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Susan Miale, PT, DPT

Susan Miale, PT, DPT, PCS

Susan Miale, PT, DPT

Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Stony Brook University

Phone: 631-632-5132
Email: susan.miale@stonybrook.edu

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).  She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education (EdD) program at the University of St. Augustine.  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 Oncology Section of the APTA for four years (2014 – 2018).  She also serves 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 is currently leading an EDGE Task Force to review outcome measures specific to pain in children with cancer. 

Dr. Miale teaches Principles of Inpatient Care, Growth and Development across the Lifespan, and coordinates Case Studies I on the Southampton campus, and teaches Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation on both the Stony Brook and Southampton campuses in the DPT curriculum.  After the completion of her EdD, she hopes to engage in educational research in the area of low-fidelity simulation in physical therapy education.

Peer Reviewed Publications

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.  Rehabilitation Oncology, 34(3), 117-119.

Harrington S, Miale S, Ebaugh D.  Breast Cancer EDGE Task Force Outcomes: Clinical Measures of Health Related Quality of Life.  Rehabilitation Oncology.  2015;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. Rehabilitation Oncology. 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.  Rehabilitation Oncology. 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. (2018, Feb.) Oncology Section EDGE Task Force: Clinical measures of pain for the pediatric population. Platform presentation, APTA CSM, New Orleans, LA.

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

Miale S, Brown K, DaSilva E.  (2017, Feb.)  Transitioning the Child with Cancer Back to School:  What do I need to know?  APTA CSM, San Antonio, TX.  Education Session. 

Miale S, Souverain R. (2014) Changing the Culture in Acute Care Pediatric Oncology Using a Simple Rehabilitation Screening Tool. Poster presentation at APTA CSM, Las Vegas, NV.

Morris S, Drouin J, Fisher M, 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.  Education Session at APTA CSM, Las Vegas.

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.  American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL. Educational Session.

Miale S. (2011) Improving the Quality of Life of Children with Cancer. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA.  Educational Session.