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physical therapy Accomplishments

Jun 27, 2017
Danny Young (Physical Therapy) presented the successes of his Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) fellowship to the organization’s executive and advisory boards; he was the only faculty fellow selected to provide this report. Young also presented the study he co-authored, “Does Patient Mobility Predict Value-Based Outcomes in the Hospital Setting?,” during the CoHSTAR Summer Institute. CoHSTAR is a first-of-its-kind center of excellence designed for training physical therapists to conduct health services research, which is needed to inform health policy and improve patients’ quality of care. The center builds upon the well established, interdisciplinary, intellectually rigorous, and nationally renowned health services research and training infrastructure available at its trio of collaborating institutions — Boston University, Brown University, and University of Pittsburg. Young will complete the fellowship at the end of December.  

May 11, 2017
Yu Kuang (Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences), Sharon Jalene (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Danny Young (Physical Therapy) are the recipients of this year's "Distinguished" awards from the  School of Allied Health Sciences. Kuang received the Distinguished Scholar Award, while Jalene received the Distinguished Teaching Award, and Young received the Distinguished Service Award. Each year the school acknowledges faculty who are exemplary in scope and quality, exceed expectations and assigned responsibilities, and demonstrate altruism.

Apr 28, 2017
Merrill Landers (Physical Therapy) received the UNLV Outstanding Department Chair/Academic Director Award for 2017. The award recognizes excellence in three areas: dynamic and visionary leader, effective management, outstanding interpersonal skills and collegiality. Support for Lander's nomination came not only from the faculty and staff, but also from alumni and current students. He has served as department chair since 2011.

Mar 9, 2017
Schools of Dental Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work, and departments of Physical Therapy and Psychology hosted the third annual Inter-Professional Education (IPE) Day during the first week of March. The day-long event provided students with group interactions such as a poverty simulation designed to encourage collaborative, positive patient outcomes when they begin working in clinical settings. Nearly 50 faculty and staff volunteers made the day possible for more than 180 students. The next IPE Day is tentatively scheduled for spring semester 2018.

Feb 28, 2017
Merrill Landers, Morgan Lopker, Molly Newman, Russell Gourlie, Spencer Sorensen, and Chanrithea Vong (all Physical Therapy) co-authored “A Cross-sectional Analysis of the Characteristics of Individuals with Parkinson's Disease Who Avoid Activities and Participation Due to a Fear of Falling,” which appeared in the January issue of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy.

Feb 8, 2017
Kai-Yu Ho, Szu-Ping Lee, and Catherine Turner (all Physical Therapy), along with physical therapy students Ryan Epstein, Ron Garcia, and Nicole Riley, co-authored “Effects of Patellofemoral Taping on Patellofemoral Joint Alignment and Contact Area During Weight Bearing,” which examined the effects of two taping approaches (Kinesio and McConnell) on patellofemoral joint alignment and contact area. The story appeared in the current issue of Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy

Jan 26, 2017
Danny Young (Physical Therapy), Sheniz Moonie, and Tim Bungham (both Community Health Sciences) co-authored “Cross-Sectional Examination of Patient and Therapist Factors Affecting Participation in Physical Therapy in Acute Care Hospital Settings,” which appeared in the January issue of Physical Therapy Journal and again in the PT in Motion industry newsletter. The study examined the reasons for missed physical therapy treatment sessions among patients within acute care facilities.  

Dec 15, 2016
Emilio "Louie" Puentedura and Adriaan Louw (both Physical Therapy) co-authored a study titled “Integration of Neuroscience Education, Tactile Discrimination, Limb Laterality and Graded Motor Imagery in an Individual with Frozen Shoulder” that received first-place honors during the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy annual conference. The presentation earned a first place award in the 5 x 5: Educational Topics category.   

Sep 28, 2016
Emilio “Louie” Puentedura (Physical Therapy) co-presented "How to Manage Spine Injuries" during the 60th Western Occupational Health Conference held in September. The presentation provided a review of relevant anatomy and discussed injury mechanisms and examination techniques, clinic-based treatments, and referral guidelines to help attendees properly diagnose, manage, and help prevent spinal injuries.

Aug 24, 2016
The physical therapy department received confirmation that 100 percent of its 2016 graduating class passed the national board examination on the first attempt, and that two of those students earned perfect scores. The department has maintained an average first-time pass rate of 96.7 percent since 2009.