Katrin Mattern-Baxter PT, DPT, PCS, Assistant Professor

Katrin Mattern-Baxter, PT, DPT


Katrin Mattern-Baxter, PT, DPT

(916) 278-5766
Folsom Hall 1054

Katrin Mattern-Baxter received her physical therapy degree from Albert-Ludwig's University of Freiburg, Germany and her post-professional doctor of physical therapy from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. She has worked as a physical therapist for 30 years. Her practice focuses on assessment and treatment of pediatric and neurological clients. She has completed residency training in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT). Dr. Mattern-Baxter is an American Physical Therapy Association Board Certified Pediatric Specialist (PCS). Before joining Sacramento State, she taught as an assistant professor at the University of the Pacific from 2007-2012.


  • Mattern-Baxter K, McNeil S, Mansoor JK. Effects of Home-Based Locomotor Treadmill Training on Gross Motor Function in Young Children With Cerebral Palsy: A Quasi-Randomized Controlled Trial. Arch Phys Med Rehabil; 2013; 94:2061-2067
  • Valentin-Gudiol M, Bagur-Calafat C Girabent-Farrés M, , Hadders-Algra M,  Mattern-Baxter K, Angulo-Barroso R. Treadmill interventions with partial body weight support in children under six years of age at risk of neuromotor delay. A report of a Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis.  Eur J Phys Rehabil Med; 2013; 49:67-91.
  • Groppe M, Mattern-Baxter K, Davenport TE.  Passive stretching and its effect on spasticity and range of motion in children with cerebral palsy: A systematic review. J Stud Phys Ther Res; 2012; 5(1):11-22
  • Valentin-Gudiol M, Mattern-Baxter K, Girabent-Farrés M, Bagur-Calafat C, Hadders-Algra M, Angulo-Barroso R. Treadmill interventions with partial body weight support in children under six years of age at risk of neuromotor delay. Cochrane Database Syst Rev; 2011; Art. No.: CD009242.
  • Assaly S, Davenport TE, Mattern-Baxter  K. Effectiveness of neuromuscular conditioning to prevent anterior cruciate ligament injuries in female athletes: A critical synthesis of literature. Orthop Phys TherPract; 2011; 23(3):140-146
  • McKeough M, Mattern-Baxter K, Barakatt E. The effects of a computer-based learning module on students’ knowledge of the anatomy and clinical examination of the dorsal column-medial lemniscal system.  J Allied Health; 2010; 39 (3): 156-164.
  • Mattern-Baxter K.  Locomotor treadmill training in cerebral palsy. Orthop Nurs; 2010; 29(3):169-173.
  • Mattern-Baxter K, Bellamy S, Mansoor J.  Effects of intensive locomotor treadmill training on young children with cerebral palsy. Pediatr Phys Ther; 2009; 21(4): 308-318
  • Mattern-Baxter K Effects of partial body weight supported treadmill training on children with cerebral palsy. Pediatr Phys Ther; 2009; 21(1): 12-22

Professional Associations

  • American Physical Therapy Association, Pediatric Section Member, Research Committee Member
  • American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Fellow
  • California Physical Therapy Association, Research Council Member
  • Steering Committee, Sacramento Pediatric Therapy Special Interest Group, Sacramento, CA

Personal Life

Dr. Mattern-Baxter has an active family with three boys – one in high school and two in college. She enjoys running with her dogs and takes great pleasure in reading at least one non-scientific book per month. In addition, she loves to travel the globe and regularly visits her family in her native Germany.