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Academic School

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(845) 575-3000 ext. 3175

Dr. Claudia B. Fenderson

Professor/Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program


Dr. Claudia B. Fenderson is the Director/Chair of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Marist College. Her career spans more than 35 years, and the majority of her experience has been in the areas of education and neurologic rehabilitation, primarily with infants and preschoolers with developmental delays and disabilities. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist, Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Fenderson is licensed in the state of New York. She has presented numerous lectures at the state, national, and international levels on the topics related to pediatrics, education, health literacy, and domestic violence. She co-authored NeuroNotes and has reviewed and contributed to several physical therapy texts.She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, including sections in pediatrics, education, research, orthopedics, and women’s health.Dr. Fenderson is very active in service to the profession and participates in a medical mission in South America on a yearly basis.


EdD, Child and Youth Studies, Nova University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
MS, Physical Therapy, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
BS, Physical Therapy, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY

Research Interests / Areas of Focus

Dr. Fenderson’s research interests include investigating admissions in physical therapist education, including minority recruitment and retention and the use of innovative teaching strategies to foster learning.

Selected Publications

Fenderson CB. (2015). Domestic violence: Special implications for the therapist. In C. C. Goodman, K. S. Fuller & W. G Boissonnault (Eds.), Pathology: Implications for the Physical Therapist. 4th. edition.Philadelphia: Saunders

Fenderson CB. Recognizing signs of child abuse. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. 2014; 56(s4):58–60

News-line for Physical Therapists and PT Assistants. Q & A with Claudia B. 2012;17(2F):4-5

Fenderson CB. (2011). Two New York physical therapists participate in medical missions. Empire State Physical Therapy. May-June 2011: 15

Fenderson CB & Ling W. (2009). NeuroNotes: A clinical assessment guide. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Co. Translations in Korean, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, and Turkish

Selected Presentations

“Keeping the Spotlight on Child Abuse and Neglect.” American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Dallas, TX. October 3, 2018

“Accreditation and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education” and “Developing a Scholarly Agenda” as part of ‘Transitioning from the Clinical to the Classroom. October 1, 2017.Approved for CEUs by NYPTA.

“The Physical Therapist’s Role in Addressing Domestic Violence.Catskill District of NYPTA. Poughkeepsie, NY. February 21, 2017. Approved for 2.2 CEHs by NYPTA.

“Abuse of Disabled Children.” 26th Annual Meeting of the European Academy of Childhood Disability. Vienna, Austria. July 5, 2014

“Domestic Violence in Austria. The Role of the Physical Therapist.” University of Applied Sciences, FH Campus. Vienna, Austria.September 19, 2013

“Engaging Students with Audience Response Systems.” University of Applied Sciences, FH Campus. Vienna, Austria.September 20, 2013

“Domestic Violence: What Every Physical Therapist Should Know.” PT2013: APTA Annual Conference and Exposition. Salt Lake City, UT.June 27, 2013

“Faculty and Student Participation in International Interdisciplinary Medical Missions.” Presented as part of "Faculty Voices: Aligning Vision with Practice.” Mercy College Faculty Seminar Day. Dobbs. Ferry, NY. October 10, 2012

“Participation in International Medical Missions.” Abilities First. Poughkeepsie, NY.August 9, 2012

“Service Mission” Mercy College Center for Global Engagement: Mercy in the Global Context. Dobbs Ferry, NY.October 12, 2011

“Engaging Students in the Classroom Through i-Clickers.” Mercy College Faculty Seminar Day. Dobbs Ferry, NY. March 1, 2011

“Patient Literacy and Compliance with Medical Information” Mercy College School of Health and Natural Science. Dobbs Ferry, NY. Dec. 3, 2009

“Essentials of a PPT Portfolio Preparation.” Mercy College. May 20, 2009

Questions Framing the Heart of Assessment” and Poster Presentation on “iClickers come to Mercy College!” Faculty Seminar Day, March 17, 2009

“iClickers Come to Mercy College: Using Classroom Response Systems to Create Active Learning Environments” Assessment & Technology Week, April 29, 2009

“Addressing Domestic Violence: The Role of the Physical Therapist.” APTA’s Combined Section Meeting.Las Vegas. February 11, 2009

Awards and Honors

New York Physical Therapy Association, Certificate of Appreciation, 2017

Cambridge Who’s Who among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs, 2011