M'Lisa Shelden, PT, PhD

M'Lisa is the Director of the Family, Infant and Preschool Program (FIPP) at the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center in Morganton, North Carolina. Prior to assuming the Directorship at FIPP, M'Lisa was on faculty in the Department of Rehabilitation Science, College of Allied Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) in Oklahoma City. M'Lisa is a Graduate Fellow of the ZERO TO THREE National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families. She is former chair of the Practice Committee, Section of Pediatrics, American Physical Therapy Association. M'Lisa currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Early Intervention and has co-authored several articles related to early intervention teamwork and a chapter related to physical therapy personnel preparation and service delivery. She co-authored a book entitled, Physical Therapy under IDEA. M'Lisa presents nationally on topics related to motor learning, transition, inclusion, evaluation and assessment, primary service provider as coach, and supporting children and families in natural environments. She is co-author of the book, Coaching Families and Colleagues in Early Childhood published in 2005.

M'Lisa's natural settings include hanging out at home with her husband, W.C., and their two boys, Will (age 9) and Sam (age 7); participating in activities at school; exercising regularly by walking the hilly golf cart paths behind her home; traveling with family especially to Florida Gulf beaches; dining out with family; and working in her office at FIPP.