Sharon DeMuth, PT, DPT

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Faculty Profile

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy


Mailing Address:

1540 Alcazar St., CHP 155, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9006

Professional Interests:

Sharon DeMuth is an adjunct assistant professor of clinical physical therapy who specializes in physical therapy management of the pediatric patient. She also enjoys volunteer teaching and practicing in clinics overseas. Her research focuses on the etiology of idiopathic scoliosis, the motor development of premature infants and other pediatric topics. Among her research experience, she was co-primary investigator for the Pediatric Endurance and Limb Strengthening (PEDALS) trial, which evaluated the effectiveness of stationary cycling for improving strength and fitness in children with the spastic dipelgic from of cerebral palsy.


  • Traineeship in Developmental Disabilities with the University Affiliated Program, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) 1997
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MS, PT) 1995
  • Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA, Masters of Science in Physical Therapy (started) 1983
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (BS, PT) 1970

Selected Publications

  • DeMuth SK, Knutson LM, Fowler EG. The PEDALS stationary cyclingintervention and health-related quality of life in children withcerebral palsy: a randomized controlled trial. Devel Med ChildNeuro. 2012;54(7): 654-661.
  • Mulroy SJ, Winstein CJ, Kulig K, Beneck G, Fowler EG, DeMuthSK, Sullivan KJ, Brown DA, Lane C, for the Physical TherapyClinical Research Network (PTClinResNet). Secondary mediation andregression analyses of the PTClinResNet database: determiningcausal relationships among the International ClassificationofFunctioning, Disability and Health levels for fourphysical therapy intervention trials. Phys Ther.2011;91(12):1766-79.
  • Kara L Siebert, Sharon K DeMuth, Loretta M Knutson and Eileen GFowler for the PhysicalTherapy Clinical Research Network(PTClinResNet). “Stationary cycling and children with cerebralpalsy: Case reports for two participants”. Physical &Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. 2010, May30(2):125-38.
  • Eileen G Fowler, Loretta M Knutson, Sharon K DeMuth, Kara LSiebert, Victoria D Simms, Mia H Sugi, Richard B Souza, RoksanaKarim, Stanley P Azen; for the Physical Therapy ClinicalResearchNetwork (PTClinResNet).” Pediatric Endurance and Limb Strengthening(PEDALS) for Children with Cerebral Palsy Utilizing StationaryCycling: A Randomized Controlled Trial”. Physical Therapy.90 (3): 367-381, 2010.
  • Eileen G Fowler, Loretta M Knutson, Sharon K DeMuth, Mia Sugi,Kara Siebert, Victoria Simms, Stanley P Azen and Carolee JWinstein. “Pediatric endurance and limb strengthening for childrenwith cerebral palsy (PEDALS) – A randomized controlled trialprotocol for a stationary cycling intervention”. BMCPediatrics 2007, 7:14 (21 Mar 2007)
  • DeMuth, S.K., Baker, L.L., Selected Neurologic Screening ofChildren with Idiopathic Scoliosis, Proceedings of 12thInternational WCPT Meeting, Washington, DC, June, 1995.
  • Davenport TE, Kulig K, Sebelski, CA, Gordon J, Watts H.Diagnosis for Physical Therapists: A Symptom BasedApproach. FA Davis, Philadelphia, 2013.Chapters in this book:DeMuth SK, Watts HG. Special Diagnostic Issues in Children.Chpt. 42, pp 841-850.
  • Davenport TE, DeMuth S. Case Demonstration: Knee Pain andLimping in a Child. Chpt 48, pp 959-966.
    Watts HG, DeMuth SK. Torticollis in a Child. Chpt. 57, pp1099-1107.
  • DeMuth S, Sebelski CA. Case Demonstration: Torticollis in aChild. Chpt 58, pp 1108-1112.
  • DeMuth SK, Jones SA. Poor Posture and Scoliosis, Kyphosis andLordosis in a Child. Chpt. 59, pp 1113-1148.
  •  DeMuth, S.K., Watts, H.G., “Physical and Occupational Therapy.”in Pediatric Orthopedic Secrets. 3rd edt. Staheli, L.T.,Song K. M.; Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier: 77-83, 2007.