Osteoarthritis Researcher Daniel K. White, PT, ScD, MCs
— Daniel K. White, PT, ScD, MSc, is a recipient of the Foundation for Physical Therapy Geriatric Research grant. He worked as a clinician for several years in inpatient rehabilitation before pursuing a career in research. As a clinician, he noticed that many of the interventions used had the potential to be improved. He observed clinicians using different methods to achieve similar outcomes in their patients and he also wondered how treatment inside the clinic affect patients’ activities outside of the inpatient environment. All of these factors combined made White decide that the most logical next step for him would be to pursue a post-professional doctoral degree and to study interventions and physical activity. Much of White’s research is focused on studying physical activity and the efficacy of clinical interventions in older adults and people with knee osteoarthritis, including the 2011 research grant he received from the Foundation for his study entitled ”Factors Associated with Day-to-Day Walking in Older Adults with Knee Osteoarthritis.” White’s funding from the Foundation along with other research funding he has received from other funding agencies has allowed him to look more closely at the factors associated with physical activity in a knee osteoarthritis and other cohorts.
“I can say with all certainty that without the Foundation’s support, I wouldn’t be able to do the type of work I do, “said White. “My career is a direct result of the generosity of the Foundation’s donors.”