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Kimberly Steinbarger, PT, MHS, DHSc.

Assistant Professor College of Health and Pharmacy School of Physical Therapy
Kimberly Steinbarger, PT, MHS, DHSc.
Contact: Husson University
1 College Circle Bangor, Maine 04401
Phone: 207.941.7181
Room: 342 O'Donnell Commons


Kim received her Honors Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Daemen College in Amherst, NY in 1989 and her Master of Health Science Degree in 2005 from the University of Indianapolis. She has clinical and administrative experience in several settings, including geriatrics, acute care, and orthopedics, with specialty training in wound care. She was previously the Program Director for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Michiana College in South Bend, Indiana, and presently sits on the Advisory Borad for the PTA program at KVCC. Kim has been an Instructor at Husson University since 2002, and her present position is that of Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, with related teaching duties. She is the primary instructor for PT 415, Therapeutic Skills I. Her other teaching and lab responsibilities are in the therapeutic skills and physical agents courses. Kim's research interests include the topics of professionalism and confidentiality as they pertain to the use of online social media.

"Education is not filling a pail, it's lighting a fire."(William Yeats) I couldn't say it any better myself! My hope is that our students catch my enthusiasm during class and lab, and carry that fire into the clinical setting. Teaching is my passion, and I look forward to going to work each day. My most rewarding moments occur when I see understanding dawn on a student's face as a result of my instruction. I believe Husson's strength lies in its small size, which allows our top-notch faculty to provide one on one instruction during labs, and tailor that instruction to the individual student.


Current Research:

Kim's research interests include the topics of student provision of pro bono service, as well as early PT intervention for patients with autoimmune disease, particularly rheumatoid arthritis.

Steinbarger, K., Morren, M., Frankinburger, M.,Guerrette, D., Guerrette, K.,
Hardy, E., Lawrence, K., Shink, B. Does participation in a student-run pro bono clinic affect first clinical placement CPI “red-flag” item scores? Submitted for poster presentation at CSM 2017.                                        

Steinbarger, K., Morren, M., Goulet, K. Knecht, S., Moscone, M., Nicastro, E.
Recommendations for integration of a student-run pro bono clinic into a DPT
curriculum. Anticipated completion May 2017.

Peer Reviewed Presentations:

Morren, K., Steinbarger, K., Liberatore, M., MacDonald, A., Piccirillo, K., Rodrigue, C. Physical therapist student perceptions of online professionalism. Platform Presentation 2016 APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA, February, 2016.

Fitzgerald, C., Riley, E., Cesario, C., Steinbarger, K. A knowledge transfer system via collaboration between academic and clinical educators. Poster Presentation 2016 APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA, February, 2016.

Morren, K., Steinbarger, K., Brissenden, A., Courtmanche, M., Ellis, A., Harrison, R., Weeks, R. They posted what? Actionable offenses in social media: The clinical instructor’s perspective of physical therapist student online professionalism. Platform Presentation 2015 APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, February 2015.

Morren, K., Steinbarger, K., Sylvain, L., Dickey, E., Buck, C., Woodman, A. Physical therapy clinical instructors: Perspective on the use of social media and interactions with students. Poster presentation 2014 APTA Combined Sections meeting, Las Vegas, NV, February 2014.

Morren, K., Steinbarger, K. The effectiveness of a brief social media and e-professionalism educational session for physical therapy students. Poster presentation 2014 APTA Combined Sections meeting, Las Vegas, NV, February 2014.

Morren, K., Steinbarger, K., Greeley E., Dempsey, C., Kaplan, S., Reusch, S. Social media policy in physical therapist education programs. Poster presentation 2012 Husson University Research and Scholarship Day, Bangor ME, April 2012.


Husson University Supporting Opportunities to Advance recruitment and Retention (SOARR) Grant, $800.00, for the Physical Therapy Pro Bono Clinic, November 2012.


Steinbarger, K (2007). Rheumatoid Arthritis: System involvement and effects of high intensity exercise. Gerinotes, Jan 2007