Dr. Heidi Shearin

Director, Clinical Education

Assistant Professor of Health Professional Studies

BS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

DPT, A.T. Still University

[email protected]


Location: Smith Hall, Room 118B

Academic Experience Summary

Dr. Shearin has served as the Director of Clinical Education and an Assistant Professor in the DPT Program since January 2013.  Her primary duties include organization and oversight of the clinical education experiences and internships throughout the curriculum, as well as the development of student professional behaviors required in current health care practice.  She is an active member of the Carolina Clinical Education Consortium. Prior to joining Campbell, she served as adjunct faculty in a transitional DPT program and as the Program Chair and Academic Clinical Coordinator of Education of a Physical Therapist Assistant Program in North Carolina. She has provided numerous guest lectures in a physical therapy education program related to documentation, professional ethics, legal practice, and interprofessional collaboration.  She has participated in clinical education in roles of increasing responsibility since 1987 and has served on a physical therapy educational program advisory board.   Areas of teaching expertise include evidence-based medicine, radiography for physical therapists, foundational modalities and procedures, professional interactions, clinical education, health care resources, and pathophysiology for PTAs.  

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy,  A.T.S.U., Mesa, Arizona, 2008
  • Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, UNC- CH, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1986
Professional Memberships
  • American Physical Therapy Association, 1986 - Present
  • NC Physical Therapy Association, 1986 - Present
  • American Physical Therapy Association Education Section, 2009 - Present
  • NC/SC Clinical Educator Consortium Board, 2009 - Present
Research Interests
  • Clinical education, curriculum design and instruction
  • Examination of teaching outcomes in the clinical setting
  • Clinical access, performance, and use of telehealth in rural health-care settings
  • Childhood obesity
  • Physical therapy interventions for oncology patients
  • Effective collaboration between PTs and PTAs in rural health-care settings
Research Activities
  • Contributor to abstract: Murray, N.G., Williams, D.S. 3rd, Reed-Jones, R.J., Windsor, B.A., Dedrick, G.D., Shearin, H., Sawyer, S., Powell, D.W. Comparison of linear and nonlinear measures of postural stability. 61st Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Orlando, Florida, 2014.
  • Contributor of ten article extractions to APTA’s Hooked on Evidence related to physical therapy interventions for oncology diagnoses.

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