Physical Therapy Research

As part of the Rockhurst Physical Therapy curriculum, students complete a group research project under faculty mentorship. Students disseminate their research at events such as Research Day, the American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections meeting, the Missouri Physical Therapy Association's spring conference, and Rockhurst's Festival of Student Achievement. 

Research Lab

The Amy Thompson Human Performance Laboratory is a dedicated space for faculty and student research.  The laboratory contains a 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional video capture system, EMG equipment, a BalanceMaster, isokinetic dynamometer to measure muscle strength, Woodway treadmill and two Monark bicycles.

Scholarly Activity

All Rockhurst physical therapy faculty engage in scholarly activity. Listed below are areas of interest and ongoing research for core faculty members.

Ann Marie Decker, PT, MSA, GCS, CEEAA

  • Clinical Education – the relationship between clinical educators and students
  • Geriatrics  - factors impacting function of older adults

David P. Heller

  • Analysis of static and dynamic postural stability

Mohamed Kohia, PT, PhD

  • Biomechanical analysis of the lower extremities and muscles
  • Physical Therpay intervention for patients with joint replacements

Kelly Meiners, PT, MPT, ATC 

  • Factors related to student success in PT professional programs and on the NPTE
  • Predictors of lower extremity injury in soccer players, related to her clinical practice in sports medicine

Kirsten Potter, PT, DPT, MS

  • Outcome measurement for individuals with neurologic conditions
  • Outcome measure use and knowledge translation of a clinical practice guideline for a core set of outcome measures for patients with neurologic conditions.

Marcie Swift, PT, PhD, FAAOMPT

  • Clinical decision making
  • Evaluation methods of physical therapist performance and simulation

Christina Wisdom, PT, DPT, OCS, CLT

  • Leadership and professionalism in physical therapy
  • Health and wellness