USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

Kimiko Yamada, PT, DPT (she/her) is an Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. She teaches in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program and she is the director of the new Oncology Physical Therapy Residency program.

She practices at USC Physical Therapy, a faculty-run practice where she specializes in orthopaedic, lymphedema, and oncology-related disorders. She also leads service learning projects to allow opportunities for DPT students to interact with and support their local communities. She is dedicated to improving physical therapy clinical practice as well as serving the community by promoting health and wellness.

Dr. Yamada is involved in clinical physical therapy research and authored publications related to self-efficacy assessments and the safety and feasibility of community exercise programs for cancer survivors. She has presented in the Division’s Institute for Excellence in Teaching (DIET) committee and at the annual conference of the American Physical Therapy Association on inclusive teaching in DPT education. She is on the Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI) Curriculum Task force in the USC DPT program, and she is also involved in the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (AOPT) Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force.

Kimiko Yamada