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Maria Jones, PT, Ph.D.
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Maria Jones, PT, Ph.D.

Program Director

Doctor of Physical Therapy


Dr. Jones joined Oklahoma City University in 2017 as the founding program director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and full-time faculty. She has been involved in entry-level professional and post-professional education in rehabilitation sciences. She has been a physical therapist for over 30 years. Her practice has focused on children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and assistive technology/durable medical equipment. Her primary research interest includes power mobility and its effect on the development of young children.

Education and National Certifications

  • 2004: PhD in Allied Health Sciences, OUHSC
  • 1994: MS in Physical Therapy, OUHSC
  • 1989: BS in Physical Therapy, OUHSC

Teaching Interest

  • Assistive Technology
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Research
  • Leadership

Current Research/Scholarly Interest

  • Seating and wheeled mobility with an emphasis on pediatric power mobility
  • Services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Awards, Recognition, and Service

  • Public Policy and Advocacy Committee of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Director of Advocacy for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • 2019 Effgen Advocacy Award, Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, American Physical Therapy Association
  • 2015 Faculty Excellence in Research/Scholarship Achievement Award, College of Allied Health, OUHSC
  • 2012 Toby Long Award, Section on Pediatrics, American Physical Therapy Association

Contact Information

Room 118A
Loeffler Building
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

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