Kshamata M. Shah

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Health Science Center 1 (215) 572-2865

About Me

Dr. Kshamata Shah, PT, PhD is an Assistant Professor and Director: Education for International Physical Therapists in the Department of Physical Therapy at Arcadia University, Pennsylvania, USA. She received her Bachelors in Physical Therapy from Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy in Mumbai, India in 2008. She then moved to the US and received her PhD in Movement Science from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014. She completed her post-doctoral training at Arcadia University with Dr. Phil McClure and joined as faculty at Arcadia in 2016. Her doctoral and postdoctoral work has focused on examining upper extremity impairments in people with chronic diseases such as diabetes and shoulder rotator cuff disorders. Her clinical work has focused on management of orthopedic conditions. Dr. Shah collaborates on a multi-site grant focused on examining the effects of pain and exercise on muscle neurophysiology in patients with rotator cuff tendinopathy and funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, a division of the NIH. She has also received funding from the Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy for several studies. Her overarching research goal is to examine the mechanisms and predictors driving a patient’s recovery in those with rotator cuff diseases and metabolic disorders.

In her role as Director: Education for International Physical Therapists at Arcadia University, she leads the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program for foreign-trained therapists. She has been an advisor to over 300 students from 20 different countries including India. She is actively involved in helping foreign-educated students navigate the ever-changing landscape of global PT.


Areas Of Focus

shoulder, biomechanics, muscle neurophysiology, ultrasound


Home Country

English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi

Education History

Washington University in St. Louis

PhD, Major in Movement Science

Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science, Major in Physical Therapy