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Olson, Peg, PT, PhD, NCS

Olson, Peg, PT, PhD, NCS

Olson, Peg, PT, PhD, NCS

Assistant Professor School of Physical Therapy

Contact Information:

Husson University
335 O'Donnell Commons
1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401
Phone: 207.404.5609 Phone: Fax: Email: Department Email:


Peg received her physical therapy education at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has earned both her Masters and PhD degrees in Education from the University of Maine in Orono. She is a board certified Neurological Clinical Specialist, credentialed by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Peg has been a practicing physical therapist for more than 30 years, working in a variety of hospital settings in Wisconsin and Maine in addition to traveling therapist positions in Michigan and New Mexico. She has also worked in home health, skilled nursing, and long-term care facilities, as well as a CARF accredited head injury program. Peg has been a Clinical Instructor for nearly all of her professional years, guiding one to four PT/PTA students every year from around the United States. She enjoys working with patients who have gait, vestibular, and balance disorders. Peg’s research interests lie in the areas of interprofessional education and active learning. She is currently teaching Patient Care Seminars and assisting in many of the fourth-year courses.

Professional Statement

I am excited to be a part of your educational experience here at Husson University! I enjoy classroom, small group, and one-to-one learning interactions. I learn every time I step into an interaction with students. I agree with Ben Sidaway that Husson is the place for the student who wants to find the answers to the questions of why and how the human body moves and functions, followed by the questions about prevention and rehabilitation of people with injuries and diseases that affect the body's function!


Peer Reviewed Presentations:

Olson, P., Ouellette, J.A., & Dorfman, C. An Interprofessional Evening of Conversation. Presented at the October 2014 Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Institute, Herndon, VA, October 1-3, 2014.

Olson, P. Active Learning Theory Understanding and Use by Adjunct Faculty Members Who Teach as Single-Topic Experts in Physical Therapist Education Programs. Presented at the 2014 APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, February 3-6, 2014.

Gordon, S.P., Morren, K., & Olson, P. The Effectiveness of Qualitative Research in Assessing Program Outcomes. Presented at the 2005 APTA Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA, February 24-27, 2005. Also presented at the University of Maine Graduate Research Exposition, April 11-12, 2005.

Ongoing Research:

Olson, P., Dorfman, C., & Ouellette, J.A. The Impact of Participation in Interprofessional Education Activities on Perceived Understanding of Interprofessional Practice. A study in analysis phase for poster and journal dissemination in Spring 2017.

Olson, P., and students. Assessment of implementation of safe patient handling policies during physical therapy interventions within acute care, subacute care, and skilled nursing facilities. A study in data analysis phase for dissemination May 2017.