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Lyndsey Vandenberg PT, DPT, EdD

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Director, Associate Professor

Dr. Lyndsey Vandenberg joined the Doctor of Physical Therapy program as a full time faculty member in 2015.  Prior to that, she was a supervisor of therapy services at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and practiced in a variety of clinical settings.  She received her BA at Concordia University, St. Paul, and Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Mayo Clinic College of Health Sciences and her EdD in Educational Leadership at Concordia University, St. Paul.

Dr. Vandenberg serves as the Director of Clinical Education within the CSP DPT program. In this role, she works collaboratively with clinical partners to organize and optimize student clinical education experiences.  She has worked to establish partnerships in over 30 states and three countries (Guatemala, Ireland & Italy).  Dr. Vandenberg is a Level 1 APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor (CI) trainer and hosts multiple courses each year, to help prepare CI’s to work effectively with students in the clinic. Additionally, she collaboratively teaches in the Women’s Health course and Clinical Seminar series.

Currently, Dr. Vandenberg’s research focuses on non-cognitive aspects of physical therapy practice and student success.  She is also working on enhancing connectedness within the CSP community, which includes research and resource creation. Some examples include:

  • Poster Presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting: “Innovative and Evidence Informed Social Media Strategies” (Boss, Cameron, Canton, Loman, Simonson, Vandenberg 2024)
  • Poster Presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting: “Enhancing the Connectedness Between Academic Advising, Admissions and a DPT Program” (Vandenberg 2021)
  • Poster presentation at APTA Educational Leadership Conference: “Exploration of DPT Student Emotional Intelligence & DPT Curriculum” (Vandenberg 2020)
  • Poster presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting: “Enhancing the Connectedness Between Undergraduate Students, Faculty & the DPT Program Within the Same Institution” (Vandenberg, Brenner, Day, Leaf, Mirbaghri 2020)
  • Publication: LeFebvre K, Bartlo P, Bednarek M, Hoffman J, Vandenberg LL. The Effects of Pacing on the 6 Minute Walk Test: a Multi-site study. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal. 2020.

Dr. Vandenberg has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Minnesota Physical Therapy Association for over 15 years.  She served multiple terms as a MN Delegate, on the APTA-MN Board of Directors and the MN Chief Delegate. Dr. Vandenberg is actively engaged in advocacy at both the state and national level.

Dr. Vandenberg’s husband is also a physical therapist. They have two daughters and enjoy being active with sports, biking, and family activities.

Professional Experience

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Director, Associate Professor 2024-present
  • Director of Clinical Education, Assistant Professor 2015-2024
  • Acute Care Therapy Supervisor, Mayo Clinic – Rochester 2011-2014
  • Physical Therapist and Clinical Instructor, Mayo Clinic 2008-2011

Academic Pedigree

  • Concordia University, St. Paul MN – EdD Educational Leadership 2019
  • Mayo School of Health Sciences, Rochester MN – Doctor of Physical Therapy 2008
  • Concordia University, St. Paul MN – BA of Arts in Kinesiology 2004

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