Andrea Mierau, DPT, Ed.D.

Andrea Mierau, DPT, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy; Program Director of DPT Clinical Education

School of Health Professions


Ed.D. in Health Professions Education, 2023, A.T. Still University; Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2012, St. Catherine University; B.A. in Biology, 2009, Luther College


Dr. Andrea Mierau earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree at St. Catherine University in Minnesota. Mierau completed an Ed.D. in healthcare professions education at A.T. Still University (ATSU) in Missouri. Mierau’s scholarly interests include investigating factors contributing to successful clinical education experiences, including teaching and learning practices, professional behavior, quality of life and the self-efficacy and empathy of DPT students and clinical instructors. Mierau’s clinical interests include central and peripheral vestibular disorders, concussion, Parkinson’s disease, balance disorders, migraine and cervical spine dysfunction.


Mierau is a certified advanced vestibular physical therapist as well as a certified LSVT BIG therapist. She also has credentials as a hybrid teaching and learning educator. Mierau serves as the chair of the Abstract of the Week Committee in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) vestibular special interest group and continues to practice once a month treating clients with vestibular, balance and post-concussion impairments. Mierau’s teaching responsibilities include professional competencies, clinical education and neuromuscular rehabilitation courses in the DPT curriculum. Mierau is passionate about helping students increase academic and clinical self-efficacy through self-reflection, meta-cognitive activities, relating personal experiences to learning and becoming lifelong learners.


Mierau lives in Minnesota with her husband, son and daughter. In her downtime, she is often reading a good book, spends time outside, cheers the kids on at baseball, basketball, cheerleading and gymnastics events, serves on the church council and enjoys time with friends and family.