Mary Tischio Blackinton

Dr. Mary Blackinton has been a faculty member for Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Physical Therapy Department since 1994. In the past 21 years, she has held a variety of leadership positions, including Outcomes Committee Chair (2000-2010), Director of the Transition DPT Program (2001-2010), and Associate Director of the Hybrid DPT Program (2011-present). Currently, she serves on the Best Practices Committee for the College of Health Care Sciences and is course leader/instructor for the Hybrid Transformation Institute- a faculty development course helping faculty transition their courses from traditional to blended learning designs.

Dr. Blackinton has worked collaboratively within NSU and the community at large in a variety of clinical roles, including founding member of the Interdisciplinary Balance and Fall Prevention Clinic, Co-chair of the Health Professions Educational Research Symposium (HPERS), participating clinician for NSU’s Jamaica Medical Mission, and clinician for the Judeo-Christian Health Clinic-a pro-bono clinic in Tampa, Florida. Professionally, Mary serves as Associate Editor for PTNow, reviewer for the Journal of Physical Therapy Education and the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, and is a member of the Florida Physical Therapy Association’s Falls Prevention task force.

In 2013, Dr. Blackinton completed her fellowship with the Education Leadership Institute (ELI)- an American Physical Therapy Association initiative to develop future leaders in the profession. Her greatest accomplishment has been leading a dynamic faculty team at NSU-Tampa who have created a novel, nationally-recognized hybrid DPT program based on the values of academic excellence, student-centered, innovation, and community.