Laurie Walsh, JD, PT, MS

Associate Professor

237 Duns Scotus Hall


  • JD, 1991, SUNY at Buffalo Law School (Summa Cum Laude)
  • MS (Executive Leadership & Change), 2010, Daemen College
  • BS (Physical Therapy), 1982, SUNY at Buffalo (Summa Cum Laude)

Professional Licensure

  • Admitted to the NY Bar, June 1991
  • Physical Therapy License, October, 1982

Courses Taught

  • US Political and Civil Rights (PSC223)
  • US Judicial Process (PSC230)
  • Gender and Policy in the US (PSC320)
  • Political Argumentation and Debate (PSC350)
  • Introductory Seminar (HG103)
  • Thesis Research (HG442)
  • Research Project (HG443)
  • Management & Administrative Issues (PT 610)

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Civil and Political Rights, US Judicial Process, State Regulation of Professionals, Professional Ethics, Health Care Policy and Legal Issues in Health Care, Legal Issues in Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Teaching


  • Oxford Round Table: Special Education - Legal Issues of Related Services (Invited Panel Leader). Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, Oxford, England.  March 26-31, 2006
  • “Legal and Ethical Issues involving Therapists in School-based Settings.” Presented at the NYC Board of Education, Summer Institute, May 29, 2003 and August 7, 2002
  • “Issues Forum: Current Legal and Political Issues.” Presented at the Annual Conference of the NY Physical Therapy Association, Rochester, NY, October 16, 1998.
  • “Implications of Disability Laws For Clinical Education.” Presented at the NY Physical Therapy Clinical Education Consortium, Troy, NY, June 13, 1997


  • "Chapter 5: Laws and Policies," in Introduction to Physical Therapy, 4th ed. Pagiarulo, M, ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby, 2011
  • "Chapter 5: Laws and Policies," in Introduction to Physical Therapy, 3rd ed. Pagliarulo, M, ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby, 2006
  • "Use of Unauthorized Personnel in the Delivery of PT Services." Empire State Physical Therapy, April 2005.
  • “Chapter 5: Laws, Regulations and Policies,” in Introduction to Physical Therapy, 2nd ed. Pagliarulo, M, ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby, 2001.
  • “Affirmative Action in American Higher Education and the Goal of Diversity in Physical Therapy Programs,” Journal of Physical Therapy Education. Spring 2000, Vol. 14, No. 1, 5-11.
  • “ADA Case Law: Technical Standards in Education Programs,” PT Magazine, February 1998, Vol.6, No.2, 28-35.


  • American Bar Association, NY State Bar Association, Erie County Bar Association 
  • American Physical Therapy Association

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