Casey Nesbit, PT, DPT, DSc, PCS

Assistant Professor, SFSU

Email: [email protected]
Mailing: 1600 Holloway Avenue, HSS 118, San Francisco, CA 94132


  • BS, Physical Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA, 1982
  • MS, Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, 2005
  • DPT, Marymount University, Arlington, VA, 2008
  • DSc, Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, 2011



Dr. Nesbit is currently an Assistant Professor in the joint UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy. Her areas of expertise include pediatrics, neuorehabilitation, human growth and development, clinical reasoning and global health. She is an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Board certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist. Dr. Nesbit has clinical experience in pediatrics (private practice, school-based therapy, early intervention, acute care, acute rehabilitation) and international physical therapy (Malawi). She is a Fulbright Specialist and completed a Fulbright project in 2018. She currently continues her practice at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Mission Bay. She has been an active member of the APTA including the Pediatric, Acute Care, Neurology, Research, Education and Health Policy and Administration Sections. Current teaching responsibilities are in pediatric neurorehabilitation, motor control: pediatrics as well as education, health promotion, wellness and prevention. Dr. Nesbit’s research interests are in the areas of valuation of pediatric disability, obesity, global health, and narrative reasoning.


  • PT 204B Motor Control Across the Lifespan: Pediatrics 
  • PT 711 Neurological Pathokinesiology 
  • PT 704 Education, Health Promotion, Wellness and Prevention in Physical Therapy
  • PT 899 Global Health: Malawi Service Learning


  • Valuation of pediatric disability
  • Community based rehabilitation in developing countries
  • Clinical reasoning including narrative reasoning
  • Childhood and adolescent obesity
  • Palliative care 
  • Professionalism/Student Success


Dr. Nesbit’s research interests are in obesity and international physical therapy. Specifically, her research focuses on adolescent obesity, clinical and ethical reasoning, the effectiveness of rehabilitation training programs in resource-limited settings, palliative care in resource-limited settings, and valuations of pediatric disability in resource-limited settings. Her work in obesity has targeted environmental determinants of adolescent obesity and the important implications of modifiable factors in our homes and communities as well as the patterns of physical activity and sedentary behavior. Her obesity related quantitative research with national survey data used unique statistical methods such as structural equation modeling and cluster analysis. Her research in clinical and ethical reasoning used qualitative approaches including phenomenology, grounded theory, and narrative analysis. Her research in rehabilitation training community health workers in Africa is the first to objectively evaluate the effectiveness of rehabilitation training in the developing world. Future projects will further investigate sedentary behavior and sustainability of rehabilitation training in the developing world.


  • Nesbit, K., Kolobe, T., Sisson, S., & Ghement, I. (2014) A Model of Environmental Correlates of Adolescent Obesity in the United States, Journal of Adolescent Health, 55, 394-401.
  • Nesbit, K., Kolobe, T., Sisson, S., & Ghement, I. (2015). A Structural Equation Model of Environmental Correlates of Adolescent Obesity for Age and Gender Groups, Pediatric Obesity, 10(4), 288-295.
  • Nesbit, K., Gombwa, S., & Ngalande, A. (2015). Rehabilitation Training for Home-Based Palliative Care Community Health Workers: A Pilot Study. Progress in Palliative Care, 23(5), 281-287.
  • Nesbit, K. Randall, K., & Hamilton, T. (2016). The Development of Narrative Reasoning: Student Physical Therapists? Perceptions of Patient Stories, Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 14(2), Article 3.
  • Nesbit, K., Low, J., & Sisson, S. (2016) Adolescent BMI trajectories with clusters of physical activity and sedentary behavior: An exploratory analysis, Obesity Science and Practice, 2(2), 115-122.
  • Oza, P., Nesbit K. (2018) Does Prior Interprofessional Experience Influence the Attitudes of Graduate Heathcare Students about Interprofessional Education?, Journal of Research in Interprofessional Research and Education, Vol 8(1): 1-10.
  • Fairburn, C., Nesbit, K., Haga, S. & Barrett, A. (2018) Essential Knowledge and Patient Care Skills for the Student Physical Therapist in the Acute Care Setting. Journal of Allied Health. (accepted for publication, in press).
  • Nesbit, K., Cook, A. (2018) Rehabilitation Training for Community Health Workers: A 5-year Study, International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, Vol 57 (1): 3-12.
  • Spiegel, E., Jondhale S., Brajkovic I., Nesbit, K., Allen, I., Bhutani, V., Kumar, P., Partridge, J.C. (2018) Validation of quality of life in pediatric disability in a developing country. Journal of Child Neurology, Aug 33(9): 601-609.
  • Nesbit, K., Jensen, G., Delany, C. (2018, Epub 2017) The Active Engagement Model of Applied Ethics in the Context of Course-Based Service Learning: A Case Report, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, Vol 34 (1): 1-12.

View partial list on PubMed


  • Fulbright Specialist Program (2018-2021)
  • Outstanding Faculty, Department of Physical Therapy, University of the Pacific, 2015
  • American Physical Therapy Association Section on Pediatrics Student Clinical Research Award, 2012