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Dr Mucha received her bachelor’s and advanced master’s degrees in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University. She is the Coordinator of Vestibular Rehabilitation for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Sports Concussion Clinic and Centers for Rehab Services.

Dr Davenport serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, where he teaches in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Dr Davenport is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s DPT and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency programs, as well as the Master of Public Health program at the Berkeley campus of the University of California. He is a past clinical research fellow at the Warren G. Magnusson Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, where his work included construction and validation of function-based physical capacity tests for patients with chronic fatiguing illnesses. Dr Davenport’s ongoing scholarly work includes the development, validation, and optimal interpretation of tests and measures in physical therapy.



Dr Davis received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1988, his Master's of Science degree in Statistics in 2002, and his Doctor of Education degree in Educational Psychology/Higher Education Leadership in 2006 from West Virginia University. He received his initial orthopaedic physical therapy clinical certification (OCS) from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) in 1995 and has since recertified in 2005, and most recently in 2015 by electing to retake the OCS examination. Dr Davis has been actively involved in orthopaedic clinical practice for 28 years. He holds the title of Professor/Chairperson/Program Director in the Marshall University School of Physical Therapy in Huntington, WV. His area of teaching emphasis is in orthopaedics, statistics, research methods, and therapeutic exercise. Dr Davis is a passionate educator, scholar, clinician, and administrator. His research agenda is focused on examining questions related to the evaluation and treatment of nonacute low back pain using sensorimotor assessments and training approaches to improve movement and motor control. Dr Davis is actively involved in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) at multiple levels. He has previously served as the Chair of the Orthopaedic Sections’ Research Committee and currently serves as a Director on the Orthopaedic Section Board. He is also the Vice President of the West Virginia Chapter of the APTA and has previously served as the Chief Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates from West Virginia.



Dr Madara received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2011 in Exercise Science from the University of Scranton and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in 2014. She is currently enrolled as a doctoral student under Dr Joseph Zeni, Jr. in the Biomechanics and Movement Program at the University of Delaware, Department of Physical Therapy in Newark, DE. Dr Madara is the lead graduate student on several research studies that include a battery of self-reported and performance-based measures for individuals with hip and knee pathology.



Dr Michener is the Director of Clinical Outcomes and Research Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy and Director of the COOR (Clinical Biomechanics, Orthopedics and Sports Outcomes Research) Laboratory at the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to her arrival at USC in August 2014, she was a faculty member for 15 years at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Physical Therapy as Professor and the Director of the COOR Laboratory. She earned a Bachelor of Science in General Studies with a concentration in Athletic Training from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania as well as a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo, an MEd from the University of Virginia, and her PhD in Orthopedics and Biomechanics from MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA. The overarching goal of her research is to characterize the mechanisms of shoulder pain to enable the development and delivery of interventions that improve pain and functional patient-rated outcomes of care. As a principal investigator or investigator, she has successfully completed multiple funded mechanistic studies, as well as longitudinal cohort and randomized clinical trials designed to assess short- and long-term outcomes. Moreover, she has extensive experience in developing and assessing the use of patient-rated outcomes of pain and function/disability for patients with musculoskeletal disorders. She has served the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA as the Chair of the Research Committee, is presently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT), and has served on various APTA committees.



Dr Plummer received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA, in 2009. In 2011, she earned her Master’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. She then completed her PhD in Biomechanics in 2015 at Auburn University, Auburn, AL. Her current research involves investigating upper-extremity injury mechanisms as well as developing and implementing training protocols for injury and optimizing athletic performance. She has published her work in Biomechanics, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Journal of Sports Science, and Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.


Mr Sheets is a physical therapist in the Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy in the Duke University Health System, where he is a Co-director of the Orthopaedic Residency and provides clinical care in the adult ambulatory and surgical spine clinic. He is an adjunct faculty member in both the Duke and University of North Carolina Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. Mr Sheets has been Course Director of the Outcome Measures class in both programs for the past 4 years.



Dr Yamada received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI in 1999. She was then awarded her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA in 2006. Dr Yamada is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). She is also a Certified Athletic Trainer, a Certified Lymphedema Specialist (CLT), and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Dr Yamada is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. She teaches content related to an oncology curriculum and therapeutic modalities in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Dr Yamada also practices at the USC Physical Therapy Associates Health Science Campus clinic, a faculty practice of the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. She specializes in orthopaedic, neurologic, lymphedema, and oncology-related disorders. Dr Yamada also is a faculty mentor in the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program at USC. She is involved in clinical physical therapy research and has publications related to self-efficacy and low back pain. She is also currently involved in research for lymphedema management and physical therapy after head and neck cancer treatment. She runs the USC Head and Neck Rehabilitation Program with assistance from the Head and Neck Support International support group to help uninsured and under-insured patients obtain physical therapy after cancer treatment. In addition to her publications, Dr Yamada has been a guest presenter at the APTA’s annual Combined Sections Meeting and at the International Head and Neck Symposium. She is Editor of the Musculoskeletal Imaging feature in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT).



Dr Zeni is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware. He completed his Masters in Physical Therapy at Quinnipiac University. After graduating, he practiced in an inpatient and an outpatient rehabilitation facility in which he treated patients throughout the lifespan with a variety of lower-extremity musculoskeletal conditions. He completed his PhD at the University of Delaware in Biomechanics and Movement Science in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and also finished a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Physical Therapy at Delaware. Dr Zeni is Co-director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory and is the Director of the Gross Anatomy Laboratory at the University of Delaware. His research focuses on improving the quality of life, movement patterns, and functional ability for patients before and after total joint replacement. In the physical therapy curriculum at the University of Delaware, Dr Zeni teaches several courses related to human anatomy, including Clinical Gross Anatomy, Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics, and Advanced Regional Anatomy.

Outcomes in Orthopaedic PT Practice

This course provides a comprehensive review of commonly used outcome measures in physical therapy practice today.

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