Faculty Expertise

The faculty of the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science participates in a wide array of scholarly activities that may include case studies, surveys, clinical and applied human research, as well as many other possibilities.  Faculty are encouraged to engage in scholarly and research activities that meet their individual interests.  Students are engaged in faculty-mentored scholarly and research activities as part of theDPT curriculum.

Aside from the three established research labs in the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science, faculty and students are engaged in a variety of other areas of research and scholarship.  Accessing each faculty member’s directory listing will provide you with more specific evidence of the direction of their work, but general areas of interest include:

Bell, Jennifer - Orthopedic practice, increasing access to PT services in rural/undeserved areas, improving physical therapy education in developing countries

Laskin, James - applied exercise physiology; sports and recreation for people with physical disabilities; physical fitness for disabled populations; health promotion and secondary condition risk reduction

Levison, Dave - promotion and enhancement of clinical education; understanding and resolving conflict in clinical education; physical therapist as the provider of choice; improving the business of health care

Mizner, Ryan - orthopedic and sports practice, knee impairment, use of electrical stimulation in physical therapy, and work-related disorders of the upper extremity and spine

Ostertag, Susan - Neurological rehabilitation, functional electrical stimulation, body weight support systems. Service learning. Translation of available evidence into the clinical practice of physical therapy.

Mohapatra, Sambit - Improving rehabilitative care for individuals with neurological impairments such as stroke, quantifying central and peripheral nervous system physiology underlying fatigue in individuals with stroke related hemiparesis, mapping and modulating brain areas responsible for Anticipatory Postural Adjustments in healthy young adults, elderly and individuals with neurological impairments.

Santos, Alex - Control and coordination of multi-element systems participating in the production of voluntary movements. Changes in motor control and coordination with age, neurological disorder, and rehabilitation. Clinical research in orthopaedic, sports practice and patients with diabetes.