Faculty & Staff Directory

Main Directory

Kathryn R. Zalewski, PT, MPA, PhD

Associate Professor; Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
 Kathryn Zalewski
(414) 229-3367
(414) 229-3360
Pavilion 360


Ph D Motor Learning University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2001
Master of Public Administration Public Administration University of San Francisco 1992
BS Physical Therapy University of Wisconsin-Madison 1986

Speaker Topics

  • Stroke Outcomes
  • Physical Therapy Practice Environment
  • Health Literacy in Physical Therapy Practice
  • Evidence Based Physical Therapy

Interests & Expertise

Kathryn Zalewski’s research focuses on improving outcomes for people in various stages of recovery from cerebrovascular accident (CVA or stroke) with emphasis on exploring the relationship to formalized inpatient rehabilitation and post-rehabilitation outcomes.

Zalewski’s work is primarily field-based research using both qualitative and quantitative methods to explore the complexities of rehabilitation in a changing and increasingly complex health care environment.

Research questions in the Adult Neuromotor Rehabilitation Laboratory, run by Zalewski, explore interventions designed to improve quality of life for stroke survivors and their families, and the role physical therapists play in health promotion and improved health literacy for the people in their care.

Selected Publications

Gnacinski, S. L., Meyer, B. B., Cornell, D. J., Mims, J., Zalewski, K. R., & Ebersole, K. (2015). Tactical athletes: An integrated approach to understanding and enhancing firefighter health and performance. International Journal of Exercise Science, 8(4), 341-357.
Cornell, D. J., Ebersole, K., Meyer, B. B., & Zalewski, K. R. (2015). Relationships between extraversion and measures of counter movement jump performance. International Journal of Sports Science, 5(3), 73-79.
Gennuso, K. P., Zalewski, K. R., , & Strath, S. J. (2013). Resistance training congruent with minimal guidelines improves function in older adults: A pilot study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 10(6), 769-776.
Zalewski, K. R., Kerk, J., Laundre, K., Wacek, A., & Wiedmeyer, M. (2010). A case report exploring activity intensity in inpatient rehabilitation after stroke. Case Reports In Medicine.
Zalewski, K. R. (2007). Revisiting outcomes in Multiple Sclerosis: A case report. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 31(1), 40-45.
Brusse, K., Zalewski, K. R., & Steffen, T. S. (2005). Functional testing in persons with Parkinson’s Disease. Physical Therapy, 85(2), 131-141.

Honors & Awards

Faculty Distinguished Public Service Award (2016) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service (2011, May) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Alumnus Honoris Award (2008, June) Clintonville School District, Clintonville, WI.
Mary Pat Murray Award for Clinical Excellence (2005) Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association.