At the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, we’re guided by the principle that the most important goal of research is to improve the lives of patients. Our faculty pursue this through innovative clinical practices, educational research, improving diagnostic accuracy, bench sciences, movement analysis, and health services research.
We consider research to be an essential part of our division, providing students the opportunity to become research graduate assistants or volunteers. Our students present research at annual conferences including APTA North Carolina, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, and the APTA North Carolina Student Conclave. Student projects have focused on topics such as sports-related concussions, spinal cord injuries, low back pain, pediatrics, and more.
Our faculty are editors, authors, grant writers, and reviewers, as well as independent scientific investigators. Our research is multidisciplinary, funded by the National Institutes of Health and other internal and external grantors, and has been recognized with numerous awards. Please browse through our Faculty Research Spotlights.