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SLU Program in Physical Therapy Adds Two Faculty

The Saint Louis University (SLU) Program in Physical Therapy recently added distinguished educators Patrick Corrigan, Ph.D., PT, DPT, and Jason Longhurst, Ph.D., PT, DPT, NCS, to its faculty. The two new faculty members joined the program at the beginning of the 2021-2022 academic year.

Dr. Corrigan and Dr. Longhurst
Dr. Patrick Corrigan (left) and Dr. Jason Longhurst (right) joined the SLU Program in Physical Therapy faculty.

Dr. Corrigan, who most recently taught at Northeastern University, focuses his research to improve outcomes for individuals with chronic tendon and joint injuries by identifying biomechanical, structural, and neurophysiological factors contributing to poor outcomes and developing novel treatment strategies based on this knowledge. Dr. Corrigan’s current projects explore gait retraining to reduce pain and loading in people with knee osteoarthritis and the influence of peak impact force on the progression from unilateral to bilateral knee pain. 

Dr. Corrigan explained how he was eager to get started at SLU and to help contribute to the mission of the university.

“I am very excited to join such an amazing group of researchers and educators,” Dr. Corrigan said. “It is clear that the students, staff and faculty are dedicated towards glorifying God through research, teaching and service.”

Dr. Longhurst, who most recently taught at University of Nevada - Las Vegas, is an ABPTS board-certified clinical specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist. Dr. Longhurst's research focuses on the interaction between motor control and cognition in individuals with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. His recent projects have explored the development of novel measurement techniques to detect subtle physical and cognitive deficits in those with early neurodegenerative disease.

Dr. Longhurst explained that two of the key factors that drew him to SLU were opportunities for growth and the mission of the university.

“SLU provides unique opportunities for growth and development in multiple facets of life and the mission extends these opportunities for growth even further,” Dr. Longhurst said. “The opportunity to join an institution that actively promotes the merging of science and faith speaks to me and is something invigorating.”

Interim Department Chairperson Chris Sebelski, Ph.D., PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, was eager to see the two new faculty additions join the department.

“The department faculty and staff are excited to welcome Dr. Jason Longhurst and Dr. Pat Corrigan to the SLU community,” Dr. Sebelski said. “Each brings a unique perspective in research and teaching that fits with the department’s strategic goals and directions.”

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of more than 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.