Physical Therapy Research

As part of the Rockhurst Physical Therapy curriculum, students complete a group research project under faculty mentorship. The following projects were completed by students in the upcoming Class of 2014. They will submit their findings to the Rockhurst community on March 14, 2014 and to the Missouri Physical Therapy Association (MPTA).

The Effects of Prolonged Isometric Contraction of the Serratus Anterior on Scapular Strength
Josh Agee, SPT; Lauren Bularzik, SPT; Kate Byrkit, SPT; Cameron Raymer, SPT; Kyle Veazey, SPT; Kira Weber, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Jim Dronberger, PT, DPT, OCS, MBA

Health and Wellness Behaviors of Faculty Employed in Physical Therapist Education Programs
Trista Henderson, SPT; Katherine Hoffman, SPT; Justin Johnson, SPT; Lindsay Pierson, SPT; Jennifer Watson, SPT
Faculty Mentors: Brian McKiernan, PT, PhD; Christina Wisdom, PT, DPT, OCS, CLT

A Comparison of Muscle Activity in Pelvic Floor and Abdominal Muscles in Response to Varied Bladder Volumes During Postural Control Tasks
Shawn McHenry, SPT; Kenzie Rhea, SPT; Mikala Simon, SPT; Tiffany Wehmeyer, SPT; Erica Witt, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Amy Foley, PT, DPT

The Effect of Bladder Fullness on Balance
Trina Day, SPT; Ashley Kearney, SPT; Gracia Matlack, SPT; Andy Miller, SPT; Kim Schultz, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Jean Hiebert, PT, PhD

The Effects of Motor Imagery on Musculoskeletal Flexibility of Youth and Young Adults
Kristina Barmann, SPT; Matthew Ganser, SPT; Julie Guinn, SPT; Rachel McCort, SPT; Mellony Meister, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Catherine Thompson, PT, PhD, MS

The Effect of Knee Angle and Resistance Placement on the EMG Activity and Isometric Torque Production of Knee Muscles in Patients with Osteoarthritis
Kelsey Brucks, SPT; Ruthanne McCreary, SPT; Stephanie Schultz, SPT; Hailee Stover, SPT; Jordan Zuccarelli, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Mohamed Kohia, PT, PhD

Gross Motor Coordination and Fatigue Patterns While Cycling Do Not Differ with Knee Bracing
Scott Arnett, SPT; Deva Bonnel, SPT; Paul Craig, SPT; Emily Eiberger, SPT; Brandon Fletcher, SPT; Hope Gregory, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Don Hoover, PT, PhD, CSCS

Impact of Student and Clinical Instructor Learning Styles on Student Performance and/or Satisfaction During Physical Therapy Clinical Internships
Lindsey Phelps, SPT; Danielle Sabo, SPT; Derek Tocco, SPT; Ashley Wisner, SPT
Faculty Mentor: Ann Marie Decker, PT, MSA, GCS

Examiner Fatigue and Ability to Concentrate in Two Objective Structured Clinical Examinations for Physical Therapist Students
Alicia Barnard, SPT; Vanessa Kamp, SPT; Dawn Shine, SPT
Faculty Mentors: Marcie Swift, PT, PhD; Ellen Spake, PT, PhD; Mohamed Kohia, PT, PhD