Elke Schaumberg

Assistant Professor


  • B.S. in Kinesiology, University of Colorado-Boulder (1991)
  • M.S. in Physical Therapy, University of Colorado-Health Sciences Center (1995)
  • t-DPT in Physical Therapy, Simmons College (now University) (2011)
  • Ph.D. in Physical Therapy, Texas Woman’s University-Houston (2020)


  • Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare
  • Physiology of Health and Disease
  • Motor Development and Control Across the Lifespan
  • Health Promotion and Wellness
  • Critical Inquiry
  • Research Methods


  • My interest in the pain sciences is driven by my goal to improve the quality of care and subsequent quality of life of individuals with chronic pain conditions. My research interests are centered around three primary topic areas within the pain sciences: 1) the assessment practices of physical therapists when evaluating individuals with chronic pain, 2) physical therapy interventions aimed at reducing the central mediation of the pain experience, and 3) educational interventions aimed at improving the pain literacy of physical therapists.
  • Psychosocial history-taking practice of physical therapists
  • Psychosocial issues in assessment and management of chronic pain
  • Dry needling
  • Rehabilitation of chronic musculoskeletal conditions


Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • APTA, Orthopedics Section Membership
  • APTA, Sports Section Membership
  • APTA, Education Section Membership
  • APTA, Woman’s Health Section Membership
  • APTA, Research Section Membership
  • APTA, Pain Section Membership
  • International Association for the Study of Pain


  • Board member Center for Resilience

Conferences Attended

  • Combined Sections Meeting
  • World Congress International Association for the Study of Pain