Physical Therapy Department

Sue Rinere O'Brien

P.T., Ph.D., N.C.S.


Dr. Sue O'Brien has a bachelor's degree in PT from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a masters degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now known as the University of the Sciences) in neurologic physical therapy, 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.

Her research interests include the timing, dose, and outcomes of multidisciplinary rehabilitation interventions for inpatient rehabilitation units/hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. She has used large Medicare datasets to understand the association between rehabilitation interventions and outcomes across diagnoses, and specifically for stroke.

She has also investigated multidisciplinary teamwork in inpatient rehabilitation units/hospitals. She has begun to publish her work in peer-reviewed journals such as Physical Therapy. Her research at Nazareth will include investigations of the clients which access the clinics for the services they receive and the outcomes derived from such interventions. She hopes to explain the contribution Nazareth's clinics make to the greater Rochester area, and to possibly describe the relationship between physical therapy interventions and chronic disease or dysfunction.

Dr. O'Brien has over 26 years of clinical experience in 3 cities. She has practiced in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, homecare, 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 is a member of the Research Subcommittee for the Health Policy and Administration Section of the APTA.

Contact Information

Suzanne Rinere O'Brien

Suzanne Rinere O'Brien

Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy
York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 158