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.
PhD, Walden University
MBA, University of St Thomas
BA, College of St Scholastica
Lakes Area Quilt Guild, Chair - Alexandria, MN United States
Awards / Honors
Faculty Excellence Award, Walden, 2017
Service Award - Board of Directors, 2006
Service Award - Section Secretary, 2005
Anderson, C. L., James, W. (2016). Analysis of the Community Benefit Standard in Texas Hospitals. Journal of healthcare Management.
Packel, L. B., Prehn, A. W., Anderson, C. L., 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. L., Emmanuel, F. (2017). Roles of attitudes and intentions in predicting adherence to oral diabetes medications. Endocrine Connections.
Packel, L., Anderson, C. L., Prehn, A. W., Fisher, P. L. (2014). Factors Influencing Physical Activity Behaviors in Colorectal Cancer Survivors. American Cancer Society.
Hamdan, Z., Anderson, C. L., Kuo, W. (2018). Infertility Perception Among Arab Women in Michigan. American Public Health Association (APHA).
Anderson, C. L. (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.