Angela Shierk, Ph.D., O.T.R., is a senior clinical scientist at Scottish Rite for Children and an assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern in the School of Health Professions. She graduated with a masters in occupational therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and a Ph.D. in occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She has worked as an occupational therapist in pediatric settings including outpatient clinics, inpatient rehabilitation, home health, and public schools. Her research focuses on improving upper limb function using a variety of modalities for children with cerebral palsy. Specifically, the research explores the effectiveness of constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) with and without the use of virtual reality, therapy following botulinum toxin injections, and the effectiveness of home programs. She also has an interest in patient-centered outcomes research and the engagement of multiple stakeholders in the research process.


Graduate School
Texas Tech University (2008), Occupational Therapy
Graduate School
Texas Woman's University (2013)

Research Interest

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Home Programs
  • Patient Centered Outcomes Research
  • Upper Limb Motor Interventions


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Cerebral palsy pain instruments: Recommended tools for clinical research studies by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Cerebral Palsy Common Data Elements project
Veronica Schiariti, Angela Shierk, Elaine E. Stashinko, Theresa Sukal-Moulton, Robin S. Feldman, Clara Aman, M. Carolina Mendoza-Puccini, Joline E. Brandenurg Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 2024 05
Development of GO Move: A Website for Children With Unilateral Cerebral Palsy
Angela Shierk, Heather Roberts, Youstina Habeeb, Nigar Dursun, Cigdem Cekmece, Marcin Bonikowski, Weronika Pyrzanowska, Jorge Carranza, Gabriela Granados Garcia, Nancy Clegg et al. OTJR 2024 01-28
Therapy together: A caregiver led constraint induced movement therapy program for preschool aged children utilizing a virtual environment due to COVID 19
Angela Shierk, Heather Roberts, Katherine Dubberly, Nancy J. Clegg, Marcus Fagan, Deborah Baldwin, Fabiola Reyes, Jonathan VanPelt, Mauricio R. Delgado Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, and Early Intervention 2023 01-28
Goal Attainment after Treatment with Abobotulinumtoxina and a Tailored Home Therapy Programme in Children with Upper Limb Spasticity: Descriptive, Exploratory Analysis of a Large Randomized, Controlled Study
Jorge Carranza-del Rio, Nigar Dursun, Cigdem Cekmece, Marcin Bonikowski, Weronika Pyrzanowska, Edward Dabrowski, Ann Tilton, Joyce Oleszek, Magali Volteau, Simon Page et al Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 2022 12-09
Improved Hand Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy with Repeat Doses of Group Based Hybrid Pediatric Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy
Heather Roberts, Angela Shierk, Arianne J. Alfonso, Paul Yeatts, Trey L. DeJong, Nancy J. Clegg, Deborah Baldwin, Mauricio R. Delgado Disabilities 2022 06-14
Constraint Induced Movement Therapy in Infants and Toddlers with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy: A Scoping Review
Casey Walker, Angela Shierk, Heather Roberts Occupational Therapy In Health Care 2022 01-03
Constraint Induced Movement Therapy Camp for Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy Augmented by Use of an Exoskeleton to Play Games in Virtual Reality
Heather Roberts, Angela Shierk, Nancy J. Clegg, Deborah Baldwin, Linsley Smith, Paul Yeatts, Mauricio R. Delgado Physical & Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics 2021 03-04
Development of a Pediatric Goal-Centered Upper Limb Spasticity Home Exercise Therapy Program for Use in a Phase-III Trial of Abobotulinumtoxina (Dysport)
Angela Shierk, Aura Cecilia Jimenez Moreno, Heather Roberts, Shirley Ackerman-Laufer, Gretchen Backer, Rachel Bard-Pondarre, Cigdem Cekmece, Weronika Pyrzanowska, Claire Vilain, Mauricio R. Delgado Physical and Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics 2019 03-04
Review of Therapeutic Interventions for the Upper Limb Classified by Manual Ability in Children with Cerebral Palsy
Amy Lake, Tara Haas, Angela Shierk Seminars in Plastic Surgery 2016 02-10
Evaluation of cortical plasticity in children with cerebral palsy undergoing constraint-induced movement therapy based on functional near-infrared spectroscopy
Jianwei Cao, Bilal Khan, Nathan Hervey, Fenghua Tian, Mauricio R. Delgado, Nancy J. Clegg, Linsley Smith, Heather Roberts, Kirsten Tulchin-Francis, Angela Shierk et al Journal of Biomedical Optics 2015 4-21

Honors & Awards

  • Accepted to Workshop in Implementation Science and Health Services Research (WISH) Grant Writing for Rehabilitation Researchers
  • Chancellor's Research Fellowship, Texas Woman's University
  • Transformative Practice Award, American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.
  • Best Scientific Poster, AACPDM 2016 Annual Meeting
  • Virginia Chandler Dykes Scholarship, Texas Woman's University
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Texas Woman's University
  • President of Pi Theta Epsilon, Occupational Therapy Honor Society
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors, Texas Woman's University

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Texas Occupational Therapy Association
  • World Occupational Therapy Federation