Dr. Kiaana Howard, PT, DPT is currently an Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine in the Program of Physical Therapy. She also is a practicing physical therapist with years of experience in the Outpatient orthopedic and Acute care/Rehabilitation Hospital settings.
Dr. Howard also has a focus in improving DEI-BJ (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belongingness, and Justice) initiatives in the physical therapy profession. She aims to increase overall awareness of social disparities, health inequities, and educate various individuals on DEI-BJ focus content that are prevalent among Underrepresented Minority (URM) groups.
Dr. Kiaana Howard has been a featured speaker on TEDTalk titled “The Lack of Diversity in Healthcare: A Health Disparity” discussing the need to improve visible diversity in physical therapy and other healthcare professions. She also has taught in a Transitional DPT program as an adjunct professor, and has experience as a featured lecturer, speaker, and panelist with multiple organizations discussing DEI-BJ efforts as it relates to physical therapy education. Her latest contribution to Evidence In Motion has been as a guest lecturer in the Post-Professional DPT program teaching Cultural Understanding for the PT practitioner.
Furthermore, Dr. Howard is very active in her profession and holds memberships with the nationally recognized American Physical Therapy Association, the National Association of Black Physical Therapists, and the Physical Therapy Minority Mentors and Protégés.