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Dr. Sheila Schindler-Ivens is a licensed physical therapist who earned her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Iowa and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.
Dr. Schindler-Ivens joined the faculty in the Dept. of Physical Therapy at Marquette University in 2005. She directs an independent research program examining leg movement in people with stroke, has been funded by the NIH and the American Heart Association, and has published over 20 peer reviewed articles. Her mechanistic work in stroke led to the development of a promising new rehabilitation intervention to restore movement of the stroke-affected limb and to improve interlimb coordination. With the help of Marquette’s Technology Commercialization program, Dr. Schindler-Ivens and her team sought intellectual property protection for their new intervention, and they have a US Patent.
Sheila has been teaching Evidence Based Decision-Making to physical therapy students at Marquette for 15 years, and she is the Vice President of the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research which is the only national nonprofit solely dedicated to funding physical therapy research. In her eagerness to help more clinicians use the research evidence to maximize patient outcomes, Sheila founded the Evidence Workshop, LLC, which creates rigorous and readily interpretable evidence summaries and offers educational opportunities for a deeper understanding of all aspects of evidence-based practice.
Sheila is a native Midwesterner and a 1989 graduate of Marquette’s PT program. She resides in Shorewood, WI with her husband and two sons.