Dr. Gravano is an associate professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and the Director of Survey Research at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She earned her BHS, MSPT, and transitional DPT from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and completed her EdD in Leadership Studies (emphasis in Higher Education Administration) at Marshall University.
Dr. Gravano is one of the first two graduates of the first Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency Program. She earned the APTA Emerging Leader award and the Lucy Blair Service award, and is a Joan Mills award recipient from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. She currently serves her profession on many American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) committees. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy (AGPT), is Director of Professional Development for the Academy of Physical Therapy Education, and was founding chair of the AGPT Residency and Fellowship Special Interest Group and a Certified Clinical Instructor Trainer for the APTA.
She is a past (2010-2012) chair of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Geriatric Council, a former board member of the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE), and a former Item Writer for the National Physical Therapy Board Examination of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). Dr. Gravano also serves on the Editorial board for the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy and is the co-director and faculty member for the AGPT Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA) course series.
Dr. Gravano's teaching interests are geriatrics and the integumentary system, and her clinical practice is in skilled nursing. Current research interests are leadership in higher education and fall prevention.