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Idaho State University
Evan Papa

Evan Papa, PT, DPT, PhD

Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy Program Director

Office: Meridian Health Science Center 819D



  • BS Biology, California State University-Chico, Chico, CA 2005
  • MA Kinesiology, California State University-Chico, Chico, CA 2007
  • DPT Physical Therapy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 2011
  • PhD Rehabilitation Science, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 2014

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Papa received his Doctor of Physical Therapy and PhD degrees in a combined track from the University of Utah. After teaching for several years in Texas he joined the faculty at Idaho State University in 2017, where he serves as Assistant Program Director at the Meridian Health Science Center. Dr. Papa has clinical experience in acute neuro, oncology, and general in-patient rehabilitation, as well as home health.
In 2015, Dr. Papa received a NIH/NCATS KL2 Clinical and Translational Research Scholars award and also has received several teaching awards. He has taught courses in neuroanatomy, functional anatomy, biomechanics, research and evidence-based practice. In 2017, he was recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association as an Emerging Leader from the Academy of Physical Therapy Educators.

Professional / Research Areas of Interest:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Geriatric rehabilitation
  • Balance and Falls
  • Biomechanics

Personal Interests / Hobbies:

Dr. Papa shares his life with his wife and four kids. They enjoy hiking, camping, and playing sports. Dr. Papa personally enjoys woodworking, running, and recreational travel.