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Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy


More about Deborah Silkwood-Sherer

  • Silkwood-Sherer DJ, McGibbon NH. Can hippotherapy make a difference in the quality of life of children with cerebral palsy? A pragmatic study. Physiother Theory Pract. 2020. DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2020.1759167.
  • Owens, M, Silkwood-Sherer D. Informal dance intervention improves BMI and functional gait in an adolescent with cerebral palsy: A case report. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2019; 31(4), E26-E31. DOI: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000653.
  • Reubens R, Silkwood-Sherer D. Intervention for an adolescent with cerebral palsy during period of accelerate growth. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2016;(28):117-125.
  • Lindroth, JL, Sullivan JL, Silkwood-Sherer D. Does hippotherapy effect use of sensory information for balance in people with multiple sclerosis. Physiother Theory Pract. 2015;31(8):571-581.
  • Ustinova K, Silkwood-Sherer D. Postural perturbations induced by a moving virtual environment are reduced in persons with brain injury when gripping a mobile object. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2014;38(2):125-33.
  • Silkwood-Sherer DJ, Killian CB, Long TM, Martin KS. Hippotherapy: An intervention to habilitate balance deficits in children with movement disorders: a clinical trial. Phys Ther. 2012;92(5):707-717.
  • McGibbon NH, Benda W, Duncan BR, Silkwood-Sherer D. Immediate and long-term effects of hippotherapy on symmetry of adductor muscle activity and functional ability in children with spastic cerebral palsy. Archives Phys Med Rehabil. 2009;90:966-974.
  • Silkwood-Sherer D, Warmbier H. Effects of hippotherapy on balance of persons with multiple sclerosis: a pilot study. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2007;31:77-84.
  • Graduate, Education Leadership Institute Fellowship, American Physical Therapy Association 2017
  • Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist – American Hippotherapy Certification Board
  • Administration of Rehabilitation Facilities, DePaul University 
  • DHSc, Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis, 2007
  • MS, Rehabilitation Administration, DePaul University, 1992
  • BHS, Physical Therapy, University of Kentucky, 1978
  • Assessment and treatment of postural control and balance
  • Effects of equine movement (hippotherapy) on treatment of balance/postural control in adults and children with neuromuscular disorders
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American Hippotherapy Association, International
  • American Hippotherapy Certification Board
  • Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship
  • Michigan Licensed Physical Therapist (#002421)

Courses Taught

  • PTH 663:  Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Education 
  • PTH 680:  International Learning Experiences 
  • PTH 703:  Introduction to Hippotherapy 
  • PTH 690:  Motor Learning Theory
  • PTH 695:  Ethics in Physical Therapy
  • PTH 725:  Research and Evidence Based Practice II
  • PTH 765:  Physical Therapy Seminar III
  • PTH 766:  Physical Therapy Seminar IV