Kathleen D. Shirley P.T., D.P.T.

Assistant Clinical Professor

A.P.T.A. Board Certified Geriatric and Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Physical Therapy

Kathleen D. Shirley P.T., D.P.T.


IHSD 8618


Dr. Shirley is an Assistant Clinical Professor for the School of Physical Therapy Dallas Center at Texas Woman's University. She teaches throughout the 3-year Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate program. Her teaching involves Basic Clinical Skills including examination and outcome measures. She also teaches throughout the Professionalism in Physical Therapy and Practice Management course series. Dr. Shirley is dual board certified in both Orthopedic and Geriatric Physical Therapy. She has completed sub specialty certifications in Adult Neuro Developmental Treatment, Vestibular Rehabilitation/Cervicogenic Dizziness. She is recognized as a Chronic Care Professional – Certified Health Coach. Her area of clinical specialty practice is Vestibular Rehabilitation in the Geriatric population. Dr. Shirley’s community service areas involve health promotion throughout the lifespan as well as being a Coach for the evidence based “A Matter of Balance” fall prevention program. Her research areas of interest are in the student perception of Geriatric Physical Therapy and Health Promotion in our graduate students. She is currently completing the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Effective Teaching Practices certification.


D.P.T., Physical Therapy, Texas Woman's University, Dallas, Texas, 2015
B.S., Physical Therapy, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 1981


Geriatric Physical Therapy; Vestibular Rehabilitation; Health Coaching; Professional Behaviors; Clinical Reasoning; Compassion Fatigue

Honors & Awards

  • Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy Scholar, Texas Woman's University (2017)