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Julie DeVahl, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. DN
Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education

Julie DeVahl received a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota in 1979, a MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Minnesota in 1984, and her DPT from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2014.   She worked in a variety of settings and was involved in clinical education prior to joining the faculty at UT Southwestern Medical Center in May 2002. In 1996 she received the Outstanding Clinical Educator Award from the Texas Consortium. She is a certified specialist in orthopedics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and currently practices in an outpatient clinic on the UT Southwestern campus. Dr. DeVahl's teaching responsibilities include professional practice development, clinical education, therapeutic interventions including electrotherapy, advanced therapeutic techniques, and modules in the orthopedic curriculum. She is a faculty mentor for interprofessional education in the School of Health Professions. Her research interests are in the areas of lifelong learning and electrotherapy.  Dr. DeVahl is member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Texas Chapter, and the Academies of Education and Orthopaedics.


Medical School
University of North Dakota (1979)
Graduate School
University of North Dakota (1979), Physical Therapy
Other Post Graduate Training
University of Minnesota Medical School (1984)
Graduate School
University of Minnesota Medical School (1984), Physical Therapy
Other Post Graduate Training
Texas Tech University Health Science Center (2014)

Research Interest

  • Evidence base for physical therapy practice in orthopedics


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Mulligan EP, DeVahl J, Int J Sports Phys Ther 2020 Dec 15 6 1061-1072
Physical Therapists' Perspectives on Lifelong Learning.
DeVahl JM, Mulligan EP, Simpkins SD, Hynan LS, J Allied Health 2020 49 3 215-220
Financial Literacy Among Health Professions Graduate Students.
Mulligan EP, Dickson T, DeVahl J, J Allied Health 2020 49 3 181-189
The toll of student debt: stress among health professions students and the promising role of financial self-efficacy on career choices.
Dickson T, Mulligan E, DeVahl J JOPTE 2020 4 34 339-346
Mulligan EP, DeVahl J Int J Sports Phys Ther 2017 Oct 12 5 787-797
Anthropometric measures, presence of metabolic syndrome, and adherence to physical activity guidelines among African American church members, Dallas, Texas, 2008.
Shuval K, DeVahl J, Tong L, Gimpel N, Lee JJ, DeHaven MJ Prev Chronic Dis 2011 Jan 8 1 A18
Academic incentives for students can increase participation in and effectiveness of a physical activity program.
DeVahl J, King R, Williamson JW J Am Coll Health 2005 May-Jun 53 6 295-8
Evaluation of a group exercise program for elderly women.
Amundsen LR, DeVahl JM, Ellingham CT Phys Ther 1989 Jun 69 6 475-83

Honors & Awards

  • Jeanette Winfree Award
    Texas Physical Therapy Association (2016)
  • Alpha Eta Society
    National Scholastic Honor Society for the Allied Health Professions (2011)
  • Excellence in Teaching
    UT Southwestern School of Allied Health Sciences (2006)
  • Texas Consortium of Physical Therapy Clinical Education
    Outstanding Clinical Educator Award (1996)
  • University of North Dakota
    Summa Cum Laude (1979)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Physical Therapy Association