Karen Mueller, PT, DPT, PhD is Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ, where she as served since 1987. She received her BS in Physical Therapy from University of Missouri in 1979, her MS in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 1987, her PhD in Health Professions Education and Health Promotion from Union Institute and University in 2002 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in 2012. She completed certification as a health and wellness coach from Wellcoaches in 2013, and a certificate in Health Focused Lifestyle Intervention from the University of Montana in 2017.
During Karen's 32 years as a faculty member, she has taught, published and presented in the areas of end of life care, professional communication, health and wellness, and neurologic rehabilitation. She is the author of Communication from The Inside Out: Strategies for the Engaged Professional. (FA Davis, 2010). Karen has been recognized as the inaugural Teacher of the Year for the NAU College of Health and Human Services (1997), Arizona Physical Therapist of the Year (2008), and received the Northwestern University Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences Alumni Researcher of the Year award in 2019. Karen is currently engaged in research exploring self-compassion in health professions students as well as a longitudinal study on stress and burnout among physical therapy students.
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