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physical therapy Accomplishments

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.

Jun 13, 2016
Danny Young (Physical Therapy) was awarded a part-time faculty fellowship with the Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR). During the 18-month program, he will work with his mentor, Alan Jette from Boston University, on acute hospital, physical therapy outcomes research. 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.

May 10, 2016
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) received the 2015 Reviewer of the Year award from Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT). Lee earned the award for consistent excellence in three distinct areas: willingness to conduct reviews, insightfulness and constructiveness of the reviews, and promptness of turnaround. He has served as a reviewer for JOSPT 18 times since 2013.

Apr 14, 2016
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) received a $13,505 grant from the Mountain West CTR-IN and National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health for his “Prosthetic Assessments of Gait and Mobility in Individuals with Lower Limb Loss” research study, which will explore functional mobility and limb loading during locomotor activities among people with lower extremity amputations. Janet Dufek (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and Edward Neumann (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) are co-investigators, while Guogen Shan (Environmental and Occupational Health) and Joon Lee (Mechanical Engineering) are collaborative contributors.