The Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science integrates three complementary applied human sciences that focus on promoting optimal health as well as disease and injury prevention through participation in physical activity. Department faculty have strong interdisciplinary research ties with faculty in engineering, nutrition, psychology, and medicine.

Faculty/Staff Member Area of Expertise and/or Research

Yang Bai, Ph.D.

  • Physical activity and fitness assessment and epidemiology
  • School-based youth activity and healthy eating promotion
  • Validation of consumer and research activity monitors
  • Behavior change with technology

David W. Brock, Ph.D.

  • Public Health
  • Chronic disease
  • Exercise physiology
  • Human performance

Justine Dee, PT, M.S., OCS

  • Treatment of chronic pain
  • Addressing pain and functional loss in the victims of torture and trauma
  • Low back pain
  • Treatment of lymphedema

Reuben Escorpizo, PT, M.Sc., D.P.T.

  • Understanding and examining disability in spinal cord injury, work rehabilitation, and arthritis

Mathew Failla, PT, Ph.D., SCS

  • Sports medicine
  • Knee injury prevention and treatment
  • Shoulder injury prevention and treatment

Nancy Gell, PT, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Exercise and physical activity adherence
  • Influence of environment and technology on physical activity behavior
  • Strategies for healthy aging

Susan Kasser, Ph.D.

  • Postural control and fall risk in adults with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Physical and psychological outcomes of exercise for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Physical activity and health in people with Multiple Sclerosis

Nathan Kokinda, M.S.

  • Exercise intervention following cancer treatment
  • Physiological testing

Alan Maynard, M.Ed., ATC

  • Study of ethnic and racial diversity in the healthcare workforce
  • Recruitment and retention of athletic training students of color
  • Treatment of obesity, chronic disease, and physical inactivity

Sambit Mohapatra, PT, Ph.D.

  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
  • Screening tools in mild Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Recovery of motor functions post-stroke

Deborah A. O'Rourke, PT, Ph.D.

  • Pediatric pain
  • Health-related quality of life in children with disabilities
  • Interprofessional education and practice
     

Rebecca Ouellette-Morton, PT, M.S., D.P.T.

  • Essential functions in physical therapy education
  • Clinical education in physical therapy
  • Strategies and functional outcomes for patients with chronic musculoskeletal conditions

Denise Peters, PT, D.P.T., Ph.D.

  • Neural correlates of motor impairment and recovery post-stroke
  • Gait rehabilitation and neuromechanics
  • Structural neuroimaging

Brian V. Reed, PT, Ph.D.

  • Applied exercise physiology and therapeutic modalities

Elizabeth Sargent, PT, Sc.D., OCS

  • Complex musculoskeletal patient management
  • Kinesiology/Biomechanics
  • Pain neuroscience

Jeremy Sibold, Ed.D., ATC

  • The relationship between exercise and mental health
  • The relationship between psychosocial variables and athletic injury

Paula Smith, PT, M.A.S., D.P.T.

  • Analysis of structured clinical education in transition to workplace
  • Service learning to engage student learning in Geriatrics

Connie Tompkins, Ph.D.

  • Prevention and treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity

Kelly Tourville, M.Ed., ATC

  • Clinical Education in Athletic Training

Timothy Tourville, Ph.D., ATC

  • Treatment of post-traumatic osteoarthritis and chronic disease with therapeutic exercise and its relationship with changes in biochemical, biomechanical, MRI, clinical- and patient-oriented outcomes
  • Osteoarthritis imaging (radiographic and MRI) and biomarker evaluation
  • Effectiveness of surgical techniques and rehabilitation following orthopaedic injuries
  • Physical activity as it relates to the prevention, evaluation, and rehabilitation of orthopaedic injuries

Barbara Ann Tschoepe, PT, D.P.T., Ph.D.

  • Physical therapy faculty development
  • Experiential learning in health promotion in physical therapy students
  • Physical therapy practice and implementation of clinical practice guidelines

Kathryn Vreeland, M.B.A., ATC

  • Academic effects of concussion on college students

Karen C. Westervelt, PT, ATC, Ph.D., M.S., OCS, FAAOMPT, CMP

  • Classification and treatment of low back pain
  • Orthopedic manual therapy
  • Post-professional physical therapist education
  • International collaborations in health care
  • Novel mentoring techniques for new clinicians and clinicians in rural settings
  • Kinesiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Travel study

Sonya Worth, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT

  • Low Back Pain
  • Study of Nordic skiers' movement patterns and injury incidence
  • Use of the Dynadjust Spinal Manipulation Training System as an adjunct to traditional classroom based teaching of joint accessory mobilization and high velocity thrust techniques

Ge Wu, Ph.D.

  • Biomechanical analysis of Tai Chi Quan movement
  • Spatial head orientation on balance performance
  • Tele-communication technology for delivering rehabilitation exercises to homebound elders
  • Biomechanics of falls and fall detection
  • Artificial Neural Network for identifying people at risk for falls

Michelle L. Yargeau, PT, D.P.T., CWS

  • Wound care/pressure management
  • Neurologic disorders and function/balance