Sara Knox, PT, PhD, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

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Associate Chair, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy
(617) 643-6339
Office Location: 
Shouse - 406

Dr. Sara Knox is Associate Chair and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Dr. Knox has 10 years of teaching experience and is a fellow of APTA’s Educational Leadership Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, Dr. Knox was a founding faculty member in the DPT program at Lynchburg College in Virginia and an adjunct faculty member for Clark State Community College’s PTA program in Ohio.

Dr. Knox received her PhD in Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University, a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Masters of Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University, and a Bachelor’s of Psychology from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Knox’s passion is to improve health care services and outcomes for older adults with dementia. Her research focuses on using large datasets to answer clinically meaningful questions about health care services for older adults with dementia. In 2017, Dr. Knox had a visiting scholar position at the Center for Large Data Research in Galveston, Texas.

Dr. Knox is a Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist and her clinical practice areas have included home health, hospice, skilled nursing, and outpatient- with her true passion being for caring for older adults in their own homes. 

Dr. Knox is an actively engaged member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), having served in numerous positions at the state, section, and national levels. She has served on the Advisory Panel on Education, the PASS Steering Committee, and has been a delegate to the APTA House of Delegates for two different chapters. Currently, Dr. Knox is serving as a director for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Board of Directors. In 2008, Sara was awarded APTA’s Emerging Leader Award.

Research Interests

Dr. Knox’s research interests include the multidimensional influences and professional responsibilities of managing the health care of older adults, more specifically older adults diagnosed with dementia; including clinical management, epidemiology, public policy, educational strategies and interdisciplinary collaboration to maximize the health of our aging society.


Knox S. Pneumonia Readmissions: Discharge Dispositions for Older Adults with Dementia. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017(10).

Kigin C, Rodgers M, Wolf S. for the Physical Therapy and Society Summit Steering Committee. The Physical Therapy and Society Summit (PASS) Meeting:   Observations and Opportunities. Physical Therapy Journal November 2010.


Knox S. Pneumonia Readmissions in Older Adults with Dementia, Platform presentation, APTA Combined Sections, New Orleans Louisiana, 2/2018

Knox S. Impact of Discharge Disposition on Pneumonia Readmission Risk in Older Adults with Dementia, Poster, American College of Rehabilitation Medicine, Atlanta Georgia, 10/2017

Knox S. Pneumonia Readmissions in Older Adults with Dementia. Poster. 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, San Francisco California, 7/2017. CoHSTAR Summer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, 6/2017

Knox S. Impact of Dementia on Pneumonia Readmissions. APTA CoHSTAR Summer Institute, Boston Massachusetts, 6/2016



BS, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
MS, Physical Therapy, Shenandoah University, Winchester Virginia
DPT, Shenandoah University, Winchester Virginia
PhD in Health Sciences, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale Florida

Board Certified Geriatric Physical Therapist, ABPTS
Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult

Curriculum Vitae