Patricia H. Bridges, PT, EdD, MMSc.

Associate Professor
Director of Clinical Education
Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine

Office: 1462 Clifton Road, NE, Suite 312
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: (404) 712-4132 (Office)


Dr. Bridges is an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Medicine. She completed her professional training in physical therapy at the University of Florida in 1970 and earned a MMSc in  Physical Therapy (1985) from Emory University and a EdD in Education (2003) from the University of Georgia. Patricia has 30 years experience coordinating clinical education and facilitating clinical faculty development. Her experiences range from CI to CCCE to DCE. Patricia is a credentialed clinical instructor and is a certified trainer of clinical educators for the American Physical Therapy Association. Her research and teaching interest include adult learning, clinical education, reflective practice, transfer of learning and diffusion of evidence-based practice.


2003 Ed.D. Education, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
1985 M.M.Sc. Physical Therapy, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA
1970 B.S. Physical Therapy, Gainesville, FL, USA


Greenfield, BH, Bridges, PH , Phillips, TA, Adams, E, Bullock, D, Davis,         Nelson, C, Wood, B. Reflective narratives on early student physical therapists clinical education experiences: A phenomenological approach. J Phys Ther Ed. 2015: 29(2): 21 – 31.

Greenfield B, Bridges PH, Phillips TA, Drill AN, Gaydosik CD, Krishnan A, Yanziak A. Exploring the experiences of novice clinical instructors in physical therapy clinical education: a phenomenological study. Physiotherapy. 2014: 100(4): 349-355..

Bridges, PH, Carter VM, Phillips, T, Chong, H, Conwell, R, Hensley B, Kimbrell A, Siegel, M. Competencies for 2020: Revalidation of the curricular competencies of the Emory University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Universal Journal of Educational Research 1(3): 228-239, 2013 DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2013.010313

Greenfield, BH, Bridges, PH, Hoy S, Metzger R, Obuaya, G, Resutek L, Exploring clinical instructors experiences in physical therapy: A phenomenological study. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. Fall 2012; 26(3) 40-47.

Bridges, PH, Carter V, Rehm S, Bowers ST, Halperin R, Kniesly E, Pelino, S. Development of an instrument to measure the use of behaviors taught in the American Physical Therapy Association Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program (APTA CIECP): A pilot study. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation 2013;44(3):283-95.

Bridges, PH, Bierma, LL and Valentine, T. The Propensity to Adopt Evidence-Based Practice Among Physical Therapists. BMC Health Services Research, 103, 2007.