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Courtney P. Roca

  • Assistant Professor
    Physical Therapy Program
  • Co-Director of Clinical Ed.
    Physical Therapy Program

Dr. Courtney Roca has been a faculty member at Gannon University since March 2016. She earned her entry-level DPT degree in 2006 at Marymount University and has additional formal education in vestibular and neurologic rehabilitation. She practiced as a full time clinician for 10 years in both acute care and hospital based outpatient settings. She earned her vestibular certification at Emory University in 2011 and became certified as an ABPTS Neurological Clinical Specialist in 2015. She maintains her professional physical therapy and direct access licenses for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She continues her clinical practice per diem through the Gannon University Physical Rehabilitation Clinic and St. Vincent Rehab Solutions. 


Licensure Information:
     Pennsylvania  PT021580
     Pennsylvania Direct Access  DAPT002469

     Neurologic Clinical Specialist, 2015-present
     Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist, APTA, 2011

Courses Taught

  • 1st Term: GDPT 814:  Evidence Based Practice 1 (Course Lecturer)
  • 2nd Term: N/A
  • 3rd Term: GDPT 831 Foundations in Geriatrics  (Course Lecturer)
  • 4th Term: GDPT 848/849 Neuroscience  (Course Lecturer), GDPT 844 Evidence Based Practice 2  (Course Lecturer, Faculty Content Evidence Based Practice Advisor)
  • 5th Term: GDPT 853/855 Examination, Evaluation, and Intervention for Neuromuscular Movement Dysfunction 2  (Course Lecturer), GDPT 854 Evidence Based Practice 3  (Course Lecturer), GDPT 851 Evidence Based Practice Guidance 3, (Faculty Content Evidence Based Practice Advisor) 
  • 6th Term: N/A
  • 7th Term: GDPT 899 Independent Study  (Course Coordinator), GDPT 871 Evidence Based Practice Guidance 4, (Faculty Content Evidence Based Practice Advisor)
  • 8th Term: GPT 899 Independent Study  (Course Coordinator), GDPT 881 Evidence Based Practice Guidance 5 (Faculty Content Evidence Based Practice Advisor), GDPT 887 Clinical Synthesis 3  (Course Lecturer)

Educational History

  • Marymount University, B.S,  Arlington, VA 2004
  • Marymount University, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Arlington, VA 2006
  • University of New England, Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership, in progress: aniticpated completion 2020

Professional Experience

  • Instructor, Gannon University, Department of Physical Therapy, Erie, PA March 2016-present
  • per diem Physical Therapist, Saint Vincet Rehab Solutions, Erie, Pa March 2016-present
  • full time staff Physical Therapist, Saint Vincent Rehab Solutions, Erie, Pa October 2011-March 2016
  • full time Senior Physical Therapist, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church VA April 2010-October 2011
  • full time staff Physical Therapist, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, VA September 2006-April 2010

Professional Societies

  • American Physical Therapy Association, Neurolgy and Education Section
  • Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association, Neurology SIG: Secretary; North West District: member
  • Vestibular Disorders Association



Roca, C
BPPV:  Evidence Based Overview of Examination and Treatment Strategies
Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association, Northwest District, mini CSM, April 2018

Roca, C
Vestibular Rehabilitation 101: Overview of Evaluation and Treatment Techniques for Patients with Vestibular Dysfunction
Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association, Northwest District, January 2016

Roca, C
Differential Diagnosis of the Dizzy Patient
Meadville Medical Center Grand Rounds, 2015

Roca, C
Differential Diagnosis of the Dizzy Patient.
Saint Vincent Health System Residency Program, Annually, 2012-2016

Roca, C
The Role of Vestibular Therapy and Concussion.
Saint Vincent Hospital Grand Rounds, 2012


Strong research interest for health and wellness programs focused on seniors and individuals with disabilities, the application of the movement system diagnostic process for neurologic PT practice, and the use of fall risk tests and measures. 

Scholary items in progress: 

Roca C, Snarski K.  Vestibular dysfunction and Parkinson’s disease:  applied to movement system diagnosis.

Roca C, Galleher C, Legters K.  Validation of new falls risk screening tool.

Pfeil J, Magnacca A, McClincy J, Anderson K, Roca C.  The diagnosis of falls risk:  A review of balance tests and measures.



  • Search Committee Member-Program Director, AT Ruskin Campus, Fall 2016
  • Search Commitee Member-Clinical Education Direction, RT, Erie Campus, Fall 2017-Spring 2018
  • Faculty Advisory Commitee, Fall 2017-present 
  • DPT Program Student Performance Committee, Mar 2016-present 
  • DPT Program  Curriculum Committee, Mar 2016-present 


  • Developer, Fall Prevention Program, Benedictine Sisters of Erie, September 2017-present
  • Faculty Advisor, Gannon University Community Physical Rehabilitation Clinic, August 2016-present
  • Faculty Facilitator, Physical Therapy Neuropathy Clinic, Regional Cancer Center, March 2016-December 2017
  • Volunteer, Parkinson Partners Wellness Group,  Parkinson Partners of Northwest Pennsylvania,  July 2016-present 
  • Volunteer, Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience, July 2018-present