Dr. Claire Peel is new Dean of School of Health Professions

February 18, 2013

The new Dean of the School of Health Professions is on campus: she’s Claire Peel, PhD, PT, FAPTA, and she joins the UNT Health Science Center from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

At UAB, she served 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 the role of women in science and engineering. She also led an initiative to create a Center for Inter-professional Simulation, a collaborative effort with UAB’s six university health schools and University Hospital, to combine simulation and interprofessional training to enhance teamwork, communications and patient safety.

"Dr. Peel is nationally recognized for her talents and abilities as an experienced researcher and teacher," says Thomas Yorio, PhD,  UNTHSC Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. "She shares our vision about fostering the interdisciplinary links between physical therapy and physician assistant programs, which are a hallmark of our academic offerings. Our students will benefit from her high level, wide ranging experience and her outstanding reputation as an engaged, dedicated and committed educator."

Peel began her career at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston and, after working clinically for several years in neurological rehabilitation, returned to graduate school for an MS in Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California followed by a PhD in Exercise Science and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation from the University of Iowa. She is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Management Development Program.

She served on the faculty at several universities in Texas and as chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

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

Peel is active in her professional association, serving as an on-site reviewer and member of the Commission for Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). She was honored in 2007 as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association.


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