Physical Therapy Research Opportunities for DPT Students

Title: RECOVER - muscle and functional outcomes after critical illness

Type of study: Cohort Study

Numbers of Students needed: 2 students for approximately 1 years

Contact Information for more details: Kiby Mayer / / 859-218-0596

Student Responsibility: Assist with muscle strength and physical function assessments; lead data entry and management

Title: Effect of sub-occipital release on steady-state and dynamic oscillatory features of the cardiovascular system

Type of study: Write up of existing data, data analysis

Numbers of Students needed: 2 students for approximately 18 months

Contact Information for more details: Kristen Metzler-Wilson / / 859-218-0833

Student Responsibility: data analysis and manuscript preparation

Title: Assessing skin temperature and blood flow through laser-Doppler flowmetry and thermography (Methods development for hot flash assessment project)

Type of study: methods development for human subjects project

Numbers of Students needed: 2 students for approximately 18 months

Contact Information for more details: Kristen Metzler-Wilson / / 859-218-0833

Student Responsibility: equipment setup and pilot data collection/analysis

Title: What unique techniques/resources are being used to teach foundational sciences to DPT and/or other professional students?

Type of study: Critical Appraisal Topic

Numbers of Students needed: 2 students for approximately 12 months

Contact Information for more details: Kristen Metzler-Wilson / / 859-218-0833

Student Responsibility: Literature Review (CAT)



Title: Assessing amputation-related knowledge of primary care practitioners in Kentucky: a survey-based descriptive study

Type of study: Chart Review, Case Report (Retrospective)

Numbers of Students needed: 2 students for approximately 2 years

Contact Information for more details: Shelia Clemens / / 859-323-8245

Student Responsibility: survey development, survey administration, data collection, data interpretation, abstract preparation

Title: Retrospective Chart Review for Samaritan's Touch Clinic - Descriptive Statics Gathering

Type of study: Chart Review (Retrospective)

Numbers of Students needed: 2 students for approximately 2 years

Contact Information for more details: Denise O'Dell / / 859-218-0590

Student Responsibility: Accessing WebPT and data as well as schedules from Samaritan's Touch Determining Data best to collect. Searching for outcome use and room for improvement


Title: Successful Total Knee Rehabilitation Case Study

Type of study: Case Report

Numbers of Students needed: 2 students for approximately 18 months

Contact Information for more details: Charles Hazle Jr / / 606-436-0691

Student Responsibility: Write up a successful Total Knee Replacement intervention with both pre and post-operative results to demonstrate key characteristics of a successful rehabilitation case.


Title: What is the best evidence related to shunt placement for a person with manifestation of both Parkinson's Disease and Normal Pressure Hydrocephaly?

Type of study: Critical Appraisal Topic

Numbers of Students Needed: 2

Contact Information for more details: Kara Lee   / / Phone: 859-218-0591

Student Responsibility: lit search, write up, developing a timeline with research advisor

Title: What is the best evidence for interventions for persons with POTS (Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) and long COVID.

Type of study: Critical Appraisal Topic

Numbers of Students Needed: 2

Contact Information for more details: Kara Lee   / / Phone: 859-218-0591

Student Responsibility: question honing, lit search, communication and creation of timelines in concert with research advisor

Title: Pelvic Health in Neuro populations

Type of study: Critical appraisal topic, may evolve to a questionnaire of PH providers in KY/adjacent states through the Pelvic Health network

Numbers of Students Needed: 2

Contact Information for more details: Kara Lee   / / Phone: 859-218-0591

Student Responsibility: Students will lit review, IRB with my help, survey/questionnaire design



Title: What are the ways that participatory photography is being used in a DPT curriculum

Type of Study: Systematic Review, Critical appraisal topic

Number of students Needed: 2 for 1 year

Contact Information for more details: Heather Witt / Kara Lee at or 859-218-0595

Student Responsibility: Review of the literature and write up

Title:  Concussion and orthopedic PT management

Type of Study: Critical Appraisal Topic

Number of students Needed: 2 

Contact Information for more details: Heather Witt at or 859-218-0595, Clinician Lisa Harris

Student Responsibility: CAT, meeting with clinician (can be via zoom/phone) to determine specific clinical question and literature search needs


Title: Using Participatory Photography to Stimulate Reflection on Mentorship Needs

Type of Study: Cross-Sectional Qualitative Mixed Methods

Number of students Needed: 2 for 2 years

Contact Information for more details: Heather Witt / Kara Lee at or 859-218-0595

Student Responsibility: Assist with data collection, data analysis, and write up

Title: Use of Videos in Learning Foundational Mobility Skills

Type of Study: Systematic Review, Critical appraisal topic, Observational

Number of students Needed: 5 for 2 years

Contact Information for more details: Heather Witt  at or 859-218-0595

Student Responsibility: Literature review of current available literature (could also be a critical appraisal topic), assist in developing a pre-/post- survey, creating materials, data analysis, write up


Title: Case study on post-surgical knee and shoulder outcome

Numbers of Students needed:4 students for approximately 2 years 

Contact Information for more details:  Patrick Pabian / / Phone: 8859-562-0787

Type of study: Retrospective chart review and case series 

Student Responsibility: DPT students will help assist some retrospective case studies to write up - knee & shoulder ones



Title: Retrospective chart review of patient outcomes

Type of Study: Retrospective Cohort

Numbers of Students needed: 2 students for approximately 2 years 

Contact Information for more details: Ramona Carper / / 606-439-3557 x 83658  

Student Responsibility: DPT students will be helping the advisor develop the study and carrying it out

Title: Use of assistive technology in Physical therapy practice

Type of Study: Survey Research of PT programs and Clinicians

Number of Students needed: 4 needed for 1 year

Contact Information: Patrick Kitzman / / 859-218-0580

Student Responsibility: Survey development, data analysis, abstract development for presenting data at meetings


Ongoing Student DPT Research

Title: Survey on PT Educational Curricula (Presented at APTA-KY 2023, CSM 2024, Published JOSPT 2024)

Advisor: Charles Hazle PT, DPT

Students: Bryson McKee, Trent Letcher, Rebecca Watts (Class of 2024)


Title: Identification of Scaphoid AVN

Advisor: Charles Hazle PT, DPT,  Denise O'Dell PT, DSCPT

Students: Jared Golden, Matthew Crawford (Class of 2024)

Title: Effects of nutritional supplement for pain management (Delta-8))

Advisor: Charles Hazle 

Students:  Bradley Dalton, Michael Flora (Class of 2025)

Title: Effectiveness of Pain Neuroscience Education on Knee Pain

Advisor: Charles Hazle 


Title: Virtual Reality Hand Therapy & Implementation (Accepted to present at APTA-KY)

Advisor: Denise O'Dell 

Students: Cameron Elder, Eillie Jury (Class of 2024)

Title: Samaritan's Touch Pro Bono Clinic: Quality Improvement Project for Intake form and Follow-up (Accepted to present at APTA-KY)

Advisor: Denise O'Dell

Students: Hannah Young, Ally Priebe, Emily Bennett (Class of 2024)

Title: Advocacy with SCI / disability / or virtual reality

Advisor: Denise O'Dell

Students: Micah Moyes, Hannah Parker, Sarrah Farrell, Erika Kupper Class of 2025)

Title: Critical appraisal topic or systematic review for potential review of exercise and physical therapy or nutrition impact on patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Advisor: Denise O'Dell

Students: Kaitlyn Wycoff, Allie Howard Class of 2025)

Title: Vestibular Dysfunction following Moderate to Severe TBI

Advisor: Heather Witt 

Students: Maddie Hancock, Jenifer Brockman, Lauren Noe, Kaitlyn Mullaney (Class of 2024)

Title: TBI/Vestibular Focus

Advisor: Heather Witt 

Students: Emily Tweel, Karsen Hunter Class of 2025)

Title: Vestibular Survey Investigating Student Clinical Education Experiences.

Advisor: Heather Witt

Students: Paiten Bush, Madison Bennett, Evonie Daughtery, Viviana Ortiz Guerrero Class of 2025)

Title: Strength testing in children younger than 5 years; a systematic review

Advisor: Catherine Gohrband PT, DPT, PCS

Students:  Devan Colberg,  Anna Homa(Class of 2026)

Title: Physical Therapists' Experiences and Perceptions of Providing Services to Adults with Lifelong Disabilities.

​Advisor: Catherine Gohrband PT, DPT, PCS

Students: Emily West, Jared Rowe (Class of 2026)

Title: Exploring the need for providing support to physical therapists in rural settings who are providing services to pediatric patients.

Advisor: Catherine Gohrband PT, DPT, PCS

Students: Aaron Smith, Victoria Kirby, Alison Johnson (Class of 2026)

Title: Qualitative study of family responses and expectations to the NEMO clinic

Advisor: Catherine Gohrband PT, DPT, PCS

Students: Marian Haydon-Dones, Bailey Miller (Class of 2024)

Title: Reporting pain management in adults with CP

Advisor: Catherine Gohrband PT, DPT, PCS

Students: Lauren Harshbarger, Sidney Rudd, Morgan Chapuran (Class of 2024)

Title: Let's Play

Advisor: Catherine Gohrband  and Patrick Kitzman PT, PhD

Students: Maddie Meredith, Kaleigh Clark, Katie Wesley (Class of 2024)

Title: The Benefits of Ambyke use for Reciepents of Amtryke from the Bluegrass Chapter or Ambucs

Advisor: Catherine Gohrband 

Students: Hallie Turner, Shaylea Turner, Levi Wiggins (Class of 2025)

Title: Muscle and physical function outcomes after critical illness 

Advisor: Kirby Mayer DPT PhD

Students: Sarah Cook, Sophia Neilsen   (Class of 2026)

Title: Construct Validity of Muscle Power Assessments in Healthy Adults

Advisor: Kirby Mayer DPT PhD

Students: Kristin Meece, Dalten McCoy, Michael Bowdy, Drew Carter  (Class of 2024)

Title: Construct Validity of Muscle Power Assessments in Individuals with Chronic Lung Diseases

Advisor: Kirby Mayer DPT PhD

Students: Tyler Sutton, Elise Katz, Cole Stump, Emily Guilford, Alexis Stewart, Matt Hyatt (Class of 2024, 2025)

Title: Physical and Cognitive Outcomes for Patients with Critical Illness (Presented Abstract at CSM 2023)

Advisor: Kirby Mayer DPT PhD

Students: Julia Sager, Casey Skeens, Katie Crabtree, Sierra Catiller (Class of 2024)

Title: Long-Term Outcomes after ACL Reconstruction (Presented at CSM 2024)

Advisor: Lauren Erickson DPT PhD

Students: Olivia Schalk (Class of 2024)

Title: Baseball Function in Division II following training program

Advisor: Tim L. Uhl

Students: Alaine Walker, Seth Cook, Ben Glaser (Class of 2026)

Title: Write up Return to Throwing Program based on Consensus

Advisor: Tim L. Uhl

Students: Joshua Cain, Mitchell Dunay, Hayden Sheroan (Class of 2026)

Title: Which Exercise gets the Scapula Moving?

Advisor: Tim L. Uhl

Students:  Andrew Hasson, Ryan Duke, Hannah Foster, Rylee Austin, Morgan Seppenfield (Class of 2026)

Title: Effect of Physical Therapy on Non-Structural Medial Elbow Pain (Presented at APTA-KY)

Advisor: Tim L. Uhl 

Students: Griffin Snyder, Andy Hickey (Class of 2024)

Title: Inter-rater reliability of 3- dimensional scapular kinematic motion device (Presented at APTA-KY)

Advisor: Tim Uhl 

Students: Jackson Boggs, Nathan Tuft, Colin Smith (Class of 2024)

Title: “Rehab Buddy” an IMU Feedback System Provides Similar Exercise Supervision to A Physical Therapist (

Advisors: Tim Uhl

Student: Rusi Dzhorgov, Matt Hagan (Class of 2024

Title: Diagnostic Accuracy of the FADDIR for Acetabular Labral Tears

Advisor: Tim Uhl

Students: Garret Collins (Class of 2025)

Title: Critical Appraisal Topics to clinical diagnose the following topics:   Piriformis syndrome /   LCL and MCL sprain of the knee 

Advisor: Tim Uhl

Students: Sarah Meador, Mary Orem (Class of 2026)


Title: Critical Appraisal of Literature on Diagnostic Accuracy for Medial and High Ankle Sprains

Advisor: Tim Uhl

Students: Tyler Beck (Class of 2024)

Title: Pelvic Health

Advisor: Deberoah Kelly PT, MSED, DPT

Students: Leah Wright, Catherine Raleigh  (Class of 2024)

Title: Is there Evidence for Combining Pelvic Floor Exercises with Core Exercises to Decrease Pain and Disability in Patients with non-specific Low Back Pain over Core Exercises alone?

Advisor: Deberoah Kelly PT, MSED, DPT

Students: Abbie Whitman, Elizabeth Powell (Class of 2024)

Title: Is the Addition of Dry Needling to Exercise Effective in the Management of Knee Osteoarthritis for Older Adults; A Critical Appraisal Topic

Advisor: Deberoah Kelly PT, MSED, DPT

Students: Elizabeth Gilbert, Jordan Frodge (Class of 2024)

Title: Parkinson's Disease and Aquatic Exercise: Barriers and Facilitators

Advisor: Kara Lee 

Students: Briggs Alexander, Maggie Mitchell Class of 2026)

Title: DPT Student Self Assessment Pre and Post Initial Integrated Clinical Education Experience

Advisor: Kara Lee 

Students: Lindsay Lancaster, Vicky Le (Class of 2026)


Title: What is the best evidence related to a week long PT intensive interventions for Freezing of Gait (FOG)?

Advisor: Kara Lee 

Students: Aubrey Graves, Kindall Talley (Class of 2025)

Title: Pelvic Health Summit- Networking Impact

Advisor: Kara Lee 

Students: Sarah Barker, Taegan Strain, Kaitlyn Rose (Class of 2025)

Title: Pelvic Health Summit- Critical Appraisal Topic TBD

Advisor: Kara Lee 

Students: Melody Branan, Jensen Carnes (Class of 2026)

Title: Impact of a Mentoring Network on a Diverse Group of DPT students

Advisor: Kara Lee 

Students: Jessie Li (Class of 2025)

Title: Stronger Life - longitudinal study of wellness measures in an older adult population:

Advisor: Kara Lee 

Students: Kesley Castle, Natalier Kleier, Amy Thomason (Class of 2024)

Title: Development of a Reference Standard for Knee ROM Recovery Following ACL-R: A Clinical Decision Making Tool

Advisor: Ryan McGuire and Tim Uhl

Students: Parker Bisek, Isabel Fairbanks, Aly Peacock, Grace Martin (Class of 2025)

Title: Development of a reference standard for knee ROM recovery following medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction: A clinical decision making tool

Advisor: Ryan McGuire and Tim Uhl

Students: Emma Lord, Jacqui Zorzi, Clay Ferguson, Courtney Zinmeister (Class of 2026)


Title: Early measures of torque development are related to peak torque at 6 months following ACL-R

Advisor: Ryan McGuire and Tim Uhl

Students: Madison Pawley, Clare Parker (Class of 2024)

Title: Functional testing does equate to adequate strength symmetry following ACL-R

Advisor: Ryan McGuire and Tim Uhl

Students: Patrick Veitch, Yehor, Vitel (Class of 2025)

Title: Ground Reaction Force Differences in Deceleration Between Post-Operative ACL Reconstruction and Healthy Subjects

Advisor: Ryan McGuire and Tim Uhl

Students Taylor Amburgey & Katelyn Fitzpatrick (Class of 2026)


Title: Use of assistive technology in Physical therapy practice

Advisor: Patrick Kitzman 

Students: Taylor Busey, Khloe Rivas, Ava Vilardo (Class of 2026)

Title: Determining the Impact of Access on Refurbished Medical Equipment on Quality of Life and Community Participation

Advisor: Patrick Kitzman 

Students: Lauren Briggs, Bella Estes (Class of 2025)

Title: Determining the Impact of a Service-Learning Program on Biases and Perceptions of Disability in a Rural Community (Accepted to present at APTA-KY)

Advisor: Patrick Kitzman 

Students: Lauren Spencer, Sydney Dehart (Class of 2025)

Title: Determining the Barriers to use of  Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in Physical Therapy, A Critical Appraisal Topic

Advisor:  Patrick Kitzman

Students: Callie Pearl, Steven Tang (Class of 2024)

Title: Determining the Barriers to use of  Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in Rehabilitation; Differences between rural and urban settings.

Advisor: Patrick Kitzman

Students: Chris Burpo, Becca Risner (Class of 2024)

Title: Examining socioeconomic disparities in functional outcomes of people with lower limb amputation

Advisor: Shelia Clemens

Students: Piper Huffman, Sophia Moore, Rachel Adams (Class of 2026)


Title: Determining differences in basic prosthetic mobility tasks based on socio demographic variables

Advisor: Shelia Clemens

Students: Paige Freeman, James Suhr, Dewayne Connor (Class of 2025)

Title: Exploring functional recovery and the experiences of underrepresented populations with dysvascular lower limb amputation: a mixed-methods pilot study

Advisor: Shelia Clemens

Students: Stefany Reyes, Amanda Slater. Anna Fortier (Class of 2025)

Title: Identifying the Magnitude and Impact of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in Veterans with Lower Limb Amputation

Advisor: Shelia Clemens

Students: Anna Urbanowicz (Class of 2025)

Title: Examining effect of a Prosthetic Training Program on Basic Prosthetic Mobility using the Component Time Up and Go Test: A Longitudinal Analysis of Adults with Lower Limb Amputation

Advisor: Shelia Clemens

Students: Marian Boyko, Emanuel Mora (Class of 2024)

Title: Exploring relationships between body composition, postural sway, upper and lower extremity reaction time in older adults.

Advisor: Nathan Johnson

Students: Becca Eltzroth, Lauren Roby (Class of 2025)

Title: Determining the spatial relationship between thoracic spine spinous and transverse processes.  

Advisor: Nathan Johnson

Students: Lily Paganetto, Hannah O'brien (Class of 2025)

Title: Determining the relationship between an assessment of critical thinking and performance in a PT program. 

Advisor: Nathan Johnson

Students: Sam Walters, Kegan Settle, Cody Scales,Kennedy Howard (Class of 2025)

Title: Determining the relationship between PTCAS applications and DPT program performance

Advisor: Nathan Johnson

Students: Josh Crank, Megan Claypoole, Elizabeth Hollon (Class of 2024, 2025)