University of Nebraska Medical Center

Patricia A. Hageman, PT, PhD, FAPTA



Patricia A. Hageman, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Dr. Hageman is a Professor, a national leader in advancing health care education in physical therapy, and a researcher/advocate for promoting physical activity among midlife and older adults from rural communities. Her primary teaching interests focus on practice management skills in physical therapy education.

Dr. Hageman has held leadership roles in PT education for more than 37 years. As former director of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s physical therapy program (1989-2008), she led successful efforts to advance the program from a bachelor’s to a master’s degree (implemented 1989), and to the professional doctor of physical therapy degree (implemented 2001).

Dr. Hageman’s service includes national roles in the American Physical Therapy Association and educational consulting to physical therapy programs. Appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary to an external advisory committee at the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), she provided advocacy to the U.S. Congress related to enhancing rural workforce development. Dr. Hageman’s scholarly work, supported by National Institutes of Health funding as Co-Investigator since 2001, uses mHealth / eHealth delivery of behavior change interventions for promoting healthy eating and activity among rural women and men.

  • PhD, Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 1994
  • MS, Health, Physical Education and Recreation, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1985
  • BS, Physical Therapy, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 1979
Research Interests

Physical Activity

  • Behavior change interventions to increase physical activity
  • Health promotion using eHealth/mHealth
  • Enhancing fitness to reduce risk of disease / disability

Grant Support

Co-Investigator, Engaging Rural Men with Mobile Technologies for Weight Loss. A Randomized Controlled Trial, funded by NIH/NINR R15NR017522 (Eisenhauer C, PI)

Co-Investigator, Web-based Weight Loss & Weight Maintenance Intervention for Older Rural Women, funded by NIH/NINR R01 NR010589, 2010-2016 (Pullen CH – PI)

Co-Investigator, Promoting Healthy Eating and Activity in Rural Women, Renewal Title: Modifying Lifestyle in Prehypertensive Older Rural Women, funded by NIH/NINR, RO1 NR004861, 2001-2012, (Pullen CH- PI)

Honors and Awards