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 a certified as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist and as an Exercise Expert in Aging Adults. Her research interests include therapy dose and outcomes of multidisciplinary rehabilitation interventions for inpatient rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities. Most recently, she has been conducting a series of studies that have described the clinical reasoning process used by PTs in rehabilitation and home care about how therapists use and prescribe assistive devices to patients with stroke and brain injury. 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 in 3 cities. She has practiced in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, home care, and outpatient care providing her experience across the continuum of care, and an appreciation of the complexities within the healthcare system. She 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 32 years.

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Suzanne Rinere O'Brien

Suzanne Rinere O'Brien

Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy
York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 158