Dawn Brown, PT, DPT, OCS

Dawn Brown
Title: Clinical Assistant Professor
Director of Clinical Education
Division: Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
Unit: Physical Therapy
Office Location: Health/Wellness 1118
Office Phone: 815-753-5243
Office Fax: 815-753-3299
Email: dbrown36@niu.edu

Courses Taught

  • AHPT 405: Physical Therapy and the Rehabilitation Process
  • AHPT 642: Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy
  • AHPT 614: Foundations of Physical Therapy V
  • AHPT 620: Clinical Experience I
  • AHPT 621: Clinical Experience II
  • AHPT 622: Clinical Experience III
  • AHPT 660: Clinical Experience IV
  • AHPT 760: Clinical Experience V
  • AHPT 761: Clinical Experience VI


  • D.P.T., Doctor of Physical Therapy Alabama State University
  • M.P.T., Masters of Physical Therapy, Northwestern University Medical School
  • B.A., Bachelor of Art, Psychology, Northwestern University


  • O.C.S., American Physical Therapy Association Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
  • C.E.A.S., Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist
  • C.A.F.S., Certification in Applied Functional Science


  • Current Physical Therapy License: Illinois

Academic Research Interests

  • Understanding and addressing health disparities in health care
  • Prevalence and predictors of low back pain in underrepresented minority groups
  • Underrepresented minority recruitment and retention strategies in physical therapist education programs
  • Physical therapist-patient communication and cultural competence in delivery of services
  • Physical therapy clinical education: expectations, responsibilities, and needs of the facilities, academic institutions and students 

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