Derrick Sueki, PT, DPT, PhD, GCPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Director, DPT Program, and Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 4668
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Derrick Sueki, PT, DPT, PhD, GCPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, successfully defended his PhD dissertation on associative learning and the role of memory, trauma, and injury on pain, cardiovagal, and motor responses. Since 1999, he has been a primary instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Mount Saint Mary’s University, and in 2015 he accepted a professorship in the Department of Physical Therapy at Azusa Pacific. Sueki is a chief editor of two orthopedic textbooks and has authored numerous works in textbooks and peer-reviewed journals. He is serving as chair for the Orthopedic Specialty Council, and on the California State Physical Therapy Association’s Research Council. Since 2001, he has been a primary therapist for the Association of Volleyball Professionals, and serves as their Southern California Medical Coordinator. Sueki is a certified orthopedic clinical specialist, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, and specializes in the science and management of chronic pain.


  • PhD, Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
  • DPT, University of Southern California
  • BArch, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


  • Postgraduate Certificate Program in Physical Therapy (Emphasis in Manipulative Therapy and Pain Mechanisms), University of South Australia
  • Fellow, American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists
  • Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedics

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Physical Therapy


  • Manual Therapy
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pain Sciences