Edward Barakatt, PT, PhD

Associate Professor


Professional Degrees

Ed Barakatt is a graduate of California State University, Northridge in 1981 with a B.S. in Health Science and a Certificate in Physical Therapy.  He received his M.A. in Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa in 1993, and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis in 2004.
Ed’s clinical experience has been in outpatient orthopedics, home health, skilled nursing, and general inpatient settings.


Fall Semester:
PT 200 Pathokinesiology 
PT 202 Research Methods in Physical Therapy I
PT 206 Measurements and Procedures 
PT 248 Health Care Delivery in Physical Therapy I

Spring Semester:
PT 222 Research Methods in Physical Therapy II
PT 226 Therapeutic Agents
PT 262 Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy
PT 268 Health Care Delivery in Physical Therapy II
PT 500 Culminating Experience

Research Interest

His research interests are in validation of clinical measurement tools, categorization of patient clinical presentations, and measuring outcomes of clinical interventions, primarily for the orthopedic patient.  

Classification of LBP clinical presentations 
Biomechanics of the low back and pelvis
Outcome studies of treatment interventions
The application of epidemiological methods to physical therapy topics

Professional Activities

American Physical Therapy Association 
Research Section of the APTA
Orthopedic Section of the APTA
"Hooked on Evidence" program
California Research Special Interest Group

Publications, Grants, and Awards

Barakatt E, Smidt GL, Dawson J, Wei SW, Heiss D: Interimnominate Motion and Symmetry: Comparison Between Gymnasts and Nongymnasts. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy 23(5): 309-319, May 1996

Smidt GL, McQuade K, Wei SH, Barakatt E: Sacroiliac kinematics for the stride positions. Spine20(9): May 1995.

Smidt GL, McQuade K, Wei SH, Barakatt E, Sun T, Stanford W: Sacroiliac Motion for Extreme Hip Positions: A Fresh Cadaver Study. Spine 22(18): 2073-2082, 1997