Clinical Assistant 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 include complex musculoskeletal patient management, addressing regional interdependence in musculoskeletal conditions and affecting painful conditions through manual therapy, patient education and movement. She is involved in collaborative research with the Department of Rehabilitation Science at the Center for Rehabilitation Research and is adjunct faculty for the Sc.D. program in Rehabilitation Science 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.

Associations and Affiliations

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine - US

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


Office Location:

306F Rowell Building

Courses Taught

  • DPT 410 - Fundamentals of Clinical Practice
  • DPT 411 - Movement System I
  • DPT 412 - Movement System II
  • DPT 420 - Musculoskeletal Management I
  • PT 347 - CardioPulm
  • PT 349 - Patient Management: Musculoskeletal II
  • PT 360 - Integrated Seminar
  • PT 422 - Advanced Evidence-based Practice: Systematic Review