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Robbin Hickman, PT, DSc, PCS

Associate Professor
School of Allied Health Sciences
Office: BHS 318
Mail Code: 3029
Phone: 702-895-1055
Fax: 702-895-4883


Dr. Robbin Hickman was born and raised in Long Beach, California. She has practiced clinical physical therapy, primarily serving children and families, in Southern California and Nevada.  Prior to joining UNLVPT,  she served as Senior Projects Coordinator and Training Director at the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities at the University of Nevada, Reno and taught at the University of Kentucky Center for Rural Health’s Physical Therapy Program.  Dr. Hickman has been granted Emeritus status as a ABPTS Pediatric Certified Specialist.  She joined the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Department of Physical Therapy in 2007, and became a tenured Associate Professor in 2013.


  • Doctor of Science (DSc) Pediatric Physical Therapy; Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions; Provo, Utah - 2007
  • Master of Health Science (MHS) Pediatric/Neurologic Physical Therapy; Krannert School of Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis; Indianapolis, Indiana – 2001
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) Physical Therapy; California State University at Long Beach; Long Beach, California – 1979

Courses Taught

  • DPT 759/759L Pediatric Rehabilitation/Lab
  • DPT 726/7 Evidence-based practice I and II
  • DPT 786/786L Neurologic Rehab/Lab
  • DPT 740 Movement Science
  • DPT 720 Professional Development
  • DPT 790 Clinical Research
  • DPT 798 Directed Research 

Research Interests

Dr. Hickman’s research agenda focuses on improving the lives of children with developmental delay, disability, or obesity and their families by improving processes and tools that identify those in need of services, exploring effective and efficient intervention strategies, and informing clinical decision-making processes. This line of inquiry includes independent and inter-professional collaborative research and mentorship of DPT student research projects.