Research

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston.

Research: All of our members are engaged in scholarship, and many are actively pursuing research questions related to Clinical Education and Clinical Practice. Please review our members’ recent scholarly work below and if you would like to discuss any of their projects or ideas for collaboration based on their fields, please click on their name to be directed to email. We look forward to hearing from you!

Anne Marie Dupre PT, DPT, MS, NCS:

  • Evaluation and Intervention Strategies for Patients with Neurological Disorders
  • Clinical Education/Professional Development

Publications:  

(Peer Reviewed Journals)

Jacobs, M., Fasano, J., Seyboth, M., Johnson, E., Marcoux, B., Dupre, AM.,  The Effect of an Aquatic Exercise Program on Balance in Individuals with Parkinson Disease.   J of Aquatic Phys Ther2012; 19(2): 4-15

(Book Chapters)

Dupre, AM., Foord-May, L:  Education for Patients and Families After Stroke:  a Multifaceted Approach:  In Lowenstein AJ, Foord-May, L, and Romano, CJ.  Eds Teaching Strategies for Health Education and Health Promotion:  Working with Patients, Families and Communities.  Sudbury, MA.  Jones and BartlettPublishers, 2009: 509 – 519.


Poster Presentations:

Jacobs, M, Fasano, J. Seyboth, M. Johnson, E. Marcoux, B, Dupre, AM,  The Effect of an Aquatic Exercise Program on Balance in Individuals with Parkinson Disease.   APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL February 10, 2012

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Beverly D. Fein PT, EdD:

  • Affective skills including communication/Interpersonal Skills and Cultural Competence
  • Emergency Preparedness/Community Disaster Planning
  • Clinical Education
  • Managing Medically Complex Patients/Acute Care

 

PRESENTATIONS/PUBLICATIONS:

Fein, B. & Chui, K.  Perceptions of Emergency Preparedness of Physical Therapists: Do We Meet the Association for Research, Teaching and Prevention Competences?  Poster Presentation. APTA Annual Conference 2010, Boston, MA, June 17, 2010.

Fein, B. & Chui, K.  Clinical Directors’ Perceptions of Physical Therapists Roles in Emergencies/Community Disasters.  Poster Presentation.  APTA Annual Conference 2010,Boston, MA, June 17, 2010.

Fein, B.  Update on Diabetes.  Three hour workshop presented at Connecticut Physical Therapy Association, October 1, 2011.

Fein, B.  Differential Diagnosis of Syncope and Near-Syncope:  My Patient Just Passed Out!  Ninety minute presentation accepted for Connecticut Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference, October 2013.

McAuley, A., Clinton, S., Fein B., Hagan, L., Pagliano, C., Ragan, A., & Stroebel, J.  Entry-level Experiences in Women’s Health: You Can Do It!  Three-hour presentation accepted for CSM 2014.

Fein, B., Ragsdale, J., Belarmino, B., Pawlik, A., & Davis, D.  Post-professional Residencies and Fellowships in Acute Care:  Getting Started…  Three-hour presentation accepted for CSM 2014.

GRANTS:

Member of the organizing committee responsible for development of a Student Emergency Reserve Corps at Sacred Heart.   This committee was successful in achieving a grant of $100,000.00 funded to Strong, L.L. Sacred Heart University Emergency Reserve Corps: Pilot Project. Department of Emergency Preparedness Homeland SecurityState of Connecticut Region 1.

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Caitlin Fitzgerald, PT, DPT, MS:

  • Clinical Education: technology, social media, communication, and interprofessional clinical education
  • Health literacy

Completed Presentations:

Fitzgerald C. Tweeting Towards Enhanced Collaboration in Interprofessional Clinical Education. Poster: All Together Better Health VII. Pittsburgh, PA. June 2014.

Bosley O’Dea, M., Daly, E., Kurash Cohen, A., Fitzgerald, C., Zeytoonian, T. An Innovative, Team-based Model Interprofessional Education: The IPDEU at Massachusetts General Hospital. Education Session: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Chicago, IL. November 2013.

McSorley, O., Fitzgerald, C. Harris, M., Maxwell, J. “A Consortium Website for the 21st Century: Meeting the Needs of Academic and Clinical Partners to Promote Clinical Excellence”.  APTA ELC 2013.

Fitzgerald, C., O’Dea, M., Zeytoonjian, T. (2013, June) “The MGH IPDEU Experience: An Innovative Clinical Teaching Model of Interprofessional Team-based Patient Care in an Acute Care Setting”, Collaborating Across Borders Conference IV (CAB IV), Vancouver, Canada.

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Susan Sullivan Glenney, PT, DPT, MS, GCS, CSCS:

  • geriatrics, specifically measurement/outcomes pertaining to mobility
  • prevention/wellness

 

Published Manuscripts:

Bohannon, RW, Andrews, AW, Glenney, SS. Responsiveness of Measurements of Lower-limb Muscle Strength Obtained with a Hand-held Dynamometer from Patients with Stroke. Isokinetics and Exercise Science. 21, 2013, 129-134.

Bohannon RW, Andrews AW, Glenney SS. Minimal clinically important difference of comfortable speed as a measure of gait performance in patients undergoing inpatient rehabilitation after stroke. Journal of  Physical Therapy Science. 2013 (in press)

Peer Reviewed Scientific and Professional Presentations:

Glenney, S, Fitness Certifications – Preventive/Wellness Opportunities for Physical Therapists. Connecticut Physical Therapy Association Meeting, Hartford, CT, November 2005. Presented by S. Glenney.

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Keith W. Hallbourg, PT, DPT, MS:

  • Quantitative
  •  Balance/Falls
  • Flexibility
  • Qualitative
  • Consequences of Disability

Current Projects:

  • Protocol Title: Posterior Lower Extremity Length Tension Curves – Establishing Normative Data.
  • Protocol Title: The Effect of Conditioning on Length Tension Curves

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 Janna Kucharski-Howard, PT, DPT, MSM:

  • Clinical Education in Physical Therapy
  •  Professional Behaviors in Physical Therapy Students
  • Preparation and Role of Clinical Instructors
  • Integrated Clinical Education
  • Interprofessional/Intraprofessional Education
  • Physical Therapy Students and Physical Therapist Assistant Students
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy

Benefits of Gross Motor Activity in Early Childhood Education

Peer-Reviewed Abstracts and Presentations:

Tsoumas LJ, Kucharski-Howard J.  Integrated Clinical Education: The Bridge from the Classroom to Clinical Practice.  Poster presentation at the New Hampshire College and University Council Academic Affairs Conference, Manchester, NH, November 4, 2011.

Kucharski-Howard J, Kucharski TL.  Teaching + Movement = Learning.  Platform presentation, 2012 Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children, Westford, MA, March 17, 2012.

Kucharski-Howard J, Kucharski TL.  How can occupational therapy and physical therapy help our children?  Platform presentation, 2012 Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children, Westford, MA, March 17, 2012.

Tsoumas LJ, Kucharski-Howard J. Benefits of Clinical Education in a Non-Traditional Setting.  Poster presentation, 19th Annual Academic Affairs Fall Conference, New Hampshire College and University Council, Manchester, NH, November 1, 2012, Faculty Scholarship Showcase, MCPHS, May 7, 2013.

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 Jessica Maxwell, PT, DPT, OCS

  • Knee OA and TKR epidemiology and intervention
  • Evidence based practice

 

Published Manuscripts:

Maxwell JL, Keysor JJ , Niu J,  Singh JA4, Wise BL5, Frey-Law L6, Nevitt M3,  Felson DT.  Participation following knee replacement: The MOST cohort study. Physical Therapy Journal. In press.

Maxwell JL, Niu J, Singh JA, Nevitt MC, Frey-Law L, Felson DT. The influence of the contralateral knee prior to knee replacement on post-knee replacement function: The MOST Study. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2013 Jun 05; 95(11):989-993.

Maxwell J, Felson D, Niu J, Wise B, Nevitt M, Singh J, Frey Law L, Neogi T. Does clinically important change in function after knee replacement guarantee good absolute function? The Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study.  (Submitted).

Peer-Reviewed Abstracts and Presentations:

McSorley OL, Fitzgerald C., Maxwell J., Harris M. A Consortium Website for the 21st Century: Meeting the Needs of Academic and Clinical Partners to Promote Clinical Excellence. Submitted to the APTA Education Leadership Conference, 2013.

The effect of knee replacement on participation restriction: the MOST and OAI studies. Maxwell, Jessica; Keysor, Julie; Niu, Jingbo; Frey Law, Laura; Singh, Jasvinder; Nevitt, Michael; Felson, David. Submitted to APTA Combined Sections Meeting, 2014.

Maxwell, JL, “The Effect of Knee Replacement on Participation Outcomes: The Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study and Osteoarthritis Initiative” ACR/ARHP, November 2012

Maxwell JL, Keysor JJ, Neogi T, Niu J, Singh J, Nevitt MC, Frey-Law L, Felson DT. Frequency and Predictors of Participation Restriction Following Knee Replacement. World Congress on Osteoarthritis, Barcelona, Spain, April 2012.

Maxwell JL; Felson DT; Niu J;  Wise B;  Nevitt M; Singh J; Frey Law L; Neogi T. Does Important Change in Function after Knee Replacement Guarantee Good Absolute Function? The MOST Study. American College of Rheumatology Annual Conference, Nov 7, 2011. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, February, 2012.

Invited Workshops/Presentations:

Baker, KR, Maxwell JM. The Chronic Burden of living with arthritis: how patients can take control. Invited plenary talk.  Massachusetts Association of Older Adults. May 15, 2013.

Maxwell J. Participation in Adults Post Total Knee Replacement. Part of Keysor, Maxwell, Alheresh. Promoting Participation: Where is the field and where do we go next? Workshop ACR/ARHP 2012

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J. Adrienne McAuley, PT, DPT, MEd, OCS, FAAOMPT:

  • Evaluation of teaching and learning methods in physical therapy education and patient education.
  • Assessment of the reliability and validity of examination tools used by physical therapists for musculoskeletal dysfunctions.
  • Assessment of the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions for musculoskeletal dysfunctions in adults.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Chiarello C, McAuley JA. Concurrent validity of caliper and ultrasound imaging to measure inter-recti distance. Accepted for publication in JOSPT, 2013.

Peer-Reviewed Presentations:

McAuley JA, Barkus E, Bogyo A, Munn E, Tyan S, Weissbard S. Novel taping technique for posterior pelvic girdle pain in parous women: A case series. Poster presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, January 2013. Abstract published in the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy.

Chiarello C, McAuley JA. Measurement of Inter-Recti Distance: Are Calipers and RUSI Comparable? Platform presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, February 2012. Abstract published in the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy.

McAuley JA, Chiarello C, Verma L, Ohlsen S. Factors Associated with the Presence of Diastasis Rectus Abdominis: A Pilot Study. Poster presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, February 2012. Abstract published in the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy.

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Sally McCormack Tutt PT, DPT, MPH:

  • Clinical Education
  • Occupational Health – Ergonomic and behavioral changes
  • Public Health – community health/international
  • Evidence-based Practice

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

McCormack S. Ergonomic and Behavioral Interventions As The Primary Treatment for Work-Related Lateral Epicondylitis: A Case ReportWORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, & Rehabilitation, Vol 37, Number 1, 2010.

Peer-Reviewed Presentations:

McCormack Tutt S.  Telecommuting as the Director of Clinical Education (DCE) in a Doctoral Physical Therapy Program. Annual Conference and Exposition of the American Physical Therapy Association. Salt Lake City, UT. June 2013.

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Olga LM McSorley, MSPT, DPT:

Clinical Education, Generational Issues (Millennial PTs)

Peer-Reviewed Presentations:

Nelson L, Applebaum D, Pelletier D, Palaima M, McSorley O, Wetherbee E, Kaufman R. “Academic and Clinical Collaboration to Manage Challenges in Clinical Education”  (Education Session). Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego, CA, January 2013.

Wetherbee E, McSorley O, Palaima M, Pelletier D, Applebaum D, Nelson L, Kaufman R. “Rethinking Clinical Education for Physical Therapy: Financial Considerations” (Platform Presentation). Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego, CA, January 2013

Palaima M, Pelletier D, McSorley O, Wetherbee E, Nelson L, Applebaum D, Kaufman R. “Strengthening the Academic and Clinical Education Partnership: Focus Group Discussions”  (Platform Presentation).  Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego, CA, January 2013.

McSorley O, Harris M. “Generational Divide (or Not):  Survey Comparisons of Perceptions, Priorities, Preferences and Career Plans of Three Generations of Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants upon Entering the Workforce” (Poster Presentation). Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego, CA, January 2013.

McSorley O, Olimpio D, Sackos D. “Economic Challenges of Providing Physical Therapy for the Uninsured: Incorporating the Role of Students in an Alternative Model of Care” (Platform Presentation). Education Leadership Conference, Greenwich CT, October 2012.

Wetherbee E, Kaufman R, McSorley O, Pelletier D,  Nelson L, Palaima M, Applebaum D “Focus Group Discussions: Meeting the Challenges of Contemporary Clinical Practice and Clinical Education” (Platform Presentation). Education Leadership Conference, Greenwich CT, October 2012.

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Karen Morren, PT, DPT, MS:

  • Clinical Education
  • Social Media
  • Clinical Instruction

Peer Reviewed Presentations:

Gordon, S., Morren, K., Falvey, J., Beaumont, T., Cowie, J., Leavitt, M., Philbrook, C., Maguire, S., Leadbetter, K., Geel, N.  Reflections on Becoming an Exemplary Clinical Instructor: Developing a Theory of Expert Clinical Instructing. Poster presentation, 2011 APTA Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, February 10-12, 2011.

Morren, K. Physical Therapist Perceptions of Continuing Education Availability and Quality in Maine. Poster presentation, 2012 APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, February 9-11, 2012.

Gordon, S, & Morren, K. Identities and Practices of the Exemplary Clinical Instructor: Developing a Theory of Expertise. Platform presentation, 2012 APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, February 9-11, 2012.

Gordon, S., Morren, K., Handler, B., Straniero, E., Thichava, J. Perceptions of the Novice Clinical Instructor: A Qualitative Pilot Study Comparing the Novice CI with the Expert CI. Poster presentation, 2014 Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, Feb 2014.

Morren, K., Steinbarger, K. The Effectiveness of a Brief Social Media and E-Professionalism Educational Session for Physical Therapist Students. Poster presentation, 2014 Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, Feb 2014.

Morren, K., Steinbarger, K., Buck, C., Dickey, E., Sylvain, L., Woodman, A. Physical Therapy Clinical Instructors: Perspectives on the Use of Social Media and Interactions with Students. Poster presentation, 2014 Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, Feb 2014.

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Keshrie Naidoo PT, DPT, MS, OCS:

  • Clinical Education: technology, social media.
  • Clinical interests: The Temperomandibular Joint, Adhesive Capsulitis, Athletic taping

Peer-Reviewed Presentations:

Fitzgerald, C. Naidoo K. (Submitted March 2013). #ClinEd – Moving Twitter Into the Clinical Education Arena. Education and Leadership Conference, Portland,OR.

Naidoo K. Taping: Biomechanical Correction Techniques for the Extremities and Spine. (2013, March) Presented at APTA of MA Combined Special Interest Group Meeting. Waltham, MA.

Naidoo K. (2012, December) The Temperomandibular Joint: Considerations for examination and treatment by the physical therapist. Presented at Student Special Interest Group Meeting. Boston, MA.

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Kimberly Nowakowski, MSPT, DPT, GCS:

  • Geriatrics
  • clinical education
  • chronic stroke

Peer-Reviewed Presentations:

Kaufman R, Nowakowski K, Roberts D. A Liangong-based exercise program helps improve balance in five subjects living with chronic effects of stroke: a case series. Poster presentation at: Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, January 2013; San Diego, CA.

Pelletier D, Nowakowski K, Grigely S. Interaction between cohorts of Doctoral Physical Therapy students during full-time and part-time clinical education experiences. Poster presentation at: Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, January 2013; San Diego, CA.

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Mary M. Palaima, PT, EdD, MBA:

  • Evidence Based Practice Implementation
  • Clinical Education Models

Peer Reviewed Scientific and Professional Presentations:

Strengthening the Academic and Clinical Education Partnership: Focus Group DiscussionsCombined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association,San Diego, CA, January 2013

Academic and Clinical Collaboration to Manage Challenges in Clinical Education, Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego, CA, January 2013

Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Experiences of Recent Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduates: Supervisor and Mentor Perspectives, Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego, CA, January 2013

Physical Therapy: Transitioning from evidence-based practice education to clinical practice, World Physical Therapy Conference, Amsterdam, June 2011

Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Experiences of Recent DPT Graduates, Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, New Orleans,LA, February 2011

 

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Janet Gangaway, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC:

Peer-reviewed presentations

Gangaway J. Fibromyalgia Webinar. Aquatic Section of the APTA, July 2012.

Gangaway J. Effects of Ai Chi on pain and function for an individual with fibryomyalgia – a case report. Peer Reviewed Poster Presentation. 2012 International Aquatic Therapy Symposium Research Proceedings. Sanibel, FL. Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute.

Gangaway J. Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain: An Update. Peer-reviewed conference presentation. APTA Combined Sections Meeting 2012, Chicago, IL.

Peer-reviewed abstracts

Gangaway, J. Effects of Ai Chi on pain and function for an individual with fibromyalgia – a case report. 2012 International Aquatic Therapy Symposium Research Proceedings. Sanibel, FL. Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute.

 

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Lee Nelson PT, DPT, MS:

Presentations:

Wetherbee E (presenter), Kaufman R, McSorley O, Pelletier D,  Nelson L, Palaima M, Applebaum D. Focus Group Discussions: Meeting the Challenges of Contemporary Clinical Practice and Clinical Education- Research Platform presentation. APTA/Academic Council Educational Leadership Meeting (ELC): Research Platform presentation, Greenwich, CT. October 6, 2012

Palaima M (Presenter). Wetherbee E. McSorley O. Applebaum D. Pelletier D. Nelson L. Strengthening the Academic and Clinical Education Partnership: Focus Group Discussions on Communication/Colllaboration.Platform Presentation. APTA Combined Sections Meeting. San Diego, CA. January 24, 2013

McSorley O. (Presenter).Palaima M. Wetherbee E. Applebaum D. Pelletier D. Nelson L.  Rethinking Clinical Education: Focus Group Discussions on Financial Considerations Platform Presentation. APTA Combined Sections Meeting. San Diego, CA. Palaima M. Wetherbee E. Applebaum D. Pelletier D. Nelson L. January 24, 2013

Nelson L. Applebaum D. Palaima M.(Presenters) Wetherbee E. McSorley O. Pelletier D.   Academic and Clinical Collaboration to Manage Challenges in Clinical Education.  2 hr. Educational Presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting. San Diego, CA. January 23, 2013

Gardner G.,Dittus K. Watts R., Nelson L., O’Brien P., Quantitative and Morphologic
Change associated with breast cancer related lymphedema- Comparison of 3T MRI to
external measures. Poster session at the Vermont Cancer Center Clinical and Translational Research Symposium: Exercise, Nutrition and Cancer, University ofVermont, Burlington, VT, November 2012

Publications:

Nelson L., O’Brien P., Quantitative and Morphologic
Change associated with breast cancer related lymphedema- Comparison of 3T MRI to
external measures. In submission

 

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Deborah Pelletier, PT, MA:

Presentation:

Pelletier D, Nowakowski K, Grigely S. Interaction between cohorts of Doctoral Physical Therapy students during full-time and part-time clinical education experiences. Poster presentation at: Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, January 2013; San Diego, CA.

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Kim Steinbarger, PT, MHS

Presentation:

Morren, K., Steinbarger, K. The Effectiveness of a Brief Social Media and E-Professionalism Educational Session for Physical Therapist Students. Poster presentation, 2014 Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, Feb 2014.

Morren, K., Steinbarger, K., Buck, C., Dickey, E., Sylvain, L., Woodman, A. Physical Therapy Clinical Instructors: Perspectives on the Use of Social Media and Interactions with Students. Poster presentation, 2014 Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, Feb 2014.