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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 2017 Systematic Reviews
100% of systematic reviews were accepted to the APTA CSM 2017 in San Antonio, Texas
(See tabs below for titles, authors, posters and audio presentations).
For a list of past systematic reviews, click here.

The Effect of Virtual Reality Training on Balance, Gait and Mobility in Persons with Parkinson’s disease: A Systematic Review

Alexander Arrow, SPT

Joseph Martzen, SPT

Michael Montalbano, SPT

James Moser, SPT

Alexander Tomlinson, SPT

Dr. Renée Hakim, PT, Ph.D., NCS

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The Effect of Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation on Gait Outcomes in Adults with Non-Progressive CNS Diagnoses: A Systematic Review

Jordan Cominsky, SPT

Coleen Joyce, SPT

Suzanne Leschen, SPT

Madeline Raab, SPT

Dr. Jennifer Schwartz, PT, DPT, NCS

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The Effect of Whole Body Vibration on Pain and Disability in Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review

Travis Fahey, SPT

Corey Pasquarelli, SPT

Charles Lewis, SPT

Matthew Donaldson, SPT

Dr. Renée Hakim, PT, Ph.D., NCS

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The Impact of Osseointegrated Prostheses on Quality of Life in Patients with Transfemoral Amputation: A Systematic Review

Kelly Kuzminski, SPT

Jennifer Lewis, SPT

Gabrielle Pierce, SPT

Samantha Russo, SPT

Dr. Barbara Wagner, PT, DPT, MHA

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The Effect of Fatigue on Balance and Fall Risk using Balance Outcome Measures in Community Dwelling Older Adults: A Systematic Review

Nicholas Constantino, SPT

Daniel DiPaola, SPT

Kyle Kasman, SPT

James Leighty, SPT

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

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Physical Therapy Video Source for Visual Vertigo

Gabrielle Pierce

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The Effect of Depression on Functional Mobility in Older Adults following Hip Fracture Surgery: A Systematic Review

Daniel Dolphin, SPT

Katelyn Moyer, SPT

Robert Roncek, SPT

Steven Roughton, SPT

Dr. Dana Maida, PT, DPT, GCS

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