Quinnipiac University
Rachel W Pata

Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

Director of Simulation - School of Health Sciences

Rachel Pata serves as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Department and has been part of the full-time faculty for the past 10 years. She earned a Masters in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2001, a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons College in 2008, a board certification as a Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Specialist from the APTA in 2014 and a board certification as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator from SSIH in 2019. She teaches in the content areas of Acute Care/Cardiopulmonary and Anatomy. Additionally, she serves as the Capstone Coordinator and as the Simulation Director for the School of Health Sciences. She continues her clinical practice at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, CT. She maintains an active research agenda in the content areas of pulmonary rehabilitation as wel as the cardiovascular and pulmonary implication of overtraining in athlete. Recent publications include, "A Survey of Factors That May Cause Practice Inconsistencies and Impact Care in Pulmonary Rehabilitation", “Impact of Age on Heamatological Markers Pre- and Post-Marathon Running”, “Common Electrocardiogram Variation Pre- and Post-Marathon” and “Kidney Injury and Repair Biomarkers in Marathon Runners”. She has presented research at national ACSM and APTA conferences and, was awarded the Quinnipiac University, School of Health Science Emerging Scholar award in 2015. She is very enthusiastic about teaching and the profession of Physical Therapy.

Education

  • BS, Quinnipiac University
  • DPT, Simmons University
  • MPT, Quinnipiac University

Areas of Expertise

  • Cardiology, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary 

Organization

  • Physical Therapy

Office Location

  • Medicine, Nursing, Health Sci 367A

Mail Drop

  • NH-HSC

Experience

St. Mary’s Hospital

Per Diem Physical Therapist

Waterbury, CT

2019 - Present

Quinnipiac University

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

Hamden, CT

2018 - Present

Quinnipiac University

Simulation Director, SHS

Hamden, CT

2017 - Present

Quinnipiac University

Clinical Assistant Professor

Hamden, CT

2012 - 2017

Gaylord Hospital

Per Diem Physical Therapist

Wallingford, CT

2011 - 2017

Quinnipiac University

Clinical Laboratory Coordinator

Hamden, CT

2010 - 2012

Masonicare

Staff Physical Therapist

Wallingford, CT

2008 - 2010

Quinnipiac University

Adjunct Professor

Hamden, CT

2004 - 2010

St. Mary’s Hospital

Staff Physical Therapist

Waterbury, CT

2001 - 2009

Selected Publications

A Survey of Factors That May Cause Practice Inconsistencies and Impact Care in Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pata RW, Giblin J, Cassata E, Cortez R, Hall M, Pascale A

Journal of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Accepted Oct, 2020. Published online ahead of Print Dec, 2020 (Spring 2021)

Case Studies Across the Continuum: A Physical Therapist’s Perspective.

Pata RW, Wall T, Lampron E.

Multi-Trauma 1st New York, New York (Theime 2021)

Case Studies Across the Continuum: A Physical Therapist’s Perspective.

Blood K, Pata RW, Ferrero S.

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer 1st New York, New York (Theime 2021)

Effects of Neurosculpting® Meditation on Depression, Anxiety, Sleep and Heart Rate Variability.

Kelley, K, Pata, R, Acevedo, S, Bayne, C, Thompson, L & Wimberger, L.

CSM, APTA, Denver, CO, Conference Center (2020)

The influence of non-modifiable and modifiable factors on cardiac biomarkers post-marathon running.

Martin TG, Pata RW, Jou D, Narowska G, Myrick K, Malloy KA, Lafalce AM, Feinn R.

59(10) Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 1771-1778 E-pub Feb 5, 2019. In Print October 2019 (2019)

The Cardiac Journey: An Interprofessional Simulation Tool.

Pata RW, Van Oss T, Kappus L.

HPSN New Jersey Regional Simday, Vineland, NJ, Inspira Medical Center (2019)

Can I Stop Now? 2.0: Intervention and Progression of Endurance Performance.

Bartlo PL, Pata RW, Skrzat J.

CSM, APTA, Washington, DC, Conference Center (2019)

Clinician Designed Comprehensive Lines and Tubes Education to improve DPT Students' Readiness for Acute Care: A Saint Francis Hospital and Quinnipiac University Collaboration

Weathers M, Pata RW

CPTA Annual Conference, Bridgeport, CT (2019)

The Role of Volume Regulation and Thermoregulation in AKI during Marathon Running.

Mansour S, Martin T, Obied W, Pata R, Myrick K.

14(9) Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 1297-1305 September (2019)

The Cardiac Journey: An Interprofessional Simulation Experience

Pata RW, Van Oss T, Kasinskas C, et al.

JCIPE Conference, Interprofessional care for the 21st Century, Philadelphia, PA, Thomas Jefferson University (2018)

"An investigation into the effects of guided relaxation on high-frequency heart rate variability in collegiate hockey players"

Pata RW, Martin, TG, Bauchum TP, Currie ZJ, McPherson BA, Osanitsch MN, Kelley KK

Combined Sections Meeting APTA, New Orleans, Louisiana (2018)

"Comparison of the Åstrand-Rhyming and Six Minute Walk Tests for Predicting Maximal Oxygen Consumption in a College-Aged Population"

Hotchadel K, Pata RW, Martin TG

Combined Sections Meeting APTA, New Orleand, LO (2018)

Kidney Injury and Repair Biomarkers in Marathon Runners

Sherry G. Mansour, DO, Gagan Verma, MPH, Rachel W. Pata, DPT, CCS, Thomas.G. Martin, PhD, Mark A. Perazella, MD, Chirag R. Parikh, MD, PhD

ePub ahead of print AJKD March (2017)

Academic Awards, Fellowships and Grants

CHEFA Grant

Grant | 2019-2020

I worked alongside simulation team members from the school of nursing and medicine to write this grant. We were awarded over $68,000 to enhance simulaiton in women's health.

Professional Designation