Division History

  • The Hislop and Perry Legacy

    Dr. Helen Hislop’s and Dr. Jacquelin Perry’s contributions to physical therapy education at USC and the rest of the world are legendary...For a look at their storied past, take a look at the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of inMotion.

    Helen Hislop Dr. Helen Hislop 


    Dr. Helen Hislop

    Dr. Hislop, who was appointed director of physical therapy at USC in 1975, served for 23 years as Division chair before her retirement in 1998. At USC, she developed the first PhD program in physical therapy in the United States, and one of the first DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) programs. To integrate research with practice, Dr. Hislop instituted evidence-based learning throughout the curriculum. She introduced clinical specialization, expanded clinical internship programs, and created physical therapy residencies.

    Listen to a series of audio recordings as told by Dr. Hislop in the year 2010:


     Jacquelin Perry Dr. Jacquelin Perry


    Dr. Jacquelin Perry

    Dr. Perry, professor emerita of orthopedics, was an active Division faculty member from 1977 to 1991. An internationally respected leader of the profession—known for her pioneering analysis of human gait and as the world’s leading authority on post-polio syndrome—she headed the Pathokinesiology Laboratory at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center for 30 years. The lab was an integral component of the USC PhD program in physical therapy, which enrolled its first students in 1978. Dr. Perry’s textbook, Gait Analysis: Normal and Pathological Function, first published in 1992, is still widely used in physical therapy curricula.

    Dr. Perry passed away on March 11, 2013.  For more details of her storied career, read her obituary in the Downey Patriot.