Dallas Ph.D. Candidates

Alison Bertran

Bertran, Alison

Chair: Sharon Wang-Price

Collaborators: None
Study: Effects of Preoperative Dry Needling on Opioid Usage Following Unilateral Total Knee Arthroplasty
Education: Texas Christian University B.S.; Duke University School of Medicine DPT
Residence: Dallas, Texas

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

Heather Brown

Brown, Heather

Chair: Dr. Ann Medley

Study: Utility of the Head Control Scale in Children with Torticollis
Collaborators: Dr. Jodi Thomas, Dr. Alyssa Fiss
Education: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Texas Woman's University; Bachelors of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin
Residence: Fort Worth, TX

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

Lara Davis

Davis, Lara

Chair: Dr. Mark Weber

Title of Dissertation: The Impact of COVID-19 on Student and Faculty Relationships, Interactions, and Expectations in a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program: 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

Ashley Watamura Hyatt

Hyatt, Ashley Watamura

Chair: Dr. Ann Medley
Collaborators: Dave Hudson PT, PhD, Kim Hudson, MS

Study: The Effect of Focus of Attention on Motor Performance and Retention on Sit to Stand Symmetry in Individuals Post Stroke
Education: Lafayette College B.S. Neuroscience, Easton, PA, Medical University of South Carolina DPT, Charleston, SC
Residence: Waynesville, NC

Jennifer Kurz

Kurz, Jennifer

Chair: Dr. Kelli Brizzolara
Collaborators: Dr. Mary Thompson, Dr. Elaine Jackson, Dr. Cara Lewis, Boston University, Dr. Joels Wells MD MPH, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Grant Funding: TBD
Education: Bachelors of Science (Kinesiology-Athletic Training): University of Michigan- Ann Arbor; Doctorate of Physical Therapy: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Residence: Stillwater, OK

Vyoma Parikh

Parikh, Vyoma

Chair: Dr. Hui-Ting Goh
Collaborators: Dr. Ann Medley, Dr. Jodi Thomas

Study: Neural correlates of balance performance in chronic stroke: A repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation study
Education: Bachelors in Physiotherapy from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Mumbai, India; Advanced Master’s in Physical Therapy (Neurology) and Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA
Residence: Allen, Texas

Teresa Pierce

Pierce, Teresa

Advisor: Alyssa LaForme Fiss, PT, PhD
Collaborators outside TWU: Mark Geil, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA

Title of Dissertation: Comparing Accommodative Ankle Foot Orthotics to Plantigrade Orthotics in Children with Cerebral Palsy
Education: B.S. in Physical Therapy, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA; Doctor of Physical Therapy, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT; Ph.D. student at Texas Woman’s University, Dallas, TX
Residence: Gainesville, GA

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

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

Carissa Stoddard

Stoddard, Carissa

Chair: Dr. Sharon Wang-Price
Collaborators: TBD

Title of dissertation: Investigating Performance of the Y-Balance Test in Adolescent Performing Artists
Education: Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, University of Texas at Austin; Doctor of Physical Therapy, Texas Woman’s University
Residence: Dallas, TX

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Rachal Sant, Lauren

Chair: Mark Weber

Study: Effect of Mobility-Related Exertional Fatigue on Cognitive-Motor Interference in Individuals with Stroke
Education: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Washington University in St. Louis; Bachelor of Science, Louisiana State University
Residence: Shreveport, LA

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: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Motor Behavior, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX.
Residence: Corsicana, Texas

Elisabeth Wise

Wise, Elisabeth

Chair: Dr. Elaine Trudelle-Jackson

Title of dissertation: TBD
Education: Bachelors of Science in Engineering (Bioengineering), Rice University; Doctor of Physical Therapy, Texas Woman’s University
Residence: Santa Fe, NM

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