Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese, PT, EdD, FNAP
Dr. Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese currently serves as the Director of the Performing Arts Fellowship Program and as an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine in the Programs in Physical Therapy at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. Dr. Abbruzzese earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at Columbia College, a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and both a Master of Education and Doctor of Education degree in Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Abbruzzese has over twenty-five years of clinical experience in physical therapy and 15 years as an educator. Dr. Abbruzzese is a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice, which advocates for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice. She is on the Executive Committee of the Physical Therapy Academy and serves as chair of the NAP DEI Task Force. She is a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA) and is part of the national CEEAA faculty. Dr. Abbruzzese also serves as the President of the Performing Arts Special Interest Group (PASIG) of the American Physical Therapy Association Academy of Orthopedics.