Dallas Ph.D. Candidates

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Ababneh, Anas

Chair: Dr. Suh Jen Lin

Title of dissertation: Usability and effectiveness of a self-care mobile health app in individuals with heart failure
Collaborators: Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas
Grant funding: Student Small Grant - TWU for 2017-2018
Education: Bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan. Master’s degree in physical therapy from New York Institute of Technology.
Residence: Jordan, currently living in Dallas, TX


May Bressler

Bressler, May

Chair: Mary Thompson

Title of dissertation: Family Empowerment in Parents of Children with Disabilities Receiving Outpatient Rehabilitation: A Mixed Methods Study
Education: Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Texas Woman's University; Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, University of Texas at Dallas
Residence: Dallas, Texas

Jen Celso

Celso, Jennifer

Chair: Dr. Sharon Wang-Price

Title of Dissertation: A comparison of overall function between postpartum women with and without diastasis rectus abdominis
Education: Bachelor of Science in Health Service Organization and Policy and a Master's degree in physical therapy from Wichita State University Wichita, KS. Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northeastern University Boston, MA.
Certifications: ABPTS Board Certified Women's Health Specialist since 2009
Residence: Wichita, Kansas

Brittani Cookinham

Cookinham, Brittani

Chair: Dr. Mark Weber
Collaborators: Dr. Chad Swank, Dr. Ann Medley, Dr. Kelli Brizzolara

Title of dissertation: Factors that Influence Sports Related Concussion Measures in Contact, Non-Contact Sports and Non-Athletes
Education: Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training: Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT; Doctor of Physical Therapy: Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
Residence: Frisco, TX

Lara Davis

Davis, Lara

Chair: Dr. Mark Weber

Title of Dissertation: Exploration of the student-faculty dyad in a Doctor of Physical Therapy program after COVID-19: a grounded theory study.
Education: Bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Texas Woman's University, Dallas, TX
Residence: Houston, TX

Stephanie Fournier

Fournier, Stephanie

Chair: Mary Thompson
Collaborators: Dr. Anne Medley, Dr. Kelli Brizzolara, COL Deydre Teyhen

Title of dissertation: Quantifying voluntary and involuntary pelvic floor muscle function in female service members with urinary incontinence
Education: Bachelors of Science, Exercise and Sport Science, Oklahoma Baptist University (2004-2008)
DPT, Rockhurst University (2008-2011), PhD(ABD) Texas Woman's University (2013-present)
Residence: Honolulu, Hawaii

Laurel Proulx

Proulx, Laurel

Chair: Dr. Kelli Brizzolara
Collaborators: Dr. Shane Koppenhaver, Dr. Mary Thompson, Dr Sharon Wang-Price

Title of dissertation: The Quantification and Impact of Peripheral Muscle Stiffness in Females with Chronic Pelvic Pain.
Education: Bachelors of Science: University of Kansas; Doctor of Physical Therapy: Regis University Denver, CO.
Residence: Kansas City, MO

Courtney Quinn Scott

Quinn, Courtney

Chair: Dr. Ann Medley

Title of dissertation: Language Barriers, Cultural Differences, and Parents’ Expectations of Family-Centered Care in Pediatric Home Health Therapy
Education: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Texas Woman’s University; Bachelor of science (Kinesiology), Texas Woman's University
Residence: Addison, Texas


Jessica Silveira

Silveira, Jessica

Chair: Dr. Elaine Jackson

Title of dissertation: Investigating physical activity patterns and the relationship between physical activity, segmental trunk control, and gross motor function in infants and children born preterm.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology: University of Texas at Austin; Doctor of Physical Therapy: Texas Woman's University
Residence: Austin, TX

Tran Vinh

Tran, Vinh

Chair: Dr. Suh-Jen Lin
Collaborators: Dr. Mark Weber, Dr. Elaine Jackson

Title of Dissertation: An Integrated Model of Functional and Socioeconomic Factors Affecting Hospital Length of Stay and 30-Day Readmission Risk in Individuals with Congestive Heart Failure
Education: BS Health Science, Maryville University, Saint Louis, MO; DPT, Maryville University, Saint Louis, MO
Residence: Dallas, Texas

Amy Wagner

Wagner, Amy

Chair: Mary Thompson

Title of Dissertation: The Contributing Factors and Effects of Breastfeeding Position-Related Pain: A Mixed Methods Study
Education: MPT, DPT Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA; BS Mathematical Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara
Residence: San Antonio, Texas

Seth Watson

Watson, Seth

Chair: Dr. Elaine Jackson

Title of Dissertation: Treatment adherence: Predictive factors and the relationship with treatment outcomes in patients with low back pain
Education: Bachelors of science degree in Kinesiology-Motor Behavior from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, Texas.
Residence: Corsicana, Texas

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