Meet Our Researchers

From time to time, the Foundation catches up with our grant recipients to find out what they are up to and what Foundation funding has helped them accomplish.  Meet a few of our researchers below.

Foundation Alumna Sarah J. Gilliland Looks to Strengthen Physical Therapy Profession Through Education

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As a student, Sarah J. Gilliland, PT, DPT, PhD, saw an unmet need in physical therapy research – education. As an assistant professor, she strives to expand physical therapy education research. With the support of the Academy of Physical Therapy Education, the Foundation for Physical Therapy offers scholarships to support people like Gilliland in their …

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Kirsten Ness, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Dedicates Career to Survivors of Childhood Cancer

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September is childhood cancer awareness month. While the survival rate has improved dramatically in recent decades, a different set of concerns has gripped the survivor community, including the physical side effects of cancer and cancer treatments1.Late effects of treatments include stunted bone growth, neuropathy, stiffness, fatigue, and an overall decrease in quality of life. These …

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Adam Goode, PT, DPT, PhD

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Health Services Research on the Rise; Adam Goode, PT, DPT, PhD In the ever-changing world of health care policy, evidence is constantly needed to prove efficacy and guide legislation. The case is no different when it comes to policy relevant to the physical therapy profession. For so long, physical therapists relied on prescribing certain practices …

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Cheryl I. Kerfeld, PT, MS, Ph.D

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It was a day like any other at the Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, in Rochester, Minnesota. The only difference? A bouquet of beautiful red roses. Cheryl I. Kerfeld, P.T., M.S., Ph.D., was a recent graduate of the Mayo School of Health Related Sciences now called the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences’ Physical …

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