Mechanisms, prevention, and treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain
Katrina Maluf, PT, PhD
The goal of my research is to identify mechanisms underlying psychomotor responses to stress and pain, and to apply this knowledge to the prevention and treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain. Learn More
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.
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.
Physical therapy students’ empathy and attitudes toward working with individuals who are considered medically indigent
Denise Stelzner PT, MBA
The goal of this research is to investigate physical therapy students’ empathy and attitudes toward working with the underserved/medically indigent populations from both a longitudinal and cross-sectional perspective.
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
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.
Motor Learning and Control in Children with Neurological Diagnoses
Joanne Valvano PT, PhD
The goals of my research are to: 1) describe the impact of neurological impairments on the performance and learning of gait and other functional motor skills by children with cerebral palsy and 2) develop motor learning strategies for these children that account for neurological impairments. Learn More