Bernadette Williams-York, PT, DSc

    Associate Professor & Director, Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine


    Biography:
    Bernadette Williams York is an associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and a director of the Division of Physical Therapy. Her research, teaching and service interests have focused around the area of health disparities/inequities and health promotion in underserved older adult populations. She has explored disparities related to health care access and utilization by underrepresented minorities, as well as factors that play a role in disparate health outcomes. In addition, as a licensed physical therapist for over 30 years, Bernadette has worked in multiple health care settings with diverse patient populations, including geriatric home care, acute hospital care, assisted living and long term care facilities. Her clinical expertise with primarily a geriatric population has earned her recognition as a certified specialist in geriatric physical therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association. Her research interests have been primarily focused on workforce diversity in physical therapy and health promotion in older adults.