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Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD

Core Faculty


Associate Professor

(303) 724-9170

jennifer.stevens-lapsley@ucdenver.edu

CUMuscle Performance Laboratory (MPL)

Professional Qualifications

Education

University of Florida, Gainesville, Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2005

University of Delaware, Newark, DE, PhD, in Biomechanics, 2002

University of Delaware, Newark, DE, MS, in Physical Therapy, 1998

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, BA in Biology, 1995

Licensure Information/Registration Number

Colorado #9104

Curriculum Vitae

 Teaching Responsibilities

Fall Semester

DPTR 6612 Patient Care Seminar II
DPTR 7751 Health Promotion (course liaison)

Spring Semester

DPTR 7613 Patient Care Seminar III

Summer Semester

DPTR 7112 Applied Exercise Science
DPTR 7604 Scientific Inquiry IV
DPTR 7212 Elective: International Cross Cultural Collaboration
DPTR 5111 Exercise Science (course liaison)

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 Research and Scholarship Interests

Funded Activity

Stevens-Lapsley JE (PI). Progressive Rehabilitation for Total Knee Arthroplasty NIH R01-HD065900 August 2011-May 2016 ($2,469,362). The major goal of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of a more intensive rehabilitation program compared to traditional rehabilitation after total knee arthroplasty.

Stevens-Lapsley JE (PI), Kohrt (Mentor); Schenkman M (Mentoring Team) Early NMES to improve quadriceps muscle function after total knee arthroplasty. NIH K23-AG029978. October 2008-September 2013 ($716,144). The major goal of this project is to provide career development training in geriatric clinical research through investigation of the effectiveness of NMES in older adults after TKA.

Stevens-Lapsley JE (PI). Improving Activity, Participation and Function after Acute Hospitalization in Older Adults. Nov 2012-Oct 2013. The purpose of this study is to determine if a progressive multi-component intervention, initiated upon discharge from an acute care hospital, improves gait speed at the end of one 60-day episode of care, more than documented usual care physical therapy.

Stevens-Lapsley JE (PI). Functional outcomes following minimally invasive total knee arthroplasty. NIH R03-AR054538. March 2008-March 2012. ($150,000). The major goals of this project determine whether minimally invasive total knee arthroplasty improves functional outcomes when compared with traditional TKA.

Stevens-Lapsley JE (Co-PI), Christiansen C (Co-PI). Limb Loading Asymmetry with Total Knee Arthroplasty. Bob Doctor Memorial Research Award 1/09-6/10 ($8,000). The major goals of this pilot study are to 1) examine the presence of lower limb loading asymmetry during and 2) examine the relationship between limb loading asymmetry and both functional mobility and muscle strength.

Schenkman M (PI), Carollo JJ, Christiansen CL, Davidson BS, Maluf KS, Solomonow M, Stevens-Lapsley J (co-investigators). Interdisciplinary Movement Science Laboratory. Sept 2008-August 2011. Academic Enrichment Fund New Strategic Research Initiative, School of Medicine. University of Colorado Denver.

Stevens-Lapsley JE (PI) Empi Electrotherapy Research Program. NMES after Total Knee Arthroplasty to Improve Muscle Function. March 2009-February 2010 ($50,000). The major goal of this project is to expand upon preliminary results using neuromuscular electrical stimulation acutely after total knee arthroplasty.

Stevens-Lapsley JE (PI). Optimizing lower extremity muscle function after total knee arthroplasty. American College of Rheumatology New Investigator Award. July 2007-June 2009. ($100,000). The goal of this study is to investigate quadriceps force and reflex inhibition after TKA and explore rehabilitation strategies to minimize these deficits after TKA.

Stevens-Lapsley JE (PI). Quadriceps muscle function after minimally invasive total knee arthroplasty. Arthritis Foundation New Investigator Award. July 2008-October 2012. ($100,000). The goal of this study is to determine if minimally invasive TKA improves quadriceps muscle force production, activation, and muscle mass compared to traditional TKA.

Stevens JE (PI). NMES after total knee arthroplasty to counter quadriceps muscle activation deficits. Foundation for Physical Therapy Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge Grant. March 2007-June 2008. ($40,000). The aim of this pilot study was to test the safety, feasibility, and optimal parameters for use of NMES immediately after TKA for improving quadriceps muscle strength.

Stevens J (PI). Early NMES for quadriceps muscle activation deficits following total knee replacement. GCRC Pilot and Feasibility Grant. March 2006-March 2007. ($18,000). The aim of this pilot study is to test the safety and feasibility of using NMES use acutely after TKA to maintain quadriceps muscle strength.

Mentored Grants

Paxton R. Stevens-Lapsley JE. (Mentor); Christiansen C (Co-Mentor); Schwartz RS (PI). T32 pre-doctoral training award; Center Aging Training Grant T32-AG000279; Sept 2013-August 2015. Collaborative-care Intervention to Promote Physical Activity After Total Knee Arthroplasty. This award provides salary support for Roger Paxton’s Post-doc training focused on physical activity interventions in older adult populations. Grant awarded to trainees based on a competitive application process.

Kittelson A. Stevens-Lapsley JE. (Mentor); Maluf K (Co-Mentor); Schwartz RS (PI). T32 pre-doctoral training award; Center Aging Training Grant T32-AG000279; May 2012-April 2013. Determination of pain phenotypes in older adults with knee osteoarthritis. This award provides salary support for Andrew Kittelson’s PhD training focused on identifying subgroups of patients with knee OA. Grant awarded to trainees based on a competitive application process.

Andrew Kittelson, Stevens-Lapsley JE (Mentor). Adopt-A-Doc Award from the American Physical Therapy Association Geriatrics Section; 2013.

Judd D. Stevens-Lapsley JE. (Mentor); Schenkman (Co-Mentor); Schwartz RS (PI). T32 pre-doctoral training award; Center Aging Training Grant T32-AG000279; July 2012-April 2013. Multicomponent Rehabilitation after Total Hip Arthroplasty. This award provides salary support for Dana Judd’s s PhD training focused on rehabilitation outcomes after total hip arthroplasty. Grant awarded to trainees based on a competitive application process.

Christiansen CL (PI), Stevens-Lapsley JE (Mentor). Improving Function after Total Knee Arthroplasty with Weight-Bearing Biofeedback. Foundation for Physical Therapy Research Grant 1/11-12/12 ($40,000). The major goals of this pilot study are to: 1) determine effects of the weight-bearing biofeedback intervention on WB asymmetry during sit-stand transitions and walking, 2) determine effects of the weight-bearing biofeedback intervention on functional activity performance, and 3) determine safety of the weight-bearing biofeedback intervention.

Judd, Dana, Stevens-Lapsley JE. (Mentor) ACR REF/Abbott Health Professional Graduate Student Research Preceptorship ($3,500 to student; $2,500 to preceptor). May 2010-April 2011. The goal of this award is to introduce students to rheumatology-related health care by partially supporting full-time research. This study will evaluate whether adults with total hip arthroplasty have post-operative deficits in strength of the surgical lower extremity, postural control, and functional performance compared to healthy, age-matched counterparts.

Bade, Michael, Stevens-Lapsley JE. (Mentor) ACR REF/Abbott Health Professional Graduate Student Research Preceptorship ($3,500 to student; $2,500 to preceptor). May 2009-April 2010. The goal of this award is to introduce students to rheumatology-related health care by partially supporting full-time research. This project is specifically focused on assessing the initial efficacy of a progressive rehabilitation program compared to a standard rehabilitation program after TKA.

Bade, Michael, Stevens-Lapsley JE. (Mentor); Schwartz RS (PI). T32 pre-doctoral training award; Center Aging Training Grant T32-AG000279; May 2010-April 2012. Improving Strength and Function after Total Knee Arthroplasty. This award provides salary support for Michael Bade’s PhD training focused on rehabilitation outcomes after total knee arthroplasty. Grant awarded to trainees based on a competitive application process.

Thomas, Abbey. Stevens-Lapsley JE. (Mentor); Schwartz RS (PI). T32 pre-doctoral training award; Center Aging Training Grant T32-AG000279; May 2011-April 2012. Muscle Strength and Function Before and After Joint Replacement Surgery. This award provides salary support for Abbey Thomas for work focused on mechanisms for quadriceps muscle activation deficits after total knee arthroplasty. Grant awarded to trainees based on a competitive application process.

Bade, Michael. Stevens-Lapsley JE (Mentor). Adopt-A-Doc Award from the American Physical Therapy Association Geriatrics Section; 2010-2011.

Judd, Dana, Stevens-Lapsley JE (Mentor). Adopt-A-Doc Award from the American Physical Therapy Association Geriatrics Section; 2012.

Bade, Michael. Stevens-Lapsley JE (Mentor). Foundation for Physical Therapy Promotion of Doctoral Studies Level I. Pre-doctoral Training Grant ($15.000), 2012

Bade, Michael. Stevens-Lapsley JE (Mentor). Foundation for Physical Therapy Promotion of Doctoral Studies Level I. Pre-doctoral Training Grant ($7,500), 2010.

Bade, Michael. Stevens-Lapsley JE (Mentor). Foundation for Physical Therapy Florence Kendall Doctoral Scholarship, 2008.

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 Publications (within the last five years)

Peer Reviewed Publications

Judd DL, Dennis DA, Thomas AC, Wolfe P, Dayton MR, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Muscle Strength and Functional Recovery During the First Year after THA. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 Feb;472(2):654-64.

Bade MJ,Kittelson AJ, Kohrt WM, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Predicting Functional Performance and Range of Motion Outcomes After Total Knee Arthroplasty. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Feb 6.[Epub ahead of print]

Judd DL, Thomas AC, Dayton MR, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Strength and functional deficits in individulas with hip osteoarthritis compared to healthy, older adults. Disabil Rehabil. 2014;36(4)307-12.

Kittelson AJ, George SZ, Maluf KS, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Future Directions in Painful Knee Osteoarthritis:Harnessing Complexity in a Heterogeneous Population. Phys Ther. 2013 Dec 20. [Epub ahead of print] 

Kittelson A, Stackhouse S, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation after total joint arthroplasty: a critical review of recent controlled studies. Euro J Phys Rehabil Med. 2013 Dec;49(6)909-20.

Davidson BS, Judd DL, Thomas AC, Mizner RL, Eckhoff DG, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Muscle activation and coactivation during five-time-sit-to-stand movement in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty: Clinical Biomechanics: 2013 Dec;23(6):1485-93.

Struessel T, Balter JE, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Does Delay in Total Knee Arthroplasty Impact Performance? A Case-Based Illustration. Journal of Knee Surgery. J Knee Surg. 2013 Dec;26 Suppl 1:S081-8.

Winters JD, Christiansen CL, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Preliminary Investigation of Rate of Torque Development Deficits Following TKA, Knee. 2013 Oct 23..

Bade MJ, Kittelson J, Kohrt WM, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Relationship between Preoperative, Acute and Long-term Outcomes After Total Knee Arthroplasty. In Press: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Robinson TN, Wu DS, Sauaia A, Dunn CL, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Moss M, Stiegmann GV, Gajdos C, Cleveland JC Jr, Inouye SK. Slower Walking Speed Forecasts Increased Postoperative Morbidity and 1-Year Mortality across Surgical Specialties. Ann Surg. 2013 Oct;258(4):582-90.

Hoogeboom TJ, van Meeteren NL, Kim RH, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Linear and Curvilinear Relationship between Knee Range of Motion and Physical Functioning in People with Knee Osteoarthritis: A Cross-Sectional Study. PLoS One. 2013 Sep 26;8(9):e76173.

Dinkins E, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Management of symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome with use of a traction straight leg raise: A preliminary case series.Manual Therapy.2013 Aug;18(4):299-302.2013 Aug;18(4):299-302.

Dayton MR, Bade MJ, Muratore T, Shulman BC, Kohrt WM, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Minimally Invasive Total Knee Arthroplasty: Surgical Implications for Recovery. Journal of Knee Surgery: J Knee Surg. 2013 Jun;26(3):195-201.

Thomas AC, Judd DL, Davidson BS, Eckhoff DG, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Quadriceps/Hamstrings Co-Activation Increases Early After Total Knee Arthroplasty. Gait and Posture: 2013 May 9.

Christiansen CL, Bade MJ, Weitzenkamp DA, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Factors predicting weight-bearing asymmetry 1 month after unilateral total knee arthroplasty: a cross-sectional study. Gait Posture. 2013; 37:363-367.

Marmon A, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Snyder-Mackler L. Single step test for unilateral limb function following total knee arthroplasty. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy: 2013 Feb;43(2):66-73.

Stevens-Lapsley JE, Thomas AC, Hedgecock JB, Kluger BM. Corticospinal and Intracortical Excitability of the Quadriceps in Active Older and Younger Healthy Adults. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2013 Jan-Feb;56(1):279-84

Bade MJ, Shulman BC, Kohrt WM, Dayton MR. Minimally Invasive Total Knee Arthroplasty Improves Early Knee Strength but Not Functional Performance: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Arthroplasty. 2012 Dec;27(10):1812-1819.

Bade MJ, Wolfe P, Zeni JA, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Snyder-Mackler L. Predicting Poor Physical Performance after Total Knee Arthroplasty. In Press: Journal of Orthopaedic Research.

Struessel T, Balter JE, Stevens-Lapsley JE. A Case Report Illustrating the Impact of Delayed Total Knee Arthroplasty on Post-operative Muscle Strength and Functional Performance. In Press: Journal of Knee Surgery.

Bade MJ, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Restoration of physical function in patients following total knee arthroplasty: an update on rehabilitation practices. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2012 Jan 13. [Epub ahead of print]

Stevens-Lapsley JE, Kluger BM, Schenkman M. Quadriceps Muscle Weakness, Activation Deficits and Fatigue with Parkinson’s Disease. Journal of Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2011 Dec 2. [Epub ahead of print].

Stevens-Lapsley JE, Bade MJ, Shulman BC, Kohrt WM, Dayton MR. Minimally Invasive Total Knee Arthroplasty Improves Early Knee Strength but Not Functional Performance: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Arthroplasty. 2012 Mar 27. [Epub ahead of print].

Thomas AC, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Importance of Attenuating Quadriceps Activation Deficits After Total Knee Arthroplasty. Exercise and Sport Science Reviews. 2012 Apr;40(2):95-101.

Bauer M, Wang L, Onibonoje OK, Parrett C, Sessler DI, Mounier-Soliman L, Zaky S, Krebs V, Buller LT, Donohue MC, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Ilfeld BM. Continuous femoral nerve blocks: relative effects of local anesthetic dose, concentration and volume. Anesthesiology 2012; 116: 665-72.

Judd DL, Eckhoff DG, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Muscle Strength Loss in the Lower Extremity Following Total Knee Arthroplasty. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2012 Mar;91(3):220-6.

Bade MJ, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Early High Intensity Rehabilitation Following Total Knee Arthroplasty Improves Outcomes. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2011;41(12):932-41.

Kittelson A, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Using Walking Speed in Clinical Practice: Patients with Total Joint Replacement. In Press: Topics in Geriatrics.

Stevens-Lapsley JE, Balter JE, Wolfe P, Eckhoff DG, Kohrt WM. Early Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation to Improve Quadriceps Muscle Strength after Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Randomized Controlled Trial. In Press: Physical Therapy Journal. Feb 2012; 92 (2); 2011 Nov 1 [Epub ahead of print]

Christiansen CL, Bade MJ, Judd DL, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Weight-Bearing Asymmetry During Sit-Stand Transitions Related to Impairment and Functional Mobility After Total Knee Arthroplasty. Oct 2011; 92(10), 1624-9.

Stevens-Lapsley JE, Schenkman ML, Dayton MR. Comparison of self-reported Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS) to objective measures of performance in patients after total knee arthroplasty. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. June 2011; 3(6):541-9.

Stevens-Lapsley JE*, Ye F*, Liu M, Borst SE, Conover C, Yarasheski KE, Walter GA, Sweeney HL, Vandenborne K. Impact of viral mediated IGF-I gene transfer on skeletal muscle following cast immobilization. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. Nov 2010; 299(5):E730-40. *These authors contributed equally to this work.

Christiansen CL, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Weight-bearing asymmetry in relation to measures of impairment and functional mobility for people with knee osteoarthritis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2010 Oct;91(10):1524-8.

Stevens-Lapsley JE, Kohrt WM. Osteoarthritis in women: effects of estrogen, obesity, and physical activity. Womens Health (Lond Engl). 2010 Jul;6(4):601-15.

Stevens-Lapsley JE, Kramer LR, Balter JE, Jirikowic J, Boucek D, Taylor M. Functional Performance and Muscle Strength Phenotypes in Men and Women with Danon Disease. Muscle and Nerve. 2010 Dec;42(6):908-14.

Bade MJ, Kohrt WM, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Outcomes before and after total knee arthroplasty compared to healthy adults. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2010 Sep;40(9):559-67.

Stevens-Lapsley JE, Balter JE, Kohrt WM, Eckhoff D. Quadriceps and Hamstrings Muscle Dysfunction after Total Knee Arthroplasty. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 2010 Sep;468(9):2460-8.

Lui M, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Jayaraman A, Fan Y, Conover C, Walter GA, Bose P, Thompson FJ, Borst SE, Vandenborne K. Impact of treadmill locomotor training on skeletal muscle IGF-I and myogenic regulator factors in spinal cord injured rats. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2010 Jul;109(4):709-20.

Ilfeld BM, Moeller LK, Mariano ER, Loland VL, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Fleisher AS, Girard PJ, Donohue MC, Ferguson EJ, Ball ST. Continuous peripheral nerve blocks: is local anesthetic dose the only factor, or do concentration and volume influence infusion effects as well? Anesthesiology. 2010:112: 347-54.

Stevens-Lapsley JE, Petterson SC, Mizner RL, Snyder-Mackler L. Impact of Body Mass Index on Functional Performance after Total Knee Arthroplasty. The Journal of Arthroplasty. 2010 Oct;25(7):1104-9.

Petterson SC, Mizner RL, Stevens JE, Raisis L, Bodenstab A, Newcomb W, Snyder-Mackler L. Improved function from progressive strengthening interventions after total knee arthroplasty: a randomized clinical trial with an imbedded prospective cohort. Arthritis Rheum. Feb 2009 15;61(2):174-83.

Fisher TB, Stevens JE. Rehabilitation of a marathon runner with Guillain Barré Syndrome. Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy. Dec 2008: 32:203-209.

Shah PK, Gregory CM, Stevens JE, et al. Non-invasive assessment of lower extremity muscle composition after incomplete spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord. 2008;46(8):565-70.

Jayaraman A, Shah PK, Gregory CM, Stevens JE, et al. Muscle adapatations and locomotor training after incomplete spinal cord injury: a case series. J Spinal Cord Med. 2008;31(2):185-193.

Mintken PE, Carpenter KJ, Eckhoff D, Kohrt WM, Stevens JE. Early neuromuscular electrical stimulation to optimize quadriceps muscle function following total knee arthroplasty: a case study. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2007;37(7):364-371.

Pathare N, Vandenborne K, Liu M, Stevens JE, et al. Alterations in inorganic phosphate in mouse hindlimb muscles during limb disuse. NMR Biomed. 2008 Feb;21(2):101-110.

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

Bade MJ, Karla B, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Manal TJ. Monograph for the APTA: Joint Replacement: Advances in Surgical Management and Rehabilitation, 2010.

Stevens JE. Older exercise participants. In: Snyder-Mackler L. and Kolt G, eds. Physical Therapies in Sport and Exercise, 2nd Ed. Churchill Livingstone; 2007:484-498.

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 Honors and Awards

American Physical Therapy Association’s, Geriatrics Section, Excellence in Research Award, 2013

American Physical Therapy Association Jack Walker Award for a clinical research publication in Physical Therapy, 2012

American Physical Therapy Association’s Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Faculty Member, 2011.

Outstanding Research Mentor Award for the Clinical Science Program, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, 2009.

Stackhouse SK, Stevens JE, Lee SK, Pearce KM, Snyder-Mackler L, Binder-Macleod SA. Maximum voluntary activation in nonfatigued and fatigued muscle of young and elderly individuals. Chattanooga Research Award for the best clinical research publication in Physical Therapy for 2001.

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Viva J. Erickson/Promotion of Doctoral Studies II Scholarship Recipient, September 2001-May 2002.

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Promotion of Doctoral Studies I Scholarship recipient, September 2000-May 2001

Phi Beta Kappa, University of Virginia, 1995

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Recipient, University of Virginia, 1994

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 Clinical Partnerships

The following represent some of the clinical research partnerships for the Muscle Performance Laboratory

   
   
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