Chair: Amee L Seitz, PT, DPT, PhD
I am a clinical research scientist and physical therapist specializing in orthopaedic disorders. My research seeks to optimize patient treatment outcomes and the health of individuals with musculoskeletal disorders. In my research lab, I employ an integrative approach exploring the interaction between neuromuscular and biomechanical mechanisms and body structure and function to improve the evaluation, classification, and intervention efficacy and effectiveness of musculoskeletal shoulder disorders. Rich collaborations with orthopaedics, engineering, emergency medicine, sports medicine, and radiology enhance our ability to develop novel methods to advance the examination and treatment of patients seeking care for musculoskeletal shoulder pain and low back pain.
My academic teaching responsibilities are primarily in the course series, the clinical management of patients with musculoskeletal disorders, leading shoulder and lumbar spine content. I mentor PhD students in the dual degree MD/PhD program and DPT/PhD program. My clinical expertise is in the examination, evaluation, and non-operative and post-operative management of patients with shoulder disorders. I am a strong advocate of guideline based clinical care and have co-authored several clinical practice guidelines for rehabilitation of patients with various shoulder disorders with the American Physical Therapy Association and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Research Committee Vice Chair: Sean D. Rundell, PT, DPT, PhD, 2022 - 2025
Board Liaison: Lori Michener, 2019 - 2023
Committee Members: Samanaaz Khoja, John Fraser, Philip Malloy, Matthew Ithburn, Gretchen Salsich, Cristine Agresta
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Are there opportunities to get involved?
Yes! As a current member of the AOPT, you are welcome to submit your name and interests on our Volunteer Involvement Form.
Small Grant Program
The AOPT supports its members by funding studies to systematically examine orthopaedic practice issues. The AOPT offers 4 grants: New Investigator, Unrestricted, Clinical Research Network, and Post-Doctoral Career Development.
Assistance with Developing a Research Abstract
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OSPRO Yellow Flag (OSPRO-YF)
The OSPRO-YF is a concise yellow flag assessment tool that allows for accurate estimates of individual, full-length psychological questionnaire scores for depressive symptoms, anxiety, anger, fear-avoidance beliefs, kinesiophobia, catastrophizing, self-efficacy, and pain acceptance.