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Todd Cade begins as Division Chief in DPT

Todd Cade, PT, Ph.D., began as the Division Chief of the DPT on July 1. Dr. Cade received his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland, College Park, his Master’s in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami, his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and his postdoctoral training in Endocrinology-Metabolism from Washington University School of Medicine. In his 17-year tenure at Washington University, Dr. Cade has overseen the training program of the postdoctoral fellows, including those on the NIH-funded T32 program, developed and implemented policies regarding the selection of candidates, budgeting, research training, and evaluation. He has been an NIH funded researcher for his entire career, and currently holds or has held several positions of academic leadership including currently serving as Chair of the Scientific Review Committee for the Foundation of Physical Therapy Research, a member of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Board for the Barth Syndrome Foundation, and the Longer Life Foundation Scientific Advisory Board. He previously served for nine years as an Editorial Board member of the Physical Therapy Journal; the flagship journal of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Todd’s wife Ashley, their three children Lucy (12), Emily (10), and Will (4), and chocolate Lab “Haven,” have joined him in North Carolina. Dr. Cade enjoys spending time with his family, reading non-fiction, running, cheering on his beloved Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies, and participating in outdoor activities. He and his family are excited to dive into the many outdoor experiences available in North Carolina


Sarah Barton has joined the OTD Faculty

Dr. Sarah Jean Barton has joined the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Division as the  Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Theological Ethics. Dr. Barton holds a dual appointment in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Division and the Divinity School at Duke University. Sarah earned a B.S. in Biology from Seattle Pacific University, an M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, as well as an M.T.S. (Master of Theological Studies) and a ThD (Doctor of Theology) from Duke Divinity School. Her research focuses on the intersections of disability with theology, health, education, and religious participation. Dr. Barton’s research methodology prioritizes partnerships with individuals experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition to her academic appointment, Dr. Barton works at Duke Health as a senior occupational therapist with board certification in pediatrics.

Sarah was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She is returning to Duke following a two-year faculty fellowship at Western Theological Seminary in West Michigan. An active lay leader in The Episcopal Church, Sarah also enjoys serving as a lay preacher and lay eucharistic minister. She is married to the Rev. Andrew Phillips who is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, and currently serves a church in Mebane, NC. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time exploring the great outdoors with her husband, Andrew, and their tiny dog Jed, as well as trying out new restaurants and wines with friends.




Joseph Piccirilli joins DSSI as HCA

Joe Piccirilli has joined DCCI as the new Health Care Administrator. Joe comes to DSSI after an 18-year career at Duke as an HCA, most recently at Duke Regional where he was the HCA for the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery, Colorectal Clinic, Outpatient Clinic,  and the Acute Care Surgery Clinic. 

Raised in Western Pennsylvania, Joe attended Slippery Rock University where he received a BS in Sports Management and Physical Education. 
Joe has been married to his wife Tina for 18 years and has two children–Alexandria (Alex), a rising senior at Northern High School, and Abigail (Abby), a rising freshman at Northern High School. Outside of work, Joe enjoys the beach, cooking, family time, and exercising.