Karen Bertocci

Assoc (Teaching) Professor

Karen Bertocci, Ph.D, M.B.A is an Associate Professor in the Bioengineering Department. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987 and held various positions working for companies in the fields of environmental remediation, hospital construction management and software development. She completed her MBA from Duquesne University in 1997 while working for Carnegie Group, Inc. as manager of contract administration. Two years later she began doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences as a recipient of a pre-doctoral fellowship award from the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). While completing her doctorate degree she also worked for Dynamic Contours, LLC, as principal investigator on two Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants. She received her Ph.D. in 2004, and joined the University of Louisville to complete post-doctoral training. She completed a post-doc in rehabilitation outcomes following hip and knee arthroplasty from the School of Nursing, and a second post-doc in wheelchair transportation safety from the Mechanical Engineering Department at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. During her post-doc training she earned a Certificate in Clinical, Research, and Epidemiological Statistics Training (CREST) from the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences. She joined the J.B. Speed School of Engineering as an Assistant Professor in 2009.


  • B.A. in English Writing/Communication, University of Pittsburgh, 1987
  • M.B.A. in Business Management, Duquesne University, 1997
  • Ph.D. in Health & Rehab Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
  • M.B.A., Duquesne University Antonio J Palumbo School of Business Administration, 1997
  • Certificate in Clinical Research, Epidemiology & Statistics, University of Louisville, 2008
  • B.A. English Writing/Communications, University of Pittsburgh, 1987
  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, 2004


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