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Joyce Maring Joyce Maring
Chair, Department of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences
Professor of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences

Office Phone: 202-994-0053
Email: Email
Department: Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences


  • BS, University of Michigan, 1978
  • MS, Boston University, 1986
  • EdD, Florida International University, 2003
  • DPT, Nova Southeastern Univeristy, 2012


Dr. Maring serves as the Chairperson of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences department at The George Washington University. She teaches course content in her areas of expertise. Dr. Maring has received multiple teaching awards throughout her academic career. She is an active participant in national professional organizations and an on-site reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

Dr. Maring has an extensive clinical background in physical therapy management of pediatric populations and adults with neurological dysfunction. In conjunction with her research interest, she continues to perform physical therapy evaluations for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Her grant funding is aligned with her interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning as well as her dedication to improving the health and wellness of persons with developmental disabilities. 


Dr. Maring’s  research interests, publications, and presentations encompass three primary areas.  She is engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning with a focus on factors that predict educatonal outcomes.  Consistent with her clinical expertise, she conducts research related to the examination of motor control dysfunction in a variety of populations with movement disorders secondary to neurological impairments.  She is also engaged in research that considers the examination and intervention of health and wellness in persons with developmental disabilities. 


HRSA Veterans Grant (School of Nursing). 2014-2017.  Role: Evaluator.    Amount 20% salary release.

DC Disability Services Administration. (2008-present)  DC Healthcare Quality Initiative  Role: Consultant/Project Assistant Amount: 10% salary release.
National Collaborative on Aging.  Faculty award. “Establishing the validity and reliability of selected measures of physical performance for an older population with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”  2008. Co-PI.  Amount: 12.5% salary release. 

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.  “Factors predicting success of Physical Therapist Assistant Graduates on the National Physical Therapy Examination.”  2005. Role: Principal Investigator. Amount: $6,324.00. (awarded)


Alumni Circle of Excellence Award.  Awarded by The University of Michigan, Physical Therapy Department. (2012)
 “Star Performer” Award.  National Children Center.  Recognized for clinical services provided to infants and toddlers.  (2012) 
School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  Annual GW Health Sciences Research. Faculty advisor for presentations receiving awards in: 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011. 
 Outstanding Faculty Award.  The George Washington University, Program in Physical Therapy.  (2009).
Alpha Eta Honor Society, The George Washington University.  Inducted May 2007.
Faculty Research Award; School of Health Sciences.  10th Annual GW Health Sciences Research Day. (2006). 
 Teaching Incentive Program Award.  Florida International University.  (2002)
Graduate’s Choice Award.  Miami-Dade Community College – Medical Campus.  (1995). 


Clinical Conference I 
Clinical Neuroscience I 
Teaching in Physical Therapy (lecturer) 

Previous courses taught:
Clinical Conference IV
Foundations of Examination
Management of Neuromotor Dysfunction
Health Promotion and Wellness
Capstone Seminar

Centers and Institutes

Fellow  The International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics.  Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering.  Drexel University. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  2015-2016. 

Community Service

Selected community and professional service affiliations:
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) (member)
Chapters of the American PHysical Therapy Association (Education, Pediatrics, Neurology, and Research) (member)
District of Columbia Physical Therapy Association (member)
Aging in America (member)
Journal of Physical Therapy Education (Editorial Board Member)
Quality Improvement Committee of the DC Department of Disability Administration (member)
On-site Reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Academic Council of the APTA (institutional representative)
Community Health Fair Screenings (volunteer)
Federation of State Board of Physical therapy.  Appointed Committee member: 2011, 2012.
Special Volunteer.  National Institute of Health: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke 2005-2007. 


  • Health Care Sciences
  • Physical Therapy


Ruckert E, Plack M, Maring J. A model for designing a geriatrics course grounded in educational principles and active learning strategies. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2014:28(2):69-84

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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