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

Theodore J. Angelopoulos, Ph.D.

  • Impact of lifestyle on cardio metabolic risk factors

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

Cara Feldman-Hunt, M.A.

  • Integrative Health
  • Organizational Development

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.

Areas of Expertise

  • 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

Grants

  •  UVM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Kaley Ahern), 2018. Computer-based cognitive training on balance and mobility in adults with multiple sclerosis. Role: Faculty Mentor.
  • Research Incentive Grant, CNHS University of Vermont, 2017-2018. Cortical involvement and cognitive motor interference during walking in individuals with multiple sclerosis. Role: PI (Co-I M. Cannizzaro).
  • Research Incentive Grant, CNHS University of Vermont, 2012-2013. Effects of functionally-based sensori-motor exercise on strength, balance, mobility, and physical activity in adults with multiple sclerosis. Role: PI.
  • Research Incentive Grant. CNHS University of Vermont, 2009-2010. Effects of cognitive-motor dual-tasking on postural control in adults with multiple sclerosis. Role: PI.
  • Research Incentive Grant, CNHS University of Vermont, 2008-2009. Health beliefs, intention and exercise behavior in multiple sclerosis. Role: PI.
  • Research Incentive Grant, CNHS University of Vermont, 2008-2009. Psychological health, falls and physical activity in adults with multiple sclerosis. Role: PI.

Mentored Research Activities

  • Kaley Ahern. Computer-based cognitive training on balance and mobility in individuals with multiple sclerosis. UVM Exercise Science Undergraduate, Spring 2017 – 2018.
  • Narissa McCarty, Samantha Sayer. Self-determination and exercise regulation in adults with multiple sclerosis. UVM Exercise Science Undergraduates, Fall 2018 – 2019.
  • Brittany Belanger. Cortical involvement and cognitive motor interference during walking in individuals with multiple sclerosis. UVM Neuroscience Undergraduate, Spring 2017 – 2019.
  • Kyle Hinsdale, Casey Little, Kaley Ahern. Cognitive-motor interference and axial loading during balance and gait in individuals with multiple sclerosis. UVM Exercise Science Undergraduates, 2017–2019.
  • Kurtis Stoeckel. Contribution of spousal support to self-determined physical activity in individuals with multiple sclerosis. UVM Exercise Science Undergraduate, 2017-2019.
  • Fiona Larsen. The relationship of mindfulness, resilience, and physical activity in people with multiple sclerosis. UVM Exercise Science Undergraduate, 2016 – 2017.
  • Sierra Martin. Understanding resilience in multiple sclerosis: implications of falls and mobility impairment. UVM Exercise Science Undergraduate, 2016 – 2018.
  • Caroline Pisinski. Cognitive Motor Interference During Balance and Gait Activities in Individuals with MS. 2017.
  • Victoria Wood,. Understanding resilience in multiple sclerosis: implications of falls and mobility impairment. 2013-2016
  • Avery Marcus and Laurel Cole,. Effect of an acute bout of exercise on the durability of balance, mobility, and affect in adults with multiple sclerosis. 2013-2016.
  • Amanda Goldstein,. Symptom variability, affect, and function in ambulatory persons with multiple sclerosis: understanding patterns and time-bound relationships. 2011-201

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 underrepresented minority students and faculty
  • Concussion policy and law

Sambit Mohapatra, PT, Ph.D.

Noninvasive brain stimulation, assessment and interventions in mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Concussion Syndrome, 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

Victoria Priganc, Ph. D.

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), hand rehabilitation, manual edema mobilization, orthosis, occupation-based practice

Elizabeth Sargent, PT, Sc.D., OCS

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

Kathleen Scacciaferro, RN, M.S.

  • School Health
  • Shared Governance
  • Healing Touch & Energy Medicine
  • Traditional Mongolian Medicine
  • Complementary Therapies for Pain Management

Jeremy Sibold, Ed.D., ATC

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

Donna Smith, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS

Aging, neurological movement impairments, Mindfulness-based practices, meditation

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

  • Analysis of structured clinical education in transition to workplace
  • Service learning to engage student learning in geriatrics
  • Leadership in D.P.T. education

Patrick Standen

Medical and healthcare ethics, the history of disability and ethical theory

David Låg Tomasi, Ph.D., Ed.D.- Ph.D., M.A., MCS, AAT

Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, Cognitive and Critical Neuroscience, Philosophy of Medicine, Traditional European Medicine (TEM), Art Therapy, Medical Anthropology, Science and Spirituality, International collaborations in medicine and health care

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

Christine Vatovec, Ph.D.

  • Environmental health
  • Climate change and human health
  • Unintended consequences of medical care on the environment
  • Human health benefits of nature contact
  • Planetary health

Kathryn Vreeland, Ed.D., M.B.A., ATC

  • Academic effects of concussion on college students

Karen C. Westervelt, PT, ATC, NBC-HWC, Ph.D.

Integrative therapies to decrease student anxiety, 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

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

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