» Dr. Sara J. Gilliland
Assistant Professor, Clinical Faculty

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Department of Physical Therapy
Dr. Sara J. Gilliland
Office Location:
Rinker Health Science campus 230
(714) 744-7821
William Marsh Rice University, Bachelor of Arts
Chapman University, Doctor of Physical Therapy in Physical Therapy

Licensure Information / Registration Number:
Physical Therapist: State of California (#35135)

APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor – 7/2010-present
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) - 2004 - present
USA Triathlon Level I Coaching Certification - 2003 - present
American Heart Association BLS for healthcare providers (CPR) - valid to 2013
Red Cross Standard First Aid

PT 510 Functional Human Anatomy I
PT 510L Functional Human Anatomy I Lab
PT 527 Clinical Pathology: Neurology

Research Activity
Educational Program Evaluation
I am assisting Judith Sandholtz, PhD in completing a program evaluation of the undergraduate Minor in Education at UC Irvine. This project entailed development of learning outcomes, development of methods of assessment and preliminary assessment of learning outcomes. My work on this is funded through a Training in Research Fellowship from UC Irvine.
September 2011 – present

Professional Development in Physical Therapy
This study investigates how physical therapy students conceptualize the practice and role of the physical therapist and how these perspectives change through the students’ educational experiences.
Students June 2011 – present

Clinical Reasoning in Physical Therapy Students
My current research explores problem solving strategies of entry-level physical therapy students, and the impact of physical therapy coursework on the development of clinical reasoning skills.
October 2010 - present