Rich Severin PT, DPT, PhD, CCS

Rich Severin PT, DPT, PhD, CCS
Clinical Assistant Professor - Physical Therapy Department
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Rich Severin is a Part-Time Clinical Assistant Professor in the Baylor University Department of Physical Therapy. Dr. Severin received his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Miami-Leonard Miller School of Medicine in 2013. He completed residency in Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy at the William S. Middleton VAMC/University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. He earned his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2022 with a dissertation titled "The Effects of Respiratory Muscle Performance on Clinical Outcomes in Obese Patients".

Dr. Severin has received extramural support from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)-Academy of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy, The Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation and The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. He has published over 34 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 2 textbooks chapters, and delivered over 50 invited presentations at the local, national, and international level. His scholarly contributions have been featured in multiple lay publications and have received 4 awards including the 2020 Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award from the APTA. He currently serves as Associate Editor of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, and as a District Delegate representing the Eastern District of the Illinois Chapter at the APTA House of Delegates.


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Current Research Interests 
  • Respiratory muscle physiology and the work of breathing
  • Exercise training in patients with obesity
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing
Current Teaching
  • DPT 6300 Human Physiology
  • DPT 6470 Cardiopulmonary Practice