The mission of the Massachusetts General Hospital / Northeastern University Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program is to advance the knowledge and clinical competency of sports physical therapists as well as to foster a culture of continued learning and scientific inquiry while demonstrating a commitment to patients, students and athletes at all levels.
The mission is achieved through academic, research and clinical collaboration promoting robust learning experiences and a unique opportunity to be an integral part of an interprofessional health care system working with recreational, high school, collegiate and professional athletes.
Year Accredited: 2015, 2020
Number of graduates: 15
Graduation Rate: 100%
SCS Exam Pass Rate: 93%
American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education — ABPTRFE
The mentoring will occur throughout the entire thirteen month experience. There will be two 120 minutes unopposed mentoring sessions scheduled with the Residency Director each week. During these sessions the resident provides care and the Residency Director observes the resident’s patient care and provides mentoring to the resident. There will be thirty minutes pre and post patient encounter along with the thirty to sixty minutes for the patient encounter itself. In addition to the time that is scheduled each week with the Residency Director there will be ongoing opportunities for mentoring and discussion during athletic venue experiences with other program faculty.
Residents utilize a variety of experiential learning opportunities to further develop clinical reasoning skills within sports physical therapy including simulation learning and learning assessment activities. Through simulation learning students are able to actively engage in patient management of acute sports related injuries and examine and refine their expertise.
The resident will have the opportunity to instruct in the DPT program at Northeastern University. They will be a lab teaching assistant in the Musculoskeletal Management courses with the Residency Director who will provide ongoing mentoring to promote professional development as an educator. The resident will be expected to review and prepare for the material being covered in each lab session which will coordinate much of the didactic curriculum embedded in the residency. The resident will be involved with presenting information to the students, assisting with providing feedback to students on technique, promoting high level clinical decision making during case discussions as well as providing feedback specific to performance on written and practical examinations.
Dr. Kaitlyn “Katie” Colgan grew up in New Hyde Park, NY, where she was an avid soccer, lacrosse and track athlete. Through rehabilitation from these sports, she developed a passion for physical therapy and pursued a Rehabilitation Science degree with a certificate in Pathokinesiology from the University of Pittsburgh. She continued her graduate schooling at Pitt as well, completing her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2020.
During her graduate study, Katie maintained close contact with athletic rehabilitation by serving as a member of an interprofessional team treating the varsity athletes at St. Vincent College, in addition to working with athletes of all levels at multiple sports medicine clinics within the Pittsburgh area. Her clinical passions lie mainly with biomechanical and running analysis, lower extremity injury management and sports-related concussion. Katie’s commitment to her patients and the profession are illustrated by her development of an Athlete Screening Program which served to provide musculoskeletal screening to local community athletes to reduce injury and enhance performance. She also serves as a member of the Communications Committee of the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy, organizing networking events for members at national conferences. Outside of her scholastic pursuits, she is an avid fan of New York sports teams.
Dr. Christen Chiesa of Pittsburgh, PA attended Central Michigan University in Mt Pleasant, MI for her undergraduate degree. While at CMU, she played on the varsity women’s soccer team as she pursued a major in Kinesiology and minors in Psychology and Leadership. Following her graduation from CMU in 2016, Christen returned to Pittsburgh to earn her degree as a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh in 2020. During her time in the graduate program she was able to partake in multiple opportunities outside of the classroom, including the formation of a student-run adaptive training program for those with physical disabilities in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Christen gained invaluable experience during her clinical rotations, many of which were based in multidisciplinary sports medicine clinics.
As a multi-sport athlete growing up and eventual collegiate soccer player, Christen has always had a passion for sports at the local, collegiate, and professional level. She believes that her past sport participation, especially at high levels of competition, has given her unique insight into the physical, psychological, and situational stressors that must be addressed while rehabilitating an athlete. She quickly realized that physical therapy would provide her with the opportunity to pursue her passion while providing a vital service to others. Currently, Christen has interests in concussion management, adaptive sports, and ACL rehabilitation as subspecialties of sports physical therapy.
Dr. Erin Holt grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she participated in basketball, lacrosse,
and field hockey. Through these experiences, she sparked a strong interest in pursuing a career in
sports medicine. From here, Erin attended Penn State University for her undergraduate degree,
earning a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology. Additionally, she
completed an Honors Thesis centered around improving community physical activity levels
through the messaging on wearable devices. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Physical
Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh.
During her final year of study at Pitt, she completed an internship with the University of
Pittsburgh’s men’s football team. Working in a collegiate level athletic training room gave her
the opportunity to become a part of a multidisciplinary sports medicine team, providing care for
high level athletes both on and off the field. She also worked for the Physical Therapy
department as a teaching assistant for graduate level courses. Through Erin’s clinical and work
experience, she has developed a passion for teaching as well as treating a wide variety of high-
level and recreational athletes. Her specific clinical interests include evaluating psychological
readiness of return to sport, integrating a cognitive component in ACL rehabilitation, and
merging the rehabilitation process with strength and conditioning and sports performance.
PT, DPT, ATC
Dr. Molly Harkins grew up in Pittsburgh, PA where she was a multi-sport athlete, eventually deciding to join the rowing team at Duquesne University during her undergraduate years. While at Duquesne, she completed her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training. Molly completed a full season Athletic Training internship with the Pittsburgh Steelers, an experience which confirmed her commitment to pursue a career in sports medicine and physical therapy. Molly completed her post-graduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2022.
During her graduate studies, Molly continued to gain experience working with athletes as an athletic trainer and through clinical experiences. Outside the classroom, Molly enjoyed volunteering with a community organization that provided children with disabilities the opportunity to participate in a variety of sporting events and competitions. Through her experience, Molly has developed the capability and passion for assisting all individuals with achieving their rehabilitation or performance goals. Molly’s current clinical interests are in the areas of return to sport following lower extremity injury, manual therapy techniques as well as integrating rehabilitation with sports performance and strength and conditioning.