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Karla A. Bell, PT, DPT, OCS, GCS

Director of Clinical Education
Assistant Professor
University of Delaware
STAR Health Sciences Complex
540 S. College Ave, Suite 210R
Newark, DE 19713
Phone: 302-831-4152
Fax: 302-831-4234

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Delaware Physical Therapist #J1-0002353

  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists, Geriatric Certified Specialist
  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists, Orthopedic Certified Specialist
  • APTA Certified Clinical Instructor
  • APTA Certified Advanced Clinical Instructor
  • American Red Cross Emergency First Responder (Expires 2016)
  • American Red Cross Emergency CPR/AED Professional Rescuer/HC Provider


University of Pittsburgh
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
University of Massachusetts-Lowell


Biology & Chemistry
Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy


May 2008-Present:
University of Delaware, Newark, DE:

Department of Physical Therapy

  • Director of Clinical Education (2013-current)
  • Assistant Professor (Dec09-present)
  • Center Coordinator for Clinical Education (CCCE) (July 2008-2013)
  • Interim Director of Clinical Education (April 2012-2013)

University of Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic

  • Associate Director of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (May08-2013)
  • Center Coordinator for Clinical Education (July08-2013)
    • Faculty Member, Sports, Orthopaedic, and Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency Programs (June08-present)
    • Clinical Instructor (15 years)
      • Certified Clinical Instructor/ Certified Advanced Clinical Instructor
      • Direct clinical instruction for a variety fo student interships from integrated to full-time rotations
      • CI history includes clinical instruction >60 full-time students
Feb13-current Director of Clinical Education
Apr12-Feb13 Interim Director of Clinical Education
June08-Feb13 Associate Director of Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Dec09-present Assistant Professor, University of Delaware Physical Therapy Department
May08-Feb13 Director, Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinical Residency Program
Jun08-present Faculty Member: Sports, Orthopedic and Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency Programs
Jul06-Apr08 Comprehensive Physical Therapy, Manchester, CT, Senior Physical Therapist
Summer06-Fall06 University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Lowell, MA, Physical Therapy Transitional Doctorate Program, Adjunct Faculty
  • Adjunct Faculty Member
Sep04-Jun06 University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Department of Physical Therapy, Clinical Faculty
  • Clinical Faculty Member
Jun01-Aug04 CNA Insurance Company, Quincy, MA & Rocky Hill, CT
  • Physical Therapy Consultant
  • Review Consultant
  • Medical Case Manager
Jun00-Apr01 Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital-Outpatient, Westborough, MA
  • Physical Therapy Aquatic Department Clinical Supervisor (Jun00-Apr01)
  • Level II Staff Therapist (Jan99-Jun00)
  • CCCE (Jan99-Jan00)
  • Level I Staff Therapist (Jan98-Jan99)


  • Louis L. Redding Diversity Award, University of Delaware, 2014
  • Signe Brunnstrom Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, American Physical Therapy Association, 2012


  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality (GLMA)
    • Member


    • Wruble Hakim E, Moffat M, Becker E, Bell KA, Manal TJ, Schmitt L, Ciolek C. Application of Educational Theory and Evidence in Support of an Integrated Model of Clinical Education. JOPTE 2014:28 (supplement 1); 13-21.
    • Bell KA, PT, DPT, OCS; Shovestul A.  Total Knee Arthroplasty: Clinical Summary.  APTA PT NOW (2011).
    • Bade M, PT, MPT, FAAOMPT; Bell KA, PT, DPT, OCS; Stevens-Lapsley J, PT, MPT, PhD; and Manal T, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS. Surgical Management and Rehabilitation of Knee Arthroplasty.  APTA Monograph (2010).


    1. Bell KA, Stewart E, Holler J, Khoroshan E, Anderson A, Kwok A, Hakim EW. Cultivating the Health Care Profession: The Value of Peer-Guided Learning in Developing a Culture of Communication, Collaboration, and Consultation, 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitaion 2014.
    2. Holler J, Khoroshan E, Anderson A, Bell KA, Stewart E, Kwok A, Wruble Hakim E. A Culture of Collaboration Made Meaningful Through Student-Directed SWiB (Study with Buddies) Sessions and Clinical Mentorship. NEXT 2014.
    3. Bell KA, Ciolek C, Hakim Wruble E. "Imparting the Art and Science of Teaching to the Educators of the Future". APTA CSM 2014.
    4. Bell KA, Ciolek C, Hakim Wruble E. "Innovation in Clinical Education Performance: An Algorythm for Standardized Decision-Making Interventions for Optimal Student Outcomes". Educational Leadership Conference 2013.
    5. Beeson R, Manal TJ, Bell KA, Carroll A. "A Recognition of Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome: A Case Requiring Physician Referral". APTA Annual Conference 2013.
    6. Bell KA,"PTNOW.Org: A Resource To Bridge The Academy And Clinical Practice". Panel Member. Educational Leadership Conference-APTA 2012.
    7. Bell KA. "PTNow is in Beta! Help Us Set the Direction for Accessing and Using Best Evidence". Panel Member. APTA Annual Conference in Tampa, FL 2012.
    8. Bell KA, Larkin S, Manal TJ, Wruble Hakim E. "Implementation of a Clinical Decision-Making Algorithm For Clinical Instructors To Determine Student Progression In A Clinical Experience".  APTA Annual Conference in Tampa, FL 2012.
    9. Bell KA, Beeson R, Manal TJ.  "A Case Demonstrating Physical Therapist Role in Primary Medical Management for Missed Diagnosis of Distal Radial Fracture/Subluxation." APTA Annual Conference in Tampa, FL 2012.
    10. Shovestul AO, Bell KA, Manal TJ. “Primary Care Role of an Outpatient Physical Therapist for a Medically Complex Patient With Fear Avoidant Beliefs”. APTA CSM 2012.
    11. Carroll A, Bell KA, Lynch, A, Manal T. Assessing Vital Signs in the Outpatient Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Setting- What are we missing when we don’t?”. APTA Annual Conference 2011.
    12. Bell KA, Manal T. “Single treatment success of a lumbopelvic manipulation on a patient with a pelvic contusion diagnosis.” APTA Annual Conference 2011.
    13. Ross C, Ciolek C, Bell KA, Manal T. "10,000 Steps: Do Adults Understand Their Current Level of Physical Activity?" APTA Annual Conference 2011.
    14. Flug J, Bell KA, Manal T, “Using current evidence to treat a figure skater limited by low back pain prior to a national competition”. APTA Annual Conference 2010.
    15. Schmitt LA, Bell KA, Snyder-Mackler L, Manal TJ, “Use of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) to Assist Strength Return Following Achilles Rupture”. ACSM 2010.
    16. Bell KA, Carroll A, “Physical Therapy and Neck Pain.” Second Annual Pain Symposium – Temple University 2010.
    17. Bell KA, Manal T, Fass J. “Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for Quadriceps Recovery After TKA Without an Isokinetic Dynamometer,” Combined Sections Meeting 2010.
    18. Bell KA, Sions J, Manal T, Flug J. "Reducing Chronic Shoulder Pain in a Throwing Athlete - The Role of Thoracic Spine." APTA Annual Conference 2009.
    19. Bell KA. "Physical Therapy As A Profession." HESC Class, University of Delaware, Fall 2008/ 2009.
    20. Bell KA. "Wellness Program and Community Resources." CT MS Support Group, Manchester, CT, Fall 2007.
    21. Bell KA. "Fall Prevention and Balance Safety for Seniors." Senior Center, Ashland, CT, Spring 2006.
    22. Bell KA. "PT Informative Series for Insurance Case Managers." CNA Insurance Company, Quincy, MA & Rocky Hill, CT (monthly 2002-2003).

    SERVICE (top)

    • Delaware LGBTQ Health Equity Task Force
      • Member, appointed (2014-present)
    • University of Delaware LGBT Campus Advisory Board, appointed (2014-present)
    • Co-Chair; UD LGBT Faculty/Staff Caucus (2013-current); Member (2009-2013)
    • Search Committee Member for CHS - Director of NMHC (2011)
    • Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE) - Orthopedics
      • Member (2010-2012)
    • Residency Review Subcommittee for APTA
      • Member (2009-2013)
    • HealthCare Practitioner Resource Committee for the Elderly, Willimantic, CT
      • Member (2005-2006)

    Teaching Experience (top)

    • Soft Tissue and Modalities (Fall 2013-current)
      • Univeristy of Delaware DPT Program
      • Course Instructor
    • Basic Evaluation (Fall 2013-current)
      • Univeristy of Delaware DPT Program
      • Lecturer
    • Clinical Management in Physical Therapy (Spring 2009-present)
      • Univeristy of Delaware DPT Program
      • Course Instructor
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment (Summer 2009)
      • University of Delaware DPT Program
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Geriatrics - "Musculoskeletal Aging" (Fall 2010-present)
      • University of Delaware DPT Program
      • Lecturer
    • Physical Therapy As A Profession, HESC class(Fall 2008-present)
      • University of Delaware HESC
    • Clinical Reasoning in Physical Therapy (Summer, Fall 2006)
      • University of Massachusetts-Lowell tDPT program
      • Course Instructor
    • Principles of Neurological Physical Therapy (Fall 2005)
      • University of Connecticut
      • Lecturer
    • Special Topics in Physical Therapy (Spring 2005,2006)
      • University of Connecticut
      • Lecturer
    • Basic Eval Techniques - Orthopaedic Lecture (Spring 2005, 2006)
      • University of Connecticut
      • Lecturer
updated 1/31/14


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