Mary Thompson, PT, Ph.D., GCS


Post-Professional Program Coordinator

Physical Therapy

Mary Thompson, PT, Ph.D., GCS

IHSD 8812

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Mary Thompson, PT, PhD, GCS, is a Professor and Post-Professional Program Coordinator in the School of Physical Therapy at Texas Woman's University. Her edcational background includes the study of physical therapy with an emphasis in Geriatrics, aging studies, and higher education. Dr. Thompson's professional experience has focused primarily on work with older adults in home health, skilled nursing facilities, and hospice. Her almost 30 years as an educator in physical therapy have focused on helping students at all levels achieve their career goals in a dynamic, ever-changing health care environment. Dr. Thompson is guided by the belief that people - patients and students alike - learn best by doing, and thus she incorporates experiential service-learning and interprofessional education in non-clinical courses. Her service philosophy involves integration and relationship building with colleagues, community and the profession of physical therapy at the national level. Dr. Thompson believes that small acts of kindness can transform society and everyone needs to do his or her part.


Ph.D., Higher Education, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
M.S., Physical Therapy, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
B.H.S., Physical Therapy, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY


Geriatric Physical Therapy; Career Paths; Health Promotion/Illness Prevention; Psychocoial Aspects of Care; Health Care Delivery Systems

Latest Articles

Exploration of habitual walking behavior and home-based muscle power training in individuals with total knee arthroplasty
Journal of Physical Activity & Health (2020)
E Trudelle-Jackson, E Hines, A Medley, Mary Thompson

Ankle motor strategy use in older versus younger adults as assessed by a 2D kinematic analysis application
International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation (2020)
C Criminger, Mary Thompson, C Swank, A Medley

Responsiveness, Minimal Detectable Change, and Minimal Clinically Important Difference of the Sitting Balance Scale and Function in Sitting Test in People with Stroke
Physiotherapy Theory and Practice: An International Journal of Physical Therapy (2020)
Jehad Alzyoud, Ann Medley, Mary Thompson, Linda Csiza

A Model for Measuring and Clarifying Staff Expectations Following Organizational Restructuring in Rehabilitation Services, with Applications in Management and Workforce Development
Physical Therapy Journal of Policy, Administration & Leadership (2018)
Ana Lotshaw, Mary Thompson

Head Control Changes After Headpod Use in Children With Poor Head Control: A Feasibility Study
Pediatric Physical Therapy (2018)
Julie E Brown, Mary Thompson, Kelli Brozollara

Aerobic exercise lessens dual task cost in low rate pedalers with Parkinson disease
International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation (2016)
C. Swank, A Medley, M Thompson, E Trudelle-Jackson, M Barisa

A Comparison of Physical Activity and Dual Task Gait among Persons with Parkinson's Disease and Healthy Older Adults
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics (2016)
Chad Swank, Elaine Trudelle-Jackson, Ann Medley, Mary Thompson, Allen Jackson

Spinal Stabilization Exercises for Low Back Pain in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Journal of Pediatric Physical Therapy (2015)
K. A. Zapata, S Wang-Price, S Sucato, M Thompson, E Jackson

Institutional and Program Factors Predict Physical Therapist Assistant Program Graduation Rate and Licensure Examination Pass Rate. Journal of Physical Therapy Education
Journal of Physical Therapy Education (2015)
B Gresham, M Thompson, K Luedtke-Hoffmann, M Tietze

Contribution of Age and Balance Confidence to Functional Mobility Test Performance: Diagnosis Accuracy of L Test and Normal-paced Timed up and Go
Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy (2015)
A Medley, M Thompson

Can Patient Use of Daily Activity Monitors Change Nurse Practitioner Practice?
The Journal for Nurse Practioners (2014)
P Mancuso, M Thompson, M Tietze, S Kelk, G Roux

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • APTA, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy (Section on Geriatrics until Feb. 2014) Membership
  • APTA, Home Health Section Membership
  • APTA, Section on Education Membership
  • APTA, Section on Research Membership
  • APTA, Section on Women's Health Membership