The faculty in the Division of Physical Therapy are active in scholarship in many areas, ranging from basic science investigations of muscle physiology, genetic factors related to back pain, and inflammatory markers in cancer patients, to outcomes studies related to stroke, balance and orthopedic problems. Each faculty member has an active scholarship program and collaborate in interdisciplinary programs with faculty in other departments and centers within WVU as well as researchers in other universities nationally and internationally.
The Division’s faculty are principal investigators in clinical research that is funded, both internally and externally, in the areas of motor control following stroke, balance and fall prevention, women’s health, and cancer survivorship. Currently, the Division has research grants totaling over $1 million.
One unique aspect of our research program is the involvement of all entry-level DPT students in faculty projects. This hands-on experience in real research benefits the students, who gain valuable experience working alongside faculty members, and who become well-educated consumers of research for future clinical practice. Several of our students have become inspired to pursue research degrees and careers based on their experience as students.