Marilyn Miller, PT, PhD

Associate Professor, PT Programs


San Marcos, CA


College of Rehabilitative Sciences


Adult Rehabilitation
Healthcare Higher Education
Interprofessional Education
Neurological Rehabilitation
Wound Management


Doctor of Philosophy in Higher, Professional, and Adult Education, University of Southern California
Post-graducate credential in Physical Therapy, U.S. Army Medical Field Service School
Master of Science in Gerontology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Bachelor of Science in Physical Education/ Dance, Wisconsin State University

Research Interests

Higher Education
Frequency Specific Microcurrent
Rolfing/Structural Integration with PT

Dr. Miller is a physical therapist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties certified Geriatrics Clinical Specialist. Dr. Miller graduated from Wisconsin State University with a Bachelor of Science in physical education/dance. She earned her post-graduate credential in physical therapy from the U.S. Army Medical Field Service School, her Master of Science in Gerontology from University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Higher, Professional, and Adult Education from University of Southern California.

Dr. Miller has worked in multiple areas of physical therapy to include: military hospital clinics, Veterans Administration Hospital, home health, acute hospitals, outpatient clinics, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers. Her practice has been in the states of Texas, New Mexico, Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, and California. She has served the profession as an elected officer in several states and the national Section on Geriatrics, as well as on several State, regional, and national committees and advisory groups of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Her contributions in physical therapy education include: establishment of a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, design of problem-based learning hybrid graduate physical therapy (PT) curriculum, faculty at University of Central Arkansas, University of Hawaii-Kapi’olani , and Colorado State University, Fresno. She has been Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for both PT & PTA programs. She is also an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor. She has been a reader consultant, site visitor and team leader for PTA programs for the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education [CAPTE]; and a content team member for Western Association of Schools and Colleges [WASC]. Dr. Miller has been a guest lecturer in programs other than physical therapy to include: higher education, public health, public administration, social work, psychology, athletic training and kinesiology; as well as career interest programs such as Health Careers Opportunity Program. She has administered an undergraduate interdisciplinary major leading to graduate study in health professions. She has been a program director for a PTA program and presented at national and international conferences. She has been a speaker and consultant for international programs as well as her domestic work.

Dr. Miller pursues multiple research interests in Geriatrics, and CAM [complimentary and alternative medicine], specifically Rolfing/Structural Integration and Frequency Specific Microcurrent [FSM]. She has contributed chapters in four books and has published journal articles. She serves on request as a manuscript reviewer for Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics and Scientific Journals International. Her clinical practices are in Adult Day Health, SNF and CAM.

She is active in in the APTA and member of multiple sections. She has been an APTA Mentor and in the Educators Consultant Network.