Susan Miale, PT, DPT, EdD

Susan Miale, PT, DPT, PCS

Susan Miale, PT, DPT, EdD

Director of Curriculum and Professional Development
Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Stony Brook University

Phone: 631-632-5132

Dr. Miale graduated from the University of Scranton with her Master of Physical Therapy degree in 2000.  She began her career at The Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University Medical Center where she gained experience in acute care, outpatient orthopedics, neurologic rehabilitation, and both inpatient and outpatient pediatrics.  Her devotion to treating children earned her two awards for both advanced clinical skills and assisting with overall departmental efficiency and management.  In 2006, Dr. Miale was hired by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she maintained the position of Physical Therapy Pediatric Specialist.  She initiated several new pediatrics programs, including the creation of a new screening tool for acute care pediatric oncology.  She was also responsible for all new employee orientation in the areas of pediatrics and airway clearance techniques. 

Dr. Miale received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2008 and is a Pediatric Certified Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 2007. She was hired as an adjunct faculty member in the DPT program at Stony Brook University in 2008 and became a core faculty member in 2011.  She received her Doctor of Education (EdD) degree from the University of St. Augustine in 2019.  Dr. Miale has given lectures and in-services across the country on physical therapy intervention for children with cancer and served as the Chair of the Pediatric Oncology Special Interest Group in the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy of the APTA for four years (2014 – 2018). She also served on the APTA EDGE (Evidence Database to Guide Effectiveness) Task Force to review outcome measures in terms of clinical utility and psychometric properties. She completed two reviews for patients with breast cancer and led an EDGE Task Force to review outcome measures specific to pain in children with cancer. Dr. Miale is also one of the founding members of ACAPT's Simulation in Physical Therapy Education Consortium where she currently serves as the Director-at-Large.

Dr. Miale’s teaching responsibilities in the DPT program include Foundations of Patient Care and Growth and Development across the Lifespan on the Southampton campus, and Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy I and II on both the Stony Brook and Southampton campuses.  Dr. Miale plans to continue her scholarly agenda in educational research in the area of classroom-based simulation in physical therapy education.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Miale, S., Silbernman, N., & Kupczunski, L. (2021) Classroom-based simulation: Participants and observers perceive high psychological fidelity and improved clinical preparedness. JOPTE, 35 (3), 210-217.

Miale S, Harrington S, Brown K, Braswell A, Cannoy J, Krisch N, Rock KE. (2019) Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy EDGE task force on cancer: A systematic review of outcome measures for pain in children. Rehabil Oncol. 37, 47-54.

O’Mara K. & Miale S. (2016)  Establishing guidelines for safe and effective treatment of pediatric sarcoma survivors: A mission of the Pediatric Oncology Special Interest Group. Rehabil Oncol. 34(3), 117-119.

Harrington S, Miale S, Ebaugh D. (2015) Breast Cancer EDGE Task Force Outcomes: Clinical measures of health related quality of life. Rehabil Oncol. 33(1):5-17.

Harrington S, Michener LA, Kendig T, Miale S, George SZ. (2014) Patient-reported shoulder outcome measures used in breast cancer survivors: A systematic review.  Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 95(1):153-162.

Miale S, Stimler L, Riedel ER. (2013) Using a simple screening tool to enhance awareness and utilization of rehabilitation services for pediatric oncology patients in the acute care setting. Rehabil Oncol. 31(2):6-10.

Miale S, Harrington S, Kendig T. (2013) Oncology Section Task Force on Breast Cancer Outcomes:  Clinical measures of upper extremity function. Rehabil Oncol. 31(1):27-34.

Kasven-Gonzalez N, Souverain R, Miale S. (2010) Improving quality of life through rehabilitation in palliative care: case report. Palliative and Supportive Care. 8:359-369.

Peer-Reviewed Presentations

Miale, S., Folger, A., & Krisch, N. (2023, Feb - Accepted). Uniting sound pedagogy and clinical authenticity in simulation: educator and clinical specialist collaboration. Education session at APTA CSM, San Diego, CA.

Miale, S. & Krisch, N. (2022, Oct). Keepin' it real - Maximizing fidelity for high-quality simulations in the classroom. Educational session at ELC, Milwaukee, WI.

Silberman, N., Cunningham, J., Gorman, S. L., Kiami, S. R., Miale, S., Pearce, T. S., Rucker, J. (2021) Enhance your simulation skills: learning to debrief with the advocacy-inquiry model. Educational Session at ACAPT ELC, Atlanta, GA.

Miale S, Harrington S, Brown K, O’Mara K, Braswell A, Cannoy J, Krisch N. (2018) Oncology Section EDGE Task Force: Clinical measures of pain for the pediatric population. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA. Platform Presentation. 

Krisch N, Miale S. (2018) Optimizing low-fidelity simulation as a teaching strategy for acute care evaluation and treatment prior to clinical internships. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA. Poster Presentation. 

Miale S, Brown K, DaSilva E. (2017) Transitioning the child with cancer back to school:  What do I need to know?  APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Antonio, TX. Education Session.

Miale S, Varedi M, McKenna R. (2015) The role of rehabilitation and wellness in pediatric cancer survivors. Converging Sciences Summit, Stony Brook, NY.  Breakout Session. 

Smith S, Squillace M, Miale S, Brittelli J. (2015) VENTure Think Tank: Policy and technology innovation for ventilator users. Converging Sciences Summit, Stony Brook, NY. Breakout Session. 

Miale S, Tanner L, Souverain RL. (2015) Pediatric oncology rehabilitation program development.  APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.  Education Session. 

Miale S, McKenna R.  (October 2014) The role of physical therapy across the patient care continuum in pediatric oncology. American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Conference, Toronto, CA. Pre-Conference Instructional Course. 

Miale S, Souverain R. (2014) Changing the culture in acute care pediatric oncology using a simple rehabilitation screening tool.  APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.  Professional Poster. 

Fisher M, Morris GS, Miale S. (2014) Oncology Section EDGE Task Force on Breast Cancer Outcomes: Clinical measures of strength, endurance, and quality of life in individuals treated for breast cancer - A review of available assessment and outcome measures and their psychometric properties. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.  Education Session.

Davies C, Fisher MI, Harrington S, Kendig T, Levangie PK, Miale S, Perdomo M, Sebelski C. (2012) Oncology Section Task Force on Breast Cancer Outcomes: Clinical measures of upper extremity function. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL. Educational Session.

Miale S. (2011) Improving the quality of life of children with cancer. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA.  Educational Session.