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Faculty Research


Faculty Investigators

Research Interests

Jennifer Cooke, PT, DPT
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Foot orthotics
Jessica Cassidy, DPT, PhD
  • Multimodal neuroimaging and neurostimulation in neurological disease, injury, and development
  • Biomarkers of motor recovery in stroke
  • Neural network connectivity application in rehabilitation and motor learning
Deidra Debnam, PT, DPT
  • Sports medicine
  • Orthopaedics
  • Return to sport after ACL injury/surgery
  • Athletic injury risk reduction
  • Disparities in healthcare access and delivery
Deborah Givens, PT, PhD, DPT, FAPTA
  • Motor control and knee osteoarthritis
  • Low back pain prognostic factors, interventions, and motor control
Michael Gross, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • Treatment of lower extremity injuries
  • Influence of foot orthoses on injury and balance
  • Prevention of paratrooper landing ankle injuries
Jyotsna J. Gupta, PT, PhD
  • Diagnosis and treatment of shoulder joint pathology
  • Explore implicit biases in practicing physical therapists
Lisa Johnston, PT, MS, DPT
  • Evaluation of learning in clinical and professional education
Michael Lewek, PT, PhD
  • Rehabilitation of locomotor function with emphasis on biomechanics, energetics, motor learning/control, and neurophysiology
  • Enhancing gait for individuals with Parkinson’s disease
Dana McCarty, PT, DPT
  • Neonatal physical therapy
  • Pediatric physical therapy
Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • Traumatic brain injury in military populations
  • Clinical measurement development and validation
Michael McMorris, PT, DPT
  • Musculoskeletal clinical cases
Vicki Stemmons Mercer, PT, PhD
  • Postural control with neurological or neuromuscular dysfunction
  • Falls prevention
  • Stroke rehabilitation
Jeff O’Laughlin, PT, DPT
  • Orthopedics
  • Sports medicine
  • Developing an advanced Musculoskeletal practitioner
  • Clinical reasoning and development
Laurie Ray, PT, MPT, PhD
  • Pediatrics
  • School-based PT
Louise Thoma, PT, DPT, PhD
  • Physical activity and physical function in adults with arthritis and knee injury
  • Optimizing rehabilitation utilization and quality for adults with arthritis and knee injury
  • Integrating rehabilitation into routine rheumatology care
Bing Yu, PhD
  • Biomechanics of sports injury
  • Biomechanics of sports techniques
  • Musculoskeletal system modeling