Katherine Beissner tapped to lead College of Health Professions

Katherine Beissner tapped to lead College of Health Professions

Katherine Beissner, PT, PhD, has been named dean of the Collegeof Health Professions. The appointment, effective immediately, wasannounced by President and Health System CEO Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP.

Beissner has served as interim dean of the College of HealthProfessions since December 2016. She joined Upstate a year earlier asprofessor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy Education.From 1986 to 2014, she served in a variety of faculty and administrativeroles in the Department of Physical Therapy at Ithaca College,including as interim associate dean of the School of Health Sciences andHuman Performance.

At Upstate, Beissner oversees a college that offers degrees in 10allied health professions, from cardiovascular perfusion to respiratorytherapy. Graduates of the college are among the most in demand as thenumber of jobs in the allied health field continues to grow.

Beissner serves on various university committees, including theUniversity Executive Committee. She also served as co-chair of thePresidential Symposium on Society and Health, held in March.

Beissner has contributed to dozens of publications and journals,writing on such topics as health care at home, geriatric pain managementand pain neuroscience education. Her  research has looked at pain,impairment and function, predominantly in the older adult population.

She holds a PhD in instructional design, development and educationfrom Syracuse University, a master’s degree from Texas Woman’sUniversity and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas HealthScience Center.