As part of the curriculum, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students are required to complete a unique research project in a small group under the supervision of a faculty advisor. This project is designed to expand the breadth of scholarly knowledge within the field of Physical Therapy. Students work on this project throughout the duration of the program. This project culminates in the Capstone Research Forum during the last semester of the program. Students then present their research to their classmates, DPT faculty, local clinicians, and DPT alumni. Many students will go on to present their research in the Graduate Research Forum at UCF and national Physical Therapy conferences.

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Cohorts from 2021

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The Perceptions of Clinical Instructors: How Virtual Learning Impacts the Clinical Education Experience of Physical Therapy Students on their First Clinical Education Experience, Ashleigh-Jo Darby, Milica Tintor, and Seher Vatansever

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The Impact of Skeletal Muscle Disuse on Distinct Echo Intensity Bands: A Retrospective Analysis, Zachary Logeson, Gerard-Kyle Abad, Johnathon Methven, and Molly Gradl

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The Reliability of Tensiomyography for Assessment of Muscle Function: A Systematic Review, Stephon Moise and Daniel Hampton

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Is There a Correlation Between Rate of Electromyography Rise in the Flexor Carpi Radialis Muscle and Comfortable Gait Speed?, Emily Montecalvo, Vanessa Novoa, and Shikha Ravikumar

Cohorts from 2020

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Is Skeletal Muscle Echo Intensity Associated with Age or Muscle Strength?, Akash Bali, Nick Lawless, and Nick Mercer

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Is How We Group Data Important? Statistical Differences in Analyzing Independent Variables for Categorizing Fall Group, Marta Carrion, Fahima Jahan-Flynn, and Andrea Sarto

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Investigating the Impact of an Innovative Intergenerational Physical Activity Program, Kayla Combs, McKaleigh Goodale, and Chelsea Hart

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Association of Student Interprofessional Practice Experience with Interprofessional Attitudes, Emiangeliz Gonzalez Luna, Bridget Presnell, and Madison Delgado

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A Retrospective Analysis of Group-Based Boxing Exercise on Measures of Physical Mobility in Parkinsonian Subjects, Kyle Joslyn, Katie Reus, Sarah Guettler, and Michelle Angulo

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Efficacy of Traditional Physical Therapy vs. Otago-Based Exercise in Fall Prevention for ALF-Residing Older Adults, Sky Knott, Amber Hollis, and Daniel Jimenez

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Form ≠ Function: Fast Gait Speed in Older Adults is Best Predicted by Functional Performance, Daniel Komforti, Chett Joffe, and Adonis Magras

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Impact of an Intergenerational Physical Activity Program on Children 6 to 12 Years Old, Kelly LaMaster and Hannah Webster

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Validity and Reliability of the NIH Toolbox® Standing Balance Test as Compared to the Biodex Balance SD, Alexander Peller, Emily Garbe, and Rishi Garib

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The Effects of Pain Neuroscience Education on Pain Tolerance in a Healthy Population, Jeff Schmidt, John Phillips, and James Maggert

Cohorts from 2019

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Grow and Play: An Intergenerational Physical Activity Program, Cami Osier, Kaitlyn Steckel, and Sabrina Viola

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Investigating the Impact of a Modified Ride-on Car on Participation and Play, Kyle Reedy, Jonathan Bastian, and Cameron Green

Cohorts from 2018

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Health Behaviors of Graduate Students in Professional Health Programs: A Survey, Constanza R. Aranda Garcia, Hilary Erbe, and Stephanie Rarick

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Variability in Fast Gait Speed is Associated With Falls in Older Adults, Christopher Atkinson, Victoria Pettofrezzo, and Sara Marie Walker

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Utilization of Step-Rate Manipulation During Post-Operative Rehabilitation of ACL-R: A Retrospective Case Series Analysis, Alison Burnham, Brooke Chancey, and Vanessa Price

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Investigation of DPT Curriculum and NPTE Content Domain Percentages: A Descriptive Study, Jami Dennis, Chelsea Engelhardt, and Bethany Muni

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Investigating the Efficacy of an Harness Café Program on Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors - A Case Series, Talia Estrada, Steve Korte, and Kyle Preston Perkins

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The Impact of a Harness on Participation Levels of Children with Motor Impairments in the Young Athletes Program, Brittany Giammalvo, Emily Hoyer, Brittany Nelson, and Faith Ezekiel-Wilder

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Surface Electromyographic Amplitude During Low-torque, Fatiguing Muscle Actions Versus High-torque, Non-fatiguing Muscle Actions, Adam S. Hamilton, Frank Bartek, and Brent D. Johnson

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Can the Wii Fit Balance Board be Used as a Fall Risk Assessment Tool Among Post-Stroke Patients?, Christopher Iadarola, Lisa Winterberger, and Erin L. Morton

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The Relationship Between Physical Measures, Running Gait Mechanics, and a Passing Army APFT 2-Mile Run Score in the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Population, Eli Jordan and Juan Maldonado

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Investigation of Accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Curricula and National Physical Therapy Examination Content, Erica Parazo, Christina A. Cyprien, and Benjamin A. Gabriel

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Age-related Differences in the Predictability of Fast Gait Speed with Muscle Strength, Eddie Santoyo, Calvin James, and Nikole Nelson