Professor - Tenure
B.S., George Mason University
M.A., The George Washington University
Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus
Other study: University of Pennsylvania
Licensed Physical Therapist in VA
Dr. Diana Venskus earned her PhD at the Medical College of Virginia-Virginia Commonwealth University focused in Health Services Research in Health Administration and her MA from George Washington University in Education and Human Development with individual research in development of movement systems. Dr. Venskus considers herself to be a strong generalist with clinical experiences spanning the lifespan, i.e., neonates through geriatrics, as well as across specialties. Dr. Venskus served in varied positions within the DPT faculty, including Department Chairperson and Director of Clinic Education. Presently, Dr. Venskus teaches the research and differential diagnosis courses in the curriculum.
Dr. Venskus’s current research interests include development of clinical reasoning, and interprofessional education and practice. She is the 2017 APTA Journal of Physical Therapy Education, Feitelberg Award for Research. Dr. Venskus is a successful grant writer. She is a principal author on consecutive awards from the Administration on Community Living for development and implementation of a falls prevention alliance in the northern Virginia region.
International service in Latin America is a passion for Dr. Venskus. In 2009-10, Dr. Venskus initiated a global service engagement project serving Fundacion Hogar Manos Abiertas in Costa Rica. Annually, third-year students are invited to participate in this advanced, integrative, personal/professional enrichment opportunity that is now serving Nicaragua. In recognition of this work and other service, Dr. Venskus is a 2018 recipient of the APTA Humanitarian Award.
Research; Differential Diagnosis
Clinical Reasoning; Interprofessional Practice; Falls among Older Adults
Venskus DG, Craig JA. Development and Validation of a Self-Efficacy Scale for Clinical Reasoning in Physical Therapists. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2017;31(1):14-20. Landry MD, Hack LM, Coulson E, et al. Workforce Projections 2010–2020: Annual Supply and Demand Forecasting Models for Physical Therapists Across the United States. Physical Therapy. 2016;96(1):71-80. doi:10.2522/ptj.20150010.