerebral Palsy
Gait & Posture (2019)
C Bickley, J Linton, E Sullivan, K Mitchell, G Slota

Whole Body Vibration: The Effect of Position and Frequency on Perceived Exertion in Healthy, Active Adults
Journal of Health Science (2019)
Annette Karim, Toni Roddey, Katy Mitchell, H Nguyen, Elizabeth Lemos

Immediate Effect of Whole Body Vibration Condition on SauteĢ Height and Balance in Female Professional Contemporary Dancers, a Randomized Controlled Trial
Journal of Dance Medicine & Science (2018)
Annette Karim, T Roddey, K Mitchell, A Ortiz, S Olson

Body Position Affects Ultrasonographic measurement of Diaphragm Contractility
Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal (2018)
C Brown, S Tseng, K Mitchell, T Roddey

How Healthy is Homeschool? An Analysis of Body Composition and Cardiovascular Disease Risk
Journal of School Health (2018)
Laura Kabiri, Katy Mitchell, Wayne Brewer, Alexis Ortiz

Current Practices and Perceptions of Admission Criteria at Physical Therapist Education Programs in the United States
Journal of Physical Therapy Education (2018)
Katy Mitchell, J Ellison, P Gleeson

Predicting Physical Therapist Assistant Student Success
Journal of Physical Therapy Education (2017)
Laura Kabiri, Michele Voight, Peggy Gleeson, Katy Mitchell

Muscular and Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Homeschool versus Public School Children
Pediatric Exercise Science (2017)
Laura Kabiri, Katy Mitchell, Wayne Brewer, Alexis Ortiz

Motor Skill Proficiency Among Homeschool Children
Journal of Motor Learning and Development (2017)
Laura Kabiri, Katy Mitchell, Wayne Brewer, Alexis Ortiz

Correlation of Technical Surgical Goals to the GDI and Investigation of Post-operative GDI Change in Children with Cerebral Palsy
Gait & Posture (2017)
Christina Bickley, Judi Linton, Nancy Scarborough, Elroy Sullivan, Katy Mitchell

Reliability and Validity of a Smartphone Heart Rate Application for the Assessment of Resting and Elevated Heart Rate
Physiotherapy Theory and Practice: An International Journal of Physical Therapy (2016)
Katy Mitchell, M Graff, C Hedt, J Simmons

Reliability, Validity, and Diagnostic Value of a Pediatric Bioelectrical impedance Analysis Scale
Childhood Obesity (2015)
L Kabiri, D Hernandez, K Mitchell

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Therapy Association

Honors & Awards

  • Best Poster Award, LPTA fall conference (2020)