Sandra Radtka, PT, PhD

Professor Emeritus, SFSU 

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


  • BS, Physical Therapy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1974
  • MA, Physical Therapy: Pediatrics & Clinical Education, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1977
  • PhD, Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1985
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Biomechanics, Shriner's Hospital: Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory, CA, 1991-93



Dr. Radtka is currently Professor Emeritus at SFSU and Clinical Professor at UCSF in the joint UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy. After obtaining her PhD, Dr. Radtka joined the UCSF faculty in 1986 and SFSU faculty in 1999. Her areas of teaching and research expertise include: adult and pediatric neurological rehabilitation, human growth and development across the lifespan, education, and biomechanics research. Her areas of clinical experience include adult and pediatric neurological rehabilitation. She has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Sections on Education, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Research and Neurology, and served on numerous APTA committees and task forces including former commissioner and current on-site evaluator for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.


  • PT 711 Neurological Pathokinesiology II 
  • PT 700 Multisystems Pathokinesiology


  • Adult and pediatric neurological rehabilitation
  • Kinetics, kinematics and muscle activity during gait with and without orthotics
  • Kinetics and kinematics during sitting balance


Dr. Radtka is the former director of the SFSU Movement Research Laboratory where she conducted biomechanics research and provided pro bono gait analysis for adult and pediatric neurologic patients using motion analysis, force plates, and electromyography. Her biomechanics research has examined the: 1. kinetics, kinematics and muscle activity during gait with and without lower extremity orthotics; 2. kinetics and kinematics during sitting balance in healthy children and adults, children with cerebral palsy, and adults with hemiplegia from stroke and traumatic brain injury; and 3. effects of neurodevelopment treatment interventions on sitting balance in children with cerebral palsy. She also conducted research on the effects of computer-based video game therapy (Wii Fit balance board) for gait and standing balance in cerebral palsy.


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