Shawn M. Rundell, PT, DPT, PCS

Title: Instructor
Division: Physical Therapy

Shawn M Rundell (she/her/hers) is a physical therapist and instructor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy. In the DPT program, she teaches primarily in the pediatrics and applied neuroscience courses and is co-coordinator of the Seattle Children's Hospital-UW Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency. Dr. Rundell is an APTA board-certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy. She also does outreach and community engagement activities with high schools and colleges to those considering PT careers. She has particular interest in increasing diversity, equity and inclusion within the PT profession and is actively involved in multiple projects centered around this theme, specifically related to creating inclusive work, classroom and outdoor environments. 

Dr. Rundell has experience working as a physical therapist in preschools, in birth to age three programs for children with disabilities and delays, in an outpatient pediatric and home-based clinic, and with adults and children with cancer. She is co-director of the UW GoBabyGo program, creating early mobility opportunities for young children with disabilities. She is also interested in global health and has mentored and trained students and physical therapists in the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. Shawn received her DPT from the University of Washington.

Education and Training

  • University of Washington Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2008 
  • University of Colorado at Boulder, Bachelor of Arts Psychology, 2004

Board Certifications

  • APTA Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy

Clinical Interests

  • Pediatrics 
  • Cancer 
  • Early mobility
  • Accessible outdoor/nature-based physical activity opportunities
  • Accessible play technology

Teaching Interests

Dr. Rundell's teaching responsibilities are within the lifespan and neurology tracks of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, especially the pediatrics courses. Her teaching philosophy focuses on including and respecting all student voices, embedding evidence-based teaching philosophies to ensure that the classroom is accessible and inclusive for all students, and promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) in the classroom.

Research Interests

Her scholarly activity focuses on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging within the physical therapy profession and creating early mobility opportunities for young children with disabilities. She is actively involved in the Rehabilitation Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Council, is the co-director of UW GoBabyGo, a faculty advisor for Husky ADAPT and volunteers with state-wide community groups to create inclusive and accessible outdoor spaces and opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and identities.


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