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Research

Husson's Physical Therapy department is strongly committed to fostering the scholarship of both faculty members and students within the program. All full-time faculty members are actively engaged in original research leading to the dissemination of new knowledge. Together, the faculty have over 80 peer-reviewed publications and over 150 published abstracts. Students in the professional phase of the PT program have a unique opportunity to assist faculty members in research projects. The Physical Therapy program believes that for students to be able to function as evidence-based practitioners, they must understand the research process and that there is no better way to do this than to be involved in original research projects. Students are involved in all phases of the research process including designing the project, collecting and analyzing the data, and disseminating the findings of the research through presentations and publications. Many graduates of Husson's Physical Therapy program have been involved in national presentations and have published in PT-related journals as a result of their involvement in research at Husson.

Husson has two labs dedicated to faculty and student research. Each lab contains state-of-the-art equipment for the assessment of human performance. This equipment includes: clinical-grade treadmill, body weight support system, 6D force platform, isokinetic testing machine, portable metabolic cart, 10 channel EMG system, electrogoniometers, two ergometers, and multiple force transducers.

Below is a summary of Physical Therapy faculty member's current research interests along with recent publications and presentations.

Cheryl Adams P.T., D.Sc., M.H.S., O.C.S.

Cheryl’ s research interests and studies inform her teaching. Her principle topics of scholarly inquiry are best practices in teaching/enhancing student learning, physical agents, and orthopedic physical therapist practice. She has recently collaborated with Dr. Wayne Scott in projects examining for an optimal waveform of electrical stimulation for torque output of the quadriceps muscle.

Selected Scholarship

  • Scott W, Adams C, Cyr S, Hanscom B, Hill K, Lawson J, Ziegenbein C. Electrically elicited muscle torque: Comparison between 2500-Hz burst-modulated alternating current and monophasic pulsed current. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther , 2015;45(12):1035-1041. Epub 10 Nov 2015. doi:10.2519/jospt.2015.5861
  • Adams CL. A comparison of student outcomes in a therapeutic modalities course based on mode of delivery: Hybrid versus traditional classroom instruction. Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 2013;27(1)20-34.
  • Adams CL, Glavin K, Hutchins K, Lee T, Zimmermann, C. An evaluation of the internal reliability, construct validity, and predictive validity of the Physical Therapist Clinical Performance Instrument (PT CPI). Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2008;22(2):42-50.
  • Recent Presentations
  • Adams C, Scott W, Casey A, Gott A, Noyes K, Qualey E. Electrically elicited muscle torque: Monophasic square wave pulses vs. burst modulated biphasic square wave pulses. Poster presented at CSM 2016, Anaheim, CA. Abstract published online in conference proceedings
  • Adams, C, Amiot A, Hiltz L, Johnson A, Moore JA, Wedge, E. To CPM or not to CPM: A systematic review of the literature. Poster presented at CSM 2015, February 2015, Indianapolis, ID. Abstract published online in conference proceedings
  • Scott W, Adams C, Cyr S, Hanscom B, Hill K, Lawson J, Ziegenbein C. Electrically elicited muscle torque: Russian stimulation versus optimized monophasic square wave pulses. Poster presented at CSM 2015, Indianapolis, ID. Abstract published online in conference proceedings
  • Scott W, Adams C, Cross C, Danie K, Deabay T, West S. Electrically-elicited muscle torque: Russian stimulation versus monophasic square wave pulses. Presented at CSM 2014, Las Vegas, NV, February 4-6, 2014. Abstract published online in the conference proceedings
  • Invited Speaker: Adams C, “Communication and Perceptions Between Generations”, within Clinical Supervision and Precepting: A Positive Experience for All, a HICHEP conference for local clinical preceptors, Friday, October 12, 2012, Dyke Family Business Center, Husson University
  • Adams C, Glickman L. A comparative evaluation of teaching methods and student perceptions in an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT ) Course. CSM 2011, February 2011, New Orleans, LA, abstract published online in conference proceedings
  • Adams C, Barker J, Booth H, Jewell A, Labbe J, Souza T, Spindel R, Thibodeau J, Whitman, A. An exploratory survey of physical agents use in outpatient physical therapy clinics. PT 2010, the Annual Conference of the APTA, June 16-19, 2010, Boston, MA, abstract published online in conference proceedings

Suzanne Gordon P.T., M.A.C.T., Ed.D.

Suzanne Gordon, P.T., M.A.C.T., Ed.D. works with a student.

Suzanne’s research explores the educational outcomes of entry-level physical therapist curricula focusing on multicultural education, the assessment of cultural competency, and the development of   critical thinking.  Her most recent qualitative research efforts have focused on a developmental   model explaining the trajectory of characteristics of the novice to the expert clinical instructor.  She   has also established a record of qualitative research examining the discourses of gender and   leadership in higher education.  In recently becoming enamored with tango dancing, Suzanne is currently studying the feasibility and effectiveness of Argentine Tango lessons as a community-  based intervention for preserving the gait and executive function in people with mild to moderate   Alzheimer’s disease. 

Selected Scholarship

  • Gordon, S.P., Morren, K., Handler, B., Straniero, E., & Thichava, J. (2014, February). Perceptions of the novice clinical instructor: a qualitative pilot study comparing the novice CI with the expert C. Poster presented at APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas.
  • Gordon, S.P. (2013). Bridging the differences of diversity: Communicating in the borderlands, Chapter 6. In L. Hack and J. Gwyer (Eds.) Evidence into Practice: Integrating Judgment, Values, and Research (pp.73-100). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company.
  • Gordon, S.P., & Morren, K. (2012, February 9). Identities and practices of the exemplary clinical instructor: developing a theory of expertise. Platform presentation at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Iverson, S.V., Allan, E.J., & Gordon, S.P. (2010, November 18-20). The discursive framing of women and leadership in "The Chronicle of Higher Education.”  Paper presented at the ASHE (Association for the Study of Higher Education) Conference, Indianapolis, ID.
  • Gordon, S.P., Iverson, S.V., & Allan, E.J. (2009). The discursive framing of women leaders in higher education, Chapter 5. In E.J. Allan, S.V. Iverson, & B. Ropers-Huilman (Eds.) Re/constructing Policy in Higher Education: Feminist Poststructural Perspectives and Policy Analysis (pp.81-105). New York: Routledge

 

Karen Huhn PT, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair

Dr. Huhn’s research focusing on how to teach and assess clinical reasoning and using virtual simulations for physical therapist education. She has created two virtual simulation programs one directed at teaching clinical reasoning and the other at teaching home assessment and modification.

Peer Reviewed Publications:

Huhn, K, Christiansen, N,  Black, L, Furze, J, Vendrely A, Wainwright, S
Clinical Reasoning: Survey of Teaching Methods and Assessment in
Entry-Level Physical Therapist Clinical Education, Journal of Physical Therapy Education, In review
Christiansen, N,  Black, L, Furze, J, Huhn, K, Vendrely A, Wainwright, S
Clinical Reasoning: Survey of Teaching Methods, Integration, and Assessment In
Entry-Level Academic Physical Therapist Education, Physical Therapy Journal 
Vol 97, (2), 2017

Huhn, K, Parrott, JS Exploration of  Relationships Between the Health Science
Reasoning Test The National Physical Therapy Licensing Examination and
Cognitive Admissions Variables, Journal of Physical Therapy Education, accepted, awaiting publication date

Huhn, K, Effectiveness of a Critical Reasoning Course on Willingness to Think
Critically and Skills of Self Reflection, Journal of Physical Therapy Education, in review

Huhn, K., McGinnis, P, Wainwright, S., Deutsch, JE., Comparison of 2 Delivery Methods:
Virtual and Live Journal of Physical Therapy Education, Vol. 27, No 3 2014

Huhn, K. Black, L, Jensen, G, Deutsch JE Tracking Changes in
Critical Thinking Skills,
Journal of Physical Therapy
Education, Vol. 27 (3), 2014

Huhn, K, Black, L, Deutsch, JE, Jensen, G,
Construct Validity of the Health Sciences Reasoning Test, J
Allied Health 2011; 40(4):181–186.

Huhn, K, Deutsch JE. Design and Assessment of a
Web-based Patient Simulation Program. Journal of Physical
Therapy Education
2011; 25: 5-10

Peg Olson PT, Ph.D., NCS

Peg’s research interests are centered in the exploration of the use of active learning and student engagement in interprofessional education experiences.

Selected Scholarship
  • Olson, M. (2014). Active Learning Theory Understanding and Its Use by Adjunct Faculty Members Who Teach as Single-Topic Experts in Physical Therapist Education Programs. [Dissertation]. Orono, ME: University of Maine
  • Olson, M. (2014). Active Learning Theory Understanding and Its Use by Adjunct Faculty Members Who Teach as Single-Topic Experts in Physical Therapist Education Programs. Poster presentation at the 2014 APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, February 3-6, 2014.
  • Olson, P., Ouellette, J.A., & Dorfman, C. (2014). Changes in Student Understanding of Professional Roles Through an Interprofessional Evening of Conversation. Poster presentation titled An Interprofessional Evening of Conversation at the October 2014 Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Institute, Herndon, VA, October 1-3, 2014.

Arthur Schwarcz B.Sc. M.A., P.T., Ph.D., A.T.C.

Art's research is focused on the investigation of treatment techniques employed by orthopaedic physical therapists. Recent projects have examined the effects of eccentric exercise on joint range of motion and an exploration of knowledge and application in physical therapists of the specificity of exercise for tissue regeneration.

Selected Scholarship

  • “Seated Cervical Manual Traction as a Screening Tool to Identify Cervicothoracic Involvement in Patients with Shoulder Pain: A Pilot Study”, at the Maine Physical Therapy Association Spring Conference, April 29, 2014.
  • “The effects of psychotropic medications on patient outcomes in physical therapy”, Husson University Research Conference, April 25, 2013. This poster presentation has been accepted at the 2014 APTA Annual Combined Section Meeting, February 3-7, 2014. 
  • “Effects of Cervical Traction in 30 Degrees of Side Flexion Patients with Suspected Cervical Pathology, Husson University Research Conference, April 19, 2012.
  • “Effects of Cervical Traction in 30 Degrees of Side Flexion on a Patient with Suspected Cervical Pathology: A Case Report”, Husson University Research Conference, April 28, 2011. 
  • “The Effects of Four different Combinations of Spatting and Ankle Supports on Inversion and Eversion PROM before and after Exercise”, at the 61st Eastern Athletic Training Conference in Boston, January 10, 2009.  
  • “The Effects of End Range Eccentric Training on Hamstring Strength and Flexibility”, at the Maine Physical Therapy Association Spring Conference, April 5, 2008.

Wayne Scott, Ph.D.

Selected Scholarship

  • Scott WB, Adams C, Cyr S, Hanscom B, Hill K, Lawson J, Ziegenbein C. Electrically-elicited muscle torque: Russian stimulation versus optimized monophasic square wave pulses. In Review JOSPT
  • Scott W, Adams C, Cross C, Danie K, Deabay T, West S. Electrically-elicited muscle torque: Russian stimulation versus monophasic square wave pulses. Presented at the American Physical Therapy Association: Combined Sections Meeting February 2014, Las Vegas, NV. 
  • Poster Presentation: Scott WB, Jandreau J, Johnston C, Papsadora M, Papsadora T, Salotto R. Long pulse durations and electrically-elicited muscle torque. American Physical Therapy Association: Combined Sections Meeting, February 2014.
  • Scott WB, Flora K, Kitchin BJ, Sitarski AM, Vance JB. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation pulse duration and maximum tolerated muscle torque.Physiother Theory Pract. 2014;30(4):276-81.
  • Scott WB, Causey JB, Marshall TL. Comparison of maximum tolerated muscle torques produced by 2 pulse durations. Phys Ther. 2009;89:851-57.

Ben Sidaway B.Sc., M.A., M.S., Ph.D., P.T.
Ben has an extensive background in both applied and basic research in motor control, motor learning, and biomechanics. His current research focuses on the use of motor control and learning principles in treating clinical populations. In some of his most recent research, he has examined ways in which to improve gait and skill learning in people with Parkinson's disease.

Selected Scholarship


Sondra Siegel P.T., Ph.D. 
Sondra's research interests are focused on the examination of treatment techniques for the patients with neurological lesions including the efficacy of body weight support in improving gait in patients with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.  

Selected Scholarship

  • Siegel S., Dunphe S, Gerrish T, Haggerty D, Marean C, McCullagh M, Stout B.  A comparison of two pain control methods following total knee arthroplasty: Exparel injection and Marcaine infusion. Accepted for presentation at Combined Section of the APTA, Indianapolis, Indiana, Feb 2015. Also presented at Husson University Research and Scholarship Day, April 2014
  • Siegel S, Butterfield C, Ireland K, Marceau A, Worcester R. Influence of the Foot-  up ankle brace on gait parameters and stair climbing in people with foot drop. Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA, Las Vegas, Feb, 2014. Also presented at Husson University Research & Scholarship Day, April 2013
  • Siegel S, Chaney J, Christopher K, Nicknair A, Perkins K, Pillsbury L.  The use of a harness system for balance training in elderly fallers, Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA, Chicago, Feb 2012. Also presented at Husson University Research & Scholarship Day, April 2011
  • Siegel SG, (2010) Book Review of Management of Spinal Cord Injuries: A Guide   for Physiotherapists. Churchill Livingstone, 2008, in Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy, 34:50-51
  • Siegel, S. Impact of a single problem-based learning course on problem-solving,   and attitudes toward self-directed and lifelong learning. Platform presentation for American Physical Therapy Association meeting, San Antonio, June 2008. 

Kimberly Steinbarger P.T., M.H.S.

Selected Scholarship

  • Morren, K., Steinbarger, K., Rodrigue, C., Piccirillo, K., Liberatore, M., McDonald, A. Student perspectives on the content of Physical Therapist Student social media posts. Research and Scholarship Day 2015, Husson University, Bangor, ME, April 2015.
  • Morren, K., Steinbarger, K.,  Ellis, A., Harrison, J., Courtemanche, M., Weeks, R.,Brissenden, A. Clinical Instructor perspectives on the content of Physical Therapist Student social media posts. Platform presentation 2015 APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, February 2015.
  • Morren, K., Steinbarger, K., Sylvain, L., Dickey, E., Buck, C., Woodman, A. Physical therapy clinical instructors: Perspective on the use of social media and interactions with students. Poster presentation 2013 APTA Combined Sections meeting, Las Vegas, NV, February 2013
  • Morren, K., Steinbarger, K. The effectiveness of a brief social media and e-professionalism educational session for physical therapy students. Poster presentation 2013 APTA Combined Sections meeting, Las Vegas, NV, February 2013 
  • Morren, K., Steinbarger, K., Greeley E., Dempsey, C., Kaplan, S., Reusch, S. Social media policy in physical therapist education programs. Poster presentation, Research and Scholarship Day 2012, Husson University, Bangor, ME, April 19, 2012.

Cathy Stucker D.P.T.

Selected Scholarship

  • Stucker CL. (2013). Joint Mobilization in Acute Total Knee Arthroplasty Rehabilitation for Improvement in Pain and ROM (Doctoral Dissertation).  Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI
  • Joint Mobilization in Acute Total Knee Arthroplasty Rehabilitation for Improvement in Pain and Range of Motion.  Presented at the 2014 APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, February 6, 2014.
  • Cervical Mobilization. Presented to Trends class for Athletic Training students at Anderson University, Anderson, IN. March 2008 
  • Rehabilitation Progression.  Presented to Trends class for Athletic Training students at Anderson University, Anderson, IN.  September 2006
  •  Ambulatory Assistive Devices. Presented to Nursing class at Anderson University, Anderson, IN. January 2006

Kelly Macauley, PT, Ed.D., DPT, CCS, GCS

  • Macauley K, Dirkes A. Team-Based Learning at the End of a Physical Therapy Curriculum.  Journal of Allied Health.  Accepted.
  • Macauley K, Brudvig T, Kadakia M, and Bonneville M.  Systematic Review of Assessments that Evaluate Clinical Decision-Making, Clinical Reasoning, and Critical Thinking Changes after Simulation Participation.  Journal of Physical Therapy Education.  Accepted.
  • Macauley K, Plummer L.  Prevalence and Predictors of Anxiety in Doctor of Physical Therapy Students.  Journal of Allied Health, 2017; 46(2):e31-e33.
  • Brudvig T, Macauley K, and Segal N.  Measuring Clinical Decision Making and Clinical Skills in DPT Students Across a Curriculum.  Journal of Allied Health, 2017;46(1):23-27.
  • Macauley K, Skov H, Lehtonen K, and Shulman B.  Perceptions of an International Education Experience: Findings from Students Based in Europe and North America.  Journal of Interprofessional Care, 2016: 30(5).
  • Sabas C and Macauley K. Simulation in Physical Therapy Education and Practice: Opportunities and Evidence-based Instruction to Achieve Meaningful Learning Outcomes.  Journal of Physical Therapy Education. Winter, 2016.
  • Brudvig T and Macauley K.  Clinical Decision-making Tool for DPT Students.  Academic Exchange Quarterly, 2015;19(2).
  • Macauley, K“Physical Therapy Management of Two Patients with Stage D Heart Failure in the Cardiac Medical Intensive Care Unit”. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal.  2012; 23(3): 37-45.