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M. Samuel Cheng, PT, MS, ScD

Director Physical Therapy PhD Program
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy - Ft. Lauderdale
(954) 262-1273
mingshun@nova.edu

Education

Dr. Cheng received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan; his post-professional Master of Science degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, Massachusetts; and his Doctor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Science/Applied Kinesiology from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Teaching

Dr. Cheng is the course leader for these courses: PHT 6700 Evidence-based Practice I - Introduction to Research Methods & Data Analysis, PHT 7810: Research Seminar, PHT 7112: Measurement in Physical Therapy Research and Practice, and PHT 7130: Dissertation Research Seminar. He also lectures in PHT 6715: Essentials of Biomechanics and Kinesiology, PHT 6815: Physical Agents, and PHT 7605: Applying Research in Evidence-based Practice. Besides he serves as a dissertation chair or committee member on many dissertation committees.

Scholarly Activities and Interests,

Dr. Cheng’s research interests include biomechanical use of surface electromyography, clinical outcome researches, kinematic and kinetic analysis, and physiological basis and effectiveness of physical agents. Integrating sensor technology and mobile application for clinical outcome assessment has been his new passion in recent year.

Dr. Cheng received several internal and external research grants to support his research activities. He is also a member of the NSU IRB. . 

Areas of Practice

Currently Dr. Cheng does not involve direct patient care given his teaching and research responsibilities.  However, he has a background as a physical therapist in hospital rehabilitation and outpatient orthopedics clinic.  

Professional Activity Summary 

Dr. Cheng has been an APTA member since 1997 and he is currently a member of the Education, Orthopedic, Neurology, and Research Sections.  He serves as a reviewer for multiple journals and is a member of the APTA Award Committee Subcommittees.