Dr. Shala Cunningham

Dr. Shala Cunningham PT, DPT, PhD 
Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) 
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT) 

Area of Interest:

Clinical reasoning
Interprofessional Education 
Medical Screening 

Teaching Responsibilities:

AHPT 812: Clinical Medicine I
AHPT 814: Patient Management I
AHPT 826: Patient Management II

Education:

Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Course of Study: Physical Therapy 
Doctor of Philosophy (2018)

Ola Grimsby Institute
Salt Lake City, Utah
Course of Study: Manual Therapy
Doctor of Philosophy - Non accredited (2011)

Arizona School of Health Sciences/ A.T. Still University
Phoenix, Arizona
Course of Study: Physical Therapy
Transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy (2010)

Ola Grimsby Institute
Salt Lake City, Utah
Manual Therapy Fellowship (2006)

Phoenix Manual Therapy
Phoenix, Arizona
Manual Therapy Residency (2003)

Ola Grimsby Institute
Salt Lake City, Utah
Manual Therapy Residency (2001)

Indiana University
Indianapolis, Indiana
Course of Study: Physical Therapy 
Bachelor of Science (1996)

Representative Publications and Presentations (Last 5 Years)

Publications

Cunningham S, Litwin B, Fernandez-Fernandez A, Canbek J. Professional Development and Lifelong Learning: The Impact of Physical Therapy Residency Training in Kenya. Journal of Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. Under Revision.

Cunningham S, Cunningham C, Foote L. Recognizing elder abuse: an interprofessional simulation experience. Journal of Geriatric physical Therapy. In Press. 

Cunningham S, Cunningham C. Exploration of a simulation-based learning experience in critical care: the use of standardized patients for early mobility training. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal. DOI: 10.1097/CPT.0000000000000114.

Cunningham S, Cunningham C. Optimizing the Observer Experience in an Interprofessional Home Health Simulation. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2019. DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2019.1639646

Cunningham S, Litwin B, Fernandez-Fernandez A, Canbek J, Jackson R. Influence of residency training on the clinical reasoning development of Kenyan physiotherapists. Journal of Manual and  Manipulative Therapy; 2019: 237-244. DOI: 10.1080/10669817.2019.1597434

Cunningham S, Jackson R, Herbel K, Godges J. The development of a reliable assessment tool to measure clinical performance of orthopaedic physical therapy residents during patient management. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2019;33(1):31-39.

Cunningham S, Litwin B, Fernandez-Fernandez A, Canbek J, Jackson R. Barriers and facilitators for a collaborative international physical therapist residency program in Nairobi, Kenya. Frontiers in Public Health. 2018. DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00266.

Cunningham S, Foote L, Sowder M, Cunningham C. Interprofessional Education and Collaboration: a Simulation Experience Focused on Common and Complimentary Skills in an Acute Care Environment. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2018. DOI:10.1080/13561820.2017.1411340.

Jackson R, Cunningham S, Jackson A, Muli D. Paying it forward: Change agents for physiotherapy practice in Kenya. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice. July 2018.

Cunningham S, Jackson R, Muli D, McFelea J. A description of the development of a post-graduate Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Residency program in Nairobi, Kenya. Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion. Special issue- International Partnerships for Strengthening Health Care Workforce Capacity: Models of Collaborative Education. 2017. DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2017.00153.

Cunningham S, McFelea J. The influence of an orthopaedic, manual therapy residency program on improved knowledge, psychomotor skills, and clinical reasoning in Nairobi, Kenya. Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion. Special issue- International Partnerships for Strengthening Health Care Workforce Capacity: Models of Collaborative Education. 2017. DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2017.00055.

Cunningham S. Upper Cervical Instability Associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Case Report. J Man Manip Ther. 2016. 24(3): 151- 161.

Cunningham S. Inter-rater Reliability and Validity of the ScreenAssist Lumbar Questionnaire: A Pilot Study. J Man Manip Ther. 2015. 23(5):254-63.

Presentations

International

Cunningham S, Metz Alyse, Liang Anglea, Cunningham C. Communication between professions for the transition of patient care. CAB VII. Indianapolis, Indiana. October 2019.

Cunningham S, Cunningham C. A comparison of nursing and physical therapy students perceptions of care priorities in community health. CAB VII. Indianapolis, Indiana. October 2019.

Cunningham S, Carter C, Dulski J, Marshall B. Exploring the Effectiveness of Interprofessional Education through a Simulation Experience. Poster presentation. CAB VI. Banff, Alberta, Canada. October 2017.

Cunningham S, Cunningham C, Cook H. The utilization of a two-part simulation to engage professional health care students in the provision of collaborative care of a geriatric patient with dementia. Poster Presentation. CAB VI. Banff, Alberta, Canada. October 2017.

Cunningham S, Herbel K, Jackson R. The impact of residency education on the clinical practice of physiotherapists in Nairobi, Kenya. Poster Presentation RR-PO-03-17-SUN. World Congress for Physical Therapy. Cape Town, South Africa. July 2017.

Cunningham S, Litwin B, Fernandez-Fernandez A, Canbek J, Jackson R. Progression of clinical reasoning skills through participation in a orthopaedic manual therapy residency program in Nairobi, Kenya. Poster Presentation RR-PO-03-16-SUN. World Congress for Physical Therapy. Cape Town, South Africa. July 2017.

Cunningham S, Litwin B, Fernandez-Fernandez A, Canbek J. Perceived barriers and facilitators for the clinical application of skills gained through a post-graduate physiotherapy residency program in Nairobi, Kenya. Poster Presentation RR-PO-03-15-SUN. World Congress for Physical Therapy. Cape Town, South Africa. July 2017.

Cunningham S, Litwin B, Fernandez-Fernandez A, Canbek J. Influence of a post-graduate physiotherapy residency program on the professional development and clinical practice of graduates in Nairobi, Kenya. Poster Presentation RR-PO-03-14-SUN. World Congress for Physical Therapy. Cape Town, South Africa. July 2017.

Cunningham S, Cunningham C, Foote L, Sowder M. How to Unite Professions: Exploring Interprofessional Education Through Patient Simulations with Physical Therapy and Nursing Students. Session ID: 2255. Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN) World 2017.  Ponte Verde Beach, FL. February 2017.

Cunningham S, Jackson R, Herbel K. The development of an assessment tool to measure the clinical reasoning utilized during a live patient examination. Platform Presentation. IFOMPT. Glasgow, Scotland. July 2016.

Cunningham S, Jackson R. A description of the development of a post-graduate orthopaedic manual therapy residency program in Kenya. Poster Presentation. IFOMPT. Glasgow, Scotland. July 2016.

Cunningham S, McFelea J. Graduating residents’ perspectives of the influence of orthopedic residency training on professional development in Nairobi, Kenya. Poster Presentation. IFOMPT. Glasgow, Scotland. July 2016.

Cunningham S, McFelea J. Graduates’ perspectives of facilitators and barriers associated with participation in an orthopedic manual therapy residency program in Nairobi, Kenya. Poster Presentation. IFOMPT. Glasgow, Scotland. July 2016.

Cunningham S, McFelea J. A description of Kenyan physiotherapists' knowledge and psychomotor skills following participation in a post-graduate manual therapy residency program. Platform Presentation. WCPT. Singapore, May 2015.

National

Cunningham S, Lawryszek S, Demarest V, Green S, Robbins J.  Relationship between the Number of Students in an Interprofessional Simulation Experience and Perceptions of Collaboration.  APTA CSM 2020. Denver, CO.

Cunningham S, Howes M. Physical Therapy Student Perceptions of Comfort with Early Mobility Training Following Critical Care Simulations using Standardized Patients. Platform Presentation. APTA CSM 2019. Washington DC.

Cunningham S, Moseley C, Smith P, Howes M, Shelton-Despain E. The Effects of Geriatric Home Health Care Simulations on Health Care Students’ Perceptions of Interprofessional Collaboration. Poster Presentation. APTA CSM 2019. Washington DC.

Cunningham S, Leickly C, Herbel K, Jackson R. Influence of a post-graduate residency program on transforming practice through peer mentoring in Nairobi, Kenya. Poster Presentation. CSM 2018. New Orleans, LA. February 2018.

Cunningham S, Dulski J, Carter C, Marshall B. Interprofessional total hip arthroplasty simulation. Poster Presentation. CSM 2018. New Orleans, LA. February 2018.

Cunningham S, Cunningham C, Foote L, Sowder M. Exploring interprofessional education through high fidelity patient simulations. Poster Presentation. CSM 2017. San Antonio, TX. February 2017.

Cunningham S, Cunningham C, Foote L, Sowder M. The use of a simulated learning experience to promote interprofessional collaboration. Poster Presentation. CSM 2017. San Antonio, TX. February 2017.

Cunningham S, McFelea J. The Development of an Interprofessional Acute Care Simulation Experience. Platform Presentation. Interprofessional Simulation Conference. Widener University, July 2015.

Cunningham S, McFelea J. Effect of an acute care interprofessional simulation on physical therapy students’ ability to collaborate effectively on a healthcare team. Poster Presentation. Interprofessional Simulation Conference. Widener University, July 2015.

Cunningham S, Womeldorf E. Medical Screening for the Lumbar Spine.  Can a questionnaire assist with a systems review to support clinical reasoning? Educational session presentation. AAOMPT annual conference. San Antonio, October 2014.

Myerson JB, Cunningham S. The Use of Modified Thoracic Manipulation Techniques in the Treatment of Patients Following Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery: A Case Series.  Platform Presentation. AAOMPT annual conference. San Antonio, October 2014.

Regional

Cunningham S, Foote L, Sowder M, Cunningham C. Interprofessional Education Through High Fidelity Patient Simulations. Poster Presentation. 5th annual Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium: Working Together for Better Health. Virginia Commonwealth University. February 2017.

Cunningham C, Cunningham S, Sowder M, Foote L. How to unite professions with a common goal: improving interprofessional collaboration in simulation learning environments. Platform presentation. VASSA. Fredericksburg, VA. August 2016.

Cunningham S, Foote L, Sowder M, Cunningham C. Exploring Interprofessional Education Through High Fidelity Patient Simulations. Poster Presentation. VASSA. Fredericksburg, VA. August 2016.

Cunningham S, Cunningham C, Foote L, Sowder M. Exploring Interprofessional Education Through a Standardized Patient Simulations. Poster Presentation. VASSA. Fredericksburg, VA. August 2016.

Cunningham S, Cunningham C, Foote L, Sowder M. A Comparison of the Effectiveness of High Fidelity and Standardized Patient Simulations on Achieving Interprofessional Education Core Competencies. Poster Presentation. VASSA. Fredericksburg, VA. August 2016.

Certifications:

PT Licensure - Commonwealth of Virginia
Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS)
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (FAAOMPT)