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Caroline Goulet, PT, PhD, FNAP

Goulet 2016Founding Dean
School of Physical Therapy
Saidoff Center, Room 2123

Caroline Goulet is the Founding Dean of the University of the School of Physical Therapy and Professor in the entry-level and post professional Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. She came to the University of the Incarnate Word from Creighton University in Omaha, NE where she was Associate Professor, Director of the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, and co-Director, Office of Interprofessional Scholarship, Service and Education, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.

She grew up in Montreal, QC, where she obtained a BSc Physical Therapy (1986) from McGill University, MSc Applied in Biomedical Engineering (1989) and PhD Biomedical Sciences (1995) from the Université de Montréal. After her doctoral studies, Dr. Goulet did a 30-month post doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, coordinating a motor control study part of a NASA Life Mission Science spaceflight. She held assistant professor positions at The University of Ottawa, ON, Canada, The University of Iowa, and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, prior to coming to Omaha, NE.

She is licensed to practice physical therapy in both Texas and Nebraska. While promoting and facilitating interprofessional community engagement and education to address global health issues, she endeavors to develop professional formation related to cultural competency and interprofessional learning and practice in health profession curricula, enhance learning using critical self-reflection, and improve the quality of life of individuals with disabilities by promoting health and facilitating access. She was appointed on the American Physical Therapy Association Task Force on Diversity in 2010, and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Administrators of Women's Global Connections (http://www.womensglobalconnection.org/).

STRENGTHS: Responsibility (Executing) - Activator (Influencing) - Strategic (Strategic Thinking) - Relator (Relationship Building) - Learner (Strategic Thinking)


  • Teaching


    Professional Critical Self-Reflection Series

    CAPSTONE Project

    Creighton U.

    CLARION Case Competition Preparation

    Cultural Immersion and Experiential Learning in China

    Motor Control and Motor Learning

    Neuromuscular Physical Therapy II

    Directed Study – Scholarly Projects

    Professional Practice VII - Dominican Republic

  • Service

    School of Physical Therapy

    Executive Leadership Committee

    Faculty Meeting

    Orientation Committee


    University Planning Committee

    Academic Leadership Team

    Health Professions Deans Council

    Profession and Community

    2012-current Women’s Global Connections (WGC) Board of Directors

    2013-current WGC Finance Committee

    2011-2012 APTA Diversity Task Force (Board of Directors appointed)

    2011-2012 Biomed SA - Neuroscience Subcommittee

    2011 Organized CEU course - Burnfield J Updates in Clinical Gait Analysis

    2008-2011 APTA Committee on Cultural Competence (Board of Directors Appointed; Chair, 2010-2011)

    2008-2011 Supervisory Dissertation Committee for N. Dowty, College of Saint Mary, Omaha, NE

    2007-2013 Collaborating Across Borders Conference   Series (Peer Abstract Committee)

    2006-2011 Member, Program Committee, Neurology Section

    2006-2009 ICC International Board of Directors (secretary/treasurer 2007-2009

    2004-2009 International Child Care (ICC) USA (President 2007-2008)

    2003-2008 Supervisory Dissertation Committee for D. Venema, University of NE Medical Center, Omaha, NE

    2002-2009 Nebraska Physical Therapy Foundation Board   member

    2001-2009 Research Committee NPTA (Chair 2001-2005)

    2001-2005 Finance Committee, Neurology Section, APTA

  • Scholarship

    Selected 2005-2015


    Book Chapters

    Peer-reviewed Publications

    Peer-reviewed Presentations