Rania Karim, PT, DPT, GCS

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Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy
(617) 724-0044
Office Location: 
Shouse - 405

Dr. Rania Karim is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Rania, who joined the faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy in 2019, previously was an Associate Professor at Marshall University in Huntington, WV, where she helped oversee the program’s curricular development.

Rania has conducted a research stream focused on interprofessional education (IPE), geriatric career choice, and substance use disorders. In 2015, she was nominated for an outstanding research award at World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress.

Rania is a Board-Certified Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy and her clinical practice areas have included, home health, skilled nursing, and long-term acute care.

Rania is actively engaged in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Academy of Geriatrics and with the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowships. In 2018, Rania was awarded the APTA’s Emerging Leader Award.

Research Interests

Interprofessional Education
Substance Use Disorders


BS, Biological Sciences, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Washington University, St. Louis, MO


Karim R, Kneiss J. Dementia Syndrome PTNOW. 2017. Available online at:

Mehta S, Tiruttani R, Kaur M, MacDermid J, Karim R. Psychometric properties of the Hindi Version of the Disabilities of Arm, Shoulder, Hand: a pilot study. Rehabil Res Pract. 2015; DOI: 10.1155/2015/482378.


Karim R, Foderaro F, Harper M, Jackson S, Pfost G. Substance Use Disorder Education in Physical Therapy Curriculum. Platform presented at Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association; 2019 January Washington DC. 

Karim R, Abrams H, Keilholtz K, Kelley N, Moore L, Pfost G. Impact of personal exposure to persons with substance use disorders on physical therapy practice. Platform presented at Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association; 2018 February 21-24 New Orleans, LA.

Pfost G, Karim R, Saunders A, O’Connell L. Screening for substance use when they #choosePT. Presentation presented at NEXT, American Physical Therapy Association; 2017 June 21-24 Boston, MA.

Curriculum Vitae