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Chair, Physical Therapy

Professor of Physical Therapy


  • Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi (Exercise Physiology)
  • M.P.T., Arkansas State University (Physical Therapy)
  • M.S., Arkansas State University (Exercise Science)
  • B.S., Arkansas State University (Zoology)

Professional Credentials

  • Arkansas Physical Therapy License
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (National Strength & Conditioning Association)
  • Clinical Exercise Specialist (ACSM)
  • Program Director (ACSM)
  • Level II Swimming Coach (American Swim Coaches Association)
  • Certified Level I 3-D Treatment of Scoliosis from Barcelona School of Physical Therapy

Teaching Specialties

  • Cardiopulmonary and Exercise Physiology

Research Interests

  • Swimming and Shoulder Injuries and EMG/MMG
  • Interprofessional Education


  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Swim Coaches Association
  • United States Swimming


Dr. Drake's PhD is in Exercise Physiology. She is a licensed PT in Arkansas and is certified as an ACSM Clinical Exercise Specialist, ACSM Program Director, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and 3-D Treatment of Scoliosis from the Barcelona School of Physical Therapy. She has published articles in Muscle & Nerve, Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology and recently published a chapter for ACSM's Resource Manual. Dr. Drake has represented ACSM as a presenter and examiner for Certified Personal Trainers and Health Fitness Specialists certifications in the United States, Spain, Italy, and China. Her research includes shoulder injuries in swimmers and she currently serves as the General Chair for Arkansas Swimming.

Dr. Drake enjoys spending time with her family and extended swim family and friends. Her hobbies include triathlons, cross-fit, and tennis.

Shawn Drake

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3591
F: (870) 972-3652


Building: CONHP
Room: 108

Alternative Contact

Rebecca Bridges
P: (870) 972-3591