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Julie L Schwertfeger, PT, DPT, MBA, CBIS


Dr. Schwertfeger earned her BSPT from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management, her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin and her Certification as a Brain Injury Specialist from the Academy of Brain Injury Specialists/ Brain Injury Association of America. Her clinical practice focuses on adult neurologic and complex medical evidence based practice with a focus on acquired brain injury. Her research interest centers on patient centered care, provider decision making, health policy and self-efficacy. She assisted in attaining and acting as site investigator on a PCORI contract in partnership with the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research (CROR) on the use of patient reported measures by adult neurologic patients during rehabilitation. Schwertfeger holds elected and appointed roles in the Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA), and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Section on Research (SOR), currently serving as the IPTA Vice President, Chair of the IPTA Research Committee, Federal Affairs Liaison for Illinois and the SOR and Practice Chair for the APTA SOR. She has served as a mentor in the Neurology Section and IPTA iMAP programs. She is Chair-elect for the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy and the primary at-large delegate for the Illinois delegation to the APTA board of directors.