Shilpa Krishnan, PT, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Texas Medical Branch, 2016
  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 2014
  • MS, University of Pittsburgh, 2010
  • BPT, Patil University, 2009


Shilpa Krishnan, PT, PhD is a licensed physical therapist currently with active license(s) in the states of New York and Texas. Dr. Krishnan’s research focuses on Patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) methods, comparing effectiveness of rehabilitation and functional outcomes following stroke across various settings, management of caregiver burden following neurological conditions, prevention and early detection of secondary complications such as pressure ulcers, pneumonia, urinary tract infections among older adults and spinal cord injury. Dr. Krishnan is the PI on NIDILRR funded Switzer grant exploring pressure ulcer outcomes and service utilization among older adults in skilled nursing facility. She serves as a reviewer for various journals including, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Gerontologist. Dr. Krishnan is also an active member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, serving on Networking Groups, and Special Interest Groups.

Awards and Honors

  • 2017 NIDILRR Switzer Merit Fellowship, (grant no, 90SFGE0002)
  • 2017 Deans Faculty Travel Funds, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • 2016 Research article published in Archives was highlighted on the Veterans Affairs website and newsletter entitled “Can biomarkers help prevent pressure ulcers?”
  • 2014-2016 Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Fellow, National Institute on Disability and 
Rehabilitation Research (grant no. H133P990001)
  • 2013 Roberta Abruzzese Award, National Pressure Advisory Panel (NPUAP)
  • 2012 Thomas O’Connor Award, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2012 Bruce Baker Education Travel Fund, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2012 Travel funds, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2012 Travel funds, Graduate Professional Student Association, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2012 Student Recognition in Research, (PT), Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP)
  • 2012 Poster award, Health Disparity Poster Competition, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2009 Dr. Priyadarshini Cholera Patil Medal University topper, D.Y. Patil University


Selected Publications

Hoover DS, Pappadis MR, Housten AJ, Krishnan S, Weller SW, Giordano SH, Goodwin JS, Volk RJ. Preferences for communicating about breast cancer screening among racially/ethnically diverse older women. Health Communication, In Press.

Smith T, Krishnan S, Hong I, and Reistetter T. Measurement Validity of the Low Vision Independence Measure. American journal of occupational therapy, In Press

Collins DM, Downer B, Kumar A, Krishnan S, Li C, Markides KS, Karmarkar AM, Impact of Multiple Chronic Conditions on Activity Limitations among Older Mexican American Care Recipients, Preventing Chronic Disease, In Press

Brienza D, Krishnan S, Karg P, Sowa G, Allegretti AL. Predictors of pressure ulcer incidence following traumatic spinal cord injury: a secondary analysis of a prospective longitudinal study, Spinal cord. 2017

Krishnan S, Pappadis MR, Weller SC, Fisher SR, Hay CC*, Reistetter TA. Patient-centered mobility outcome preferences according to individuals with stroke and caregivers: a qualitative analysis. Disabil Rehabil. 2017 Mar 21:1-9. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1297855. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28320217

Krishnan S, Pappadis MR, Weller S, Stearnes M*, Kumar A, Ottenbacher KJ, Reistetter TA. Caregivers’ perspectives on improving health and rehabilitation outcomes for stroke survivors: A scoping review. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2017 Feb 16. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000717. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28207603.

Krishnan S, York MK, Backus D, and Heyn PC. Coping with Caregiver Burnout when caring for individuals with neurodegenerative diseases: A Guide for the Caregiver. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Feb 6. pii: S0003-9993(16)31291-6. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.11.002. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28185639.

Krishnan S, Vodovotz Y, Karg PE, Constantine G, Sowa GA, Constantine FJ*, Brienza DM. Inflammatory mediators associated with pressure ulcer development in individuals with pneumonia following traumatic spinal cord injury: A pilot study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Jan 24. pii: S0003-9993(17)30028-X. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.12.018. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28130082.

Middleton A, Graham JE, Krishnan S, Ottenbacher KJ. Program Interruptions and Short-Stay Transfers Represent Potential Targets for Inpatient Rehabilitation Care-Improvement Efforts. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Nov; 95(11):850-861. PubMed PMID: 27631389; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5074848.

Krishnan S, Karg PE, Boninger ML, Vodovotz Y, Constantine G, Sowa GA, Brienza DM. Early Detection of Pressure Ulcer Development Following Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury Using Inflammatory Mediators. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2016. 97(10): p. 1656-62

Krishnan S, Brick RS*, Karg PE, Tzen YT, Garber SL, Sowa GA et al. Predictive validity of the Spinal Cord Injury Pressure Ulcer Scale (SCIPUS) in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation in individuals with traumatic spinal cord injury. NeuroRehabilitation 2016;38(4):401-9. PubMed PMID: 27061168.

Krishnan S, Karg PE, Boninger ML, Brienza DM. Association between presence of pneumonia and pressure ulcer formation following traumatic spinal cord injury. J Spinal Cord Med. 2016 May 17:1-8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27186649.

Fisher SR, Graham JE, Krishnan S, Ottenbacher KJ. Predictors of 30-Day Readmission Following Inpatient Rehabilitation for Patients at High Risk for Hospital Readmission. Phys Ther. 2016 Jan; 96(1):62-70. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20150034. Epub 2015 Sep 10. PubMed PMID: 26359271; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4706595.

Ziraldo C, Solovyev A, Allegretti A, Krishnan S, Henzel MK, Sowa GA, Brienza D, An G, Mi Q, Vodovotz Y. A Computational, Tissue-Realistic Model of Pressure Ulcer Formation in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury. PLoS Comput Biol. 2015 Jun 25;11(6):e1004309. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004309. PubMed PMID: 26111346; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4482429.