Tyler Cuddeford

Tyler Cuddeford, PT, PhD

Director and Associate Professor

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program



Tyler Cuddeford serves as director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program after working as a physical therapist, instructor and business owner. During his five-year stint as a researcher at Nike, Cuddeford helped develop innovative products, including the Nike Shox and Nike Air Shox shoes. His doctorate in physical therapy (with an emphasis in biomechanics) and background as a physical therapist were instrumental in helping Nike develop products that didn’t cause injuries to the sporting goods manufacturer’s high-profile athletes, among them Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.

Cuddeford, who holds a PhD in physical therapy from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in physical therapy from Pacific University, also worked as a graduate assistant instructor in Iowa’s physical therapy program from 1996 to 2000.