Physical Therapy Department

Sue Rinere O'Brien



Dr. Sue O’Brien earned a BS in PT from SUNY at Buffalo, a MS in neurologic physical therapy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now known as the University of the Sciences), and a PhD from the University of Rochester in Health Practice Research. She completed a post-doc at the University of Rochester in Health Services Research. She is certified as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist, an Exercise Expert in Aging Adults, and as a clinical instructor by APTA.  Her research interests include therapy dose and outcomes of multidisciplinary rehabilitation interventions in patients with neurologic issues. She has practiced in acute care and homecare, and continues to practice in inpatient rehabilitation at Unity Golisano Rehabilitation Unit, which provides her with an appreciation of the complexities within the healthcare system.

Dr. O'Brien is a peer-reviewer for journals: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Disability and Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy Journal of Policy, Administration, and Leadership, and the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has been a proud member of the American Physical Therapy Association for over 30 years.