ĤƵ

Physical Therapy - Research

The first step for all research projects is approval by The ĤƵ Institutional Review Board (IRB)or the Department of Occupational and Physical Therapy Review Board (DRB). Read the IRB Policy Manual to determine which review board is appropriate for your research proposal. contains the IRB policy manual and downloadable research application forms. Students should consult with their faculty research advisor before submitting an application to the IRB or DRB.

Department of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Review Board Guidelines

Annual Research Night

Research Night is an annual Department of PT event that takes place during the fall semester.  Students in the third year of the program present faculty-directed student research as part of the final course in the Scientific Inquiry series.  These studies are systematic reviews of scientific evidence on a wide variety of clinically relevant topics. Additional faculty and student research may also be presented as time permits.  This yearly event is open to students, faculty, families, and friends.  In addition, clinicians can receive continuing education units (CEUs) for attending the event.  Yearly event announcements for CEUs can be found on the Clinical Faculty Development Webpage. Below you will find a breakdown of yearly presentations as well as copies of either the presentation and/or the corresponding professional poster.  In addition, notations are made for those presented at a national conference including the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting.

Research Night 2022

Systematic Reviews from the DPT Class of 2023

Research Night 2022 Booklet

Neurological

Virtual Reality for Gait and Balance in Adults with Unilateral Amputation: A Systematic Review
Jessica Book, SPT
Kerri Breznak, SPT
Karllo Pozo, SPT
Hannah Woodeshcick, SPT
Renee Hakim, PT, PhD, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Clinical Applications of Virtual Reality in Adults with Concussion: A Systematic Review
Alyssa Canone, SPT
Sarah Gordon, SPT
Erin Putnam, SPT
Nicholas Zenga, SPT
Renee Hakim, PT, PhD, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist
Jennifer Schwartz, PT, DPT, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Impact of Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy Post-Concussion in Adolescents: A Systematic Review
Amanda Kindback, SPT
Matthew Moran, SPT
Jennifer Schwartz, PT DPT, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist
Lori Walton, PhD, DPT, MScPT, MPH(s), CLT
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Acute Care

Impact of Standard vs. Modified Sternal Precautions on Function Following Median Sternotomy: A Systematic Review
Bobbi Bailey, SPT
Diana Bonilla, SPT
Alexis Coval, SPT
Christina Haddican, SPT
Dana Maida, PT, DPT
Janette Scardillo, PT, DPT
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Cardiopulmonary

Impact of Blood Flow Restriction Therapy on VO2max in Elite Athletes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Eric Bartlett, SPT
Brendan Betti, SPT
Lucas Hackett, SPT
Michael McGuire, SPT
Peter Leininger, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS
Joshua Prall, PT, DPT, EdD, OCS
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Home Health

The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Trends in Home Health Physical Therapy
Sarah Gordron, SPT
Tracey Collins, PT, PhD, MBA, GCS
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Impact of Assistive Technology on Quality of Life of Home-Dwelling Individuals with Parkinson's: A Scoping Review
Alexa Cardella, SPT
Sarah Gordron, SPT
Tracey Collins, PT, PhD, MBA, GCS
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Pediatrics

The Impact of Family-Centered Care on Motor Function in Preterm Infants: A Systematic Review
Lauren Byrne, SPT
Diana Francechelli, SPT
Laura Iobst, SPT
Hailey Kenyon, SPT
Nicholas Rodio, PT, DPT
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Prenatal Lead Exposure and Health Outcomes Among Infants and Children in Bangladesh: A Systematic Review
Briana Abrams, SPT
Alexa Cardella, SPT
Alesia Heimes, SPT
Meghan Nally, SPT
Lori Walton, PT, DPT, MScPT, MPH(s), PhD
Nicholas Rodio, PT, DPT
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Other Topics

Effect of Music on Stress and Anxiety in Healthcare Students During Examinations: A Systematic Review
Claire Cardillo, SPT
Makenna Enslin, SPT
Joshua Perez, SPT
Jacob Sacher, SPT
Anthony F. Carusotto, PT, EDd, DPT, CLT, WCC
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Impact of Mind-Body Interventions on Physical and Psychological Outcomes in Adult Refugees: A Systematic Review
Maria Almodovar, SPT
Emily Burns, SPT
Amanda Kindback, SPT
Emily Loftus, SPT
Jennifer Schwartz, PT, DPT, Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Therapy
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Impact of Service on Cultural Competency and Social Responsibility in DPT Students: A Systematic Review
Taylor Baloga, SPT
Kameron Matthews, SPT
Matthew Schreck, SPT
Carli Tetla, SPT
Dana Maida, PT, DPT, GCS
Janette Scardillo, PT, DPT
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Impact of Exercise on Physical Health Outcomes in Incarcerated Women: A Systematic Review
Alexa Cardella, SPT
Diana Franceschello, SPT
Sarah Gordon, SPT
Dylan Kane, PT, DPT
Nick Linko, PT, DPT
Mark Merli, PT, DPT
Dana Maida, PT, DPT, GCS
Nicholas Rodio, PT, DPT
Jennifer Schwartz, PT, DPT, Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Therapy

Research Night 2021

Systematic Reviews from the DPT Class of 2022 

Research Night 2021 Booklet

Neurological

Impact of Community-Based Boxing on Non-Motor Outcomes for Individuals with Parkinson's Disease: A Systematic Review
Ileana Armendi, SPT
Christian Huckfeldt, SPT, CSCS
Dylan Kane, SPT, CSCS
Daniela Spagnoli, SPT
Dana Maida, PT, DPT, Board Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
Jennifer Schwartz, PT, DPT, Board Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Long-Term Impact of Community-Based Boxing for Balance and Mobility in Persons with Parkinson's Disease
Christian Huckfeldt, SPT, CSCS
Daniela Spagnoli, SPT
Renee Hakim, PT, PhD
Dana Maida, PT, DPT
Michael D. Ross, PT, DHSc
Jennifer Schwartz, PT, DPT
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Impact of Physical Activity on Post-TBI Depression in Adults: A Systematic Review
Dominick Algeri, SPT, CSCS
Cristina Cacoilo, SPT
James Curley, ATC, LAT, SPT
Daniel Passafiume, SPT
Nicholas Rodio, PT, DPT
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Wearable Sensors for Balance and Mobility in Adults with Parkinson's Disease: A Systematic Review
Lindsay Fitchett, SPT
Sarah Marie Neff Futrell, SPT
Tatiana Mishina, PTA, SPT
Ashley Scoyni, SPT
Renee M. Hakim, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Acute Care

Effectiveness of Supine Cycling Plus Early Mobility Interventions Versus Early Mobility Interventions Alone for Patient in the ICU: A Systematic Review
Brittany Angrosina, SPT
Katey Merenyi, SPT
Taylor Powers, SPT
Janette Scardillo, PT, DPT
Dana Maida, PT, DPT, Board Certified Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Orthopedics

Effects of Unstable Surface Lower Extremity Resistance Training on Balance in Older Adults: A Systematic Review
Thomas Helmstetter, SPT
Mark Merli, SPT
Ansis Ramolins, SPT
Peter Leininger, PT, PhD, OCS
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Blood Flow Restriction Therapy Effects on Function and Pain in Adults with Lower Leg Pathology
Christopher Kovacs, SPT, CSCS
Nicholas Linko, SPT
Robert Spitz, SPT
Elijah Walker, SPT
Joshua Prall, PT, EdD, OCS
Peter M. Leininger, PT, PhD, OCS
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Home Health

Impact of Home Health Care on Readmission Rates for Adults Diagnosed with Acute Stroke
Julianne Burrill, SPT, CSCS
Stephanie Creegan, SPT
Paul Sciascia, SPT
Forrest Terpe, SPT
Tracey Collins, PT, PhD, MBA, Board Certified Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Value of Home Health Physical Therapy for Acute Stroke: A Mixed-Methods Systematic Review
Lindsay Fitchett, SPT
Tracey Collins, PT, PhD, MBA, Board-Certified Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Impact of Home Health Physical Therapy on Readmission Rates in Frail Older Adults: A Literature Review
Ileana Armendi, SPT
Tracey Collins, PT, PhD, MBA, Board-Certified Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Other Topics

The Effectiveness of Complementary/Alternative Medicine For Pain Management In Postpartum Women: A Systematic Review
Colleen Berry, SPT
Nicholas Capobianco, SPT
Bryan Gorczyca, SPT
Jamie Hreniuk, SPT
Renee Hakim, PT, PhD, NCS
Lori Walton, PhD, DPT, MS, MPH(s), CLT
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Key Anxiogenic Factors in Taking Objectively Structured Clinical Examinations Among Healthcare Students: A Systematic Review
Danielle Higgins, SPT
Meghan Kimball, SPT
Devanshi Shah, SPT
Raven Thomas, SPT
Anthony F. Carusotto, PT, DPT, EdD, CLT, WCC
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Research Night 2020

Systematic Reviews from the DPT Class of 2021, will be presented at APTA Virtual CSM 2021 

Research Night 2020 Booklet

 

Neurological

The Effects of tDCS on Motor Performance in Adults with Ataxia: A Systematic Review
Alaina Evans, SPT
Ashley Genello, SPT
Rachel Kurtz, SPT
Rachel Outten, SPT
Renée M Hakim, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Jennifer Schwartz, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy


The Effects of Medical Cannabis on QOL and Movement in Persons with PD: A Systematic Review
Kailyn Angelo, SPT
Kaitlyn Brogan, SPT
Claire Lacon, SPT
Nicole Sanchirico, SPT
Renée M Hakim, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy


Impact of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Cycling on Cardiovascular Fitness in Adults with Chronic Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): A Systematic Review
Katherine Broderick, SPT
Elizabeth Eichenlaub, SPT
Kathleen O'Reilly, SPT
Morgan Rentzheimer, SPT
Janette Scardillo PT, DPT, Certified Brain Injury Specialist
Jennifer Schwartz, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy 

 

Orthopedics

Role of Diagnostic Ultrasound in Assessing Acromiohumeral Distance and Managing Shoulder Pathologies in Physical Therapy
Steven Browning, SPT, CSCS
Erin Ciarrocca, SPT
Bridget Duffy, SPT
Anthony Puglisi, SPT

Peter Leininger, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy 


 

Acute Care

Effects of Music on Heart Rate and Blood Pressure for Patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU): A Meta-Analysis
Kayla Brown, SPT
Elizabeth DiGiovine, SPT
Emily Harvan, SPT
Amanda Trumpore, SPT
Anthony Carusotto, PT, DPT, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Renée M Hakim, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy


Impact of Initiating PT in the Emergency Department for Older Adult Fallers: A Systematic Review
Erin Hultberg, SPT
Rachel Kosty, SPT
Lauren Wyant, SPT
Vanessa Zimmerman, SPT
Dr. Dana Maida, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist In Geriatric PT 


 

Home Health

The Use of Smart Homes to Assist Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment
Kaitlyn Brogan, SPT
Tracey L. Collins PT, PhD, MBA, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist In Geriatric Physical Therapy


Impact of Home Health Physical Therapy on Readmission Rates for Individuals with COPD
Michele Calogero, SPT
Michael Frawley, SPT
Stephen R. Kalinoski, SPT
Johanna Levine, SPT
Tracey L. Collins PT, PhD, MBA, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist In Geriatric Physical Therapy


The Value of Home Health Physical Therapy for Frail Older Adults: A Literature Review
Kathleen O'Reilly, SPT
Tracey L. Collins PT, PhD, MBA, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist In Geriatric Physical Therapy

 

Pediatrics

The Effect of Rest on Recovery Time in Children with a Concussion: A Systematic Review
Timmy Gray, SPT
Sean McElhare, SPT
Michael Montague, SPT
Jeffrey Sabatini, SPT
Nicholas Rodio, PT, DPT


 

Other Topics

The Optimal Structure of Reflection During a Health Professional Service Trip: A Systematic Review
Steven Browning, SPT, CSCS
Nicholas Capobiano, SPT
Christian Huckfeldt, SPT

Janette Scardillo PT, DPT, Certified Brain Injury Specialist


Technology-Based Adaptation Programs to Reduce Symptoms in Adults with Vestibular Hypofunction: A Systematic Review
Lauren Brogan, SPT
Mary Kate Halligan, SPT
Megan Shannon, SPT
Morgan Windisch, SPT

Janette Scardillo PT, DPT, Certified Brain Injury Specialist


Effects of Exercise on Physical Health Outcomes in Adults in Prison: A Systematic Review
Brittany Angrosina, SPT
Lauren Brogan, SPT
Emily Harvan, SPT
Erin Hultberg, SPT
Megan Shannon, SPT
Casey Trezza, SPT
Dr. Dana Maida, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist In Geriatric PT
Nicholas Rodio, PT, DPT

Dr. Jennifer Schwartz, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist In Neurologic PT


The Impact of Physical Therapist Delivered Ergonomic Intervention on Employees in a Physically Taxing Workplace
Iain Carey, SPT
Jake Creagh, SPT, CSCS
Janine DeLucia, SPT
Casey Trezza, SPT
Peter Leininger, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Josh Prall, PT, DPT, EdD


 

Research Night 2019

Systematic Reviews from the DPT Class of 2020, presented at APTA CSM 2020 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO.

Research Night 2019 Booklet

Orthopedics

The Effects of Blood Flow Restriction Therapy Combined with Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation on Adults
Christine Kiefer, SPT
Sophia DiCamillo, SPT
Matthew Aitken, SPT
Holly Hilbrandt, SPT
Dr. Peter Leininger


The Effect of Individualized Training Programs on Functional Movement Screen Scores: A Systematic Review
Alexandra McGivern
Matthew Stallone
Colin Homola
Danielle Maurice
Dr. Nicholas Rodio
Dr. Peter Leininger


 

Home Health

The Value of Home Health for Individuals Living with Heart Failure: A Systematic Review
Diana Mikula
Marley Szczesniak
Nicole Nemeth
Kierstyn Pieroni
Dr. Tracey L. Collins


The Effect of Home Health Care in Reducing Hospital Readmission for Individuals with Heart Failure
Diana Mikula
Natalia Ochalski
Dr. Tracey L. Collins


 

Neurological

The Effect of Large Amplitude Movement Training on Quality of Life in Older Adults with Parkinson’s Disease: A Systematic Review
Elizabeth Prisco
Kayla Hatki
Taylor Ryan
Jamie SanFilippo
Dr. Jennifer Schwartz
Dr. Renée M. Hakim


Recreational Activities Impact on Activity and Participation in Persons with Parkinson’s Disease: A Systematic Review
Emily Gilinger
Tyler Huggins
Brian Gargiulo
Josh Taylor
Dr. Renée M. Hakim


Effects of Dry Needling on Muscle Spasticity in Adults with Neurological Disorders: A Systematic Review
Rebecca Oliveira
Alyssa Piranio
Conor Coughlan
Thomas J. MacDonald
Dr. Anthony Carusotto
Dr. Renée M. Hakim


 

Pediatrics

Impact of Kinesiology Tape on Impairments and Function in Pediatric Spinal Pathologies: A Systematic Review
Patrick Brown
Nicole Christiansen
Alysha Grimes
Matthew Harte
Dr. Nicholas Rodio


Bimanual Intensive Training for Upper Limb Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review
Victoria Armstrong
Kate Lynn Dugan
Sarah Kuehner
Emily D'Antonio
Dr. Jennifer Schwartz
Dr. Megan Conklin


 

Other Topics

The Effects of Photobiomodulation Therapy on Endurance in Adults with COPD: A Systematic Review
Julia Franco
Natalia Kucharska
Sarah Murphy
Lauren Turrisi
Dr. Anthony Carusotto
Dr. Renée M. Hakim


Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) and Gait Velocity in Adults with Gait Disorders: A Systematic Review
Jessica Jacko
Natalia Ochalski
Elizabeth Rynar
Charlotte Woelkers
Dr. Renée M. Hakim


 

Research Night 2018

Systematic Reviews from the DPT Class of 2019, presented at APTA CSM 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.

 Research Night 2018 Booklet

 

Neurological

Maura McGowan, SPT
Cory Piening, SPT, LAT, ATC
Lindsay McGraw, SPT
Jamie Christensen, SPT
Renee Hakim PT, PhD, Board Certified Neurologic Specialist in Physical Therapy

The Effect of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Balance and Mobility in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review
Danielle M Frank, SPT
Sarah Kosik, SPT
Courtney Jo James, SPT
Krista Ziegler, SPT
Renée M Hakim, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
Nicholas Rodio, PT, DPT

Megan Fasano, SPT
Meghan Goyden, SPT
Lauren Bonitz, SPT
Caroline Segota, SPT
Jennifer Schwartz, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy


Effects of Combined Skilled Aquatic and Land Based Therapy Compared to Land Therapy Alone on Balance and Gait in Adults After a Stroke: a Systematic Review
Gianna Vitolo, SPT
Emily Suchocki, SPT
Colleen Smith, SPT
Megan Manzo, SPT
Peter Leininger, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Matthew L. Wells, SPT
Aaron Oquendo, SPT
Levi Haldeman, SPT
Lisa Jackowitz, SPT
Renée Hakim PT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
Kevin J. Whelan SPT, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
William O. Wilcox SPT
Alissa N. Zajac SPT
Janette Scardillo PT, DPT, Certified Brain Injury Specialist

 

Orthopedics

The Effects of Blood Flow Restriction Therapy on Physical Performance in Adults as Compared to Standard Physical Exercise and Control Groups: Systematic Review
Gianna Vitolo, SPT
Emily Suchocki, SPT
Colleen Smith, SPT
Megan Manzo, SPT
Peter Leininger, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy


 

Home Health

The Impact of Home Health Care on Cost Effectiveness Compared to Other Post-Acute Settings in Individuals Status Post Total Joint Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review
William R. Cavanaugh, SPT, Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist
Nicholas F. Mullery, SPT
John P. Huller, SPT, Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist
Joseph M. Pichiarello, SPT
Tracey L. Collins PT, PhD, MBA, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist In Geriatric Physical Therapy
The Use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on Patients with Chronic Pain in Home Health Physical Therapy: A Systematic Review
Maura McGowan, SPT
Tracey L. Collins PT, PhD, MBA, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist In Geriatric Physical Therapy
The Effect of Home Health Care in Reducing Hospital Readmissions: A Systematic Review
Lindsay McGraw, SPT
Tracey L. Collins PT, PhD, MBA, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist In Geriatric Physical Therapy

 

Acute Care

The Effects of Early Mobility in Reducing Length of Stay for Adult Patients in the Intensive Care Unit Due to Trauma: A Systematic Review
Stephanie Klug, SPT
Molly Loftus, SPT
Stephanie Zaccaria, SPT
Dana Maida, PT, DPT, Geriatric Certified Specialist
Janette Scardillo, PT, DPT, Certified Brain Injury Specialist


 

Other Topics

The Effect of Equine Related Therapy on Physical and Psychological Well-Being of Older Adults
Cassandra Lucke, SPT
Devin Ryan, SPT
Maria Gentile, SPT
Shannon McSherry, SPT
Dr. Jennifer Schwartz, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist In Neurologic PT
Dr. Dana Maida, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist In Geriatric PT

Scroll to Top