Dr. Shawn Farrokhi

Dr. Shawn Farrokhi

Professor, Chair, Physical Therapy
Office Location: Building 9401, Rinker Campus Rinker Health Science Campus 260
Office Hours: By Appointment Only
Phone: (714) 744-7906
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Pepperdine University, Bachelor of Science
University of Pittsburgh, Master of Science
University of Southern California, Ph.D.
University of Southern California, Doctor of Physical Therapy


Dr. Shawn Farrokhi is the department Chair and Professor of Physical Therapy who joined the Chapman faculty in the Summer of 2023.  With more than 20 years of combined experience in academia, clinical research, and patient care, Dr. Farrokhi offers a unique perspective towards advancing the field of musculoskeletal rehabilitation. While on faculty at the University Pittsburgh, Dr. Farrokhi received a K12 Career Development award that allowed him to complete a Master of Science degree in Clinical Research, which included advance training and relevant experience in the design and implementation of epidemiological studies and clinical trials to better understand the underlying mechanisms and appropriate treatment options for the management of musculoskeletal conditions. Using his training and previous research experience, Dr. Farrokhi has established a sustainable research program aimed at better understanding the risk factors and effective intervention strategies for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions in civilian and military patient populations. 

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications 

Pontillo M, Gunterstockman BM, Mauntel TC, Farrokhi S. The Association between Kinesiophobia and Functional Limitations in Service Members with Knee Pain. Musculoskelet. Sci. Pract. 2023; (In Press). 

Gunterstockman BM, Russell Esposito E, Yoder A, Smith C, Farrokhi S. Weight Changes in Young Service Members After Lower Limb Amputation: Insights From Group-Based Trajectory Modeling. Mil. Med. 2023; (In Press). 

Highsmith MJ, Farrokhi S, Mayer JM. Technical Note: What Exercises are Appropriate for Management of Back Pain in Persons with Lower Limb Amputation? Technol. Innov. 2023; (In Press). 

Lee SP, Farrokhi S, Kent J, Ciccotelli J, Chien LC, Smith JA. Comparison of Clinical and Biomechanical Characteristics between Individuals with Lower Limb Amputation with and without Lower Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J. Biomech. 2022; (In Press).  

Gunterstockman BM, Knight AD, Mahon CE, Childers WL, Cagle T, Hendershot BD, Farrokhi S. Relationship between phantom limb pain, function, and psychosocial health in individuals with lower limb loss. Prosthet Orthot Int. 2023; 47(2):181-188. 

Kerns RD, Burgess DJ, Coleman BC, Cook CE, Farrokhi S, Fritz JM, Goertz C, Heapy A, Lisi AJ, Rhon DI, Vining R. Chronic Pain Self-Management: Psychologically Guided Core Competencies for Providers. Pain Med. 2022; 23(11):1815-9. 

Cancio JM, Eskridge S, Shannon K, Orr A, Mazzone B, Farrokhi S. Development of Overuse Musculoskeletal Conditions after Combat-Related Upper Limb Amputation: A Retrospective Cohort Study. J Hand Ther. 2022; 36(1):66-73. 

Butowicz CM, Yoder AJ, Farrokhi S, Mazzone B, Hendershot BD. Low Back Pain Influences Lumbar-Lower Limb Joint Coordination and Balance Control during Standing in Persons with Lower Limb Loss. Clin Biomech. 2022; 92:105580. 

Russell Esposito E, Farrokhi S, Shuman BR, Sessoms PH, Szymanek E, Hoppes CW, Halle R, Bechard L, King D, Fraser JJ. Uneven treadmill training for rehabilitation of lateral ankle sprains and chronic ankle instability: a pragmatic randomized controlled trial. JMIR Res. Protoc. 2022; 11(6):e38442. 

Rhon DI, Fritz JM, Kerns RD, McGeary DD, Coleman BC, Farrokhi S, Burgess D, Goertz C, Taylor S, Hoffman T. TIDieR-Telehealth: Precision in Reporting of Telehealth Interventions used in Clinical Trials - Unique considerations for the Template for the Intervention Description and Replication (TIDieR) Checklist. BMC Med. Res. Methodol. 2022; 22(1): 1-11. 

Dubuc YZ, Mazzone B, Yoder AJ, Russell-Esposito E, Kang TH, Loh KJ, Farrokhi S. Ankle Sprain Bracing Solutions and Future Design Consideration for Civilian and Military Use. Expert Rev. Med. Devices. 2022; 19(2):113-22. 

Ali J, Antonelli M, Bastian L, Becker W, Brandt CA, Burgess DJ, Burns A, Cohen SP, Davis AF, Dearth CL, Dziura J, Edwards R, Erdos J, Farrokhi S, Fritz J, Geda M, George SZ, Goertz C, Goodie J, Hastings SN, Heapy A, Ilfeld BM, Katsovich L, Kerns RD, Kyriakides TC, Lee A, Long CR, Luther SL, Martino S, Matheny ME, McGeary D, Midboe A, Pasquina P, Peduzzi P, Raffanello M, Rhon D, Rosen M, Esposito ER, Scarton D, Hastings SN, Seal K, Silliker N, Taylor S, Taylor SL, Tsui M, Wright FS, Zeliadt S. Optimizing the Impact of Pragmatic Clinical Trials for Veteran and Military Populations: Lessons From the Pain Management Collaboratory. Mil Med. 2022; 187(7-8):179-85. 

Mazzone B, Yoder AJ, Condon R, Farrokhi S. Clinical Application of Foot Strike Run Retraining for Service Members with Chronic Knee Pain. BMJ Mil Health. 2022; 168(4):303-7. 

Yoder AJ, Petrella AJ, Farrokhi S. Sensitivity of a Subject-Specific Ankle Sprain Simulation to Extrinsic versus Intrinsic Biomechanical Factors. Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. 2021; 9:765331. 

Butowicz CM, Yoder AJ, Farrokhi S, Mazzone B, Hendershot BD. Lower limb joint-specific contributions to standing postural sway in persons with unilateral lower limb loss. Gait & posture. 2021; 89:109-14. 

Watrous J, McCabe CT, Moran G, Mazzone M, Farrokhi S, Eskridge S, Hendershot BD, Galarneau M. The Relationships Between Self-Reported Pain Intensity, Pain Interference, and Quality of Life Among Injured U.S. Service Members With and Without Low Back Pain. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2021; 7: 1-11. 

Gustafson JA, Elias JJ, Fitzgerald GK, Tashman S, Debski RE, Farrokhi S. Combining advanced computational and imaging techniques as a quantitative tool to estimate patellofemoral joint stress during downhill gait: A feasibility study. Gait & Posture. 2021; 84:31-7. 

Fritz JM, Davis AF, Burgess DJ, Coleman B, Cook C, Farrokhi S, Goertz C, Heapy A, Lisi AJ, McGeary DD, Rhon DI, Taylor SL, Zeliadt S, Kerns RD. Pivoting to Virtual Delivery for Managing Chronic Pain with Nonpharmacological Treatments – Implications for Pragmatic Research. Pain. 2021; 162(6):1591-6.   

Ho K, Chen Y, Farrokhi S, Tsai L, Liao T, Haas N, Powers C.M. Selective atrophy of the vastus medialis: Does it exist in females with patellofemoral pain? Am J Sports Med. 2021; 49(3):700-5.