Sharon M. Henry, PT, PhD, ATC

Professor of Rehabilitation and Movement Science

Sharon HenryOffice: 306E Rowell
Phone: (802) 656-8146
Email: Sharon.Henry@uvm.edu

Dr. Sharon Henry joined the UVM faculty in the fall of 1996 after completing her post-doctoral fellowship at the Neurological Sciences Institute in Portland, OR. She has been a physical therapist for 33 years and teaches in the entry-level Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in courses where students learn about the physical therapy management of musculoskeletal dysfunction. She is co-director of the Human Motion Laboratory. Her primary research interests are motor control of human posture and movement, particularly as they relate to musculoskeletal impairments and injuries. Graduate students who are interested in working with Dr. Henry can apply to the doctoral program in the UVM Neuroscience Graduate Program. She is currently a member of the Neuroscience, Behavior and Health (NBH) Spire Steering Committee and was also a member of the NBH Working Group.

Education

NIH Post-doctoral Fellowship, Human Motor Control, Neurological Sciences Institute, Portland, OR, 1994-1996
PhD, Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Vermont, 1994
Certificate in Manual Therapy, Institute of Graduate Health Sciences, 1988
Certificate in Athletic Training, National Athletic Trainers Association, 1983
BS, Physical Therapy, University of Vermont, 1982

Courses Taught

PT 213 - Movement Science (3 credits)
PT 241 - Patient Management: Foundational Skills (5 credits)
PT 242 - Physical Therapy Evaluation and Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions (8 credits)

Research Interests
Henry Lab Staff

Dr. Henry has mentored many undergraduate and graduate students who have made important contributions to the lab. She also works collaboratively with physical therapists in the community to create a provider-based network for carrying out her clinical trials. The research staff members who work closely with her include:

Juvena HittJuvena R. Hitt, BS is a senior research technician in the Human Motion Analysis Laboratory and has been with the lab since 1998. She received a BS degree in physics from Loyola College in Maryland in 1995. She has numerous years of research experience in the areas of biomechanics and biomedical engineering in both academic and industrial settings. She is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (Dr. Sharon M. Henry - HD040909-06-07) which focuses on examining the motor control strategies that are used by people with low back pain and on quantifying outcomes following different exercise based interventions in this patient population.



Rebecca OuelletteRebecca Ouellette, MPT, MS is a research physical therapist in the Human Motion Analysis Laboratory. Rebecca received a BS degree in Animal and Food Sciences in 1990 and an MS in Food Science in 2000 and was employed in Research and Development at Ben & Jerry's from 1992 until 2003. In 2006, she graduated from the University of Vermont with a master's degree in physical therapy. Prior physical therapy experience includes treating patients with orthopedic injuries in an out-patient facility. Currently, Rebecca is involved in a low back pain study that focuses on two clinical approaches to classifying patients who have low back pain. The goal is to match appropriate treatment with a patient's specific symptoms and impairments in order to improve clinical outcomes for this population.

 

Lindsey TulipaniLindsey Tulipani, MS, is a first-year graduate student in the physical therapy program and is currently working with Dr. Henry in the Human Motion Analysis Lab. Lindsey received an MS degree in mechanical engineering with a focus in biomechanics in 2006 and worked in orthopedic research and product development until 2013. Lindsey plans to pursue a PhD in neuroscience with a long-term research goal of informing rehabilitation strategies for patients with neuro-motor control deficits.

 


Dr. Henry with Jennifer Chenette

Jennifer Chenette is a first year graduate student in the physical therapy program who is working with Dr. Henry on examining the clinical and neuromuscular measures associated with the Movement System Impairment (MSI) classification system, a system used to classify patients with low back pain. Jenn was awarded the 2012 Undergraduate Research Summer Internship Award, during which she conducted a secondary analysis of the MSI classification approach. In addition, she was awarded a URECA! award for 2013-2014 and will be quantifying neuromuscular responses of subjects during various standardized MSI tests.

clinicians

Physical Therapy Clinician Network

Dr. Henry has created a community-based provider network of physical therapists who implement the physical therapy treatment for her NIH-funded randomized clinical trials for low back pain.

The physical therapists are from Dee Physical Therapy, Evolution Physical Therapy and Yoga, Fletcher Allen Health Care and Copley Hospital.

Photo at right, front row left to right: Lucia Ryan, Diane Stevens, Janet Carscadden, Rose Bernier; Back row: Matt Odachowski, Jane Eliason, Traci Glanz, Sharon Henry, Justine Dee, Jeff Albertson, Sonya Worth.

Selected Publications

Johnson, CK, Kennedy A, Henry SM. Clinical Measurements of Lymphedema: A Review.  Journal of Lymphatic Research and Biology (accepted 07/2014).

Lomond KV, Henry SM, Hitt JR, DeSarno  MJ, Bunn JY. Altered postural responses persist following physical therapy of general versus specific trunk exercises in people with low back pain. Manual Therapy (accepted 4/7/2014).

Henry SM, Dillen LV, Ouellette-Morton RH, Hitt JR, Lomond KV, DeSarno MJ, Bunn JY. Outcomes are not different for patient-matched vs. non-matched treatment in subjects with chronic, recurrent low back pain: a randomized clinical trial. Spine J. 2014 Mar 21. pii: S1529-9430(14)00298-8. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2014.03.024. [Epub ahead of print]

Lomond KV, Henry SM, Jacobs JV, Hitt JR, Horak FB, Cohen RG, Schwartz D, Dumas JA, Naylor MR, Watts R, DeSarno ML. Protocol to assess the neurophysiology associated with multi-segmental movement coordination. Physiological Measurement 2013 34(10) doi:10.1088/0967-3334/34/10/N97

Lomond KV, Henry SM, Jacobs JV, Hitt JR, Horak FB, Cohen RG, Schwartz D, Dumas JA, Naylor MR, Watts R, DeSarno ML. Protocol to assess the neurophysiology associated with multi-segmental movement coordination. Physiological Measurement (accepted September 2013).

Larivière C, Gagnon D, De Oliveira E, Henry SM, Mecheri, H., Dumas J-P. Ultrasound Measures of the Lumbar Multifidus: Effect of Task and Transducer Position on Reliability. PM R. 2013 Mar 15. doi:pii: S1934-1482(13)00119-6. 10.1016/j.pmrj.2013.03.010. [Epub ahead of print]PMID:23507347

Henry SM, Van Dillen LR, Tromley AL, Dee JM, Bunn JY. Reliability of novice raters in using the movement system impairment approach to classify people with low back pain, Manual Therapy 2013;18(1): 35-40.

Zielinski KA, Henry SM, Ouellette-Morton RH, DeSarno  MJ. Activation of lumbar multifidus muscle predicts patients with low back pain who improve with trunk stabilization exercises. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Dec 7.PMID:23228626

Larivière C, Gagnon D, De Oliveira E, Henry SM, Mecheri, H., Dumas J-P. (2013) Reliability of ultrasound measures of the transversus abdominis: effect of task and transducer position. PM R. 2013;5(2):104-13..PMID: 2331303

Jones SL, Henry SM, Raasch CC, Hitt JR. Individuals with chronic low back pain in an active episode demonstrate temporal but not spatial altered torque responses and directionally-specific enhanced muscle activity following unexpected balance perturbations. Experimental Brain Research. 2012: 221 (4); 413-426. (DOI: 10.1007/s00221-012-3183-8)

Henry SM, Fritz JM, Trombley AL, Bunn JY. Reliability of the Treatment Based Classification System for Subgrouping People with Low Back Pain. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther.2012;42(9):797-805. (Abstract)

Jacobs JV, Yaguchi C, Kaida C, Irei M, Naka M, Henry SM, Fujiwara K. Effects of experimentally induced low back pain on the sit-to-stand movement and electroencephalographic contingent negative variation. Exp Brain Res. 2011 Sep 28. (Abstract)

Jones SL, Henry SM, Raasch CC, Hitt JR, Bunn JY. Individuals with non-specific low back pain use a stiffening strategy to maintain upright posture. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2012 Feb;22(1):13-20. Epub 2011 Nov 18. (Abstract)

Jacobs JV, Henry SM, Jones SL, Hitt JR, Bunn JY. A history of low back pain associates with altered electromyographic activation patterns in response to perturbations of standing balance. J Neurophysiol. 2011 Jul 27. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 21795622] (Abstract)

Stokes IAF, Gardner-Morse M, Henry SM. Abdominal muscle activation increases lumbar spinal stability: analysis of contributions of different muscle groups. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 26 (2011) 797-803 (October). (Abstract)

Jacobs JV, Yaguchi C, Kaida C, Irei M, Naka M, Henry SM, Fujiwara K. Effects of experimentally induced low back pain on the sit-to-stand movement and electroencephalographic contingent negative variation. Exp Brain Res. 2011 Sep 28. (Abstract)

Langevin HM, Fox JR, Koptiuch C, Badger GJ, Greenan-Naumann A, Bouffard NA, Konofagou EE, Wei-Ning L, Triano JJ, Henry SM. Reduced thoracolumbar fascia shear strain in human chronic low back pain. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 Sep 19;12:203. (Abstract)

Stokes IAF, Gardner-Morse M, Henry SM. Intra-abdominal pressure and abdominal wall muscular function: Spinal unloading mechanism. Clinical Biomechanics, 2010 Jul 22. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 20655636; NIHMS225315. PMCID: PMC2949466

Jacobs JV, Henry SM, Nagle KJ. Low back pain associates with altered activity of the cerebral cortex prior to arm movements that require postural adjustment. Clinical Neurophysiology. 2010 Mar;121(3):431-40. Epub 2010 Jan 11. PMID: 20071225 (Abstract)

Langevin HM, Stevens-Tuttle D, Fox JR, Badger GJ, Bouffard NA, Krag MH, Wu J, Henry SM. Ultrasound evidence of altered lumbar connective tissue structure in human subjects with chronic low back pain. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 3;10(1):151, Dec 2009. PMID: 19958536. (Abstract, Full Text)

Jacobs JV, Henry SM, Nagle KJ. People with chronic low back pain exhibit decreased variability in the timing of their anticipatory postural adjustments. Behav Neurosci. 123(2):455-8, April 2009. (Abstract, Full Text)

Jones SL, Henry SM, Raasch CC, Hitt JR, Bunn JY. Responses to multi-directional surface translations involve redistribution of proximal vs. distal strategies to maintain upright posture. Exp Brain Res. 187(3):407-17, 2008 (May). (Abstract)

Henry SM, Teyhen DS. Ultrasound imaging as a feedback tool in the rehabilitation of trunk muscle dysfunction. JOSPT 37(10):627-634, 2007 (October) (Abstract)

Gill NR, Whittaker J, Henry SM, Julie Hides J, Hodges PW. Rehabilitative ultrasound imaging of the abdominal muscles. JOSPT 37(8):450-466, 2007 (August). (Abstract)

Worth SA, Henry SM, Bunn JY. Use of real time ultrasound feedback enhances learning the abdominal hollowing exercise in patients with low back pain. New Zealand . 35(1):4-11, 2007 (March) (Abstract)

Henry SM, Hitt JR, Jones SL, Bunn JY. Decreased limits of stability in persons with recurrent low back pain. Clinical Biomechanics 21(9):881-92, 2006 (November) (Abstract)

Stokes, IAF, Fox James, Henry SM, Single RM. Trunk muscular activation patterns and responses to transient force perturbations in persons with self-reported low back pain. Eur J Spine. 15(5): 658-67, 2006 (May). (Abstract)

Henry SM, Westervelt KC. The use of real time ultrasound feedback in teaching abdominal hollowing exercises to healthy subjects. JOSPT 35(6):338-345, 2005 (June).

Honors and Awards
Grants and Scholarship Activities
Grants Awarded to Students & Trainees
Professional Affiliations

American Physical Therapy Association, Sections of Research, Orthopedics and Neurology,
Oregon and Vermont Chapter, American Physical Therapy Association
International Society for Posture and Gait Research, Treasurer and Board Member
National Athletic Trainers Association, 1983 - 1996
Society for Neuroscience