Iman Akef Khowailed, PT, MPT, MPH, DSc

Associate Professor, PT Programs


San Marcos, CA


College of Rehabilitative Sciences




Doctor of Science, Loma Linda University
Master of Public Health, Touro University
Master of Science in Biomechanics, Cairo University

Research Interests

Exercise Physiology
Women’s health

Dr. Iman Akef Khowailed became an Assistant Professor for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) in 2017. Prior to joining USAHS, she was a faculty member in the DPT program at Touro University, Nevada. Her teaching portfolio includes biomechanics, exercise physiology, women’s health, kinesiology, research, evidence-based practice and clinical imaging courses.

Dr. Akef is the recipient of Loma Linda University’s 2016 Doctoral Award for Outstanding Research. Her research interests relate to the physiological and biomechanical aspects of human movement. More specifically, her research focuses on the altered kinematics, kinetics and muscular actions contributing to lower extremity injury among female runners. She is also interested in the effects of hormonal fluctuation on physiological adaptations and neuromuscular control in female runners. She has been practicing as a physical therapist since 2005 with an interest in musculoskeletal and women’s health. Dr. Akef is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and its Women’s Health Section.