Students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Puget Sound are required to complete a research project as part of their degree. These projects, typically undertaken in small groups and supervised by a faculty mentor, may take different forms, such as a systematic review of the professional literature, or experimental research in coordination with a faculty member’s research agenda. These projects begin in the second semester of the DPT curriculum and are completed by the end of the fifth semester. The project culmination includes the creation of a professional poster, which the students present to their peers and the University community.

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Submissions from 2017

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Comparing seated pressures in daily wheelchair and sports equipment and investigating the skin protective effects of padded shorts., Torey M. Anderson BA, SPT; Kaitlynn L.C. McKirgan BS, SPT; and Dr. Jennifer Hastings PT, PhD, NCS

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The Ability of the Movement Assessment for Children (MAC) to Predict Fine and Gross Motor Development in Typically Developing Children at a Five and a Half Year Follow Up, Lauren Christianson, Brady Houbrick, Elizabeth Peterson, and Joe Weber

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Manual Therapy and Exercise in Treatment of Patients with Cervical Radiculopathy: A Protocol for a Case Series, Andrew E. Didricksen SPT, Justin Y. Higa SPT, Daniel T. Kobayashi SPT, and Robert Boyles

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Relationship between delayed pain flares, psychogenic stress and free thyroxine in patients with phantom limb pain., Arista Ip; Eva Fazzini; and Roger Allen PhD, PT

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Utilization of the Progressive Return to Activity Following Acute Concussion Clinical Recommendations, Elena Liroff, Erika Schultz, and Holly Roberts

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International Service Learning: An Overview, Kaitlynn L.C. McKirgan SPT; Daniel Murty SPT; and Dr. Holly Roberts PT, DPT, GCS, NCS

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Mirror visual feedback therapy for treatment of phantom limb pain: a clinical practice guideline, Erick Moon, Roger Allen, and Garret Hoskins

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Movement Snacks: A Novel Program for Breaking up Sedentary Time in the Workplace, Daniel Murty SPT, Michael Westbrooks SPT, and Kendra Guest SPT

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The use of Heel Lifts for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease to Improve Postural Stability., Cassandra Repasky, Connor Brown, McKenna McNabb, and Jennifer Hastings

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Low Back Injuries in Male Ballet Dancers: A Review of the Literature, Dr. Karin Steere, Amanda Duncan, Kaitlyn Johnstone, and Emma Lux

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Utilization of Physical Therapy During Student Service Learning Project to Guatemala, Lucas Willers, Hannah Hourie-Collins, and Bonnie Cramer

Submissions from 2016

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The Temporal Relationship between Stress and Spasticity, a Comparison between Subjects with and without Intact Thyroid Function, Dr. Roger Allen, Benjamin L. Hannula, Benjamin T. Gilksion, and Caitlin A. Turner

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Change in Function, Pain and Quality of Life following Structured Nonoperative Treatment in Patients with Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: A Systematic Review, Ian Andersson and Anna Dembek

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Lymphedema Therapy for the Treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Sarah Armstrong, Jake Look, L. Fletcher Christie, and Roger Allen

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The Nature of Movement Symmetry: Implications for Function and Injury Risk, Laura Broudy, SPT; Aerie Glowka, SPT; Katie Schaner, SPT; Michelle Wrigley, SPT; and Danny McMillian, DSc, MPT, CSCS

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Defending the Art of Physical Therapy: Expanding Inquiry and Crafting Culture in Support of Therapeutic Alliance, Nicole Brun-Cottan SPT; Jennifer Hastings PT, Ph.D, NCS; and Danny McMillian PT, DSc, OCS

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Orthotic Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome: A Review Based on the ICF Model, Emily Burman, Vanessa Thompson, Monica Finney, and Julia Looper

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Effects of Desensitization on Pain Distribution and Normalization of Somatosensation in a Patient with Quadrilateral Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Lisa Cook, Kristen Dullen, Jacob Hoffman, Megan Vento, and Roger Allen

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Does Patient Self-Efficacy at Intake Predict the Therapeutic Outcome?, Molly J. Geiger, Stephanie Juhnke, Ellen Maloney, and Danny McMillian

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The Safety and Efficacy of Physical Agents on Cancer Survivors: An Update, Katelyn Ratliff SPT; Gentry Ensign SPT; Kathryn Flyte SPT; Michael Moore SPT; and Ann Wilson PT, M.Ed., GCS

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Musculoskeletal Imaging Education in a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, William Chaz Sak-Ocbina, Rebecca Lancaster, Travis Muraoka, and Robert Boyles

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The Influence of a Supine Kicking Intervention on Infants with Down Syndrome Compared to Typically Developing Infants, Kara Schimke, Bryana Pardo, Kaylee Redmann, Kimberly Mahoney, and Julia Looper

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Balance-Related Outcome Measures of Acquired Brain Injury Patients in a Student-Led Onsite Physical Therapy Clinic: A Retrospective Records Review, Lauren M. Wilson, Corey R. Kaleshnik, Parke K. Humphrey, and Ann M. Wilson

Submissions from 2015

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The Effect of Symmetrical, Hand-held Load Carriage on Thoracic Rotation during Gait: An Observational Study, Robert Bennett, Claire E. Tenenbaum, and Danny C. Winnwalker

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Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) on the tibialis anterior muscle and the effects on strength and gait mechanics on stroke patients: A systematic review., Katherine Chan SPT, Rachel Milhem SPT, and Casey Hampton SPT

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Ability to Maintain a 0.22 m/sec Gait Speed as Directed by an Auditory Metronome in Adults, Brady Christoph, Stacey McCutchan, and Samantha McDaniel

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Clinical Pain Scale Compendium, Tiffany M. Crow, Nicholas J. Pilch, and James P. Aiken

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Salutogenesis: Implications for Maintaining a Psychologically Informed Physical Therapy Practice, Maximillian Gorchels SPT, Thomas Molyneux-Elliot SPT, Christina Phillips SPT, and Danny McMillian PT

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The Impact of Electrical Stimulation and Exercise on Independent Static Standing Balance, Denise A. Gyselinck SPT, Jennifer R. Briant SPT, and Elizabeth L. Goldstein SPT

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The Effectiveness of Desensitization Therapy for Individuals with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: A Systematic Review, Lauryn M. Helmers, Kira L. Donnelly, Olivia M. Verberne, and Roger J. Allen

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Effectiveness of Spinal Manipulation in the Treatment of Non-Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Systematic Review, Aynsley Muller SPT; Elizabeth Murphy SPT; Sarah Brownstein SPT; and Robert Boyles PT, DSc

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Determining Leg Dominance Using the Unipedal Stance Test (UPST), Sheree Reed, Nia Jennings, Jordan Nakamura, and Ann Wilson

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The Immediate Effects of Kinesio Taping Versus Thoracic Manipulation in Subjects with Mechanical Neck Pain: A Pilot Study, Ashley Rojan, Brynn Blickenstaff, Jenae Perman, and Bob Boyles

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Arm Positioning and Walking Styles of Children During First 5 Months of Independent Walking, Bernadette Schrempf; Julia Looper PhD, PT; Lauren Poole; Alison Gunselman; and Katrina Brett

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Effect of Early Mobilization Programs in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). A Review of Systematic Reviews, Rondamarie Smith, Stephanie Pelham, Nicholas Higa, and Ann M. Wilson