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Faculty members in the Department of Physical Therapy regularly publish in leading academic and professional journals, present at conferences, and secure grants – all with the goal of improving techniques and care practices to help improve the lives of patients. Our faculty, a majority of whom are practicing clinicians in leading hospitals and health care centers, integrate their research into the classroom and clinical settings to provide students with the most up-to-date information that will help them become better physical therapists.

Publications

Dawson, J., Engineer, N. D., Prudente, C. N., Pierce, D., Francisco, G., Yozbatiran, N., Tarver, B., Casavant, R., Kline, D. K., Cramer, S. C., Van de Winckel, A., Kimberley, T. J. (2020).Vagus Nerve Stimulation Paired with Upper Limb Rehabilitation After Stroke: One-year Follow-up. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. https://doi.org/10.1177/1545968320924361 

Evans, E., Cook, N. E., Iverson, G., Townsend, E. L., Duhaime, A. C., and TRACK-TBI Investigators. (2020). Monitoring Outcome after Hospital-Presenting Milder Spectrum Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Using the Glasgow Outcome Scale-Extended, Pediatric Revision. Journal of Neurotrauma. http://doi.org/10.1089/neu.2019.6893 

Evans, E., Cook, N. E., Iverson, .G, Townsend, E. L., Duhaime, A. C., and TRACK-TBI Investigators (in press April 2020). Assessing physical function and mobility following pediatric traumatic brain injury with the NIH Toolbox Motor Battery: A feasibility study. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. http://doi.org/10.1080/01942638.2020.1758985 

Fu, K., Metcalf, B. R., Bennell, K. L., Zhang, Y., Gross, K. D., Mills, K., Deveza, L. A., Robbins, S. R., & Hunter, D. J. (2020). Is heel height associated with pain exacerbations in hip osteoarthritis patients? —Results from a case-crossover study. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9(6), Article E1872. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9061872 

Futrell, E. E., Gross, K. D., Reisman, D., Mullineaux, D. R., & Davis, I. S. (2020). Transition to forefoot strike reduces load rates more effectively than altered cadence. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 9(3), 248-257. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jshs.2019.07.006 

Jette, D. U., Hunter, S. J., Burkett, L., Langham, B., Logerstedt, D. S., Piuzzi, N. S., Poirier, N. M., Radach, L. J. L., Ritter, J., Scalzitti, D. A., Stevens-Lapsley, J. E., Tompkins, J., & Zeni Jr, J. (2020). Physical therapist management of total knee arthroplasty. Physical Therapy. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/ptj/pzaa099 

Roseen, E. J., Ward, R. E., Keysor, J. J., Atlas, S. J., Leveille, S. G., Bean, J. F. (2020) The Association of Pain Phenotype with Neuromuscular Impairments and Mobility Limitations Among Older Primary Care Patients: A Secondary Analysis of the Boston Rehabilitative Impairment Study of the Elderly. PM R. https://doi.org/10.1002/pmrj.12336 Online ahead of print.

Townsend, E. L., Simeone, S. D., Krosschell, K. J., & Swoboda, K. J. (2020). Stander Use in Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA): Findings from a Large Natural History Database. Pediatric Physical Therapy. In press. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32569095/ 

Weaver, P. A., Catalino, T., Townsend, E. L., Martin, K. & Dole, R.L. Assimilation of the Pediatric Essential Core Competencies by Professional Physical Therapist Education Programs. Pediatric Physical Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1089/neu.2019.6893 

Yeo, C., Simeone, S. D., Townsend, E. L., Zhang, R., Swoboda, K. J. Prospective Cohort Study of Nusinersen Treatment in Adults with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases. http://doi.org/10.3233/JND-190453 

Jacob, M. E., Ni, P., Driver, J., Leritz, E., Leveille, S. G., Jette, A. M., & Bean, J. F. (2020). Burden and patterns of multimorbidity: Impact on disablement in older adults. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 99(5), 359-365. https://doi.org/10.1097/PHM.0000000000001388

Wood, L. J., Winters-Stone, K. M., Kneiss, J. A., Fox, A. B., & Walker, R. K. (2020). Women with clinically significant fatigue after breast cancer treatment report increased falls and perform poorly on objective measures of physical fitness and function. Rehabilitation Oncology, 38(2), 92-99. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.REO.0000000000000193

Hong, I., Knox, S., Pryor, L., Mroz, T. M., Graham, J., Shields, M. F., & Reistetter, T. A. (2020). Is referral to home health rehabilitation following inpatient rehabilitation facility associated with 90-day hospital readmission for adult patients with stroke? American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1097/PHM.0000000000001435

Leslie (PhD Student), C. J., Hawkins, M., & Smith, D. L. (2020). Using the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ) with providers in the Early Intervention setting: A qualitative validity testing study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(7), Article E2603. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072603

Plummer, P. (in press). Critcally appraised paper: Combined aerobic and resistance training is superior to usual care for improving some aspects of mobility after stroke [synopsis]. Journal of Physiotherapy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jphys.2020.02.009

Plummer, P., Altmann, L., Feld, J., Zukowski, L., Najafi, B., & Giuliani, C. (2020). Attentional prioritiziation in dual-task walking: Effects of stroke, environment, and instructed focus. Gait Posture, 79, 3-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2020.03.013 

Evans, E. A., Cook, N., Iverson, G. L., Townsend, E., & Duhaime, A. C. (in press). Monitoring outcome following hospital-presenting milder spectrum pediatric traumatic brain injury using the Glasgow Outcome Scale-Extended, Pediatric Revision. Journal of Neurotrauma. https://doi.org/10.1089/neu.2019.6893 

Jacob, M. E., Ni, P., Driver, J., Leritz, E., Leveille, S. G., Jette, A. M., & Bean, J. F. (in press). Burden and patterns of multi-morbidity: Impact on disablement in older adults. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. https://doi.org/10.1097/PHM.0000000000001388

Knox, S., Downer, B., Haas, A., Middleton, A., & Ottenbacher, K. J. (in press). Function and caregiver support associated with readmissions during home health for individuals with dementia. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2019.12.021

Blackwood, J. & Gore, S. (2019). Beyond balance and mobility: Contributions of cognitive function to falls in older adults with cardiovascular disease. Journal of Frailty, Sarcopenia & Falls, 4, 65-70, https://doi.org/10.22540/JFSF-04-065.

Knox, S., Downer, B., Haas, A., Middleton, A., & Ottenbacher, K.J. (in press). Dementia severity associated with increased risk of potentially preventable readmissions during home health care. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2019.09.012.

Dickie, D.A., Kimberley, T.J., Pierce, D., Engineer, N., Tarver, W.B., & Dawson, J. (2019). An exploratory study of predictors of response to vagus nerve stimulation with upper-limb rehabilitation after ischemic stroke. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 15902. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-52092-x.

Knox, S. (in press). Pneumonia Readmissions in Older Adults with Dementia. Medical Care.

Flautt, W., Rowland, R., Westrick, R.B. (2019). Cervical fracture with posterior ligamentous injury while skydiving. Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 49(2), 113.

Jette, A. (in press). The cerebral palsy profile of health and function: Upper-extremity domain's sensitivity to change following musculoskeletal surgery. Journal of Hand Surgery.

Kimberley T.J., Dawson J. Response by Kimberley and Dawson Regarding Article, “Vagus Nerve Stimulation Paired With Upper Limb Rehabilitation After Chronic Stroke: A Blinded Randomized Pilot Study”. Stroke. 2019;50:e38.

Ledingham, A., Cohn, E.S., Baker, K.R., & Keysor, J.J. (in press). Exercise adherence: Beliefs of adults with knee osteoarthritis over 2 years. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice.

Wei, J., Gross, D., Lane, N.E., Lu, N., Wang, M., Zeng, C., ... Zhang, Y. (in press). Risk factor heterogeneity for medial and lateral compartment knee osteoarthritis: Analysis of two prospective cohorts. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage

Tulsky, D.S., Kisala, P.A., Boulton, A.J., Jette, A.M., Thissen, D., Ni, P., ... Reeve, B.B. (in press). Determining a transitional scoring link between PROMIS pediatric and adult physical health measures. Quality of Life Research.

Middleton, A., Downer, B., Haas, A., Knox, S., Ottenbacher, K.J. (in press). Functional status is associated with 30-day potentially preventable readmissions following home health care. Medical Care.

Keeney T '18, Fox AB, Jette DU & Jette A: "Functional Trajectories of Persons with Cardiovascular Disease in Late Life." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Wink AE, Gross KD, Brown CA, Lewis CE, Torner J, Nevitt MC, Tolstykh I, Sharma L & Felson DT: "Association of Varus Knee Thrust During Walking with Worsening WOMAC Knee Pain: The Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study." Arthritis Care and Research.

Jacob ME, Travison TG, Ward RE, Latham SG, Jette AM & Bean JF: "Neuromuscular Attributes Associated with Lower Extremity Mobility among Community-Dwelling Older Adults." Journals of Gerontology.

Grill B, Levangie PK, Cole M, Rosenberg D & Jensen L: "Bone Mineral Density among Individuals with Residual Lower Limb Weakness After Polio." PM&R.

Kiefer MJ & Townsend ELCommentary on "Stepping Activity in Children with Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy." Pediatric Physical Therapy.

Kimberley TJ, Pierce D, Prudente CN, Grancisco GE, Yozbatiran N, Smith P, Tarver, B, Engineer N, Dickie DA, Kline DK, Wigginton JA, Cramer SC, Dawson J. Vagus nerve stimulation paired with upper limb rehabilitation after chronic stroke: a blinded randomized pilot study. Stroke, 2018 49(11), 2789. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.118.022279

Summers RLS, Chen M, Hatch A, Kimberley TJ. Cerebellar Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Modulates Corticospinal Excitability during Motor Training. Frontiers Human Neuroscience, 2018, 12, 118. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2018.00118  

Prudente CN, Zetterberg L, Bring A, Bradnam L & Kimberley TJ. (May-June 2018). "Systematic Review of Rehabilitation in Focal Dystonias: Classification and Recommendations." Movement Disorders Clinical Practice. doi: 10.1002/mdc3.12574

Evans EA, Asuzu D, Cook N, Caruso P, Townsend E, Costine-Bartell B, Fortes-Monteiro C, Hotz G & Duhaime AC. (June 2018). "Traumatic-Brain-Injury-Related Symptoms Reported by Parents: Clinical, Imaging, and Host Predictors in Children with Impairments in Consciousness Less than 24 Hours." Journal of Neurotrauma.

Chen M, Lixandrao MC, Prudente CN, Summers RLS & Kimberley TJ. (June 2018). "Short Interval Intracortical Inhibition Responses to Low-frequency Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Under Multiple Interstimulus Intervals and Conditioning Intensities." Neuromodulation. doi: 10.1111/ner.12773​

Zablotney C, Hilton T, Riek L, Kneiss J, Tome J & Houck J. (May 2018).  "Validity of Visual Assessment of Sit To Stand after Hip Fracture." Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy.

Joyce C, Schneider M, Stevans JM & Beneciuk JM. (April 2018). "Improving Physical Therapy Pain Care, Quality, and Cost through Effectiveness-Implementation Research." Physical Therapy.

Summers RLS, Chen M, Hatch A & Kimberley TJ. (April 2018).  "Cerebellar Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Modulates Corticospinal Excitability During Motor Training." Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Goode AP, Ni P, Jette A & Fitzgerald GK. (April 2018). "Development and Evaluation of the Boston University Osteoarthritis Functional Pain Short Form." Physical Therapy.

The April issue of the APTA magazine PT in Motion features an article Rich Westrick helped coordinate titled “Working with Combat Athletes.” He is featured in a sidebar to the main story at the end.

Hedman LD, Quinn L, Gill-Body K, Brown DA, Quiben M, Riley N & Scheets PL. (April 2018).  "White Paper: Movement System Diagnoses in Neurologic Physical Therapy." Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy.

Summers RL, Chen M, Hatch A & Kimberley TJ.​ (April 2018).  "Cerebellar Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Modulates Corticospinal Excitability During Motor Training." Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Freedman VA, Kasper JD & Jette A. (Published online March 2018).  "Can Older Adults Accurately Report Their Use of Physical Rehabilitation Services?" Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Keeney T, Slavin M, Kisala P, Pengsheng N, Heinemann AW, Charlifue S, Fyffe DC, Marino RJ, Morse LR, Worobey LA, Tate D, Rosenblum D, Zafonte DO, Tulsky D & Jette AM. (March 2018).  "Sensitivity of the SCI-FI/AT in Individuals With Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury." Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Chen M, Lixandrao MC, Prudente CN, Summers RLS & Kimberley TJ. (March 2018).  "Short Interval Intracortical Inhibition Responses to Low-Frequency Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Under Multiple Interstimulus Intervals and Conditioning Intensities." Neuromodulation.​

Jette DU. (March 2018).  "How Should We Determine the Importance of Research?" Physical Therapy.

Chang F, Jette AM, Slavin MD, Baker K, Ni P & Keysor JJ​. (January 2018). "Detecting Functional Change in Response to Exercise in Knee Osteoarthritis: A Comparison of Two Computerized Adaptive Tests." BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.

Prudente CN, Zetterberg L, Bring A, Bradnam L & Kimberley TJ. (December 2017).  "Systematic Review of Rehabilitation in Focal Dystonias: Classification and Recommendations." Movement Disorders Clinical Practice.

Keeney TJette A, Freedman V & Cabral H. (November 2017).  "Racial Differences in Patterns of Use of Rehabilitation Services for Adults Aged 65 and Older." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Beneck GJ, Selkowitz DM, Janzen DS, Malecha E & Tiemeyer BR. (July 2017). "The Influence of Pelvic Rotation on Clinical Measurements of Hip Flexion and Extension Range of Motion Across Sex and Age." Physical Therapy in Sport.

Pirio Richardson S, Altenmüller E, Alter K, Alterman RL, Chen R, Frucht S, Furuya S, Jankovic J, Jinnah HA, Kimberley TJ, Lungu C, Perlmutter JS, Prudente CN & Hallett M. (May 2017). "Research Priorities in Limb and Task-specific Dystonias." Frontiers in Neurology.

Prudente CN, Zetterberg L, Bring A, Bradnam L & Kimberley TJ: "Systematic Review of Rehabilitation in Focal Dystonias: Classification and Recommendations." Movement Disorders Clinical Practice.

Pirio Richardson S, Altenmüller E, Alter K, Alterman RL, Chen R, Frucht S, Furuya S, Jankovic J, Jinnah HA, Kimberley TJ, Lungu C, Perlmutter JS, Prudente CN & Hallett M: "Research Priorities in Limb and Task-Specific Dystonias." Frontiers in Neurology.

Stephen CD, Sharma N, Callahan J, Carson AJ & Perez DL: "A Case of Functional Dystonia with Associated Functional Neurological Symptoms: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenges." Harvard Review of Psychiatry.

Glass S, Matin N, Williams B, Mello J, Stephen C, Young S, Callahan J, LaFrance WC & Perez D: "Neuropsychiatric Factors Linked to Adherence and Short-Term Outcome in a US Functional Neurological Disorders Clinic: A Retrospective Cohort Study." Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences.

Callahan J & Morris L: "Unilateral Vestibular Hypofunction: A Clinical Summary." PTNow.

Stephen CD, Sharma N, Perez DL, Callahan J, Carson AJ. "A Case of Functional Dystonia with Associated Functional Neurological Symptoms: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenges." Harvard Review of Psychiatry.

Brown L, Meng N, Schmidt CT & Bean JF: "Evaluation of an Outpatient Rehabilitative Program to Address Mobility Limitations Among Older Adults." American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Macauley K & Plummer L: "Prevalence and Predictors of Anxiety in Doctor of Physical Therapy Students." Journal of Allied Health.

Wink AE, Gross KD, Brown CA, Guermazi A, Roemer F, Niu J, Torner J, Lewis CE, Nevitt MC, Tolstyka I, Sharma L & Felson DT: “Varus Thrust During Walking and the Risk of Incident and Worsening Medial Tibiofemoral MRI Lesions: The Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study.” Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

Brudvig T & Macauley K: "Measuring Clinical Decision-Making and Clinical Skills in DPT Students Across a Curriculum: Validating a New Survey Tool." Journal of Allied Health.

Yung E: "The Immediate Cardiovascular Response to Joint Mobilization of the Neck: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial in Pain-Free Adults." Musculoskeletal Science and Practice.

Presentations

Simpson L, Keysor J, Cochrane F, Allaire S. Preferences for Receiving an Evidence-based Job Retention Program among Adults with Arthritis. Gerontological Society of America national meeting, Boston MA Nov. 14-18, 2018. Poster presentation. 

E Townsend, S Simeone, K Krosschell, R Zhang & K Swoboda: "Supported Standing in SMA Types 1 and 2: Head Rotation Control and Respiratory Support Predict Meaningful Stander Use." Poster presentation at Cure SMA Annual Meeting, Scientific Conference, Dallas, TX.

R Zhang, J Loutrel, M Kuhlmann, J Whaley, G Labilloy, S Simeone, E Townsend, K Krosschell, J Yun H Chen, A Brower, F Nery, K Trautman, P Nwe, A Johnstone, J Siranosian, T Newcomb, R Butterfield, M Watson & K Swoboda: "The Project Cure SMA Longitudinal Population Data Repository (LPDR)." Poster presentation at Cure SMA Annual Meeting, Scientific Conference, Dallas, TX.

Fiorello P & Garrity L: "Pay Attention or You Might Forget (Attention and Memory Skill Strategies)." Presentation at the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts 37th Annual Injury Conference.

Rich Westrick presented a talk in April at the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Tactical Strength & Conditioning annual conference in Norfolk, VA, entitled, “Protocols for Return to Duty After Musculoskeletal Injury.”

Gore S (poster): "Validity of the Global Physical Activity Questionnaire in Older Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease." American Thoracic Society Conference, San Diego, CA.

Naidoo K, Alimi S & Costello M: "Scaffolding Clinical Education from Integrated Experiences to Residency and Beyond." Poster presentation at the APTA of Massachusetts Fall Conference, Norwood, MA.

Townsend E, Simeone S, Krosschell K, Zhang R & Swoboda K: "To Stand or Not to Stand: Using Early Motor Control to Inform Clinical Decision Making in Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)." Selected by the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Research Awards Committee for the 2017 CSM Outstanding Research Abstract Award.

Altenburger P, Brechter, J, Chleboun G, Heath A, Jette D, Shilling D, Topp K & Tschoepe B: "Assessment to Support DPT Program Quality and Development." Educational Leadership Conference, Columbus, OH.

Jensen G, Hack L, Nordstrom T, Jette D, Craik R, Dunn S & Boissonnault B: "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Critical Challenges and Opportunities in Physical Therapy Education and Research." Educational Leadership Conference, Columbus, OH.

Selkowitz DM, Beneck GJ & Powers CM: "Comparison of Different Positions for Eliciting Maximum EMG Activity of the Gluteal Muscles in Persons with PFP: Implications for EMG Normalization." 5th International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat, Gold Coast, Australia.

Selkowitz DM, Beneck GJ, Robinson C & Powers CM: "Hip Muscle Activation in Persons with PFP During the Clam Exercise: Is Resistance Important?" 5th International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat, Gold Coast, Australia.

Pam Levangie gave the Ann Putnam Kaleckas Lecturer: “Breast Cancer: A Personal and Professional Journey,” Northwestern University, Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science, March 27, 2017.

More than two dozen people connected to the MGH Institute's Department of Physical Therapy presented their research at CSM 2020 - February 12-15.

Grants

Neuromuscular Dysfunction Among Fatigued and On-Fatigued Breast Cancer Survivors​
$444,952, from the National Institutes of Health, Lisa Wood, PhD, RN, FAAN,  Principal Investigator, Janet Kneiss, PhD, DPT, MS, Co-Principal Investigator, 2018-2020

Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study (Most). 
$299,431, from Boston University (NIH). K. Douglas Gross, MPT, MSc, ScD, FAAOMPT, CPed, Co-Investigator, 2016 – 2020

National Health and Aging.
$38,883 from the National Institutes of Health, Alan Jette, PT, PhD, MPH, FAPTACo-Principal Investigator. Johns Hopkins Prime. 2017-2019

Frailty and Disability in Cardiovascular Disease: Predictors of 30-day Hospital Readmission. 
$17,999 from the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, Tamra Keeney, PT, DPT, CCS, and Alan Jette, PT, PhD, MPH, FAPTA – Co Investigators, 2016-2018.

A Multimodal Assessment of Neurophysiology in Foscal Dystonia.
$1,513,367 from the National Institutes of Health, Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PhD, PT, Principal Investigator. 2017-2021.

A Pivotal Randomized Study Assessing Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) During Rehabilitation for Improved Upper Limb Motor Function After Stroke (VNS REHAB).
$451,018 from Microtransponder. Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PhD, PT, Principal Investigator. 2018-2023.

Recognition/Honors

Teresa J. Kimberley was asked to serve as a standing member on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) MFSR (Motor function speech rehabilitation) study section. She will begin a 4-year term in October 2018. Study section members are responsible for reviewing and scoring submitted grant proposals.

Teresa J. Kimberley was asked to serve a second term as Associate Editor for the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy.

Assistant Professor Sara Knox was appointed to the Educational Leadership Partnership’s sub-committee for Outcomes in Physical Therapy Education.

Associate Professor Richard Westrick was appointed to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties' Sports Specialty Standard Setting Committee for the Specialist Certification in Sports Examination.

Diane Jette is research chair of an APTA workgroup developing a clinical practice guideline for the physical therapy management of total knee arthroplasty.

Sarah Knox was inducted into The Alpha Eta Honor Society, the national scholastic honor society for allied health professionals, whose members represent the top ten percent of graduates of allied health schools and colleges.

Pam Levangie finished her term as Director of American Council of Academic Physical Therapy.