Cynthia A. Robinson, P.T., Ph.D.

Cynthia A. Robinson, P.T., Ph.D.

Dr. Robinson is a UW lecturer and Director of Clinical Education in the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Robinson has 18 years of hospital-based patient care experience, primarily in acute care, wound care, burn rehabilitation and neurological rehabilitation settings. She is very interested in early mobility in the intensive care and acute care settings.

Dr. Robinson also participates in international/global healthcare experiences. She has lead 11 multi-disciplinary rehabilitation teams to Moldova, a small country in Eastern Europe. While team members provide direct patient care, the primary mission of the team is to provide training in theory and clinical skills to local professionals in a variety of clinical settings, including: adult and pediatric burns, developmental pediatrics, and adult neurology. The team has also worked with a community center whose focus is to increase the social integration (for education, employment and recreation) of individuals with disabilities in Moldova. She and other professional team members mentored physical therapy and occupational therapy students as members of 9 of these teams.

In addition to her work in Moldova, Dr. Robinson provides lectures and clinical training annually to medical students and professionals at the Bashkir State Medical University and University Hospital in Ufa, Russia.

Dr. Robinson is very interested in the clinical mentoring of physical therapy students and serves as a trainer for the Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program created by the American Physical Therapy Association.

Research Interests

Dr. Robinson’s primary line of research examines the physical, environmental and personal factors associated with community walking following stroke. The overarching goal of this line of research is to identify those factors that predict participation in community walking and thus may be most important for the multidisciplinary rehabilitation team to address in rehabilitation programs. Her research also examines methods of measuring participation in community walking, specifically examining the association between subjective and objective measures of patient performance and progress.

Currently, Dr. Robinson is working on a research project under the direction of Dr. Ellen McGough, also a member of the Physical Therapy faculty. The current study examines the effect of forced exercise (stationary tandem cycling) on physical, functional, and participation measures, as well as self-efficacy.


English is Dr. Robinson’s primary language.  She has completed 4 years of Russian language courses at the University of Washington.


Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Medicine

Selected Publications