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Department of Physical Therapy Hosts Fourteenth Annual Doctoral Project Presentation Day

a group photo of DPT Class of 2018

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Class of 2018 officially kicked off the commencement season, breathing a collective sigh of relief after presenting their work at the 14th Annual Doctoral Project Presentation Day, on April 19. They shared their projects in the areas of clinical research, education, or service and received feedback in the form of thoughtful inquiries and constructive comments from their peers, faculty and administration The day was capped with a keynote presentation by Mary Lou Galantino, P.T., M.S., Ph.D., professor of physical therapy, holistic health minor coordinator, School of Health Sciences, Stockton University. Dr. Galantino is known for her work with integrative therapies including yoga, meditation and tai chi for various populations including cancer survivors, HIV and fall prevention in the elderly.  She inspired the D.P.T. Class of 2018 with her presentation “Embrace Engagement, Entrepreneurship and Evolution: The Art of Ubuntu.”  View the D.P.T. Doctoral Project Presentation Day photo gallery. View the D.P.T. Class of 2018 doctoral presentations below.

Differences in Sex, BMI, Foot Strike Pattern, Footwear, Range of Motion and Gait Deviations in Runners with Injured Knees and Non-injured Knees
Rebecca Bierman, Brynn Condy, Victoria Lane, Meagan Lesniak and Joshua Welch
Faculty Advisor: Kristina M. Welsome, M.S.P.T., D.P.T, OCS, assistant professor of physical therapy

The Integration of Cultural Competency Within a Hybrid DPT Curriculum
Andrew Giannetti, Urszula Nieznalska, Paul Spano and Priyanka Tanavde
Faculty Advisor: Gale J. Lavinder, P.T., Ed.D., assistant professor of physical therapy

PT Diagnosis for Low Back Pain: An Investigation of Attitudes Regarding Classification Scheme Selection and Utilization in Orthopedic Practice
Robert Camacho, Dorian Shann, Luke Traub and Lauren Villalva
Faculty Advisor: Janet P. Dolot, P.T., D.P.T, Dr.P.H. ’14, OCS, assistant professor of physical therapy

Breathing Pattern Dysfunction:  Prevalence in a Student Population
Kathleen Genetelli, Nicholas Kozlowsky, Dhavalkumar Pandya and Kerriann Vita
Faculty Advisor: Kristina M. Welsome, M.S.P.T., D.P.T, OCS, assistant professor of physical therapy

The Development of a Motor Learning Protocol for Individuals with Stroke Learning to Use an EMG Powered Upper Limb Exoskeleton to Achieve Functional Grasp in a Hemiplegic Upper Limb
Jean Paul Aracena, Emily Cohen, Melia Rosen and Andrew Trozzo           
Faculty Advisor: Michael J. Majsak, P.T., Ed.D., chair and associate professor of physical therapy

Physical Therapy Utilization for non-Specific Low Back Pain: a multi-level analysis of predictors
Mithun Abraham, Michael Rydwin, Erica Wharton and Aisha Wood
Faculty Advisor: Janet P. Dolot, P.T., D.P.T, Dr.P.H. ’14, OCS, assistant professor of physical therapy

Parent Satisfaction of Educational Materials for Preterm NICU Graduates
Dana D’Amato, Anne Dunleavy, Brittanie Mafra and Victoria Kowalski
Faculty Advisor: Susan L. Ronan, P.T., D.P.T., M.A., PCS, assistant professor of physical therapy

Teaching Neurological Examination and Evaluation Skills to First-Year Physical Therapy Students Utilizing Peer Teaching and Student Engagement Strategies
Tyler Fallon, Michael Hannett, Michael Mattelson,  Stuti Punshi and Daniella Squillante
Faculty Advisor: Michael J. Majsak, P.T., Ed.D., chair and associate professor of physical therapy                                                                                                                       

Balance Function in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Nicole Abbate, Steven Brissette, Alexandra Kahn, Lilly Kyung-eun Park and Alex Theodores
Faculty Advisor: Susan L. Ronan, P.T., D.P.T., M.A., PCS, assistant professor of physical therapy