Current third year physical therapy students Sarah Jo Lyons Bouton, Betsy Codington, Larry Pemberton and Daniel Rogers presented a poster of their research at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans recently. Their research project, “An Assessment of Satisfaction and Functional Outcomes of Wheelchair/Seating Systems,” was completed in conjunction with Penny Powers, PT, M.S., ATP, at the Vanderbilt Seating and Mobility Clinic. Renee Brown, PT, Ph.D., was the faculty adviser and Barbara Ward in Mathematics and Computer Science also assisted with the project.
In addition, four physical therapy graduates- Matt Cabbage, PT, Ann Howard, PT, Renee Ohendalski Blalock, PT, and Rachel Rooks, PT- had their student research project presented as a platform presentation at the meeting. Their project, titled “Evidence-based Development and Evaluation of Educational Information for Breast Cancer Survivors and Their Families,” was in conjunction with Dr. Ann Marie Flores of the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Oncology Department and examined the educational needs of breast cancer survivors. Their research ultimately resulted in the publication of a patient education booklet for breast cancer survivors and their families. The students’ research adviser on this project was Renee Brown, PT, Ph.D.