Physical Therapy Department

Sue Rinere O'Brien



Dr. Sue O’Brien earned a bachelor’s degree in PT from SUNY at Buffalo, a master’s degree 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-doctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester in Health Services Research. She is certified as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist and as an Exercise Expert in Aging Adults, and is a certified clinical instructor by APTA.  Her research interests include therapy dose and outcomes of multidisciplinary rehabilitation interventions. Most recently, she has been conducting a series of studies that have described the clinical reasoning process used by PTs for assistive device prescription.  She is now in the process of developing a test of clinical reasoning for novice clinicians. Dr. O’Brien has over 30 years of clinical experience. She has practiced in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, homecare, and outpatient care providing her an appreciation of the complexities within the healthcare system.

Dr. O'Brien is a peer-reviewer for the Physical Therapy Journal of Policy, Administration, and Leadership, Disability and Rehabilitation and the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has been a proud member of the American Physical Therapy Association for 33 years.