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AOPT Member Spotlight - Chris Carcia, PT, PhD, OCS, SCS
Dr. Carcia received his Bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA in 1989. Afterwards, he worked full-time for a privately owned outpatient orthopedic/sports medicine practice for 10 years as both a clinician and administrator in the Greater Hartford, CT area. In 1999, Dr. Carcia received his post-professional Master’s degree in physical therapy with an emphasis in orthopedics from the Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. In 2002, Dr. Carcia completed his PhD in Kinesiology with an emphasis in sports medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Upon completion of his PhD, Dr. Carcia accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Physical Therapy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2008, he was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. Around the same time, Dr. Carcia was appointed as the Director of the PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science in the Rangos School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University. In 2013, Dr. Carcia was named Chair of the Physical Therapy Department at Duquesne University and in 2021, he was appointed as the Founding Physical Therapy Program Director at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado. Dr. Carcia teaches coursework in the areas of Kinesiology and Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy. Dr. Carcia’s research focus is associated with the kinesiology and clinical biomechanics of both the upper and lower extremities. Dr. Carcia has published over 35 papers in peer-reviewed refereed journals, contributed to several book chapters and has been either a presenter or co-presenter on over 35 National or International presentations. Dr. Carcia is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Dr. Carcia is certified as both an Orthopedic and Sports Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. When not teaching, working on a research project, or reviewing a CPG, Dr. Carcia can be found either spending time with his family, riding his bike or hiking in and around the Grand Valley.