» Dr. Sara Gilliland
Assistant Professor

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Physical Therapy
Dr. Sara Gilliland
Office Location:
Rinker Health Science Campus 230
Phone:
(714) 744-7821
Email:
Education
William Marsh Rice University, Bachelor of Arts
University of California, Irvine, Master of Science
University of California, Irvine, Ph.D.
Chapman University, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Biography
Dr. Gilliland earned her DPT at Chapman University and her MA and PhD in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Gilliland’s clinical practice combines her interests in orthopedic and neurologic physical therapy with her passion for fitness and wellness.
Dr. Gilliland’s research investigates how physical therapist students develop their clinical reasoning capacities. She is a member of the Clinical Reasoning Research and Curricula Consortia of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), the Research Committee for the APTA Education Section, and Scholarship of Education Special Interest Group. Her research has been supported in part by Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) scholarships from the Foundation for Physical Therapy, Inc. and the Section for Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Dr. Gilliland has presented her research locally, nationally, and internationally. She was recognized as an Emerging Leader within the APTA in 2015.

Dr. Gilliland joined the faculty at Chapman University in 2008. Her passion in teaching is helping students understand the applications of basic science foundations to clinical problem solving in physical therapy practice. She enjoys supporting students in community involvement including service opportunities and professional association activities. Dr. Gilliland currently works as the Chapman coordinator for the Special Olympics FUNfitness volunteers.

Licensure Information / Registration Number
Physical Therapist: State of California (#35135)

Certification
APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor – 2010
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) - 2004
USA Triathlon Level I Coaching Certification - 2003
American Heart Association BLS for healthcare providers (CPR)
Red Cross Standard First Aid

Teaching
PT 510 Functional Human Anatomy I
PT 510L Functional Human Anatomy I Lab
PT 748 Wellness and Complementary Medicine

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Gilliland SJ. Clinical Reasoning in first- and third-year physical therapist students. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2014; 28: 64-80.