Cathy Schmidt, PT, PhD, DPT

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Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Brown University School of Public Health
Physical Therapy
(617) 724-4846
Office Location: 
Shouse - 414

Cathy Schmidt is Assistant Professor for the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Cathy earned her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH Institute  as part of the inaugural class in 2017. She is a graduate of the transitional DPT and Master of Science in Physical Therapy programs at the Institute and received her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac College.

Cathy completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Health Services Research through the Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) at Brown University in Providence, RI.

Cathy has over 13 years of clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics including private practice management.

Research Interests

Cathy has dual research training in clinical and health services rehabilitation sciences. Cathy’s doctoral research involved identifying neuromuscular impairments associated with mobility limitations among community-dwelling older adults with lumbar spinal stenosis.

Her postdoctoral research included using large data systems such as Medicare claims to evaluate the impact of physical therapy on the progression to surgery and subsequent health care utilization among beneficiaries with lumbar spinal stenosis. Cathy has an ongoing study evaluating the pattern of initial interventions and subsequent clinical and utilization outcomes such as pain and opioid use among Veterans with low back pain. Cathy received the CoHSTAR Pilot Funding Award in 2018 to support this work.


BS, Physical Therapy, Quinnipiac College, Hamden, CT
Combined MS and DPT, orthopedic specialization, MGH Institute of Health Professions
PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences, MGH Institute of Health Professions


Schmidt CT, Ward RE, Suri P, Kiely DK, Goldstein R, Pensheng N, Anderson DE & Bean JF (November 2018) Which Neuromuscular Attributes are Associated with Changes in Mobility among Community-Dwelling Older Adults with Symptomatic Lumbar Spinal Stenosis? Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  April 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2018.04.019

Schmidt CT, Ward RE, Suri P, Kiely DK, Pensheng N, Anderson DE & Bean JF (July 2017): The Association of Neuromuscular Attributes with Performance-Based Mobility Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults with Symptomatic Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 98(7): 1400-1406. . PMID: 28377110. 

Brown L, Meng N, Schmidt CT & Bean JF (August 2017): Evaluation of an Outpatient Rehabilitative Program to Address Mobility Limitations Among Older Adults. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. . 2017;96(8):600-606. PMID: 28079616.

Schmidt CT, Ward RE, Suri P, Kurlinski L, Anderson D, Kiely D,  Bean JF. Health characteristics, neuromuscular attributes, and mobility among primary care patients with symptomatic  lumbar spinal stenosis: A secondary analysis. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. 2017;40(3):135-142. PMID: 27007991. 

Beauchamp MK, Schmidt CT, Pederson MM, Bean JF, Jette AM. Psychometric properties of the late-life function and disability instrument: a systematic review. BMC Geriatr. 2014;14(12). PMID: 24476510; PMCID: PMC3909447.


Schmidt CT, Ogarek J, Mor V, Resnik L. Physical Therapy or Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Associating Factors and Healthcare Utilization. GSA Annual Conference, Boston, MA, November, 2018.

Schmidt CT, Kumar A, Keeney T, Karmarkar, A. Demonstrating the Value of Rehabilitation in the Era of Value Based Care Using Medicare Data. ACRM 2018, Dallas, TX, September, 2018.

Schmidt CT, Mor V, Resnik L. Healthcare Utilization for Patients Receiving Physical Therapy vs Surgery Following Incident Lumbar Stenosis Diagnosis: Who Has Higher Consumption? 2018 Institute on Health Services Research: Quality Strategies in Rehabilitation: Advancing Health Services Research, Boston, MA, April 2018.

Schmidt CT, Mor V, Resnik L. Evaluating the Utilization of Physical Therapy and Spinal Surgery among Older Adults with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. Platform presentation. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA, February 2018.

Schmidt CT, Ward RE, Suri P, Kiely D, Ni P, Anderson D, Goldstein, R, Bean JF. Symptomatic Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Neuromuscular Attributes Associated with Mobility among Older Adults. Paper Session, ACRM 94th Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR), Atlanta, GA, October 2017.

Schmidt CT, Mor V, Resnik L. Physical Therapy Utilization among Medicare Beneficiaries with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. CoHSTAR Summer Institute on Health Services Research/APTA NEXT Meeting, Boston, MA, June 2017.

Schmidt CT, Keeney T, Ward R, Suri P, Kiely, D, Bean JF. Symptomatic Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Measuring Health, Impairment, Mobility and Disability. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2017;47(1): A58-A161. doi:10.2519/jospt.2017.47.1.A58. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, February 2017.

Schmidt, CT. Health Characteristics, Mobility Limitations, and Neuromuscular Attributes among Older Primary Care Patients with Symptomatic Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. VA Boston Healthcare System: Research Day Poster Presentation, Elks Club, West Roxbury, May 18th 2016.

Schmidt CT, Ward RE, Suri P, Kurlinski LG, Anderson DE, Kiely DK, Bean JF. The health and functional characteristics of older adult primary care patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. Gerontologist. 2014; 54 Suppl 2:751-52. GSA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 2014.

Schmidt CT, Harris BA, Klein AB.  The effectiveness of physical therapy intervention in the management of patients following rotator cuff repair: A Systematic Review.  JOSPT; 38(1): A59. APTA, Combined Sections Meeting, Nashville, TN, 2008.

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