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DHSc Doctoral Projects

Each DHSc candidate must successfully work collaboratively with a committee (chair, content expert, and analysis expert) to develop and complete a doctoral project. The following list of recent DHSc graduates and their projects illustrates the variety of topics that students may pursue to complete this requirement.



Amber Boyd Increasing musculoskeletal screening in a hospital-based pediatric weigh management program: A quality improvement initiative
Karen Grossnickle Experiences of physical therapists working with women with chronic pelvic pain: A phenomenological qualitative study
Sarah Randolph-Kaminski Effects of pelvic floor muscle training on stress urinary incontinence symptoms in nulliparous collegiate athletes: A pilot study


Chantel Sidara Factors that motivate and deter active participation in workplace wellness programs among nurses and rehabilitation therapists
Kayla Welsh An exploration of nurses' current perceptions of occupational therapy in acute care
Katie Polo National survey of lymphedema trained therapists' dosing of complete decongestive therapy in breast cancer-related lymphedema
Connie Fiems Reliability and validity of a mobile phone application for measurement and postural sway in individuals with Parkinson's disease
Heidi Herman-Wright     Relationship of the patient-specific functional scale to commonly used clinical measures
Megan McCullough Clinical assessments as predictors for behind-the-wheel performance
Lenora Gyenai Occupational therapists' perceptions regarding evidence-based practice
Douglas Steele Inclusion of physical therapy services on a short-term mobile medical mission team to Nicaragua: Team members' observations and recommendations for improvement
Edward Jones Comparison of Graston technique instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization and stretching for the management of chronic plantar heel pain