Catherine Thompson

Professor of Physical Therapy
College of Health and Human Services

Additional Positions 

Consulting Physical Therapist for Community Living Opportunities
PT Consultant


Ph.D. Interdisciplinary - Neuroscience, Psychology, Education, University of Missouri at Kansas City
M.S. Special Education, University of Kansas
B.S. Physical Therapy with Distinction, University of Colorado Medical Center

Professional Licensures and Certifications 

Physical Therapist State of Kansas, Kansas State Board of Healing Arts - 1981
Physical Therapist State of Missouri, Missouri State Board of Healing Arts - 1979
Physical Therapist State of Iowa, Iowa Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy - 1977
Physical Therapist State of Florida, Florida Board of Physical Therapy - 1976
Physical Therapist State of Colorado, Colorado State Physical Therapy Board - 1976
Physical Therapy Registered, American Physical Therapy Association - 1976


Catherine Thompson, PT, Ph.D., has been teaching graduate students since 1990, including courses in movement science, medical conditions, pharmacology, health promotion, neurological rehabilitation, pediatric physical therapy, as well as professional and leadership formation. Her research has examined prevention practice, the impact of motor imagery on movement, as well as inter-professional and leadership development, resulting in regional, national and international presentations.

Her first book, "Prevention Practice: A Physical Therapist's Guide to Health, Fitness, and Wellness," was expanded in a second edition entitled, "Prevention Practice and Health Promotion: A Healthcare Professional Guide to Health, Fitness, and Wellness" to embrace an inter-professional approach to healthcare. With her passion for pediatric physical therapy, she collaborated with professional colleagues to write "Pediatric Therapy: An Inter-professional Framework for Practice."

As a practicing physical therapist, she has owned a private practice and worked alongside health and educational professions in multiple hospitals, outpatient and specialty clinics, elementary, middle, and high schools and in the homes of patients ranging from those needing early intervention to adults at the end of life. Her teaching and scholarship have been enriched by community service, including local health screenings for children and older adults, as well as providing physical therapy in Haiti, Ecuador, Kyrgyzstan and Guatemala.