Faculty & Staff SpotlightErin Simunds

Erin Simunds

Instructor of Physical Therapy

Erin Simunds joined the DPT faculty at Concordia University in Summer 2016. Through the years she has practiced in a variety of settings including outpatient, acute, transitional care, and community outreach for educational and reimbursement venues. She has spoken at a National level and has provided instruction to licensed special educators and physical therapists locally.

Erin has varied research interests. She has written curriculum and conducted research for a successful social inclusion program called “Yes I Can” that assists adolescents with disabilities in increasing social competence and gaining lasting friendships. Her other research interests include investigating the efficacy of therapy interventions for children and adults with disabilities including functional outcomes, fitness, and bringing therapy into a camp setting for generalization of skills.

Erin has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since she graduated in 1981. She held several leadership positions for the Minnesota Chapter of the APTA and is currently engaged as a strategic volunteer to explore online continuing education content for the organization. She is also an active member of the APTA Academy of Pediatrics where she served in the Regional Director and Secretary positions.


  • M.S., Allied Health, University of Wisconsin – Madison (1989)
  • B.S., Physical Therapy, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (1981)