Cheri L. Gostic, PT, DPT, MS

Cheri L. Gostic, PT, DPT, MS, GCS

Director of Communications
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Stony Brook University

Phone: 631-632-5126
Email: cheri.gostic@stonybrook.edu


Dr. Gostic received her Baccalaureate degree in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University in 1984. She went on to receive her Masters degree in Health Sciences with a focus in administration and education in 1991, and her post-professional DPT degree from Stony Brook University in 2005. She completed the Long Island Geriatric Education Center Associate Program in 2003 and received Board Certification as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Speciaties in 2015.

Dr. Gostic teaches Clinical Medicine and Pharmacology I and II, a year-long foundational course for first year DPT students, and is a faculty mentor in Case Studies III in year 2 of the curriculum. She was an Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education in the DPT program from 2000-2010, earned the APTA Advanced Clinical Instructor Training credential, and served on the NY NJ Clinical Education Consortium from 2000 - 2010. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Gostic worked as a physical therapist for Stony Brook University Hospital for 14 years, as a Senior PT on the cardiopulmonary service and in the Outpatient Physical Therapy Department. She has extensive clinical experience in the home care setting and currently works per-diem in the acute care setting at Stony Brook University Hospital. Dr. Gostic was appointed Director of Communications for the Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program in 2012.

Dr. Gostic’s scholarly interests are in the role of exercise and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes, the current practice of physical therapists in the area of assessment and intervention of overweight and obesity, and in physical therapy clinical education.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Gostic, C., Blatt, D. & Cesiro, J. (2018). Overweight and obesity: Physical therapists’ role in assessment and intervention. HPA PTJ-PAL. 18(1): 16-27. 

Blatt, D. & Gostic C. (In Press). Prevention of Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome with Physical Activity and Exercise. In D. Bagchi & N. Sreejayan (Eds.), Nutritional and Therapeutic Interventions of Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome (2nd ed.). Waltham, MA. Elsevier and Academic Press. 

Gostic C. & Blatt D. (2018) Physical Therapy in the Assessment and Treatment of Patients who are Obese. In W. Deturk & L. Cahalin (Eds). Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy (3rd Ed). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Martino, SA & Gostic, C. (2018) Commentary on “Trends in attitudes and practice patterns of physical therapists in addressing childhood obesity in schools.” Ped Phys Ther 30(1): 49. DOI: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000476

Gostic C. & Blatt, D. (2013) The Role of Physical Activity in Healthy Living: Its Anti-inflammatory Effects. In D. Bagchi & I. Rahman (Eds.). Inflammation, Advancing Age and Nutrition: Research, Science and Interventions. Elsevier and Academic Press.

Blatt D. & Gostic, C. (2012) The Essential Role of Exercise and Physical Activity in Weight Management. In D. Bagchi & H. Preuss (Eds). Obesity: Epidemiology, Pathophysiology and Prevention, 2nd Edition, New York, NY CRC Press/Taylor & Francis.

Gostic C. & Blatt, D. (2012) Exercise and Physical Activity in the Prevention of Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome. In D. Bagchi & N. Sreejayan (Eds). Nutritional and Therapeutic Interventions of Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome. Elsevier and Academic Press.

Gostic, C. & Blatt, D. (2011) Physical Therapy Associated with Obesity. In W. Deturk & L. Cahalin (Eds). Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy (2nd Ed). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Blatt, D., & Gostic, C. (2007) The Fundamental Role of Physical Activity and Exercise in Weight Management. In D. Bagchi & H. Preuss (Eds). Obesity: Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, and Prevention. New York, NY: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group.

Gostic, C. (2005) The crucial role of exercise and physical activity in weight management and functional improvement for seniors. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine: Obesity, 21(4): 747-756.

Peer-Reviewed Presentations

Blatt, D., Cesiro, J., Gostic, C. (2016, Feb.) The role of physical therapists in the management of overweight/obesity: Strategies, obstacles and impact. Poster presentation at CSM of the APTA, Anaheim, CA.

Cesiro, J., Blatt, D., Gostic, C. (2016, Feb.) Comparison of Attitude and Clinical Practice Regarding Physical Therapist Assessment of Overweight and Obesity. Poster presentation at CSM of the APTA, Anaheim, CA.

Gostic, C., Blatt, D., Cesiro, J. (2015, October) The prevalence of patient education in PT practice to address overweight or obesity. Second Annual Patient and Family Education – National Health Education Week Conference at NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY.

Blatt, D.,Gostic, C., Cesiro, J. (2015, April) The role of physical therapists in the assessment of overweight and obesity. Poster presentation at the Converging Sciences Summit, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY.

Gostic, C. (2012, June) The role of physical activity and cardiac rehabilitation in the recovery of patients post cardiac surgery. Invited presentation at the Heart Center, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY.

Blatt, D., Gostic, C. & Ortega, R. (2009, October) The impact of clinical placements on post-graduate employment. Platform presentation at the New York Physical Therapy Association Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Gostic, C., Blatt, D. & Ortega, R. (2007, October) An effective model for PT student clinical placement. Platform presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association Eduactional Leadership Conference, St. Louis, MO.

DeTurk, W.E., Lehmann, C., & Gostic, C. (2005, June) Telehealth devices that provide real time monitoring to patients with cardiopulmonary disease in the home: Their role in the delivery of physical therapy services. Poster presentation at APTA National Conference, Boston, MA.

Gostic, C. (2004, May). The challenges of rehabilitation for the obese geriatric patient. Platform presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatric Society, Las Vegas, NV.

Blatt, D. & Gostic, C. (2004, October) Independent study as a means to remediate clinical skills following failure of a clinical experience. Poster presented at the American Physical Therapy National Clinical Education Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Gostic, C. & Blatt, D. (2004, October) Fostering communication during clinical experiences utilizing email journals. Poster presented at the American Physical Therapy National Clinical Education Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Gostic, C. (2003, April). The challenge of rehabilitation for patients who are obese. Invited speaker at the LIGEC Conference: Obesity in the Older Patient, Stony Brook, NY.