The Department of Physical Therapy’s research mission is to build the evidence for best practices to maintain and improve the health and wellbeing of the local, national, and global community members.
In 2012, the faculty published over 45 peer reviewed journal manuscripts and over 33 peer reviewed conference abstracts and presentations. The published works of the faculty were cited over 400 times in 2012. In addition, faculty members submitted over $4.7 million in grants to external agencies as principal investigators.
The department’s research expanded with three new faculty starting for the 2012-2013 academic year; Assistant Professor Sheng-Che Yen, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor Christopher Hasson, Ph.D. and Professor Jack Dennerlein, Ph.D. Dr. Yen joins us from Sensory Motor Performance Program at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. His primary research interest is in robotic rehabilitation, motor adaptation, and coordination. Dr. Hasson joins us from Department of Biology here at Northeastern. His research aims to understand how concurrent changes in the musculoskeletal and nervous systems contribute to decrements in movement control and performance. Dr. Dennerlein joins us from the Harvard School of Public Health. His research interest is in the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders and injury through experimental and observational studies of the work environment.
Occupational Biomechanics and Ergonomics Laboratory
PI: Jack Dennerlein
Neuromotor systems Laboratory
PI: C.J. Hasson
Laboratory for Locomotion Research
PI: Sheng-Che Yen
Cancer Survivorship Center
PI: Ann Marie Flores
Neurocognitive Rehabilitation Research Lab
PI: Prudence Plummer-D’Amato
Biomotion Research Laboratory
PI: Amee Seitz
PI: Maureen K. Holden
PI: Robert Sikes
Rehabilitation and Epidemiology Trainee Program
PI: Maura D. Iversen
Teaching and Learning Innovation Laboratory
PI: Lorna Hayward
SELECTED RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS IN 2012
Brostrom EW, Esbjornsson AC, von Heideken J, Iversen MD. Gait deviations in individuals with inflammatory joint diseases and osteoarthritis and the usage of three-dimensional gait analysis. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. Jun 2012;26(3):409-422. PMID: 22867935.
Dennerlein JT, Hopcia K, Sembajwe G, Kenwood C, Stoddard AM, Tveito TH, Hashimoto DM, Sorensen G. Ergonomic practices within patient care units are associated with musculoskeletal pain and limitations. Am J Ind Med. Feb 2012;55(2):107-116. PMID: 22113975.
Ferris CF, Johnson M, Sikes RW, Stolberg T, Prendergast R, Nedelman M, Paskavitz J. 2012, Neural circuits involved in capsaicin-induced pain in awake rats: Imaging temporal changes in activation and deactivation, Soc for Neurosci Abstr.
Flores AM, Nelson J, McCarthy M, Bienenstock K, Caravana C, McCarthy S, Smith B, Blot WJ. Late effects after breast cancer among low income women in the southern United States. 6th Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference, “Cancer Survivorship Research: Translating Science to Care," NCI/CDC/ACS/LiveStrong.Arlington,VA, June 14-16, 2012.
Hasson CJ, Caldwell GE. Effects of age on mechanical properties of dorsiflexor and plantarflexor muscles. Ann Biomed Eng. May 2012;40(5):1088-1101. PMID: 22187136.
Hasson CJ, Shen T, Sternad D. Energy margins in dynamic object manipulation. J Neurophysiol. Sep 2012;108(5):1349-1365. PMID: 22592302.
Hayward LM, Black LL, Mostrom E, Jensen GM, Ritzline PD, Perkins J. The first two years of practice: a longitudinal perspective on the learning and professional development of promising novice physical therapists. Phys Ther. Mar 2013;93(3):369-383. PMID: 23064736.
Hayward LM, Charrette A. Global Education: Preparation for Study Abroad and the Provision of Physical Therapy Services to Ecuadorian Orphans Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2012. 26(1):78-89.
Iversen MD, Vlieland TV. Musculoskeletal conditions. Preface. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. Jun 2012;26(3):289-291. PMID: 22867926.
Iversen MD. Rehabilitation interventions for pain and disability in osteoarthritis: a review of interventions including exercise, manual techniques, and assistive devices. Orthopaedic nursing / National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses. Mar-Apr 2012;31(2):103-108. PMID: 22446803.
Plummer-D'Amato P, Altmann LJ. Relationships between motor function and gait-related dual-task interference after stroke: a pilot study. Gait Posture. Jan 2012;35(1):170-172. PMID: 21962406.
Plummer-D'Amato P, Cohen Z, Daee NA, Lawson SE, Lizotte MR, Padilla A. Effects of once weekly dual-task training in older adults: a pilot randomized controlled trial. Geriatrics & gerontology international. Oct 2012;12(4):622-629. PMID: 22300013.
Seitz AL, Michener LA, McClure PW, Lynch SS, McKinney JL. Effects of Scapular Dyskinesis and Scapular Assistance Test on Subacromial Space during Static Arm Elevation.Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.2012; 21(5):631-40. PMID: 21444218.
Tanaka T, Aria H, Sugihara S, Ito R, Izumi T, Holden MK (2012). A study of upper extremity training using a virtual environment system as a computer therapy. Accepted for Publication, Journal of Physical Therapy Science.
Timmons MK, Thigpen CA, Seitz AL, Karduna A, Michener LA. Scapular Kinematics and Shoulder Impingement Syndrome: A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2012;21(4):354-70. PMID:22388171
Yen SC, Gutierrez GM, Ling W, Magill R, McDonough A. Coordination variability during load carriage walking: can it contribute to low back pain? Hum Mov Sci. Oct 2012;31(5):1286-1301. PMID: 22698836.
Yen SC, Schmit BD, Landry JM, Roth H, Wu M. Locomotor adaptation to resistance during treadmill training transfers to overground walking in human SCI. Exp Brain Res. Feb 2012;216(3):473-482. PMID: 22108702.
Young JG, Trudeau M, Odell D, Marinelli K, Dennerlein JT. Touch-screen tablet user configurations and case-supported tilt affect head and neck flexion angles. Work. 2012;41(1):81-91. PMID: 22246308.