Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., Physical Therapy, University of Miami, 1999
  • M.S., Physical Therapy, University of Miami, 1990
  • B.A., Exercise Science, Occidental College, 1987

Cheryl Burditt Footer, PT, PhD, joined the Regis faculty in 2002 with vast experience in pediatrics, neurological rehabilitation, and global health. Dr. Footer received her undergraduate degree from Occidental College where she was also a volleyball and track and field intercollegiate athlete.  She completed her Master’s degree in physical therapy at the University of Miami where she went on to complete her PhD degree.  At the core of her career as an academician and physical therapist lies a strong ethical foundation and philosophy that balances power and privilege with humility and perspective for the delivery of health services and community engagement locally and internationally. Dr. Footer has extensive leadership experience in bringing the classroom into the world through a reflective and intentional process of clinical practice and community engagement that incorporates best practices to prepare future leaders to practice in the world with a socially just, responsible, and ethical lens.  Dr. Footer has been a leader in the global health immersion experiences in the school, and has focused on creating sustainable relationships with international educational and clinical partners.  She is currently the on the executive committee of the APTA’s Global Health Special Interest Group. As one of the new Assistant Deans in the School of Physical Therapy, she enjoys leading by learning with, from, and together with other Regis community members.

Certifications and Expertise


  • Clinical Interests include Pediatric and Adult Neurology
  • Global Health Interests include the academic preparation of physical therapists around the world

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Pediatric Section Member, Health Policy Administration Member
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Global Health Special Interest Group, Programming Chair

Research and Scholarship

Research Interests

  • Global Health
  • International Academic Preparation of Physical Therapists

Recent Publications

Footer CB, Tsegaye HS, Yitnagashaw TA, Mekonnen W,  Shiferaw TD, Abera E, Matthews M, Rathleff MS, Claus A, McPoil TG, Nee R, Crossley K, Kasza J, Paul S, Mellor R. Vicenzino, B.  (2017). The foot orthoses versus hip exercises (FOHX) trial for patellofemoral pain: a protocol for a randomized clinical trial to determine if foot mobility is associated with better outcomes from foot orthoses.  Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 10:5.

Eigsti, H., Christenson, M., Footer, C., Haight, R., McCurdy, J., Leeds, M. The Process of Assessing the Impact of Inter-professional Global Service Immersion Experiences in Higher Education. JHEOE. Submitted December, 2015.

Dean, E., Dornelas de Andrade, A., O'Donoghue, G., Skinner, M., Umereh, G., Beenen, P., … Tschoepe, B, Wong, W., Pong, Footer, C et al. (2014). The Second Physical Therapy Summit on Global Health: developing an action plan to promote health in daily practice and reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice, 30(4), 261–275. doi:10.3109/09593985.2013.856977

Dean, E., Dornelas de Andrade,A., O’Donoghue, G., Skinner, M., Umereh, G., Beenen, P., Cleaver, S., Afzalzada, D., Delaune, M., Footer, C., Gannotti, M., Gappmaier, E., Figl-Hertlein, A., Henderson, B., Hudson, M., Spiteri, K., King, J., Klug, J., Laakso, E., LaPier, T., Lomi, C., Maart, S., Matereke, N., Meyer, E., M’kumbuzi, V., Myezwa, H., Olse´n, M., Peterson, C., Pe´tursdo´ ttir, U., Robinson, J., Sangroula, K., Stensdotter, A., Tan, B., Tschoepe, B., Bruno, S., Mathur, S., and Wong. W. (2014). The Second Physical Therapy Summit on Global Health: Developing an Action Plan to Promote Health in Daily Practice and Reduce the Burden of Non-communicable Diseases. Physiother Theory Pract. 30(4):261-75.

Recent Presentations

Footer, C., Audette, J., Klappa, S., Pechak, C. Global Health Catalyst Talks: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Global Health Engagement. Educational Session, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Section Meeting.  San Antonio, TX.  Platform presentation. February 14-17, 2017.

Magnusson, D., Carey, J., Footer, C., Hartman, J, Landry, M., Mulligan, N., Sawyer, K. (2016) Global Health Experiences-Who Benefits? APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim California.

Footer, C, Eigsti, H, Christensen, M, Schumacher, M, Haight, R, McCurdy, J, Lee, J. (2015) Return on Investment of international Immersion Programs: stakeholder perspectives. WCPT, World Congress for Physical Therapy. Singapore.

Tschoepe, B., Wilson-Green, J, Footer, C., Lowman, J., Davis, A., Eigsti, H. (2015) Building Future Practice through Leadership Development: Why Me, Why Now? APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.

Footer C., Eigsti, H., Hoffman, L., (2013). Postural Perturbation Training: A Comparison of Massed and Distributed Practice Schedules for Children with Down Syndrome. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, California.

Community Involvement and Service

Service to University and College
  • Co-Presented a 2-day workshop: Building Sustainable Global Health Experiences: A Workshop to Develop Strategies for Success, Regis University, July 15-16, 2016
  • RHCHP- Academic Council (2013-Present)
  • RHCHP- Return on Investment Task Force: Evaluating Global Health Immersion Programs (2012-Present)
  • School of Physical Therapy- Chair, Global Health Committee (2012-2016)
  • School of Physical Therapy- Chair, Faculty Search Committee (2015-2016; 2008-2009)
  • Regis University- Search Committee, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (2011-2012)

Service to Profession

  • APTA, Global Health Special Interest Group, Programming Chair
  • Journal Reviewer- Pediatric Physical Therapy Journal
  • Journal Reviewer- Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology

Service to Community

  • Founder, Children’s Physiotherapy Alliance of Evergreen
  • Regis University, School of Physical Therapy, Ethiopia Immersion Program
  • Director, Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen Foundation Board of Directors, Evergreen (2011)