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Paul Mettler, PT, Ed.D.

Associate Professor Emeritus
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Delaware



Licensure Honors & Awards Service
Education Professional Interests Military Service
Current Appointment Publications Teaching
Professional History Professional Organizations    


Delaware: 582

University of Minnesota BS 1974 Physical Therapy
Boston University MS 1977 Anatomy/Physiology
Northeastern University Ed.D. 1984 Higher Education Administration
Dissertation: The Academic Physical Therapy Department Chairperson: A Revolving Door

University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Associate Professor
Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Department of Physical Therapy
Jan97-present International Consultants of Delaware
Sept90-present Delaware Sports and Medicine Foundation
Member, Board of Directors

July93-Sept98 University of Delaware, Department of Physical Therapy, Associate Professor and Chairman
July94-July97 Examing Board of Physical Therapy, State of Delaware, Member
July87-July93 University of Delaware, School of Life and Health Sciences, Associate Professor and Director Physical Therapy Program
Sept90-92 Medical Research Institute of Delaware, Board of Directors Member
Sept89-92 Temple University, College and Allied Health Professions: Department of Physical Therapy, Visiting Associate Professor
Oct84-May87 The Ranch Treatment Center, Austin, TX; Consultant
July84-May87 Southwest Texas State University, Department of Allied Health Sciences: Program in Physical Therapy, Associate Professor and Director
1984 Southwest Texas State University, Department of Allied Health Sciences: Program in Physical Therapy, Consultant
Sept80-Jun81 Boston University, Health Sciences, Adjunct Assistant Professor
July79-Jun84 Northeastern University, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Summer78 Northwest Physical Therapy Clinic, Portland, OR; Staff Physical Therapist (P/T)
Sept77-Jun79 Pacific University, Instructor of Physical Therapy
Summer77 Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Melrose, MA; Staff Physical Therapist (P/T)
Sept75-May77 Boston University, Sargent College of Allied Health Profsesions, Teaching Fellow
Sept74-Sept95 Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Melrose, MA; Staff Physical Therapist


  • Recipient; University of Delaware Outstanding Teacher Award, Academic Year 1999-2000
  • Recipient; Temple University, Hyman Dervitz Service Awarc for Service to the Profession of Physical Therapy, 1990
  • Nominee; Southwest Texas State University, Piper Award for Teaching Excellence for the State of Texas, 1986
  • Oustanding Young Men of America, 1981
  • Teaching Fellowship, Boston University, Sept75-Jun77



Concentrates efforts to the overall operation of the graduate program.
Areas of Teaching Expertise:

  • Gross Anatomy
  • Clinical Neuroanatomy
  • Kinesiology/Pathokinesiology
  • Administration
  • Exercise Physiology


  1. Snyder-Mackler L; Binder-Macleod S; Mettler P. Physical therapy research and researchers in the United States; good news and bad news. Physical Therapy Reviews. 1997; 2: 173-178
  2. Vinson S, Lindsay B, Mettler, P, Murray T. Cardiovascular response to isokinetic endurance exercise testing. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 1990; 30: 93-96
  3. Mettler P; Bork C. Tenure and the allied health professions-Issues and alternatives. Journal of Allied Health. 1985; 14: 119-128
  4. Certo ME, Mettler PF, Mitropoulos N. Comparison of heart rate and perceived exercise response to treadmill testing vs. arm ergometry testing in untrained females. Cardiopulmonary Section Quarterly. 1984; 6: 8-9
  5. Abstracts: The foot and ankle: A compendium of abstracts. Edited by B Tank. Sports Physical Therapy Section, 1981; 15, 18, 36, 94, 140
  6. Abstract: Mettler, PF Comparison of bicycle ergometer and treadmill exercise. Physical Therapy. 1978, 58: 578


  • Member, Board of Directors, Delaware Lacrosse Association, 1999-present
  • Youth Lacrosse Coach, 1997-present
  • Youth Football Coach, 1996-present
  • Lacrosse Referee, High School and College, 1999-present
  • President, Delaware Youth Lacrosse Association, 1999-2001
  • Delegate to the National Conference House of Delegates
    • Delaware Chapter, APTA 1989, 1990
    • Massachusetts Chapter, APTA 1980
  • Chairperson, Educational Committee for Annual Conference, Texas Physical Therapy 1987
  • Member, Educational Affairs Committe, Texas Physical Therapy Association, 1985-1987
  • Chairperson, Eastern District of Massachusetts Chapter, APTA 1980-1982


United States Army
  • Jan68- Sept70
  • First Lieutenant, Field Artillery, Unit Commander
  • Served in:
    • Oklahoma
    • New Jersey
    • The Republic of South Korea
    • The Republic of South Vietnam
  • Awarded:
    • The Bronze Star Medal
    • The Army Commendation Medal
    • The Viet Nam Service Medal
    • The Vietnamese Commendation Medal W/60 Device
    • The Korean Service Medal
    • The National Defense Service Medal
    • Two Overseas Bars


Last Updated: 5/3/11



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