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Dr. Boyles welcoming attendees

Dr. Boyles welcoming attendees


Grant and Scott presenting

Grant and Scott presenting


Alex, Isaack and Miriam

Alex, Isaack and Miriam


Michaela, and Jen answering questions

Michaela, and Jen answering questions


Mercedes explaining her research app to Coty

Mercedes explaining her research app to Coty


Dr. Hastings and presenting students

Dr. Hastings and presenting students

DPT Research Symposium 2018 
The class of 2019 research and global health projects will be presented in platform and poster format with time for interactions with students and networking with peers.  Free Continuing Education credits will be awarded-registration will be limited to the first 50 clinical education community partners.
Date: November 3rd, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: University of Puget Sound-Tahoma Room
See link to the right to register.

Annual Research Symposium

The Fourth Annual Physical Therapy Research Symposium was presented on November 3rd, 2018 in the Tahoma Room in Thomas Hall. The event is fully orchestrated by our third-year Class of 2019 DPT students!  It showcased the group research projects they pursued over the past two years. 

Again this year, the symposium was open to the professional community as a free continuing education offering.  Over 60 physical therapists and allied clinical professions from across the Pacific Northwest region attended.

The symposium kicked off with each of the eleven research groups presenting an oral "teaser" to introduce their work.  This was followed by an interactive session, where all attendees toured poster presentations of each study, visited with the student investigators about their work, networked around common interests, and discussed clinical implications. 

The majority of the student research projects completed this year are also being presented at national or international conferences, with many going to APTA's 2019 Combined Sections Meeting in Washington D.C. 

 As an added benefit, you can access abstracts and complete posters from all the studies presented at the previous years symposiums via Sound Ideas.  To see the breadth of work presented and dive into the details of our students' most recent research findings just follow this link:

SOUND IDEAS - RESEARCH ABSTRACTS & POSTERS

 2018 Fourth Annual Physical Therapy Research Symposium
Topics and Authors

Research Presentations

  • Symmetry of Resting Tone, Alignment, and Strength in the Pelvic Region
    Grant Kinnee, SPT; Scott Shelton, SPT
    Mentor: Bob Boyles, PT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT
  • Motor Competency and Physical Activity in Young Ambassadors of Physical Education
    Courtney Norman, SPT; Wesley Geer, SPT
    Mentor: Julia Looper, PT, PhD
  • Exploration of a Novel Approach to Measure Brain Smudging in Dancers
    Connor Mickelson, SPT; Mercedes Friend, SPT; Morgan Cooke, SPT; Laura Shellooe
    Mentor: Karin Steere, PT, DPT, MTC, CSCS
  • Comparison of abdominal compression devices in persons with abdominal paralysis due to spinal cord injury
    Michaela de Groot, SPT; Jen Swartz, SPT
    Mentor: Jennifer Hastings, PT, PhD, NCS
  • Effect of interferential current in the management of musculoskeletal pain: a systematic review
    Virginia Skipper, SPT; Sarah Maissy, SPT
    Mentor: Roger Allen, PT, PhD
  • Common Experiences and Beliefs among Highly Active Individ-uals: Implications for Psychological Satisfaction and Frustration
    Amy Luong, SPT; Aaron Hall, SPT
    Mentor: Danny McMillian, PT, DSc
  • Computerized Dynamic Posturography Testing in Concussion: A Systematic Review
    Ashlynn Aoki, SPT; Whitney Peterson, SPT; Cameron Prins, SPT
    Mentor: Holly Roberts, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS

    Global Health & Diversity Presentations

    Physical Therapy Implications of Zika and Microcephaly in Latin America
    Acacia Dyer, SPT; Miriam Janove, SPT
    Mentor: Holly Roberts, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS

    Implications of direct access to physical therapy in a global health context
    Mercedes Friend, SPT; Coty Hogue, SPT
    Mentor: Holly Roberts, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS

    Global Health Perspectives in Physical Therapy Education: A Qualitative Report on a Service Learning Experience in
    Guatemala
    Winter Wildt-Bailey, SPT; Adriana Sandoval, SPT
    Mentor: Holly Roberts, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS

    Diversifying Physical Therapy: Recruitment and Retention of Under-represented Minorities to Improve Patient Outcomes
    Alex Knapp, SPT, Miriam Janove, SPT, Isaac Aguilar, SPT
    Mentor: Danny McMillian, PT, DSc