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Tiff Akins

Experience and Interests

Teaching and Mentoring Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, UW-Stevens Point (2021-present)
  • Director, School of Health Sciences and Wellness Health Scholars Program (2019-present)
  • Academic and Career Adviser, School of Health Care Professions, UW-Stevens Point (2018-2021)

Research Interests

  • The socioeconomic factors associated with living in a rural community that can be addressed by healthcare providers and resourced by communities to improve health outcomes for those populations.

Professional Experience

  • Licensed Athletic Trainer (2007-present)



  • UWSP Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Admissions Committee (2021-present)
  • UWSP Integrated Planning Advisory Council member (2019-2023)
  • UWSP Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Development and Advisory Board (2018-2021)
  • UWSP Nursing Advisory Board (2018-2021)
  • UWSP Common Council Representative College of Professional Studies (2018-2019)


  • Community Advisory Board Medical College of WI-Central Campus (2020-present)
  • Marshfield Clinic Health System, Community Connections Teams Member (2018-present)
  • Wisconsin HOSA Advisory Board (2019-2021)

Fun Facts

Favorite Podcasts

Skeptics Guide to the Universe
The Moth
The Daily
Hidden Brain
Dare to Lead
Unlocking Us

Best piece of advice ever received?

Patience and Persistence

Favorite Quote?

If knowledge is power, knowing what we don’t know is wisdom (Adam Grant)

A piece of advice to students pursuing education in your department

Gain comfortability with the unknown, and understanding that science is not black and white, it is all shades of gray. The fun we get to have together is learning the critical thinking skills to embrace the gray and complexities in which our bodies operate.

Tiff Akins
Assistant Professor - Physical Therapy
Director - Health Scholars Program

B129 Science Building


Ph.D. in Kinesiology
UW-Madison, 2013

M.S. in Kinesiology
University of Arkansas Fayetteville, 2007

B.S. in Biology
UW-Platteville, 2005