Rose Marie Pignataro

Associate Professor Physical Therapy

Dr. Rose Pignataro is the Assistant Chair and an Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Program. She has 30 years of clinical experience as a physical therapist and 20 years of experience in physical therapy education.


  • Hunter College: City University of New York; BS Physical Therapy
  • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York; M.S. Health Science Education; post-professional DPT
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia; PhD in Public Health


Dr. Pignataro’s primary areas of teaching are health promotion, integumentary practice/ wound management, cardiopulmonary, professional issues, and research.


Dr. Pignataro’s research agenda focuses on prevention, wellness, and health behavior change, with a special interest in reducing health disparities, particularly among people with disabilities. She has published articles on the use of motivational interviewing in physical therapist practice and clinical practice guidelines for tobacco cessation interventions. 

Professional Experience

Prior to joining the faculty at Emory & Henry, Dr. Pignataro was the Chair of Physical Therapy at AdventHealth University in Orlando. She has also served as a full-time or adjunct faculty member at University of South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, Gannon University, and Stony Brook University.

Her clinical background includes board certification in wound management and health education, with direct patient experience in acute care, wound care, cardiopulmonary, and geriatric physical therapy.


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