Colleen M. Brough, PT, DPT, MS, OCS

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Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy) at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Director of Clinical Education, Programs in Physical Therapy
  • Founding Director, Columbia RunLab, Programs in Physical Therapy

Dr. Colleen Brough is the Director of Columbia RunLab, a comprehensive running analysis experience for Olympic, elite, competitive, and recreational runners. Dr. Brough also serves as the Director of Clinical Education in the CUDPT program, where she coordinates student clinical placements.

Dr. Brough is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties with over 15 years of patient-care and teaching experience. Valuing service, she is a member of the APTA LGBT Equity Task Force, has done physical therapy volunteer work in China, and has partnered with national programs like the Wounded Warrior Project, Girls On The Run, and the NYRR Young Runners group.

An accomplished speaker, Dr. Brough has lectured internationally on Running Medicine, Orthopedics, Spine and Post-Surgical Rehabilitation at the Olympic Training Center in Qing Dao, China, and frequently presents at national conferences and post-professional continuing medical education courses in Sports Medicine.

As an avid runner, Dr. Brough is an active member of the LGBT running team, Front Runners New York and of New York Road Runners. Dr. Brough's areas of professional expertise include Orthopedics, Running Athletes, Spine and Manual Therapy, and Clinical Education.

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • DPT, Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • MS, Physical Therapy, Rutgers State University, Newark
  • BS, Exercise Physiology, Boston University

Honors & Awards

Olympic Training Center Invited Speaker, International Sports Medicine Symposium, Qing Dao China
Director’s Award, Development of the Running Performance Program, NYU Langone Medical Center
Master Clinician Award, Graduate Program in Physical Therapy, New York University
Diplomate, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties


Research Interests

  • Clinical Education and Integrated Clinical Experiences
  • Oncology
  • Running Medicine