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Faculty Research Interests


Pathological and age-associated mechanisms for changes in movement mechanics
Cory Christiansen, PT, PhD

My research activity focuses on investigating mechanisms that relate to altered movement during common daily tasks such as gait, transitions between sitting and standing, and stair climbing. Identification of these mechanisms allows for development of targeted interventions to help people with various pathological conditions (e.g., Parkinson’s disease and knee osteoarthritis). Learn More


Timing and Rhythmicity Intervention with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Lisa Dannemiller PT, DSc, PCS

The goal of my research is to examine interventions that use repetetive, rhythmic movements on the balance, coordination and praxis of children with autism spectrum disorders.


Obesity and energy expenditure
Edward Melanson, Ph.D.

My research is focused on the effects of diet, exercise, and obesity on substrate metabolism and energy expenditure. Current studies include the effects of different intensities of exercise and manipulations in dietary fat on fat oxidation. Learn More


Manual therapy and regional interdependence
Paul Mintken PT, DPT

My research is focused on examining the concept of regional interdependence in common musculoskeletal conditions. My main areas of interest revolve around manual therapy techniques, particularly mobilization/manipulation, and the role of dysfunction and impairments in distant regions, both extremity and spine, that may affect or contribute to a patient’s primary complaint. Learn More


The role of physical therapy in patients with critical illness weakness
Daniel Malone, PT, PhD, CCS

We are investigating the role of early intensive physical therapy on the physical function of patients diagnosed with critical illness polyneuromyopathy from ICU admission through discharge. We are following the participants for 6 months after hospital discharge.


Disability law and policy/Scholarship of teaching and learning
Mary Jane K Rapport DPT, PhD

The goals of my research are: 1) to explore and understand the impact of legislation and policies on the delivery of special education and related services to children in schools, on early intervention services for infants and toddlers and their families, and on pediatric physical therapy practice; and 2) to improve the effectiveness of the teaching and learning process in physical therapy education.


Margaret Schenkman PT, PhD, FAPTA

The goal of my research is to develop and test physical interventions for people who have neurological disorders such as Parkinson disease and critical care illness with polyneuropathy / polymyopathy. The interventions are based on conceptual models that I have developed, integrating evidence with clinical reasoning. Learn More


Use of Standardized Patients for Physical Therapy Student Teaching, Assessment and Remediation.
Jenny Rodriguez PT, MHS and Denise Stelzner PT, MBA

The goal of this research is to describe and evaluate the use of standardized patients in teaching, assessing and remediating students in Doctor of Physical Therapy Education.


Investigations of Progressive Rehabilitation Strategies for Older Adults
Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, MPT, PhD

The goal of my research is to understand the causes of lower extremity muscle weakness that impairs function in older adults to develop more progressive rehabilitation strategies. Learn More


Interventions for orthopedic diagnoses
Tami Struessel PT, DPT

My recent research investigates the availability of opportunities for students to practice manipulation techniques in clinical education and the impact of Clinical Educator background and education on those opportunities, in addition to participating in research with Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley on interventions for individuals following Total Knee Arthroplasty.