Research Initiatives

Approximately 25–30 percent of the class each year takes the research practicum elective for a more comprehensive research experience. This group of students present during Research Day during the fall semester of Year III and many also present a poster during the Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA held February of each year. The Class of 2013 students participating in this experience showcased the following research initiatives:

  • Balance Ability: A Factor of Falls and Prosthetic Function in Adults with Leg Amputations
  • Pregnancy Related Lumbopelvic Pain
  • Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Perspective: A Pilot Study of Patient and Therapist Perspective Comparison
  • Physical Therapy in Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Needs Assessment
  • Effects of Manual Task Complexity on Gait Parameters in School-Aged Children and Adults Using the GAITRite(R) Electronic Walkway: A Pilot Study (2 concurrent research initiatives)

The program recruits outstanding students with rich and diverse backgrounds as evidenced by the following facts and figures. See also composites for Classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Student Achievements

Class of 2012 2013 2014
  Number of Students
Research Poster Presentations at Combined Sections Meeting, APTA
As a 3rd-year student
1 year post-graduation



Publications with Faculty
As a 3rd-year student
1 year post-graduation




Student/Faculty Research has been nominated for the following APTA awards:
Dorothy Briggs Scientific Inquiry Award (2011)
Orthopedic Section Research Poster Award (2012 and 13)

Publications have appeared in the following journals:
Family and Community Health
J. Bodywork and Movement Therapies
J. Occupational Therapy
J. Prosthetics & Orthotics
J. Rehabilitation Research
J. Student Research
J. Women’s Health
Pediatric PT
Physical Therapy

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