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Dr. Rita Wong, PT
Assistant Dean, Graduate and Professional Studies; Professor of Physical Therapy
Contact Information

(703) 284-5982

Academic Credentials

B.S., Northeastern University
M.S., Boston University
Ed.D., Clark University
Licensed Physical Therapist in VA
Teaching Areas:
  • Evidence-based Physical Therapy Practice
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Research Design
Research Interests:
  • Translating evidence into practice
  • Novice to expert practitioner
  • Encouraging optimal aging
Dr. Rita Wong came to Marymount University in 1995 as the founding director of the Physical Therapy program. She came from the University of Connecticut, where she held a senior faculty position.

She has more than 25 years of experience in physical therapy higher education, having either participated in, or led, numerous professional and academic endeavors to foster the advancement of physical therapists, particularly in the area of geriatrics. She enjoys helping both students and practicing clinicians grow and develop. 
Dr. Wong was recently named a Catherine Worthington Fellow (FAPTA) of the American Physical Therapy Association. This designation is the highest honor among APTA's membership categories and is given in recognition of a member's "contributions to the profession through leadership, influence, and achievements" and a demonstration of "frequent and sustained efforts to advance the profession for a period of not less than 15 years preceding the nomination for election."

Dr. Wong has held significant leadership positions within the Section on Geriatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Virginia Chapter of the APTA. She is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy and serves on several committees within the Section on Geriatrics.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities and professional work, she currently serves as assistant dean for Graduate and Professional Studies.