Transitions: Ann Barr

Ann Barr (Courtesy Photo)

Ann Barr, Ph.D., D.P.T, is the new Vice Provost and Executive Dean of the College of Health Professions, succeeding Sara Hopkins-Powell who became Vice Provost for Academic Affairs on July 1. Barr, a licensed physical therapist, comes from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where she served as a physical therapy professor and chaired the physical therapy department.

Barr holds a B.A. in chemistry from Reed College, a M.S. in physical therapy from Duke University, a Ph.D. in ergonomics and biomechanics from New York University and a doctorate in physical therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. She has served as a grant coordinator and lab coordinator at NYU Medical Center, senior researcher and clinical evaluator at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, and as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service at the NIH Clinical Center, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Her academic appointments include serving at Temple University as an assistant and associate professor of physical therapy with a secondary appointment in the department of anatomy and cell biology.  She has also served in academic posts at Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y., and New York University.

In addition to academic appointments, Barr has extensive professional service as well. She is co-director of Barbe-Barr Laboratories, a collaborative research program involving Temple’s physical therapy and anatomy and cell biology departments and Drexel University’s neuroanatomy department. The program, which investigates the pathomechanisms of repetitive motion injuries, is funded by the National Institute of Health and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and has resulted in extensive scientific publications.

"I am honored to have been chosen to continue the forward momentum in the growth of the College of Health Professions," Barr said. "The faculty and students at Pacific have conveyed to me their deep commitment to serving the healthcare needs of all members of our society, and I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues to model the future of healthcare practice in our respective disciplines."