Professor and Program Director
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
Dr. Peggy R Trueblood is the Founding Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program Director at Pacific Northwest University. Prior to this, she was Department Chair and Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at California State University, Fresno (Fresno State). She received her PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Physiological Sciences. She has taught and conducted research in the area of neuroscience for over 35 years. Dr. Trueblood has a Masters in Kinesiology from UCLA and a Masters in Physical Therapy with a Specialty Certificate for Evaluation and Treatment of Neurological Disorders from the University of Southern California. She also holds a specialty certificate for evaluation and treatment of vestibular disorders. She has been a clinician since 1979 with an emphasis in neuro- rehab for balance and gait disorders.
Dr. Trueblood was the founder and director of the Gait, Balance, and Mobility Research and Education Center at Fresno State where she mentored physical therapy students and helped hundreds of clients with neurological impairments regain their mobility. She has also developed and implemented a fall prevention program for underserved seniors while residing in Fresno and continues to be the Director of the San Joaquin Central Valley Fall Prevention Coalition. As part of the coalition, Dr Trueblood developed an interprofessional community based free balance screening program involving students and faculty from physical therapy, nursing, kinesiology and pharmacy.
Dr Trueblood continues to conduct clinical research with interests in helping reduce falls for older adults and enhancing gait and balance for people with neurological impairments such as Parkinson’s Disease and Stroke.