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The first step for all research projects is approval by The University of Scranton Institutional Review Board (IRB)or the Department of Occupational and Physical Therapy Review Board (DRB). Read the IRB Policy Manual to determine which review board is appropriate for your research proposal. The Office of Research Services web site contains the IRB policy manual and downloadable research application forms. Students should consult with their faculty research advisor before submitting an application to the IRB or DRB.

Department of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Review Board Guidelines


Class of 2018 Systematic Reviews
100% of systematic reviews were accepted to the APTA CMS 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana
(See tabs below for titles, authors, and posters).
For a list of past systematic reviews, click here.

The Effectiveness of Transcranial Direct Stimulation on Ambulation in Patient with Parkinson’s Disease: A Systematic Review

 Brian Esterle, SPT

Lindsay Fluehr, SPT

Caitlin Liberatore, SPT

Melissa McEnroe, SPT

Dr. Renée Hakim, PT, Ph.D., NCS

Power Point Presentation

 

The Effect of Augmented Reality Visual Cues on Temporal-Distance Gait Parameters in Individuals with Parkinson's Disease: A Systematic Review

 William Connell, SPT

Alexandra Crowley, SPT

Cassandra Fitzgerald, SPT

Samantha Marri, SPT

Dr. Renée Hakim, PT, Ph.D., NCS

Power Point Presentation

 

The Effect of Community-Based Rehabilitation on Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review

 Kevin Guenther, SPT

Alexandra Nachtman, SPT

Sean Scully, SPT

Maureen Taylor, SPT

Dr. Renée Hakim, PT, Ph.D., NCS

Dr. Jennifer Schwartz, PT, DPT, NCS

Power Point Presentation

 

Aquatic Interventions Compared With Conventional Land-Based Therapy to Improve Balance and Mobility in Persons with Parkinson’s Disease: A Systematic Review

Shannon Cranmer, SPT

Margaret Mester, SPT

Elizabeth Palladino, SPT

Dr. Renée Hakim, PT, Ph.D., NCS

Power Point Presentation 

 

 

 

 

 

The Effectiveness of Virtual Reality as an Intervention to Decrease Chronic Low Back Pain in Adults as Compared to Standard Therapeutic Intervention: A Systematic Review

Amanda Kuptsow, SPT

Patrick McCarty, SPT

Elizabeth Tapia, SPT

David Wisowaty, SPT

Dr. Peter Leininger, PT, Ph D., OCS, CSCS

Power Point Presentation 

 

Effectiveness of Aquatic Therapy on Increasing Range of Motion and Decreasing Pain in the Rehabilitation of Patients with Shoulder Pathologies: A Systematic Review

David Kearney, SPT

Ryan Lumia, SPT

Evan Siegel, SPT

Scott Szemenyei, SPT

Dr. Peter Leininger, PT, Ph D., OCS, CSCS

Power Point Presentation

 

The Impact of Using a Unilateral Microprocessor Prosthetic Knee for Individuals with Transfemoral Amputation on Functional Mobility: A Systematic Review

Heather Derenick, SPT

Christopher Falvo, SPT

Tyler Savakinas, SPT

Blaire Wilkie, SPT

Dr. Peter Leininger, PT, Ph D., OCS, CSCS

Dr. Renée Hakim, PT, Ph.D., NCS

Power Point Presentation

 

 

Impact of Home Modifications on the Promotion of Aging in Place by Improving Physical Performance in Older Adults: A Systematic Review

Caitlin Counihan, SPT

Amanda Massar, SPT

Kaitlin Mulroy, SPT

Dr. Tracy Collins, PT, Ph.D., GCS, MBA

Power Point Presentation  

Evaluating the Effects of a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Gender-Tailored for Women with Coronary Artery Disease: A Systematic Review

Rachel Conniff, SPT

Alana Papa, SPT

Angela Parry, SPT

Dr. John Sanko, PT, Ed.D

Power Point Presentation 

 

A Systematic Review of the Effects of Robotic Assisted Stepping to Increase Cardiovascular Fitness in Individuals with Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

Ashley Dole, SPT

Corinne Engel, SPT

Emily Janusko, SPT

Dr. John Sanko, PT, Ed.D

Power Point Presentation 

Feasibility, Safety, and Functional Impact of Physical Therapy During Hemodialysis: A Systematic Review

Kimberly Kirkpatrick, SPT

Nicholas Longobardi, SPT

Kyle Reavey, SPT

Dr. Dana Maida, PT, DPT, GCS

Dr. Wagner, PT, DPT, MHA

Power Point Presentation

The Use of Topical Olive Oil as an Effective Preventative Measure for Pressure Ulcers: A Systematic Review

Lauren Krasucki, SPT

Jessica Pankey, SPT

Christina Serzan, SPT

Jennifer Vondercrone, SPT

Dr. Tracy Collins, PT, Ph.D., GCS, MBA

Power Point Presentation

 

Telerehabilitation Compared to Conventional Physical Therapy in Improving Physical Functioning in Community-Dwelling Adults: A Systematic Review

Brian C Lavado, SPT

Margaret K Ortlieb, SPT

Megan R Rohleder, SPT

Dr. Barabara Wagner, PT, DPT, MHA

Dr. Renée Hakim, PT, Ph.D., NCS

Power Point Presentation