Claire Peel, PhD, PT, FAPTA

Dean, School of Health Professions

Vice Provost of Academic Resources

Claire PeelAs School of Health Professions Dean, Dr. Claire Peel provides leadership for the physical therapy and physician assistant degree programs, and a new certificate program in lifestyle health. As vice provost, she oversees academic resources that include the Gib Lewis Library, Center for Innovative Learning, Office for Interprofessional Education, and Professional and Continuing Education (PACE).

Prior to joining UNTHSC in 2013, she served at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in a variety of challenging roles, including six years as Associate Dean for the School of Health Professions and four years as Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs. From 2007 to 2010, she served as principal investigator of UAB ADVANCE, an NSF-funded program to advance women in science and engineering.

As a senior scientist with UAB’s Center for Aging and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Birmingham VA Medical Center’s Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), Dr. Peel is a nationally recognized expert in education programs to prevent falls and enhance mobility for older adults.

Dr. Peel earned her MS in Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California followed by a PhD with a concentration in Exercise Science and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation from the University of Iowa. She also attended Harvard University’s Management Development Program.

Active in her professional association, she currently serves as Chair of the Commission for Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education. In 2007, Dr. Peel was honored as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association.

As a member of Delta Hearts of Gold, a local non-profit organization, she and her dog Luke provide animal-assisted therapy at several geriatric facilities in Fort Worth. She also serves as an instructor and evaluator for Pet Partners, a national organization for animal-assisted therapy.