Professional Bio

  • Ph.D., Health and Behavioral Science, University of Colorado, 2003
  • M.A., Organizational Management, University of Phoenix, 1992
  • B.S., Physical Therapy, University of Maryland, 1979


Clinical Certifications and Expertise

Cardiopulmonary physical therapy

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section, Grants and Abstract Reviewer
  • Physical Therapy Journal, Article Reviewer
  • University of British Columbia, Graduate School, Dissertation Reviewer
  • HealthTeamWorks, Congestive Heart Failure Guidelines Committee, Co-chair
  • Community-Campus Partnerships for Health

Research and Scholarship

Research Interests

Promoting physical activity in the community

Cardiovascular risk assessment by physical therapists

Recent Publications

Scherer, S. A. (2012). The Transplant Patient. In D, Frownfelter. Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy: Evidence to Practice (5th ed., pp. 654–667). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

Dean, E.,, Al-Obaidi, S., De Andrade, A. D., Gosselink, R., Umerah, G., Al-Abdelwahab, S., Anthony, J…, Scherer, S., et al. (2011). The First Physical Therapy Summit on Global Health: Implications and Recommendations for the 21st century. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. doi:10.3109/09593985.2010.544052.

Recent Presentations

Hardee G, Zielke M, Scherer, S. Cyber-based Clinical Experience for Physical Therapy. Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. Washington, DC:  Platform. April 2015.

Downs A, Scherer S.  Opportunities for PTs to Shape Prevention Practices and Outcomes. American Physical Therapy Association, (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN:  Platform.  February 2015.

Kunish A, Scherer S.  Development of an Evidence Based Physical Therapy Protocol for Ambulation of Patients with Deep Vein Thrombosis.  A Team Approach. 7th Annual Evidence-based Practice, Research and Innovation Conference, Centura Health, Porter Adventist Hospital, Denver, CO:  Platform/Poster. November 2014.

Scherer S, Zielke M. Prototype Modeling and Assessment of Game-Based Simulation for Virtual Clinical Education in Health Care. Regis University Celebration of Research, Scholarship and Creative Excellence, Denver, CO. April 2014.

Sheridan, L., Haight, R., Scherer, S., Clapp, P., Cogan, P., Hanselin, M., Smith, K., Wackernah, R., & McCollum, M. (2013). The creation and implementation of an instrument to peer-assess TBL facilitation. 2013 Team-Based Learning Collaborative - Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA.

Scherer S., Anemaet, W., Briggs, B., Butler, C., Haia, C., Foucrier, J., Stockham, K., Weiss, E. (2012, February 8-12) Analysis of Practice in Physical Therapy: Acute Care Management. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Acute Care. Chicago, Illinois.

McCollum, M., Sheridan, L.M., Pennington, K.S., Suit, L., Davis, A., Scherer, S. (2012). Assessing teaching effectiveness in an interdisciplinary environment. 2012 American Association of Colleges Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL.

Gilbert, M., Jarrett S., Scherer, S., Pennington, K., Fuller, S., Riccheti, C., Gorman, I., & Amador, T. (January 26, 2012) Embracing Complexity by Advancing the Value of Faculty Practice through Interprofessional Collaboration among a College for Health Professions, an Alternative High School for Students with Special Circumstances, and a Community Based Care Agency for Underserved Populations, American Association of Colleges of Nursing Pre-Conference, Naples, FL.

Awards and Recognition


  • Cultivate Health (Private Foundation), Colorado Health Foundation, $938,229, 2014-2017
  • Scherer, S. & O’Leary, F. Study the Feasibility of a Colorado Center for Virtual Health Care Education, Colorado Health Foundation, $122,472, 2012
  • Renovation and Equipment for an Interprofessional Simulated Health Center, Caring for Colorado Foundation, $70,000, 2012

Community Involvement and Service

Service to Profession

  • Research Committee Abstract Reviewer, American Physical Therapy Association, Cardiovascular & Pulmonary section
  • Associate Editor, Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal

Service to Students

  • Faculty Advisor for DPT Student Research Award - Class of 2011 School of Physical Therapy, Regis University, 2011