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Cara E. Felter, PT, DPT, MPH

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Administrative Title:

Director for Educational Affairs, DPT Program


AHRB, 240C

Phone (Primary):

(410) 706-7165

Education and Training

Bachelor of Science, Biology: Shorter University, 2001

Doctor of Physical Therapy: Belmont University, 2004

Master of Public Health: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010

Residency in Pediatric Physical Therapy: Kennedy Krieger Institute, 2012-2013


Cara Felter is an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science.  She was an adjunct instructor for five years prior to becoming a core faculty member in 2016.  She received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Belmont University in 2004, and a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2010.  She is board certified in Neurology and Pediatrics and has clinical experience in both of these areas.  Dr. Felter is an active member of the APTA at the state and national level.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Educational Research, Patient-Educator, Hopefulness and Positive Psychological Variables after Spinal Cord Injury, Functional Electric Stimulation, Pediatric Physical Therapy, Neurological Physical Therapy

Highlighted Publications

Felter, CE. (2019). Assessing DPT Students' Self-perceived Readiness to Discuss Sexual Health Before and After Instruction from a Patient-Educator. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1097/JTE.0000000000000112

Felter CE, Neuland EE, Iuculano SC, and Dean J. (2019). Interdisciplinary, Intensive, Activity-Based Treatment for Uterine Spinal Cord Infarct: A Case Report. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury. 25(1):97-103.

Felter C, Chmielewski B, Gurton A, and Westlake K. Use of a Patient-Educator to Train Doctor of Physical Therapy Students Regarding Sexuality and Disability. J Hum Rehabil. 2018.

Felter, C. (2017). Whole Body Vibration for People with Spinal Cord Injury: a review. Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports, 5(3):99-107.

Felter CE, Bentley JA, Sadowsky CL, Wegener, ST. (2017). Characteristics of Individuals Seeking Activity-based Restorative Therapy Following Spinal Cord Injury: a focus on hope. NeuroRehabilitation, 41(1):237-40.

Recio AC, Felter CE, Alana ANC, Crane DA, Stiens SA. (2014). “Transfemoral Amputation Following Chronic Spinal Cord Injury: A Prosthetic Solution for Improved Balance, Seating, Dynamic Function and Body Image” Journal of Spine, 4:195.

Recio AC, Felter CE, Schneider AC, McDonald JW. (2012). “High-voltage Electrical Stimulation for the Management of Stage III and IV Pressure Ulcers Among Adults with Spinal Cord Injury: Demonstration of its Utility for Recalcitrant Wounds Below the Level of Injury,” Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 35(1):58-63.

Recio AC, Sachs C, Felter C, Obst K (2010). “Movement Restored: Using Aquatics for Physical and Psychological Restoration” Advance for Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Medicine, 21(24):23.

Awards and Affiliations

2018, Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Award from the APTA of Maryland

2014, Outstanding Alumnus Award, Belmont University, School of Physical Therapy