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Education and Training

Bachelor of Science, Biology: Shorter University

Doctor of Physical Therapy: Belmont University

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

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

PhD in Health Professions Education: University of Maryland, Baltimore, enrolled 2020 to present


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, and a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 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. Dr. Felter is engaged in educational research with projects spanning social determinants of learning, interview-based learning, the role of patient-educators in health professions education, and global health. She is currently enrolled in a PhD in Health Professions Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Social Determinants of Learning, Health Professions Education, Global Health, 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 CCicone J, Mathis L, and Smith D. (2021). Identifying and Addressing Social Determinants of Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Physical Therapy, DOI: 

Felter CE, Glickman LB, Westlake K, Shipper AG, and Marchese V. (2021). International global health education for doctor of physical therapy students: a scoping review, Physical Therapy Reviews, DOI: 10.1080/10833196.2021.1892282 

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 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.


Additional Publication Citations

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


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.  

Awards and Affiliations

2001,  H.Y. Benedict Fellow Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research  

2009,  Emerging Leader Award, American Physical Therapy Association  

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

2018,  Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Award, American Physical Therapy Association of Maryland 

2020, 2021, Faculty of the Year Award, University of Maryland, School of Medicine, 

Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science 

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