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Faculty and Staff Directory


Denise Bender, PT, JD, MEd, FNAP

  • Professor
  • Jill Pitman Jones Professorship in Physical Therapy
  • Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy

(405) 271-2131, ext. 47129


  • APTA Education Leadership Fellowship, Alexandria, VA, 2012
  • J.D., Law, University of Maryland Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, 2001
  • M.Ed., Education, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1991
  • B.S., Physical Therapy, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 1981

Societies and Organizations:

Member, Alpha Eta Honor Society

  • APTA and OPTA
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • OUHSC Interprofessional Educator and Practitioner Association (IEPA)
  • National Interprofessional Education Consortium (NIPEC)


Professional Program:

  • OCTH 7133/PHTH 8153: Clinical Process
  • OCTH/PHTH 8332: Teaching in Practice
  • OCTH / PHTH 9391: Interprofessional Case Management
  • OCTH/PHTH 8352: Clinical Practice Management I
  • OCTH/PHTH 8372: Clinical Practice Management II
  • PHTH 9152: Clinical Reasoning II (small group facilitator)
  • PHTH 9253: Clinical Case Defense (small group facilitator)
  • PHTH 8393: Movement Science I (lab assistant)

Research Interests:

  • Interprofessional education and practice

Clinical Interests:

  • Geriatrics
  • Bariatrics


Select Publications:

  • Thompson, B.M., Bratzler, D.W., Fisher, M.J., Tores, A., EPIC Faculty*, & Sparks, R.A. Working together: Using a unique approach to evaluate an interactive and clinic-based longitudinal  interprofessional education experience with 13 professions. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 2016;30(6):754-761.     *core member of EPIC faculty
  • Randall, K., Hoppes, S., & Bender, D.G. (2008). Developing an honor statement for university students in graduate professional programs. Journal of Allied Health. 37, 121-124.
  • Randall, K., Bender, D.G., & Montgomery, D.  (2007). Determining the opinions of health science students and faculty regarding academic integrity. International Journal for Educational Integrity, 3(2), 27-40.
  • Bender, D.G. (2007).  Experiencing the effect of teaching and learning styles on skill mastery.  J Nurse Educ, 46(3) 147-148.
  • Dye, D.D. & Bender, D.G. (2006). Duty and liability surrounding clinical internships:  What every ACCE should know. J Allied Health. 35(3), 169-173.
  • Bender, D.G. & Randall, K.E. (2005). Description and evaluation of an interactive Jeopardy game designed to foster self-assessment. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice.3(4).
  • Bender, D.G. (2005). Escaping the box:  Preparing allied health practitioners for management positions.  Health Care Manager, 24(5), 1-5.
  • Bender, D.G. & Randall, K.E. (2005).  Service-learning risk management considerations:  The Community Visitor project.  Education for Health Journal, 18(1), 85-88.
  • Bender, D.G., & Buckner, S.K. (2005). Interdisciplinary Patient Care Skills Module.  J Nurse Educ, 44(6)