Barbara Sargent, PhD, PT, PCS

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Faculty Profile

Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy/
Co-Director, USC/CHLA Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program


(323) 442-4823

Mailing Address

1540 Alcazar St., CHP 155, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9006


Development of Infant Motor Performance Laboratory

Professional Interests

Barbara Sargent is an associate professor of clinical physical therapy. She is director of the Development of Infant Motor Performance Laboratory (DIMPL). DIMPL is dedicated to the study of the development of human action during infancy and early childhood, and to the early identification and intervention of infants at risk for neurodevelopmental disabilities. Dr. Sargent is also director of the University of Southern California / Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency.  A board-certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy, Dr. Sargent teaches pediatric content throughout the USC DPT curriculum.


  • Certificate, Clinical, Biomedical and Translational Investigations, University of Southern California, 2017
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Biokinesiology, University of Southern California, 2013
  • Master of Science, Education, California State University, Fullerton, 1994
  • Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, Mount St. Mary’s College, 1989

See Barbara Sargent’s curriculum vitae (last updated July 2021).

Selected Publications

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