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2nd Annual AHU Physical Therapy Research Presentation

Registration Fee: FREE! Hours: 2.00 April 20, 2022
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April 20, 2022
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual Platform: TEAMS
Jodi Liphart PT, DHSc, NCS; Bill Young PT, DPT, PCS; Elizabeth Clark PT, DPT, EdD, NCS, RYT 200; Laura Podschun PT, DPT, OCS, CMT; Jeff Emde PT, DPT, CSCS
Cheryl Foca
3030 Potomac Avenue
Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22305-3085
Continuing Education Hours: 2, Category: General, Expires: 12/31/2022

Graduating students and faculty will co-present faculty-driven research, via virtual platform, to promote scholarly inquiry, professional discovery, and networking. The intended audience are practicing PT clinicians that seek to infuse their practice with research, and may want to generate future scholarly agendas in collaboration with AHU DPT students and faculty.

Upon completion of this research event, attendees will:

  1. Recall the importance of evidence informed practice.
  2. Successfully network with AHU DPT faculty and future graduates in a professional forum.
  3. Benefit from evidence to inform practice and/or future scholarly agendas.

Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Community CI's and Clinical Partners

Research Presentations:

Perceptions of Graduate Health Professions Faculty and Students Regarding Academic Advisement and Predictors of Academic Success

Jodi Liphart PT, DHSc, NCS

Co-Investigators:  Bill Young PT, DPT, PCS; Matthew Lucena SPT: Tarique Henriques SPT; Elijah Matthews SPT; Christopher Parks SPT; Kaitlyn Reddy SPT; Tatiana Luccani SPT

Research regarding predictors of academic success can be separated into student opinions, faculty opinions, and objective evidence of predictors, as supported by quantitative data. The primary objective of this study is to examine perceptions of graduate health profession faculty and students (OT, PT, PA) regarding predictors of academic success as well as their views on effective approaches to academic advisement. This descriptive qualitative study is using semi-structured individual interviews which are recorded and transcribed. The data collection process has just started with several faculty. The transcripts will be analyzed by the research team using a  content analysis to seek the lived experiences and perspective of faculty and students regarding academic success and advisement. From the content analysis the researchers hope to identify and define emergent themes, key words, and constructs. Preliminary results and lesson learned about the research process will be shared.

Prevalence of Imposter Phenomenon Among DPT Students and the Relationship to Depression, Anxiety, Stress, and GPA

Jeff Emde PT, DPT, CSCS

Co-Investigators: Thalia Brenan SPT, Ragan Crowley SPT, Kolby Golden SPT, Tawnya Holland SPT, Paolo Ilagan SPT, Sheekha Patel SPT

Imposter phenomenon (IP), or feelings of incompetence despite evidence of competence, has been found to be prevalent among students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and dentistry, but no studies have looked at Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students.  The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of IP in DPT students and the relationship between IP and depression, anxiety, stress, and academic performance. 

The Use of Accelerometers in Determining Risk of Falls in Individuals Post-Stroke

Elizabeth Clark PT, DPT, EdD, NCS, RYT 200 and Laura Podschun PT, DPT, OCS, CMT

Co-Investigators: Kelsie Church SPT, Aaron Fleagle SPT, Paige Hull SPT, Samantha Ohree SPT, Merebeth Springfield SPT, Shelby Wood SPT

Adults post stroke are at an increased risk of fall, and Physical Therapists seek to utilize evidence based outcome measures and assessments to predict fall risk, and create individualized plans of care.  The purpose of this systematic review was to examine whether the use of accelerometers enhanced assessment of falls risk for individuals post stroke and determine whether any particular combination of commonly utilized outcome measurements was most predictive of falls.

Presenter Bios:

Dr. Elizabeth Clark is an Associate Professor in Physical Therapy at AdventHealth University. Dr. Clark has a bachelor’s degree in biology from State University of New York (SUNY): Geneseo, a masters and doctoral degree in physical therapy from Upstate Medical University, and an EdD in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College. She has been board certified in neurologic physical therapy since 2008, and her primary areas of interest in clinical practice, teaching, and research include both neurologic physical therapy as well as leadership training and practices in health care. Dr. Clark has previously provided pro-bono physical therapy services and education locally and internationally in the area of neurology. Dr. Clark has published manuscripts in the areas of leadership, international service learning, and multiple research poster presentations in the area of neurologic physical therapy.

Dr. Jeff Emde has served as the Director of Clinical Education at AHU’s DPT Program since August 2014. He completed his PT degree from Andrews University in 1996, and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of New England in 2016. Dr. Emde worked as a physical therapist for two years at Florida Hospital, prior to moving to Maine. In Maine, he worked as a physical therapist, Director of Rehabilitation, and Director of Outpatient Services for a local medical system, before making the decision to move back to Florida to assist with the development and ongoing activities of this Program. During his career, he has always had a passion for clinical education, serving as a clinical instructor and Center Coordinator of Clinical Education at multiple health care institutions. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has completed both the American Physical Therapy Association’s Basic and Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor Programs. His area of clinical interest revolves around the care of orthopedic patients and his research interests include curriculum development for clinical faculty, factors impacting the decision of which Doctor of Physical Therapy program a prospective student will attend, and the impact of intrinsic and extrinsic factors influencing student success in clinical education.

Dr. Jodi Liphart is an Associate Professor with over 25 years of both clinical and academic experience. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from The Ohio State University, her Master’s degree in Health Science from the University of Central Florida and a Doctorate in Health Sciences (emphasis on motor control and motor learning) from the University of St. Augustine. She is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy (NCS). Her area of clinical expertise and research interests involve patients with neurologic disorders especially patients post stroke or patients with balance or vestibular dysfunctions.

Dr. Laura Podschun earned her BS in Microbiology from University of Florida, Master of Physical Therapy from Hahnemann University and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Arcadia University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. She is board certified in orthopedic physical therapy, a certified manual therapist, and certified strength and conditioning specialist. She is the primary instructor for the Clinical Kinesiology and Musculoskeletal I & II courses. She also is the course coordinator and instructor for Screening for Medical Disorders and guest instructor for Selected Topics content related to manipulation and dry needling. Her primary area of research interest is running-related injuries. In addition to her teaching and research at AdventHealth University, she maintains a small caseload of patient-care and serves as Program Coordinator of the Florida Hospital Residency for Orthopedic Physical Therapy.”

Dr. William Young earned his BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Central Florida and his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Arcadia University. Dr. Young has extensive experience in private practice as an owner of a pediatric clinic and consulting business. He has also experience in acute care, outpatient and as a Director of Rehabilitation. His primary teaching areas are Pediatrics, Kinesiology, and physical therapy treatment interventions. He has considerable experience in teaching and course development as a instructor in a physical therapist assistant program. His areas of research interest include pediatric health and wellness, evidence-based education, and the use of technology in physical therapy.

Completion Requirements: To receive continuing education credit commensurate with the credit awarded for this activity, the participant must:

  • Sign-in prior to the start time and attend the full activity session.
  • Pass the online test if applicable.
  • Complete and submit the on-line evaluation.

Certificates of Completion: will be available to print immediately upon finishing the completion requirements. You are encouraged to print and save your certificate for your portfolio as required by your licensing body. Interdisciplinary accredited activities, activities having multiple accreditors, will be listed individually on the Certificate of Completion.

Conflicts of Interest and Commercial Support: There have been no conflicts of interest disclosed by planners, authors, or presenters; nor has there been disclosure of any relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies or their products pertaining to this activity.

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