Accomplishments: Department of Physical Therapy

October 27, 2020
Lidio Lima de Albuquerque, Milan Pantovic, Katherine Fischer, Sharon Jalene, and Brach Poston (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Science), Mitchel Clingo (Medicine), and Merrill Landers (Physical Therapy), along with Zoltan Mari of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center, wrote "An Acute Application of Cerebellar Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Does Not Improve Motor Performance in Parkinson’s Disease," which appeared in Brain Sciences.
September 22, 2020
Danny Young (Physical Therapy) has been awarded an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) R03 grant, Improving Hospital Efficiency: Predicting Post-Acute Care Facility Placement Using Machine Learning and Patient Mobility Scores from the Electronic Medical Record, with his collaborators at John Hopkins. This grant funded at $99,860 will begin immediately and will last for the next year. The project is explained in an article published on the JAMA Network and in another published in...
June 19, 2020
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy), Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) and former UNLV student co-authors recently published an article, "Financial difficulty in community-dwelling persons with lower limb loss is associated with reduced self-perceived health and well-being” in the journal Prosthetics and Orthotics International. The study interviewed 90 participants with limb loss and found the experience of financial difficulty negatively impacted physical and emotional...
March 24, 2020
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) is the recipient of the 2020 Community-Based Research Faculty Award given by the office of community engagement. He was recognized for his “Mobility and Patient Perceived Outcomes in Older Adults with Limb Loss” community-based research project in collaboration with multiple community partners. The award criteria is based on how engagement activities align with UNLV’s community engagement goals.
June 5, 2019
Jeffrey Montes, Richard Tandy, Jack Young, and James Navalta, (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) co-authored “A Comparison of Multiple Wearable Technology Devices Heart Rate and Step Count Measurements During Free Motion and Treadmill Based Measurements.” Montes is a current Ph.D. student. The study, which examined the consistency of six popular wearable technology devices, appeared in the April 30 issue of the international Journal of Kinesiology...
May 2, 2019
Kai-Yu Ho, Rachel Gross (both Physical Therapy) and Wade Gaal (Medicine) co-authored “Incomplete Fracture of the Anterior Superior Iliac Spine,” which appeared in the May issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. The article, also co-authored byAlison Nguyen of Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging, shared the clinical presentations, imaging findings, and clinical management for a unique case with incomplete fracture of a pelvic bone. Gross is a student in the doctor of...
March 15, 2019
Szu-Ping Lee and Carrie Gillis (both Physical Therapy), along with Javier Ibarra, Derek Oldroyd and Ryan Zane (all '16 Doctor of Physical Therapy), co-authored “Heel-Raised Foot Posture and Weightlifting Shoes Do Not Affect Trunk and Lower Extremity Biomechanics during a Barbell Back Squat in Recreational Weight Lifters,” which appears in the March issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. The study’s findings suggest that during barbell back squats, heel-raised foot postures...
March 6, 2019
Danny Young (Physical Therapy) co-authored an editorial titled “Inpatient Mobility Technicians: One Step Forward?” that addresses a current study focused on the feasibility and effectiveness of dedicated mobility technicians who encourage out-of-bed activities such as walking among older hospital patients. Previous study findings indicate that inpatient mobility predicts post-hospital patient disposition and contributes to positive outcomes after discharge. The editorial appeared in the...
February 6, 2019
Kai-Yu Ho (Physical Therapy), department alumni Brooke Laskowski, Danielle Garcia, and Christensen J. Hardy (all ’17 Doctor of Physical Therapy), and instructor Emilio Puentedura (Physical Therapy) co-authored “Measurement of Anterior Translation of the Mandibular Condyle Using Sonography,” which appears in the current issue of Journal of Physical Therapy Science. The study identified an ultrasound imaging approach used to measure movement of the jaw during mouth opening, which may impact...
December 20, 2018
Merrill Landers (Physical Therapy), James Navalta (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Jefferson Kinney (Psychology) co-authored “A High-Intensity Exercise Boot Camp for Persons With Parkinson Disease: A Phase II, Pragmatic, Randomized Clinical Trial of Feasibility, Safety, Signal of Efficacy, and Disease Mechanisms.” The investigators of this CTR-IN funded study concluded that a high-intensity multimodal exercise program for persons with Parkinson’s Disease produced more improvement...
November 30, 2018
Danny Young (Physical Therapy) co-authored “Routine Inpatient Mobility Assessment and Hospital Discharge Planning,” which appeared online earlier this month in JAMA Internal Medicine. The authors found that patient mobility at hospital admission and change in mobility are associated with discharge to a post-acute facility. Their findings may help optimize discharge planning and encourage systematic mobility measurement.
October 16, 2018
Kai-Yu Ho (Physical Therapy) and department alumni Theresa French, '18 Doctor of Physical Therapy; Brooks Klein, '18 Doctor of Physical Therapy; and Young Lee, '18 Doctor of Physical Therapy; co-authored “Patellofemoral Joint Stress During Incline and Decline Running,” which appears in the current issue of Physical Therapy in Sport. The study’s results revealed significant increases of patellofemoral joint stress during decline running that is primarily driven by less trunk flexion. This is the...