Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Sargent is a practicing physical therapist, a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Her teaching and clinical practice interests involve complex musculoskeletal patient management, kinesiology and biomechanics, and clinical outcomes. She is involved in collaborative research at the University of Vermont and with the Department of Rehabilitation Science at the Center for Rehabilitation Research at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Research and/or Creative Works

  • Drusch AS, Sargent EL, Yang HS, Wilhelm MP, Hooper TL, James CR, Brismée JM, Sizer PS. The effects of a volitional preemptive abdominal contraction on a forward reaching task: a pilot study. TTUHSC Student Research Week, Lubbock, TX, USA, March, 2017.
  • Githens T, Sargent E, Drusch A, Ratheal I, Hooper T, Caroom C, Brismee J, Sizer P. The effect of screw fixation on sacroiliac joint stiffness using vibration energy color Doppler imaging. Center for Rehabilitation Research, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
  • Seeber G, Sizer P, Reid D, Chen Y, Sargent E, McCullough K, Munger L, Hooper T. Predicting upper extremity injury risk in athletes and service-related professionals through movement quality screening: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Center for Rehabilitation Research, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
  • Sargent E. Investigating the anticipatory postural adjustment for gait initiation by changing the initial stance condition. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), February 2000.
  • M.P. Wilhelm, T.L. Hooper, G.H. Seeber, K.L. Browne, E. Sargent, K.K.
    Gilbert, C.R. James, J.-M. Brismée, O.C. Matthijs, A. Matthijs, P.S. Sizer Jr. Relationships between foot mobility measures and subtalar joint stiffness using vibration energy with color doppler imaging - a proof-of-concept study.
    World Physiotherapy Congress 2021; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; April 8-10,


  • Ennis K, Sizer PS, Sargent E, Brismée JM, Drusch A, Kapila J, Hooper TL. Abdominal Bracing Changes Lower Quarter Muscle Activity but Not Reach Distances During Active Forward Reach on an Unstable Surface. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 2021;28:391-396.
  • Wilhelm MP, Hooper TL, Seeber GH, Browne KL, Sargent E, Gilbert KK, James CR, Brismée JM, Matthijs OC, Matthijs A, Sizer PS Jr. The relationship between measures of foot mobility and subtalar joint stiffness using vibration energy with color Doppler imaging-A clinical proof-of-concept validation study. PLoS One. 2020 Aug 19;15(8):e0237634. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0237634. PMID: 32813729; PMCID: PMC7437893.
  • Breidenbach F, Sargent E, Failla M. Rehabilitation of Shoulder Injuries in Basketball. In Basketball Sports Medicine and Science. European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery, and Arthroscopy (ESSKA): Springer; 2020.

Associations and Affiliations

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • APTA Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • APTA Academy of Education
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine - US
Elizabeth Sargent

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Complex musculoskeletal patient management, Kinesiology/Biomechanics, pain neuroscience


  • Postdoctoral research mentorship, Department of Rehabilitation Science Center for Rehabilitation Research; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Sc.D.; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • M.S.; University of Vermont
  • B.S.; Physical Therapy, University of Wisconsin – Madison


  • (802) 782-9676
Office Location:

306F Rowell Building

Courses Taught

  • DPT 411 - Movement System I
  • DPT 412 - Movement System II
  • DPT 413 - Movement System III
  • DPT 420 - Musculoskeletal Management I
  • DPT 421 - Musculoskeletal Management II
  • DPT 422 - Musculoskeletal Management III
  • DPT 426 - Cardiopulmonary Management
  • DPT 493 - Doctoral Research Project I
  • DPT 494 - Doctoral Research Project II
  • DPT 495 - Doctoral Research Project III