Scott W. Shaffer PT, PhD, ECS

Associate Dean/Professor

Dr. Scott Shaffer joined the UIW Physical Therapy Faculty in 2021. He has clinical, teaching, and research experience in neuromusculoskeletal assessment and treatment, to include over 27 years of service as an Army Physical Therapist. He earned his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences with a focus in Adult Neurologic Disorders from the University of Kentucky, a Masters degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Baylor University. Dr. Shaffer is a Board-Certified Specialist in Clinical Electrophysiologic Physical Therapy. He has published over 30 peer reviewed publications, provided over 60 international and national research presentations and served as an investigator on various grant funded research projects. His clinical and research interests include neuromusculoskeletal evaluation/treatment, clinical electrophysiology assessment, injury risk screening and health outcomes.

School of Physical Therapy
Saidoff Center, Room 2121
Phone: (210) 283-6938

  • Foundational Sciences II
  • Patient Client Management III


  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Member


  • Institutional Review Board Member
  • UIW Physical Therapy Clinic Committee Member
  • UIW Physical Therapy Capstone Committee

Greathouse DG, Young BA, Shaffer SW. US Military Physical Therapy: 1970–2020, Physical Therapy, 101(3), March 2021, pzab087,

Teyhen DS, Shaffer SW, Goffar SL, Kiesel K, Butler RJ, Rhon DI, Plisky PJ. Identification of Risk Factors Prospectively Associated With Musculoskeletal Injury in a Warrior Athlete Population. Sports Health. 2020 Nov/Dec;12(6):564-572.

Koppenhaver SL, Scutella D, Sorrell B, Yahalom J, Fernández-de-las-Peñas, C, Childs, JC, Shaffer SW, Shinohara, M. (2019). Normative Parameters and Anthropometric Variability of Lumbar Muscle Stiffness Using Ultrasound Shear-Wave Elastography. Clinical Biomechanics, 62, 113–120.

Teyhen, DS, Goffar SL, Shaffer SW, Kiesel K, Butler RJ, Tedaldi AM, Plisky PJ. (2018). Incidence of Musculoskeletal Injury in US Army Unit Types: A Prospective Cohort Study. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther, 48(10), 749–757.

Wilken, JM., Roy, CW., Shaffer, SW., Patzkowski, JC., Blanck, RV., Owens, JG., & Hsu, JR. (2018). Physical Performance Limitations After Severe Lower Extremity Trauma in Military Service Members. J Orthop Trauma, 32(4), 183–189.

Rhon, DI., Teyhen, DS, Shaffer, SW, Goffar SL, Kiesel K, Plisky, PP. (2018). Developing predictive models for return to work using the Military Power, Performance and Prevention (MP3) musculoskeletal injury risk algorithm: a study protocol for an injury risk assessment programme. Inj Prev, 24(1), 81–88.

Dorrel, B., Long, T., Shaffer, SW., & Myer, GD. (2018). The Functional Movement Screen as a Predictor of Injury in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Athletes. J Athl Train, 53(1), 29–34.

Lester, ME, Cavanaugh, JT, Foreman, KB, Shaffer, SW, Marcus, R, & Dibble, LE. (2017). Adaptation of postural recovery responses to a vestibular sensory illusion in individuals with Parkinson disease and healthy controls. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon), 48, 73–79.

Thelen, MD., Koppenhaver, SL., Gill, NW., & Shaffer, SW. (2017). Effects of technique-focused training in conjunction with physical readiness training on Army physical fitness test performance. US Army Med Dep J, (3-17), 79–83. 10. Greathouse, DG., Ernst, G, Halle, JS., & Shaffer, SW. (2017). GEHS neurophysiological classification system for patients with neuropathy of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. US Army Med Dep J, (3-17), 26–35.