Mangione Kathleen

Dr. Kathleen K. Mangione

Professor of Physical Therapy (CV)

Kathleen K. Mangione, PT, PhD, GCS, Professor, received her entry level degree in physical therapy from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in gerontology and PhD from New York University. 

Dr. Mangione was among the first 14 specialists to earn Board Certification in Geriatric Physical Therapy. Kate’s clinical career has focused on working with older adults; she has practiced in acute care, adult inpatient rehabilitation, sub-acute and nursing home settings, and home health care. Likewise, Dr. Mangione’s research is focused on older adults. She has had continuous federal or foundation funding beginning with her doctoral work that examined loaded exercise in older adults with knee OA. Kate built upon this work to study the effects of moderate and low intensity cycling in older adults with knee OA and the effects of strength training and endurance training on older adults after hip fracture. 

She is currently Site Principal Investigator on a multicenter trial with a team of investigators from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, Dartmouth, and the University of Connecticut funded by the National Institute on Aging, NIH. Another research avenue examines intervention for frail older adults after hospital discharge. Dr. Mangione has given numerous invited and scientific presentations on topics of exercise and the older adult, hip fracture, and frailty. She has published in premier journals for physical therapy and geriatrics. Among many awards Kate has received: the APTA Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Academic Faculty Member; the APTA Distinguished Educator Award, Section on Geriatrics; and APTA’s Lucy Blair Service Award.

Recent Publications

  • Alley DE, Hicks GE, Shardell M, Hawkes W, Miller R, Craik RL, Mangione KK, Orwig D, Hochberg M, Resnick B, Magaziner J. (2011). "Meaningful Changes in Hip Fracture Recovery."  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 59(9):1650-7.
  • Sullivan-Marx EM, Mangione KK, Ackerson T, Sidorov I, Maislin G, Volpe SL, Craik R. (2011). "Recruitment and Retention Strategies Among Older African American Women Enrolled in an Exercise Study at a PACE Program." Gerontologist, 51 Suppl 1:S73-81.
  • Mangione KK, Miller AH, Naughton IV. (2010).  "Cochrane Review: Improving Physical Function and Performance with Progressive Resistance Strength Training in Older Adults." Physical Therapy, 90(12):1711-5.
  • Mangione KK, Craik RL, McCormick A, et al. (2010). "Detectable Changes in Physical Performance Measures in Elderly African Americans." Physical Therapy, 90(6):921-7 .
  • Mangione KK, Craik, RL, Palombaro KM, Tomlinson SS, Hofmann MT. (2010).  "Home-Based Leg Strengthening Exercise Improves Function Six Months After Hip Fracture: A Randomized Controlled Study." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58(10):1911-7.
  • Gmitter JP, Mangione KK, Avers D. (2009). "Case Report: An Evidence-based Approach to Examination and Intervention Following Hip Fracture." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,  32(1):39-45.
  • Palombaro KM, Hack LM, Mangione KK, Barr AE, Newton RA. (2009). "Physical Performance, Gait Variability, Falls, and Fractures in Early Post-Menopausal Women with and without Low Bone Mineral Density." Physical Therapy, 89:1315-1326.

Recent Support

Abington Health Innovators, National Institutes of Health, Arthritis Foundation, the Foundation for Physical Therapy, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.


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