Neena Sharma, PT, PhD, CMPT

Assistant Professor
KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Professional Background
Neena Sharma, PT, PhD, CMPT, has a clinical background in orthopedics and manual therapy. She primarily teaches courses in the orthopedic tract,, including Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I and II in the DPT curriculum and Evidence-based Orthopedic Rehabilitation in the post-professional DPT curriculum. Sharma provides consultation to local clinicians for orthopedic conditions and continuing education courses related to musculoskeletal topics. She is also currently a staff physical therapist for services in the Silver City Health Center.

Academic Background
Sharma began her academic career at the University of Jodhpur in India by earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. She completed a Master of Science in Physical Therapy at KU Medical Center in 2000 and received manual therapy certification from the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, Inc. (NAIOMT) in 2004. In 2008, Sharma earned her doctorate from KU's PhD in Rehabilitation Science program.

Curriculum Vitae PDF document


PubMed: National Library of Medicine

See Neena Sharma's publications at the National Library of Medicine

Research Focus
Sharma's research interests are to understand biochemical and neural mechanisms contributing to chronic pain syndromes and the efficacy of various physical therapy interventions in modulating pain. She is interested in examining central sensitization and effects of exercise training on the central nervous system. Through this research, it is hoped that the mechanisms by which exercise training modulates pain can be better understood.

Lab Group Site

Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Research (CORR) Laboratory

As director of the CORR lab at KU Medical Center, Sharma is leading several projects related to clinical orthopedic research. The goal of this work is to advance clinical research in orthopedic rehabilitation.

Other Recent Projects
Sharma completed her dissertation project: defining muscle pain at the peripheral and spinal cord sites and the effects of exercise training on neurotrophin-3 and pain-like behavior in an animal model of fibromyalgia. This work was conducted under the mentorship of Doug Wright, PhD.

Last modified: Jun 24, 2014

Neena Sharma


Neena Sharma, PT, PhD, CMPT
Assistant Professor

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