Cynthia Dodds, PT, PhD

Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina

Cynthia Dodds, PT, PhDCynthia Dodds, PT, PhD is an Associate Professor within the Division of Physical Therapy, College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She is responsible for the pediatric content within the program, which includes pediatric experiential learning opportunities in South Carolina and Africa for physical therapy students. Cynthia is also Director of the MUSC Physical Therapy Pediatric Residency. Her clinical and research interest focuses on children with medical complexity, including examination of heart rate variability and development of the Pediatric Awareness and Sensory Motor Assessment. Cynthia collaborates with the Gibbes Museum of Art (GMA) to conduct an interprofessional graduate course that enhances university students’ communication, observations, and perspective-taking as related to patient care. She also collaborates with GMA to carry out art lessons for children with disabilities. She is a co-principal investigator for the MUSC site of the Stroke Net NIH I-Acquire study and recipient of research funding from the National Endowment of the Arts.

PT/OT The Nice F-Words for Children with Medical Complexity December 20, 2022 by Cynthia Dodds, PT, PhD
For those of us working with medically fragile children we have our own set of F-words, and none of them unpleasant. Aligned in the framework of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), the F-words of Fitness, Function, Fun, Friends, and Family provide a lighthearted pathway to rehabilitation and a healthy future for children with disabilities.