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Christopher Towler

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Christopher Towler PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

Clinical Assistant Professor
Clarkson University
PO Box 5880
Potsdam, NY 13699

Office phone: 315-268-7737


B.S., Clarkson University – Biology (2006)

DPT, Clarkson University – Physical Therapy (2009)

American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Certifications:

Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatrics

Teaching Interests

Dr. Towler was a clinical instructor and clinician prior to taking a full time teaching position in Clarkson University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.  His primary teaching area is cardiopulmonary physical therapy and exercise science. He also has teaching roles in geriatrics, basic sciences, basic clinical skills, and orthopedics. 

Research Interests

Dr. Towler’s research projects are primary focused on geriatrics and fall prevention/identification of those as risk of falling as related to their cardiovascular fitness.  He also is interested the effects of increasing high fidelity simulation in the cardiopulmonary curriculum on student clinical confidence in acute care, and bone health. 

Recent Publications 

Zeigler S, Fulk G, Russek L, Minor S, LaFay V, Rigsbee J, Martin R, Towler C. Development and utilization of a professional development assessment process across a doctor of physical therapy curriculum. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. February 17-20, 2016; Anaheim California.

S. L. Zeigler , C. Towler , N. Corbiere, A. J. Michalek, K. A. Issen, L. Kuxhaus.  “Low Amplitude Flexion Movements During Activities of Daily Living Can Cause Vertebral Fracture.” EXPAAC-II 07/2016, Indianapolis, IN.

Fulk GD, Zeigler S, Sazonov E, Araujo M, and Towler C . A Comparison of the Mini-BESTest to Other Commonly used Clinical Balance Measures to Identify Fall Risk in Older Adults. Poster presentation at APTA NEXT conference in June 2014.

Fulk GD, Zeigler S, Sazonov E, Araujo M, and Towler C. Clinical Utility of Using the Mini-BESTest to Identify Fall Risk in Older Adults. Poster presentation at: NYPTA Annual Meeting. October 19, 2013.

tiRiele, J., Baghurst, T., Towler, C., Boolani, A. The relationship between chronic polyphenol and, caffeine consumption and mood. Experimental Biology, 2016, San Diego, CA

Community Service

Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad - Member

Chris Towler