Dr. Shala Cunningham

Shala Cunningham PT, PhD, DPT, DMT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Assistant Professor
Phone: 540-224-6666
Office 828
scunningham4@radford.edu

Area of Interest:

Clinical reasoning
Medical Screening for Physical Therapists
Interprofessional Education through Simulation

Teaching Responsibilities:

AHPT 812 Clinical Medicine I
AHPT 824 Clinical Medicine II
AHPT 846 Differential Diagnosis/Imaging
AHPT 867 Teaching and Learning
AHPT 814 Patient Management I (Lab assistant)
AHPT 826 Patient Management II (Lab assistant)

Education:

Nova Southeastern University- ABD
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
January 2013 – present
Physical Therapy
Doctor of Philosophy
Anticipated date of dissertation completion: January 2017

Arizona School of Health Sciences/ A.T. Still University
Phoenix, AZ
June 2010
Physical Therapy
Transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy

Ola Grimsby Institute
Salt Lake City, Utah
August 2011
Physical Therapy
Doctor of Philosophy Physical Therapy

Ola Grimsby Institute
Salt Lake City, Utah
December 2006
Physical Therapy
Doctorate in Manual Therapy

Phoenix Manual Therapy
Phoenix, Arizona
July 2003
Manual Therapy Residency

Ola Grimsby Institute
Salt Lake City, Utah
December 2001
Physical Therapy
Doctorate in Physical Therapy

Indiana University
Indianapolis, Indiana
May 1996
Physical Therapy
Bachelor of Science Physical Therapy

Representative Publications/Presentations:

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

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

Cunningham S. Inter-rater Reliability and Validity of the ScreenAssist Lumbar Questionnaire: A Pilot Study. Accepted JMMT. November 2014. DOI: 10.1179/2042618614Y.0000000098.

Cunningham S. Upper Cervical Instability Associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Case Report. Accepted JMMT. November 2014. DOI: 10.1179/2042618614Y.0000000096.

Cunningham S, Stern D, Rone-Adams S. Medical Liability and the Practice of Defensive Medicine in the United States. A discussion of proposed Federal legislation and alternatives. Accepted Healthline Law Journal. August 2014.

Cunningham S. Medical Screening for the Lumbar Spine. Can a questionnaire assist with a systems review to support clinical reasoning. 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.

Cunningham S, Stern D, Rone-Adams S. Medical Liability and the Practice of Defensive Medicine in the United States. A discussion of proposed Federal legislation and alternatives. International Conference on Healthcare Systems and Global Business Issues. Harlaxton, England, June 2014.

Cunningham S. Diagnostic Accuracy: Sensitivity and Specificity of the ScreenAssist Lumbar Questionnaire in Comparison with Primary Care Provider Tests and Measures of Low Back Pain. A Pilot Study. JMMT. 2013. 21(1);48-59.

Cunningham S. Cervical Spine Instability presentation in a client with RA. Poster Presentation. AAOMPT annual conference. Cincinnati, October 2013.

Cunningham S. Medical screening in the lumbar spine, validity of the ScreenAssist Lumbar Questionnaire, Platform presentation. Ola Grimsby Institute Competency Forum. Seattle WA, August 2013.

Myerson J, Cunningham S. Effects of thoracic manipulation and intervention on upper extremity impairment: a regional interdependence model, Platform presentation APTA CSM. San Diego CA, January 2013.

Grant Activity:

Institute for Global Enterprise (IGE) Global Scholars Program 2014-2015. The Provision of Healthcare in a Developing Nation and The Impact of a Post- Graduate Residency on the Provision of Physiotherapy in Kenya. Awarded. $5000.

Ridegway Grant 2014-2015. The Provision of Healthcare in a Developing Nation and The Impact of a Post- Graduate Residency on the Provision of Physiotherapy in Kenya. Awarded. $1500.

Ridgeway Grant 2013-2014. Inter rater reliability of the ScreenAssist Questionnaire. Awarded. $200

Certifications:

License to Practice – Physical Therapist (Commonwealth of Virginia, Indiana)
Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS)
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (FAAOMPT)