Cheryl Anderson

Contributing Faculty
College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
Ph.D. Health Services

Dr. Cheryl L. Anderson’s formal training is in physical therapy and health care management and leadership. Dr. Anderson earned a BA in physical therapy; MBA; and PhD in Health Services Management with a concentration in Health Policy. She spent more than 30 years in various leadership roles in the long term care industry as a rehabilitation consultant; a short time as a VA Medical Center research coordinator; and later as a health plan executive for a Medicaid health plan. She moved to adjunct faculty work in 2006.

Dr. Anderson is a Senior Contributing Faculty for Walden University. She teaches courses in the PhD in Health Services and DHA program with a focus on research theory and qualitative research. She has doctoral mentees in the PhD in Health Services; PhD in Public Health; and DHA programs for Walden. Dr. Anderson served on the Curriculum Approval Program committee for a number of years and currently is a research grant reviewer at Walden.

Dr. Anderson’s research interests include physical rehabilitation, health promotion, long term care, older adult and geriatric care, health care leadership, health plans, and health policy. She has published many articles in peer reviewed journals; written chapters for textbooks; and presented at national conferences. In 2017, she was recognized by Walden University with the Faculty Excellence of the Year Award.

Courses Taught

RSCH 8301 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

DDHA 8500 - Health Care Leadership


PhD, Walden University

MBA, University of St Thomas

BA, College of St Scholastica

GCS, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists

Public Service

Lakes Area Quilt Guild, Chair - Alexandria

Awards / Honors

Faculty Excellence Award, Walden, 2017

Service Award - Board of Directors, , 2006

Service Award - Section Secretary, , 2005


Anderson, C., James, W. (2016). Analysis of the Community Benefit Standard in Texas Hospitals. Journal of healthcare Management

Packel, L. B., Prehn, A. W., Anderson, C., Fisher, P. L. (2015). Factors influencing physical activity behaviors in colorectal cancer survivors. American journal of health promotion

Fai, E., Anderson, C., Ferreros, A. V. (2017). Role of Attitudes and Intentions in Predicting Adherence to Oral Diabetes Medications. Endocrine Connections

Anderson, C., Emmanuel, F. (2017). Roles of attitudes and intentions in predicting adherence to oral diabetes medications. Endocrine Connections


Anderson, C. (2019). T-DPT Graduate Perceptions Regarding the Clinical Value of an Online Degree. MN American Physical Therapy Association

Packel, L., Anderson, C., Prehn, A. W., Fisher, P. L. (2014). Factors Influencing Physical Activity Behaviors in Colorectal Cancer Survivors. American Cancer Society

Hamdan, Z., Anderson, C., Kuo, W. (2018). Infertility Perception Among Arab Women in Michigan. American Public Health Association (APHA)

Anderson, C. (2016). Lived experience of women from the Obi community in Nigeria on Female Genital Mutilation. American Public Health Association

Anderson, C. (2019). T-DPT Graduate Perceptions Regarding the Clinical Value of an Online Degree. MN American Physical Therapy Association