Student Studies

Kirby Mayer

Physical Therapy Interventions in Critically Ill Patients Requiring Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy

This study determines the relationship between the timing and frequency of physical therapy interventions with patient outcomes of mortality, length of stay, and physical function in patients requiring extra corporal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

Project Period: 09/12/2019 to 09/11/2020

Total Award: $5,000


Cory Dungan, PhD

Examining the Impact of Exercise and Obesity on Autophagy, miRNA Abundance, and Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology

Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

The goal of the study is to determine if changes in cerebral miRNA expression can slow down Alzheimer’s disease pathology through enhanced autophagy.

Project Period: 09/01/2019 to 08/31/2021

Total Award: Stipend, Tuition, and Travel


Lauryn Lanzer

Deficits in Disease and Patient Oriented Outcomes in Adolescents with Chronic Ankle Instability

NATA Research & Education Foundation

This study determines if adolescents with chronic ankle instability (CAI) display similar deficits in performance of the star excursion balance test (SEBT) as a result of decreased dorsiflexion range of motion (DF-ROM) when compared to adolescents with no injury history. 

Project Period: 07/01/2019 to 06/30/2020

Total Award: $1,000


Kathryn Lucas

The Evaluation of Postural Stability and Balance after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

American College of Sports Medicine Foundation

This study integrates tools used in neurological conditions to evaluate postural control after ACL reconstruction.

Project Period: 07/01/2019 to 06/30/2020

Total Award: $5,000


Kevin Murach, PhD

Myonuclear Epigenetics of Skeletal Muscle Mass Regulation with Age

National Institute on Aging

This study provides the first muscle type-specific insight into the epigenetic regulation of skeletal muscle mass with aging, and determine whether early life stimuli affect muscle adaptability later in life.

Project Period: 07/01/2019 to 06/30/2024

Total Award: $938,308


Paige Clawson

The Role of Hip Strength Deficits on Dynamic Function in Those with Chronic Ankle Instability

Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association

This study evaluates the expected deficiencies and anticipated associations of isometric hip strength and self-reported function and disability in individuals with chronic ankle instability.

Project Period: 04/01/2019 to 03/31/2020

Total Award: $1,000


Shelby Baez

Implementation of In Vivo Exposure Therapy to Decrease Fear in Females after ACL-Reconstruction: A Pilot Study

NATA Research & Education Foundation

This study determines the effectiveness of In Vivo Exposure Therapy on self-reported fear avoidance beliefs and fear of reinjury and neurocognitive functioning in females post-ACLR reconstruction.

Project Period: 07/10/2018 to 12/31/2019

Total Award: $2,488


Alexa Johnson

Connecting the Pieces: How Low Back Pain Alters Lower Extremity Biomechanics and Shock Attenuation in Active Individuals

American Society of Biomechanics

This study determines how low back pain influences lower extremity biomechanics and shock attenuation in active individuals compared to healthy individuals and examine how altered biomechanical characteristics are related to clinical outcome measures.

Project Period: 06/01/2018 to 05/31/2020

Total Award: $2,000


MAJ. Jennifer Mullins, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

The Effect of Dry Needling on Clinical and Neurophysiologic Components of Balance in Individuals with Chronic Ankle Instability

Retired Army Medical Specialist Corps

This study empowers physical therapists to return Soldiers to their assigned duties faster following an ankle sprain and keep them there longer by reducing the likelihood for recurrent sprains through the evidenced application of dry needling (DN).

Project Period: 05/01/2018 to 03/31/2020

Total Award: $2,000


Kyle Kosik, PhD

Cartilage Deformation and Gait Biomechanics in Patients With and Without Chronic Ankle Instability

Southeast Athletic Trainers Association

This study examines the influence ground reaction forces and gait biomechanics during walking have on cartilage health in patients with chronic ankle instability.

Project Period: 04/01/2018 to 04/01/2020

Total Award: $2,000


Haley Mills

Impact of Supervised Rehabilitation on Patient Reported Function and Re-injury Rates Following Lateral Ankle Sprain

Southeast Athletic Trainers Association

This study determines the ability of patient reported outcomes and rehabilitation experiences to predict recurrent lateral ankle sprains

Project Period: 03/01/2017 to 08/01/2020

Total Award: $1,000

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