Sara Deprey, Carroll University faculty

Dr. Sara Deprey

Professor of Physical Therapy Get Contact Info


Physical Therapy (DPT) Department of Physical Therapy


  • MGH Institute of Health Professions, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, May 2007
  • Finch University of Health Science/The Chicago Medical School, Master of Science in Physical Therapy with Neurological Emphasis, June 1997
  • Finch University of Health Science/The Chicago Medical School, Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, June 1993

Areas of Specialization

Board certified specialist in geriatric physical therapy 2002 and recertified in 2012; special interest in the motor control of balance and falls

Scholarly and Professional Achievements


Deprey SM. Outcomes of Flipped Classroom Instruction in an Entry-level Physical Therapy Course. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2018:32(3):289-294

Deprey SM, Biedrzycki L, Klenz K. Identifying characteristics and outcomes that are associated with fall-related fatalities: multi-year retrospective summary of fall deaths in older adults from 2005-2012. Injury Epidemiology. 2017: 4:21 

Deprey SM, Biedrzycki L, Klenz K. One Wisconsin County’s Experience with Fall-Related Mortality.  Wisconsin Medical Journal. 2015:114. (6); 253-256.

Livingston J, Deprey SM, Hensley C. Clinical decision and diagnostic process in a young adult female with lateral hip pain: a case report. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2015;10 (5).

Talatzko SB, Deprey SM, Hager N, Comprehensive facility-wide approach improves outcomes after lower extremity surgical arthroplasty in an acute care hospital. Journal of Healthcare Quality. 2014; Vol36, No 3:17-27.

Deprey SM, Older Adult fatal fall analysis in Waukesha County. Wisconsin Coroners and Medical Examiners Newsletter. Fall 2010. pgs 4-5

Deprey SM. Descriptive analysis of fatal falls of older adults in a midwestern county. Journal of Geriatric Phys Ther. 2009; 32:23-28.

Brosky JA, Deprey SM, Hopp JF, Maher EJ. Physical therapist student and community partner perspectives and attitudes regarding service-learning experiences. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2006;20:41-48.

Brosky JA, Hopp JF, Miller TB, Deprey SM. Integrating Theory and Practice on Wellness and Prevention with Older Adults in Self-Contained Clinical Education Experiences. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2001;15:29-36.

Deprey SM Use of Unstable Surfaces to Enhance Balance in Elderly Patients. Issues on Aging Spring 1998. (Abstract)

Deprey SM. Random Practice to Enhance Safe Compensation of Neurological Deficits; A Case Report. Neurology Report. 1999;23:52-56


Deprey SM, Shields K. Addressing Rehabilitation Needs Abroad Through the Merging of Service Learning and Clinical Education. 4th Annual conference on Applied Learning in Higher Education. St Joseph, MO. 2009.

Maher E, Erickson M, Deprey SM, Hopp J. Service Learning - Six Years of Bridging the Gap Between Classroom and Clinic. APTA Annual Conference and Exposition, June, 2006. (oral presentation, education session 3 hours)

Brosky JA, Deprey SM, Dornemann T, Hopp, JF, Miller TB. Integrating Service-Learning into an Entry-Level Physical Therapist Curriculum. Section of Education, Combined Sections Meeting, Boston, MA 2002.

Deprey SM. Using Unstable Surfaces to Enhance Balance in Elderly Patients. Presented as a platform at American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting Boston MA, 1998

Peer Reviewed Poster Presentations and Abstracts

Deprey SM, Grafenauer R, Hunt A, Smith J. Use of Video Feedback during Chronic Stroke Rehabilitation. APTA CSM San Diego CA Jan 2013

Smith J, Deprey SM, Hensley C. Clinical decision and diagnostic process in a young adult female with lateral hip pain: a case report. APTA CSM San Diego CA Jan 2013

First V, Deprey SM. Implementation of the Barry-Albright Dystonia Scale in a long-term care facility for the developmentally disabled. APTA CSM San Diego CA Jan 2013

Deprey SM. Dosing and Timing of PT Intervention after Stroke: Preliminary Results of a Pretest-Posttest Outcome Study. APTA Combined Sections Meeting. New Orleans, LA.2/2011

Deprey SM. Student perspective of an international service-learning experience. APTA Combined Sections Meeting. Las Vegas NV.2/2009

Deprey SM, Maher E. Preliminary Descriptive Analysis of Fatal Falls in Older Adults in a Midwestern County National Physical Therapy Conference Denver CO.6/ 2007.

Truskowski C, Deprey SM, Hopp JF, Miller TB, Gosch J. Physical Therapist Student Self Assessment Ratings and Clinical Instructor Ratings Utilizing the Clinical Performance Instrument During Service Learning Practicums and Clinical Internship Experiences. APTA Combined Sections Meeting New Orleans, LA,2/2005

Miller TB, Deprey SM. Analyzing Blood Pressure Responses in Clients Receiving Soft Tissue Massage from Student Physical Therapists. National Physical Therapy Conference Chicago, IL. 6/04

Learn more about Dr. Deprey's current studies, publications, presentations and accolades. 

Service to Carroll University and Profession

  • Tenure and Promotion Committee 2018-2019
  • HLC Committee (Criteria 2) 2015-2017
  • Planning and Budget Committee 2015-2018, Chair 2017-2018
  • Faculty Board of Inquiry 2014-2015, 2017-2018
  • Tenure and Promotion Committee 2009-2013, Chair 2011-2012
  • Graduate and Professional Academic Steering Committee 2003-2008

Honors and Awards

  • Mary Pat Murray Award for Clinical Excellence November 1997 and November 2009
  • Carroll University: The Norman and Louise Allhiser Award for Excellence in Teaching, May 2009
  • Carroll University: Benjamin F Richason Jr, Award for excellence in teaching, research and educational innovation, May 2017
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