Dr. Martha Hinman


Dr. Martha Hinman has over 30 years of experience as a physical therapist and educator. She received her doctorate in Allied Health Education and Administration from the University of Houston. She also holds a master’s degree in health education and a baccalaureate degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Georgia.

Prior to joining the faculty at HSU in 2005, Hinman was a member of the physical therapy faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where she was the first to receive the Ruby Decker Endowed Professorship in Physical Therapy. Additionally, she served on the physical therapy faculty at the University of New England in Maine and the University of Evansville in Indiana.

Hinman serves as the director of the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She holds adjunct faculty appointments at universities in Indianapolis, IN and Memphis, TN where she teaches courses on balance dysfunction. Hinman has been an educational consultant to numerous physical therapy programs across the country and has been involved in the accreditation process for PT and PTA education since 1986. She is now serving a second term on the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and is the current Chair of CAPTE.

Hinman’s clinical interests and experience focus on health promotion and wellness for older adults; she was among the first group of PTs to be certified as an exercise expert for aging adults (CEEAA). Her research interests include tests and interventions related to fall and fracture prevention in older adults (i.e., balance assessment and training, osteoporosis management), along with investigations involving complementary therapies such as magnets and whole body vibration. Hinman has been the principal or co-investigator on several grant projects, has authored over 25 publications, has delivered research and educational presentations at more than 40 professional conferences, and serves as a reviewer for several journals, textbook publishers, and grant-funding agencies.

She has been awarded the Outstanding Research Presentation Award (1993, 1994, 1995, and 2001) and Outstanding Faculty Award (2007) by the Texas Physical Therapy Association and has been recognized nationally by the American Physical Therapy Association with the Linda Crane Memorial Lectureship (2006) and the Distinguished Geriatric Educator Award (2011).

PHYT 7322 Clinical Diagnosis and Management II
PHYT 7282 Critical Inquiry II
PHYT 7142 Professional Seminar I
PHYT 7243 Professional Seminar II
PHYT 7186 Professional Seminar III
PHYT 7145 Professional Seminar IV
PHYT 7184 Professional Project I
EDUC 6301 Introduction to Research Techniques

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