Within the Department of Physical Therapy curriculum, students critically appraise research disseminated in medical and professional journals and, using what they have learned about research design and methodology as well as qualitative and quantitative analysis, generate a proposal for an original research project. The research curricular thread culminates in the dissemination of these project results in both manuscript and poster formats.

This year, Class of 2024 students presented the results of their original research to peers as a part of the USD Physical Therapy Research Day and to a broader audience at USD’s annual IdeaFest Conference in April.

Class of 2024 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) students Kyleigh Moran and Abby Myers also presented their original research project at the 2023 LEND symposium in May.

Class of 2024 student research projects included the following.

Ahrendt M, Brahmer J, Broek J, Schenkel A. “Growth and challenges in developing cultural competence and leadership among PT students through virtual cross-cultural educational sessions.” (Acknowledging Dr. Hsin-yi “Tanya” Liu, research advisor)          

Anderson A, Dundas S, Hanson N, Vener T. “Education time influence on exercise induced hypoalgesia.” (Acknowledging Dr. Kory Zimney, research advisor)

Bowar T, Burmeister C, Cass H, Fedders A. “Perceptions of virtual group exercise in people with Parkinson’s disease.” (Acknowledging Dr. Matt Leedom, research advisor

Brown A, Hayenga M, Patterson D, Thorpe T. “Impacts of perfectionism, stress, anxiety, and coping strategies in PT and PTA students.” (Acknowledging Dr. Joy Karges-Brown, research advisor)

Dunkley K, Lindner T, Mork K, Ripperda A. “Tendon stiffness and jump performance of a healed Achilles tendon rupture: A case study.” (Acknowledging Matt Dewald, research advisor)

Fritza H, Guenther A, Jonas L, Mills J. “Dry Needling: Perceptions of Cost and Therapeutic Value.” (Acknowledging Dr. Adam Ladwig, research advisor, and Athletico clinic partner Emma Ladwig, PT, DPT)

Isom R, Moran K, Myers A, Rohlik E. “Health-related quality of life among children with pediatric daytime urinary incontinence.” (Acknowledging Dr. Patti Berg-Poppe, research advisor, and LifeScape clinic partners – Nicole Koskovich, PT, DPT; Alissa Colshan, PT, DPT; and Tayler Sokulski, PT, DPT)

Kenny J, Knowles T, Nordhues L, Rudebusch B. “Physical performance measures in national veteran golden age games athletes.” (Acknowledging Dr. Becca Jordre, research advisor)

Jones M, Moran K, Myers A. “Infant and self-caretaking among mothers with unexpected intrapartum pelvic floor muscle trauma experiences.” (Acknowledging Dr. Patti Berg-Poppe, LEND discipline head and research advisor, and Avera Health Systems clinic partners Matthew Barker, FACOG, MD and Staci Wietfeld, PT, DPT, OCS)

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