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

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

Clinical Certifications and Expertise

Cardiopulmonary physical therapy

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.

Scherer, S. (2009). Clinical Commentary: Addressing Cardiovascular Risk as Part of Physical Therapist Practice- What about Practice Recommendations for Physical Therapists Cardiopulm Phys Ther, 20 (3), 27-29.

Recent Presentations

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.

Cheuvront, B., Whalen, K., & Scherer, S. (2009). Interprofessional simulated critical care event: nursing and PT students. Presented at 42nd Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, Western Institute in Nursing, Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Awards and Recognition

  • 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

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

  • Faculty Advisor for DPT Student Research Award - Class of 2009 School of Physical Therapy Regis University, School of Physical Therapy, 2009