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Jeff Houck, PT, PhD

Dr. Houck received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA, in 1987. His master and doctoral degrees were granted from the graduate program in physical therapy at University of Iowa in 1996 and 1999, respectively. Dr. Houck was a faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy at Ithaca College University of Rochester campus, from 1999-2013. He is currently a Professor and Director of Research at George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Dr. Houck is a well-established and respected educator and researcher. His grant funded research on the foot and ankle function and pathology has been published in several peer-reviewed journals. His work has appeared in Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Foot and Ankle International, Gait and Posture, and Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery. He has served as reviewer and chairperson for the National Institute of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group during 2009 and 2010. Dr. Houck also currently serves on the Foundation of Physical Therapy Scientific Review Committee. Dr. Houck was one of the invited authors responsible for coauthoring the Orthopaedic Section’s ICF Clinical Guideline titled Achilles Pain, Stiffness, and Muscle Power Deficits: Achilles Tendonitis. Clinical Practice Guidelines Linked to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health from the Orthopaedic Section, APTA. (JOSPT 2010;40:A1-A26). This information is presented throughout the monograph.

James J. Irrgang, PT, PhD, ATC, FAPTA

Dr. Irrgang is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Dr. Irrgang received a Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1977, a Masters of Science degree in Health Related Professions with an emphasis in Sports Physical Therapy in 1991 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Research Methodology with an emphasis in Educational and Psychological Measurement in 1999, all from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Irrgang is licensed as a physical therapist and athletic trainer in Pennsylvania and certified as an athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers Association. His research interests include development and validation of patient-reported outcome measures as well as clinical research related to the knee and shoulder. Currently Dr. Irrgang is the Principal Investigator of a study to provide validity evidence for the PROMIS pain interference and physical function computer adaptive tests (CATs) for individuals with a variety of knee conditions and co-Principal Investigator for a study to determine the effects of exercise for non-operative treatment of rotator cuff tears, both funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Irrgang has a secondary appointment in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery where he supports orthopaedic clinical research. Dr. Irrgang provides patient care at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Center for Sports Medicine, specializing in examination and treatment of patients with knee and shoulder problems. Dr. Irrgang currently serves as the Scientific Director of the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry for the American Physical Therapy Association.

Kornelia Kulig, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAAOMPT (Hon)

Dr. Kulig is a Professor and Co-Director of the Jacquelin Perry Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory at the University of Southern California. Her research is clinically motivated, theoretically informed and experimentally tested. She studies human movement and postural control in conditions of seemingly musculoskeletal origin, characterized by frequent recurrence of symptoms. In that clinical model, she studies peripheral and central adaptations to pathology, with the aim to enhance the exploration of the impact of these conditions on locomotion and other functional activities. Taken together, her laboratory aims to refine and continue to test the proposed framework for intervention and prevention of recurrent pain in the low back region and in lower extremity tendons. She is a Founding Member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Lori A Michener, PhD, PT, ATC, SCS, FAPTA>

Dr. Michener is the Director of the COOR (Clinical biomechanics and Orthopedic Outcomes Research) Laboratory. Her research characterizes the biomechanics of musculoskeletal shoulder pain, diagnosis and treatment of shoulder and cervical pain, clinical trials investigating optimal treatment strategies for shoulder and cervical disorders, and the use of patient-rated outcomes measurement tools to assess health related quality of life. As the Director of Clinical Outcomes and Research, she directs the development, collection, and analysis of patient-rated outcomes and the process of care in the USC Physical Therapy Associates Clinics, and serves as a resource for clinical research.

Mark V. Paterno PT, PhD, MBA, SCS

Dr. Paterno is a physical therapist and an Associate Professor within the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy and the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. Mark also serves as a Coordinator of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and Acting Scientific Director within the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy and faculty for the Sports and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency programs. He graduated from Ithaca College with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1994. Mark then went on to become a Certified Athletic Trainer and an APTA Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy. Mark obtained his Masters of Business Administration from Troy State University and his PhD from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions as he completed his doctoral studies in Orthopaedic and Sports Science. As a clinical scientist, Mark has over 65 publications and 10 book chapters which focus on the area of outcomes after ACL reconstruction and pediatric sports medicine and he has lectured internationally on these topics. He currently serves as a manuscript reviewer for several orthopaedic and sports medicine publications, a founding member for the Pediatric and Adolescent Research in Sports Medicine (PRISM) Society as well as a member of the ROCK group, which is an international, multi-disciplinary group, dedicated to researching juvenile osteochondritis dissecans.

Stephen Paulseth, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC

Dr. Paulseth is Board Certified as a Sports Clinical Specialist. He graduated with a Masters degree from the University of Southern California Physical Therapy program and later completed the post professional DPT program. He is an adjunct faculty of the USC Physical Therapy program and he has been on faculty at Mount St. Mary’s graduate Physical Therapy program teaching biomechanics, anatomy and acting as a research advisor. Working with the US Olympic Committee, Stephen participated as a US Medical Delegate for the 2004 Olympics Games in Athens, Greece. With a special interest in foot and ankle injuries, Stephen is the former President of the Foot and Ankle Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association. He has worked with the LA Leggers for 15 years as well as the Federation Internationale de Volleyball and has served as head trainer to numerous Los Angeles high schools. Stephen has also consulted on the development of KorFlex(tm) brand physical therapy systems and Zamst Orthopedics. He holds a US patent on a specialized therapeutic ankle brace and has written numerous articles for physical therapy and sports research journals and fitness publications. He served as director of Century City Hospital Rehabilitation Services and is experienced with all orthopedic and sports patients. An avid snow skier and ice hockey player, Stephen enjoys running as a chance to get in out of the cold.

Amee L Seitz, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS

Dr. Seitz is an Assistant Professor and musculoskeletal course series team leader in the Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences Department, Feinberg School of Medicine, at Northwestern University. She is a physical therapist and board-certified OCS with over 20 years of experience. She has an advanced Masters Degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and transitional clinical doctorate from MGH Institute of Health Professions, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from Virginia Commonwealth University. She specializes in rehabilitation of shoulder disorders with 10 years of experience working with the Harvard Shoulder Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She has served as President of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists, is a contributing author of the APTA Clinical Practice Guidelines on Shoulder Adhesive Capsulitis and Instability and was an invited panel member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ AUC for Rotator Cuff Tears. She is current Vice-Chair of the Orthopedic Section Research Committee, Education Chair for the American Society of Shoulder & Elbow Therapists and a member of the editorial board for Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. She has published over 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts, numerous book chapters and has given over 60 presentations nationally and internationally on shoulder injury, mechanisms and rehabilitation.

Susan Sigward, PT, PhD, ATC

Dr. Sigward is an Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. Dr. Sigward’s research focuses on the identification and amelioration of impaired mechanics as they relate to lower extremity injury with a focus on knee injury. Her work has contributed to the understanding of how factors such as experience, age, training and sex influence the development of movement strategies that contribute to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Current studies are focused on rehabilitation following ACL reconstruction, with a specific emphasis on the effects of early rehabilitation interventions on long-term outcomes. Dr. Sigward is the Director of the Division’s Human Performance Laboratory at the Competitive Athletic Training Zone, Physical Therapy Institute and Sports Performance Center in Pasadena.

Charles Thigpen, PT, PhD, ATC

Dr. Thigpen is a Clinical Research Scientist for ATI and Director of Observational Clinical Research in Orthopaedics with the Center for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Sciences at the University of South Carolina. He holds adjunct appointments with Duke University Division of Physical Therapy, University of South Carolina Department of Physical Therapy, and Clemson University Bioengineering. He serves as a Senior Faculty and mentor in the APTA credentialed sports and orthopedic residency, and is a co-founder of the APTA credentialed upper extremity fellowship for ATI and the Kansas City Royals. Chuck completed his PhD in Human Movement Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2006. He completed a M.S. in Human Movement Science with a concentration in Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy from UNC in May of 2003. He earned his B.S. in Physical Therapy from East Tennessee State University in 1997. Chuck played football at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in 1991-92 before becoming a student athletic trainer through 1995. Dr. Thigpen has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to prevention and treatment of shoulder pain. He has over 200 national and international podium research presentations, and numerous invited lectures as an expert in the management of shoulder pain. He has led funded clinical trials examining the treatment of shoulder and knee pain, as well as the injuries in the pitching shoulder. He is currently leading initiatives evaluating the effectiveness of physical therapy triaged clinical pathways to deliver the Triple Aim, of increased patient satisfaction, superior clinical outcomes, at the lowest cost.  Thigpen is a NATABOC certified athletic trainer and a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, as well as the American Physical Therapy Association’s Sports Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Sections. He is currently the research chair for the APTA Sports Section and serves on the NATA Research Free Communications and Pronouncements Committees. He is a member of the APTA Imaging Special Interest Group’s Research Committee, and has served as one of four physical therapists on the writing panel for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Appropriate Use Criteria for the treatment of rotator cuff tears in 2012. Thigpen served as the President of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists from 2010-12. Dr. Thigpen received the 2005 Susan Baker Award for Excellence in Writing from the UNC Injury Prevention and Research Center. He also received the 2008 Founders award for service to the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists. In 2012, he was awarded the APTA Sports Section’s “Lynn Wallace Award for Clinical Education and Mentoring” in recognition of his contributions to sports physical therapy in the areas of teaching and mentoring. Thigpen was a co-author for the 2013 APTA Sports Sections Excellence in Research Award for “Preseason Shoulder Rom Screening As A Predictor Of Injury Among Youth, Adolescent, And Professional Baseball Pitchers.


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