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Carla F. Huggins

Clinical Assistant Professor    

Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine
University of Virginia, 1987-1991

Master of Physical Therapy
Temple University, 1992-1995

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Temple University, 2006


Dr. Carla Huggins is the Director of Clinical Education and supervises/coordinates all aspects of physical therapy clinical education at Georgia State University.

Dr. Huggins has practiced physical therapy for over 20 years, primarily in the acute care hospital setting but has experience in both outpatient and home health clinical settings.  Having spent over 11 years in management, she has progressed from supervisor to director of both physical therapy and occupational therapy departments.  In this role, she has mentored many students and therapy staff.  She has been an APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) Credential Clinical Instructor since 2008.

The combination of Dr. Huggins’ administrative experience, leadership and clinical background is a great complement to our GSU physical therapy program.

Clinical Expertise
Acute care
Hospital Therapy Management and Administration

Research Interests
Student Physical Therapy Documentation in the Clinic
Smartphone & Technology Usage in the Classroom and Clinic

Scholarship publications, funding, podium presentations for past 2-3 years
Lorio, A., Huggins, C. Leo, S. & Wheeler, J Tefertiller, C. “Get Smart?  A Covert Operation to Investigate Smartphone and Technology Behaviors in the Classroom and Clinic.” February 18, 2016, American Physical Therapy Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA.  Podium and Panel. National. Refereed

American Physical Therapy Association
– Acute care and Education Sections


  • Chair, Clinical Education Advisory and Appeals Committees, Department of Physical Therapy
  • Director, Georgia Consortium of Clinical Educators
  • GSU representative, American Council of Academic Physical Therapy
  • Committee member, Faculty Advisory Committee