OT/PT/TR Research

Occupational Therapy / Physical Therapy / Therapeutic Recreation Research

As one of the largest pediatric therapy programs in the nation, the Divisions of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation (OTPTTR) have the capacity to contribute substantially to evidence-based practice initiatives and professional practice research agendas. Our goal is to be the scientific leader in the development of transformative strategies and interventions for children which promote participation, active lifestyles and improve quality of life.

Our Research

Our staff includes PhD's prepared clinical scientists in the fields of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Biomedical Engineering, as well as several senior therapists actively pursuing doctoral degrees. Their research focuses on pediatric and adolescent patients in the areas of:

Our research efforts are funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation, and the National Football League (NFL) Charities.

 

Young man in Physical Therapy
A patient walks across the pedobarography platform which measures the distribution of pressure.

Committed to Continuous Improvement

Our divisions emphasize the importance of publishing and presenting research findings both within our own organization and to a broader external audience. This allows us to highlight the efforts by our clinical specialty committees and evidence-based practice groups to ensure the delivery of consistent, evidence-based care from all of our providers. We are committed to improving both the quality of research produced in the therapeutic environment and to enhance the scientific rigor of therapeutic practice.