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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. Shawn Drake graduated from University of Southern Mississippi with her PhD in Exercise Physiology in 2001.  In 2002, she began her career at Arkansas State University as an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy department.  She graduated from Arkansas State University’s physical therapy program in 2006.  In  2012, she became the Department Chair for the Physical Therapy department.  Dr. Drake completed the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education for the APTA Education Leadership Institute Fellowship in July 2014.   Dr. Drake holds certifications from the Barcelona Scoliosis Physiotherapy School (Schroth certified), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) (Program Director and Clinical Exercise Specialist, Exercise is Medicine- Level 3), and National Strength and Conditioning Association (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist).  She has published articles in Muscle & Nerve, Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, and ACSM’s Resource Manual.  Dr. Drake served as a presenter and examiner for ACSM's Certified Personal Trainers, Health Fitness Specialists and Clinical Exercise Specialist certifications exams in the United States, Spain, Italy, and China.  In her spare time, she enjoys coaching a USA Swimming Age Group team and serves as Vice Administrative Chair for Arkansas Swimming.  In April 2016, she received the USA Swimming Conoco Phillips Outstanding Service Award.

Shawn Drake

Contact Information

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


Building: CNHP
Room: 108