Primary tabs

Protect. Respect. Do your part. We are committed to providing an exceptional educational experience while safeguarding the health of our community.
Susan Effgen, PT, PhD's picture
Susan Effgen, PT, PhD
Office Location: 

Room 214D Wethington Building

900 South Limestone Street

Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0200

Office Phone Number: 
(859) 218-0579
Fax Number: 
(859) 323-6003
Position Title: 
Emeritus Faculty

Dr. Effgen has spent over 25 years consulting, researching, and publishing on issues related to children with disabilities in the United States and abroad. She received her BS in physical therapy from Boston University, her MMSc in pediatric physical therapy from Emory University and her PhD in special education from Georgia State University. She developed the first doctoral program in pediatric physical therapy in the United States.

She has worked with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for many years in governmental affairs activities, especially in efforts to refine the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. She had the honor of representing the APTA at the White House signing of the reauthorization of this important law.

Visit the PT Counts website. 

Visit the PREPaRE website. 

Educational Focus
Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • Neuromotor Development
  • Research: Analysis and Outcomes
  • Mechanics of Motor Control

Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • Advanced Elective: Pediatric Physical Therapy

Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program

  • Assessment in the Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Intervention in the Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Seminar: Introduction to Research
  • Seminar: Grant Writing

Doctoral Student Mentorship

  • Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program
  • Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling Doctoral Program

She has published in many journals and has served on the editorial boards of Physical Therapy and Selected Topics in Early Childhood Special Education.

Research / Scholarship

  • Early intervention service delivery models
  • Frequency and intensity of related services in early intervention and schools
  • Generalization of motor skills in children
  • Occurrence of desired motor behaviors of children in early intervention and schools
  • Characteristics of transition services for children leaving early intervention