Susan Klepper, Ph.D., PT

Assistant Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine
(Program in Physical Therapy)
Ph.D., Pediatric Physical Therapy, Hahnemann University
M.S. , Pediatric Physical Therapy, Hahnemann University
B.S., Physical Therapy, St. Louis University
Professional Expertise
Pediatrics with an emphasis in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and other rheumatic diseases of childhood, childhood obesity, physical activity, exercise, and fitness in children.

Honors and Awards
Dissertation Award, American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Pediatrics

Research Interests
Motor proficiency and physical function in children with and without JIA and the effects of physical conditioning in children with JIA

Self-paced walk test scores as measures of functional exercise capacity in healthy children and children with impaired mobility

Usefulness of exercise videos for children with arthritis

Teaching Responsibilities
PT Management of Pediatric Conditions I and II (with Dr. Debra Krasinski)
Advanced Topics in Pediatrics (with Dr. Debra Krasinski)
Capstone Project advisement in pediatrics and arthritis

Scholarly Productivity
Recent Publications

Klepper S. (2011) Measures of Pediatric Function. Arthritis Care Res. In Press

Klepper S, Muir N. (2011). Reference values on the 6-minute walk test for children living in the United States. Pediatric Physical Therapy 23:32-40

Klepper S. (2008). The role of exercise in pediatric rheumatology conditions. Current opinion in Rheumatology

Klepper S. (2007). Making the case for exercise in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: What we know and where we go from here. Arthritis Care Res:57:887-890.

Klepper S. (2003). Measures of pediatric function. Arthritis Care and Research. 49:Suppl. 5-14.

Klepper S. (2003). Physical Activity and Exercise in Juvenile Arthritis: Evidence for the Benefits. Arthritis Care and Research. 49:1-9.

Klepper S. (2000). Physical management of arthritis in children. Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine for Primary Care Atlanta, GA: American College of Rheumatology. 2(2):16-28.

Book Chapters
Helders P, Klepper S, Takken T, van der Net JJ. (2011). Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. In Campbell S, Orlin M, Palisano R (Eds.). "Physical Therapy for Children", 4th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.

Krasinski D, Klepper S. (2010). Impaired Neuromuscular Development. In Cameron M, Monroe L. (Eds.). Physical Rehabilitation for the Physical Therapist Assistant. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier

Klepper S. (2008). Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. In Tecklin J. “Pediatric Physical Therapy”, Fifth Edition. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

Krasinski D, Klepper S. (2006). Impaired Neuromuscular Development. In Cameron, M, (Ed). “Physical Rehabilitation: Evidence Based Examination, Evaluation, and Intervention” .Philadelphia: Elsevier.

Klepper S. (2007). Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. In Campbell, S., VanderLinden, D., Palisano, R. (Eds)"Physical Therapy for Children", 3rd edition. Philadelphia, PA

Grant Activity
Effects of a 12-week physical conditioning program on gross motor skills, aerobic endurance, physical function, and quality of life in children with chronic arthritis. Arthritis Foundation, 2002-05.

Effects of eight-week exercise program on motor skills, function, and pain in children with rheumatic disease. Section on Pediatrics, American Physical Therapy Association, 2001.

Exercise beliefs and habits of adolescents with rheumatic disease. New York Physical Therapy Association 2001.