The Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences’ research mission is to build the evidence for best practices to maintain and improve the health and wellbeing of the local, national, and global community members.

Selected Publications from 2017

Colebourn J, Golub-Victor A, Paez, A. Developing overhand throwing skills for a child with autism: a collaborative approach in school-based therapy. Pediatric Physical Therapy. 2017; 29(3):262-269.

Dumas HM, Fragala-Pinkham MA, Rosen EL, Folmar E. Physical therapy dosing: frequency and type of intervention in pediatric postacute hospital care. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2017;29(1):47-53.

Greenwood K, Stewart E, Hake M, Mitchell, et al. Defining entry-level practice in acute care physical therapist practice. Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy. 2017; 8(1): 3-10.

Hayward LM, Li L. Sustaining and improving an international service-learning Partnership: An Evidenced-based Service Delivery Framework that Include the Voice of the Global Partner. Physiotherapy Research International. 2017; 33(6):475-489.

Sparks JA, Iversen MD, Yu Z, Triedman N, Prado MG, Kroouze RM, Kalia SS, Atkinson ML, Mody EA, Helfgott SM, Todd DJ, Dellaripa PF, Bermas BL, Costenbader KH, Deane KD, Lu B, Green RC, Karlson EW. Disclosure of personalized rheumatoid arthritis risk using genetics, biomarkers, and lifestyle factors to motivate health behavior improvements: a randomized controlled trial. Arthritis Care Res. 2017; 12: doi: 10.1002/acr.23411. [Epub ahead of print].

Mayer-Hirshfeld I, Brannan D, Murphy LA, Hecht EM, Caban-Martinez A J. Association between positive and negative affect and musculoskeletal pain amongst U.S. home health aides. Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health. 2017.

Yen SC, Chui KK, Corkery MB, Allen E, Cloonan C. Hip-ankle coordination during gait in individuals with chronic ankle instability. Gait and Posture. 2017; 53:193-200.

Books and Book Chapters

Day LJ, Pilcher J. Digital Author component. In: Shier D, Butler J, Lewis R. Essentials of Hole’s Human Anatomy and Physiology. 13th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.; 2017.

Greenwood K, Powers M. Chapter 10 Acute Care Making your Mind up Assessment. Geriatric Rehabilitation, 1st ed. Carole Lewis. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2017.

2017 Awards
Excellence Award for 10 years of Service. Hogar Para Sus Ninos, Quito, Ecuador. Lorna Hayward, PT, EdD, MPH.

Sam Drogo Technology in Classroom Award, Human Anatomy Physiology Society –Leslie Day, PhD

James Dunleavey National Acute Care Physical Therapy Distinguished Service Award- Kristin Greenwood, PT, DPT, EdD, MS

American Physical Therapy Association of Massachusetts Clinical Research Award Steve Yen, PT, PhD

Northeastern University Center for City and Community Affairs, Community Engagement Award. Ann Golub-Victor, PT, DPT, MPH

Co-Primary Investigator. Using real-time ultrasound imaging to enhance learning and clinical application of anatomy, biomechanics, motor control and patient care across the Physical Therapy curriculum. 2016-2017. Provost Grants for Advancing Undergraduate Teaching and Learning. $15,000. Leslie Day, PhD

Two Tier 1 Seed Grants Awarded to PTMRS Faculty for FY2017
Dr. Sheng-Che Yen in collaboration with Dr. Deniz Erdogmus from the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of engineering, received an Interdisciplinary Tier 1 Seed Grant to fund their project titled “EEG-guided Robotic Mirror Therapy for Neurorehabilitation.” The goal of this project is to develop and test an innovative brain-interface controlled robotic system that synchronizes central and peripheral feedbacks. The long term objective of this proposed project is to improve lower extremity functions and walking in patients post stroke through integration of central neural feedback and peripheral sensory feedback.

Dr. Dennerlein in collaboration with Drs. Alisa Lincoln and Steven Vallas from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities received an Interdisciplinary Tier 1 Seed Grant to fund their project titled “Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing in Construction Workers: Understanding the role of work and the conditions of work.”  The project’s long term goal is to develop and test work-site and employer based programs to improve the mental health and wellbeing in construction workers within the Total Worker Health® framework. For this Tier 1 project, the objective is to obtain data necessary to develop and implement potential intervention programs that target work-related factors to improve worker mental health and wellbeing.

For more Tier 1 projects please see

Primary Investigator. Exploring transfer of motor skill learning from virtual to physical environments in children with cerebral palsy. National Institutes of Health, $632,702.00. Danielle Levac, PT, PhD

Primary Investigator. Is motor learning enhanced by practice in a virtual environment for children with cerebral palsy? Charles H. Hood Foundation $149,968.00. 2017-2019. Danielle Levac, PT, PhD

Primary Investigator. Influence of virtual environment complexity on motor learning in children with cerebral palsy: Implications for virtual reality use in rehabilitation”, Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute, $44,952.00, 2017-2018. Danielle Levac, PT, PhD

Primary Investigator. Evaluation of a physical activity scale for children with disabilities (ASCeND) among children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and correlates with physical activity levels. Norrbacka-Eugenia, $50,000 SEK.2017-2018. Maura Iversen, PT, ScD, DPT