Betty Smoot, PT, DPTSc, MAS, is Associate Professor at UCSF in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. She is a licensed physical therapist with certifications in lymphedema therapy and in exercise training for people with cancer. Dr. Smoot earned her entry-level Physical Therapy degree in 1983, her Doctorate in Physical Therapy Science in 2009, and her Masters of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research in 2015, all from UCSF.
Dr. Smoot's research encompasses two related areas: 1) The effects of breast cancer treatment on physical function and 2) the assessment and treatment of breast cancer-related lymphedema. Dr. Smoot received a NIH/UCSF K12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) research award and a Foundation for Physical Therapy Research Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant to study breast cancer-related lymphedema.
Dr. Smoot is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and American Association of Anatomists. Dr. Smoot has taught Human Anatomy to Physical Therapy and Medical Students, and Research Design and Evidence Based Practice to Physical Therapy students in the physical therapy doctoral degree program. She is retired, but on recall, continuing to conduct data analysis, write, and assist with DPT program administrative duties.
Licenses and Certifications:
1983 Physical Therapy: California License # 11917
2001 Certified Health and Fitness Specialist, American College of Sports Medicine
2008 Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine
2010 Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy
2012 American Association of Anatomists, 2-year Anatomy Training Program