Susan F. Saliba


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1999
  • M.P.T., Hahnemann University, 1989
  • M.Ed., University of Virginia, 1987
  • B.S., University of Virginia, 1986

Susan Saliba is a professor and co-director of the Exercise and Sports Injury (EaSIL) for musculoskeletal injury research. She has 18 years of clinical experience as both a physical therapist and athletic trainer. She currently teaches courses in the Masters’ of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Curriculum, and is the Director of the Undergraduate Major in Kinesiology. Her research focus is developing efficacy and effectiveness of therapeutic interventions during rehabilitation. Recent projects include electrical stimulation, blood flow restriction therapy, and biofeedback to improve functional outcomes. She has a joint appointment in Orthopedic Surgery and collaborates with the School of Medicine and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences on clinically relevant research trials. Dr. Saliba has been recognized by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association for service and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Professor Saliba is accepting Ph.D. students for fall 2023.

Research Interests

Research interests focus on establishing clinical efficacy for therapeutic interventions in sports medicine. Dr. Saliba has been supported by the General Clinical Research Center for studies that have examined the use of intravenous fluids in football players, and mechanisms of iron deficiency in female athletes. She has also been funded by the NATA Foundation for a mechanistic study to examine clinical application of phonophoresis, a common therapeutic modality. She was recently awarded a grant by the Orthopedic Section of the APTA to investigate the use of cryotherapy and transcutaneous electrical stimulation on arthrogenic muscle inhibition in patients with knee osteoarthritis.