Department Head and Associate Professor
Dr. Cook holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Houston, TX. Dr. Cook has been a Certified Wound Specialist through the American Academy of Wound Management and is also a Credentialed Clinical Instructor and Trainer through the American Physical Therapy Association.
Research and Teaching
Dr. Cook’s research interests include issues related to wound management, peripheral neuropathy, urinary incontinence, balance and falls, and educational outcomes assessment. At Missouri State University she is course director for PTE 756 Patient Management Integumentary, co-course director for PTE 744 Patient Management: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Problems, and she assists with Clinical Education. She also contributes to PTE 873 Patient Management Advanced Differential Diagnosis and supervises student research activities.
Clinical Experience and Service
Dr. Cook has 27 years of experience as a practicing physical therapist or educator. She particularly enjoys working with individuals with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s Disease, cerebrovascular accident, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, and wounds. She serves the Department of Physical Therapy as Department Head and is active in her church and community. She also participates in pro-bono physical therapy services.