We took the PT Pintcast on the college tour to Sacred Heart University in Connecticut and talked to Chris Petrosino and Wendy Romney. We also talked to students along with our friends from Aureus Medical Staffing.

Christopher L. Petrosino, PT, PhD

Chair of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Science/Professor

Chris joined Sacred Heart University in July 2017 returning to a Program Director position after 7 years in university administration as a Dean and Associate Academic Vice President.  Chris has 7 years of experience as a Program Director and 8 years of experience as an Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education in his 22 years as an academician.  Prior to joining the academy, Chris was a physical therapist working inside Steel Mills in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania in the roles of Manager of Industrial Medicine and senior physical therapist for a hospital system.  Chris has held various leadership positions in the APTA at the regional and national levels and is currently on the APTA Nominating Committee.  In addition to his administrative duties, he has taught courses in research, evidence based practice, professional issues, business administration, practice management, and clinical sciences.

Professional interests include:

  • Professional Issues in Physical Therapy and Higher Education
  • Curriculum Design, Assessment, and Development
  • Teaching and Learning Strategies
  • Experiential Learning and Clinical Education
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methodologies
  • Industrial Physical Therapy

Degrees and Certifications

    • Ph.D., Communication Studies, Ohio University
    • M.Ed., Higher Education Administration, Ohio University
    • BS, Physical Therapy, Ohio University
    • BA, Psychology, Ohio University

Teaching Responsibilities

    • Contemporary and Professional Practice Issues
    • Administrative and Professional roles in Physical Therapy
    • Research and Evidence-Based Practice
    • Clinical Sciences and labs

Research Interests and Grants

    • Student learning and teaching strategies
    • Functional assessment and evaluation
    • Diagnostic accuracy and intervention efficacy
    • Leadership and communication

Publications and Presentations

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Wendy Romney, PT, DPT, NCS

Clinical Assistant Professor

Professional Interests

  • Examination and treatment of patients with neurological dysfunction
  • Use of rehabilitation technology in treatment of patients with neurological dysfunction
  • Outcome measure use in patients with spinal cord injury

Wendy joined Sacred Heart University in August 2011 as a Clinical Assistant Professor with prior clinical experience in acute rehabilitation and outpatient neurological rehabilitation. In 2010, she became a neurological certified specialist (NCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. She continues to practice in the faculty practice as well as in two local hospitals in CT (Gaylord Specialty Care, Wallingford, CT and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, Hartford, CT). She is a board member of the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association and a member of the Neurologic, Acute and Education sections in the American Physical Therapy Association. She has presented at the state and national level in topics of physical therapy.

Degrees and Certifications

      • DPT, Ithaca College
      • MSPT, Ithaca College
      • BS, Clinical Science, Ithaca College
      • PhD candidate in Health Science at Rutgers University

Specialty or Specialist Certification/Training

    • Neurologic Certified Specialist

Teaching Responsibilities

      • Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Medically Complex Issues
      • Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Neurological Dysfunction

Teaching Areas:

    • Neurologic rehabilitation
    • Cardiopulmonary
    • Amputation and prosthetics
    • Spinal cord injury

Research Interests and Grants


      • Treatment of patients with spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis.
      • Knowledge Translation.
      • Translating evidence into practice.


    • 2015 Ellen Ross Memorial Scholarship
    • 2014 Academics for Creative Teaching Grant. Sacred Heart University
    • 2014 Interdisciplinary Scholarship. Sacred Heart University

Awards and Fellowships

    • 2015 Pre-doctoral fellowship, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
    • 2014 Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
    • 2012 Emerging Leader Award, American Physical Therapy Association

Publications and Presentations

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