Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine at CUMC
Program in Physical Therapy
PhD, Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
MA, Physical Therapy (Developmental Disabilities), New York University
Professional Diploma, Physical Therapy, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Fellow, Medical Educator Fellowship Program, International Association of Medical Science Educators
Dr. Fu received her entry-level Physical Therapy education from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, her Master’s degree from New York University and her Doctoral degree in Philosophy from Nova Southeastern University. She completed the Medical Educator Fellowship Program, which is offered by the International Association of Medical Science Educators. Dr. Fu worked in academia for 14 years prior to joining the physical therapy faculty at Columbia University. She also has years of clinical experience in multiple settings including acute care, rehabilitation, outpatient, preschool, and home care serving either adult or pediatric patient populations. Dr. Fu is particularly interested in educational research. While clinical reasoning is her primary research area, other research interests include student assessment as well as teaching and learning. Dr. Fu presented research studies at national and international conferences and provided educational sessions at local meetings. She has been appointed to the American Physical Therrapy Association Education Section Research Committee with the term starting in January, 2017. She also served as a National Licensing Examination item writer for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
Pediatric and orthopedic physical therapy
Credentialed clinical instructor
Honors and Awards
Finalist, Outstanding Poster Presentation Award 2016, International Association of Medical Science Educators
Feitelberg Journal Founder's Award 2015, Journal of Physical Therapy Education, Education Section, APTA
Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, APTA (June 2005 – May 2015)
Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, APTA (June 2004 – May 2014)
S. K. Yee Medical Foundation Scholarship, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
The Best Student of the Year Prize, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2-time recipient)
The Lee Wing Tat Clinical Prize, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
American Physical Therapy Association Education Section Research Committee Member, January 2017-February 2020
Clinical and Research Interests
Teaching and learning
Clinical Case Management
Kinesiology and Biomechanics I
PT Management of Pediatric Conditions
Fu W. Development of an innovative tool to assess student physical therapists’ clinical reasoning competency. J Phys Ther Ed. 2015;29:14-26.
Recent Professional Presentations
Fu, W: The effectiveness of the Think Aloud Standardized Patient Examination as an assessment tool. Poster presentation, 20th annual meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, Leiden, The Netherlands, June, 2016
Fu, W: An Introduction to Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging. Invited presentation, Greater New York district meeting of the New York Physical Therapy Association, New York, NY, April 2016
Fu W: An Innovative Instrument Assessing Clinical Reasoning Competency – the Think Aloud Standardized Patient Examination.
Poster Presentation – the 18th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, Nashville, TN, June 2014
Fu W, Scott A, Salem Y: Effectiveness of Aquatic Exercise for Individuals with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Platform Presentation – the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Las Vegas, NV, February 2014