Shaw Bronner PT, PhD, OCS earned her PhD at Rutgers University (formerly UMDNJ). Dr. Bronner is Director of the ADAM Center, where she and her team conduct research focused on dancers. Dr. Bronner also directs Physical Therapy Services at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, in New York, where she created and coordinates the in-house program for the two companies and over 5,000 students annually. Her research on the Ailey program was able to demonstrate that an in-house program with emphasis on prevention and timely treatment reduces injuries, time loss, and is cost effective. In addition, Dr. Bronner is a visiting professor at Yale University, conducting brain imaging on motor behavior.
Dr. Bronner has published over 100 articles and abstracts on biomechanics, dance, orthopaedics, and neuroscience and presents frequently at national and international forums. Some of her research has included analysis of forces in tap dance, differences between sneakers in hip hop dance, and optimization theory in motor learning in dancers.
Dr. Bronner is on the editorial board of Medical Problems of Performing Artists and Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, Medical Task Force of Dance/USA, advisory board of Dance Teacher Magazine, and is a manuscript and abstract reviewer for 17 journals and professional organizations. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Orthopaedic Section, Neurology Section, New York State Physical Therapy Association, International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and Society for Neuroscience. She previously served as Performing Arts Special Interest Group (PASIG) Secretary, Research Committee Chair, and Nominating Committee Chair.
Dr. Bronner uses a neuro-orthopaedic physical therapy treatment model incorporating the principles of motor learning and motor control combined with manual therapy. As a specialist in dance medicine, she has worked with dancers for over 20 years. This expertise benefits all her patients, from the athlete to those with neurologic problems to emphasize optimal functional outcomes.