Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Physical Therapy

Bell, Karla A.

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Karla Bell, PT, DPT

Karla A. Bell, PT, DPT

Contact Dr. Bell

901 Walnut Street
Room 503
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-1644
(215) 503-3499 fax


DPT, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, 2004
MSPT, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, 1997
BS, University of Pittsburgh, 1993

University Appointment

Co-Director Clinical Education and Assistant Professor 

Research and Clinical Interests

Inclusive Cultural Competency Clinical Education and Curriculum Integration; Population Health/LGBTQ Health Disparity/Equity; Resiliency and student learning in professional/clinical education

Publications and Presentations

CPTA 2017 Annual Conference, Linking Cultural Competency with Health Disparities in the LGBTQ Population AND Why Should PT Care?

Wruble Hakim W, Moffat M, Becker E, Bell, KA, Manal TJ, Schmitt L, Ciolek C. Application of Educational Theory and Evidence in Support of an Integrated Model of Clinical Education. JOPTE 2014:28 (supplement 1); 13-21.

Bade M, PT, MPT, FAAOMPT; Bell KA, PT, DPT, OCS; Stevens-Lapsley J, PT, MPT, PhD; and Manal T, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS. Surgical Management and Rehabilitation of Knee Arthroplasty.  APTA Monograph (2010).

Bell KA, PT, DPT, OCS, GCS; Shovestul A. Total Knee Arthroplasty: Clinical Summary. APTA PT NOW (2011).

Bell KA, Ciolek C, Foeller C, Wruble Hakim E. ICE-ing the Curriculum: 2 part Educational Session. APTA NEXT 2015.

Bell KA, Ciolek C, Foeller C, Wruble Hakim E The DCE Toolbox: Nuts and Bolts of ICEs: 2 part Educational Session. APTA NEXT 2015.

Bell KA, Arundale A, Ciolek C, Foeller C, Wruble Hakim E. Comparison of Clinical Performance Rating Tools for Integrated Clinical Experiences: A Preliminary Analysis. APTA CSM 2015.

Bell KA, Stewart E, Holler J, Khoroshan E, Anderson A, Kwok A, Hakim EW. Cultivating the HealthCare Profession: The Value of Peer-Guided Learning in Developing a Culture of Communication, Collaboration, and Consultation, 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 2014.

Holler J, Khoroshan E, Anderson A, Bell KA, Stewart E, Kwok A, Wruble Hakim E. A Culture of Collaboration Made Meaningful Through Student-Directed SWiB (Study with Buddies) Sessions and Clinical Mentorship. NEXT 2014 and 4th Annual Rehabilitation Therapy Services Clinical Showcase 2014

Bell KA, Ciolek C, Hakim Wruble E. Imparting the Art and Science of Teaching to the Educators of the Future. APTA CSM 2014.

Bell KA, Ciolek C, Hakim Wruble E. Innovation in Clinical Education Performance: An Algorithm for Standardized Decision-Making Interventions for Optimal Student Outcomes. Educational Leadership Conference 2013

Beeson R, Manal TJ, Bell KA, Carroll A. Recognition of Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome: A Case Requiring Physician Referral. APTA Annual Conference 2013.

Bell KA. PTNOW.Org: A Resource To Bridge The Academy And Clinical Practice. Panel Member. Educational Leadership Conference – APTA 2012.

Manal TJ, Bell KA, Schmitt LA, Hakim Wruble E. The Clinical Classroom: Collaborating to Deliver a Curriculum Without Walls. Platform Presentation. Educational Leadership Conference 2012.

Bell KA. PTNow is in Beta! Help Us Set the Direction for Accessing and Using Best Evidence. Panel Member. APTA Annual Conference in Tampa, FL 2012.

Bell KA, Larkin S, Manal TJ, Wruble Hakim E. Implementation of a Clinical Decision-Making Algorithm For Clinical Instructors To Determine Student Progression In A Clinical Experience.  APTA Annual Conference in Tampa, FL 2012.

Bell KA, Beeson R, Manal TJ.  A Case Demonstrating Physical Therapist Role in Primary Medical Management for Missed Diagnosis of Distal Radial Fracture/Subluxation. APTA Annual Conference in Tampa, FL 2012.

Shovestul AO, Bell KA, Manal TJ. “Primary Care Role of an Outpatient Physical Therapist for a Medically Complex Patient With Fear Avoidant Beliefs”. APTA CSM 2012.

Carroll A, Bell K, Lynch, A, Manal T. “Assessing Vital Signs in the Outpatient Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Setting- What are we missing when we don’t?”. APTA Annual Conference 2011.

Bell KA, Manal T. “Single treatment success of a lumbopelvic manipulation on a patient with a pelvic contusion diagnosis.” APTA Annual Conference 2011.

Ross C, Ciolek C, Bell KA, Manal T. “10,000 Steps: Do Adults Understand Their Current Level of Physical Activity?” APTA Annual Conference 2011.

Flug J, Bell KA, Manal T, “Using current evidence to treat a figure skater limited by low back pain prior to a national competition”. APTA Annual Conference 2010.

chmitt LA, Bell KA, Snyder-Mackler L, Manal TJ, “Use of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) to Assist Strength Return Following Achilles Rupture”. ACSM 2010.

Bell KA, Carroll A, “Physical Therapy and Neck Pain.” Second Annual Pain Symposium -Temple University 2010.


Geriatric Certified Specialist – American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists
Orthopedic Certified Specialist – American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists


Recipient of University of Delaware’s Louis L. Redding Diversity Award, 2014

Professional Memberships


Publications for this author are currently unavailable.

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member (1996 to present)
      Orthopaedic Section, Academy of Geriatrics, Education Section (CESIG)
Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality (GLMA) Member (2014-present)