Research Colloquium

The Programs in Physical Therapy is excited to announce our Annual Research Colloquium will be taking place on Thursday, November 18th, 2021 at the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center.

Third year DPT students present original research completed in collaboration with CUIMC faculty. The event will be hosted by our very own Dr. Jacqueline Montes PT, EdD, NCS. Our Key Note Speaker this year will be Ericka N. Merriwether PT, DPT, PhD.

For our guests that are non-CUIMC, you can participate remotely via the Zoom link below!

Zoom link for guests:

Meeting ID: 977 7618 6812

Passcode: 256386

Kindly browse the research topics, as well as the student presenters and faculty advisors in the full program found here:


4:00 PM – 4:10 PM - Land Acknowledgment

Jansen Atiatonharonkwen Nicholas, DPT Class of 2022

Welcome Remarks

Dr. Jacqueline Montes

4:10 PM – 4:30 PM - Key Note Speaker

Trying to Ease the Pain: A Journey Toward Better Understanding Chronic Pain Mechanisms in Body Diverse Populations

Ericka N. Merriwether, PT, DPT, PhD

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Assistant Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine

Department of Physical Therapy

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

New York University


4:30 PM – 4:45 PM - A Portrait of Older Adults in NYC during COVID-19: the Relationship Between Social Networks, Financial Well-Being, Life-Space, and Health- Related Quality of Life

Presenters: Jenna DelVescio, Beteal Kuflom, Jeffrey You

Advisor: Dr. Mahlon Stewart


4:45 PM – 5:00 PM - Energy Expenditure, Fatigue and Gait impairments during the 6MWT in Individuals with Huntington’s Disease

Presenters: Caroline Dunn, Kirsten Hendricks, Christopher Kirby, Leanza Lopez

Advisor: Dr. Ashwini Rao


5:00 PM – 5:15 PM - The Reliability of a Video Assessment of a Squat Movement: A Comparison Between Experienced Clinicians and Entry-level Students

Presenters: Hannah Saquian, Dan Supple, Jen Wales

Advisors: Drs. Michael Johnson, Rami Said, Jean Timmerberg


5:15 PM – 5:30 PM - The Discriminative Validity of a Video Assessment of a Squat Movement among College-aged Athletes

Presenters: Alexis Appelquist, Andrew  Cox, Shayan Lebastchi, Amir Salsabili

Advisors: Drs. Michael Johnson, Rami Said, Jean Timmerberg


5:30 PM – 5:45 PM - A Telehealth-Rehabilitation Exercise Program (THRExP) for Adults with Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Presenters: Noelle DeMartini, Nicole Shatsky

Advisor: Dr. Margaret O’Neil


5:45 PM – 6:00 PM - Break                                                          


6:00 PM – 6:15 PM - Remote Video Assessment of Dancers and Non-Dancers

Presenters: Alexandria Brownell, Amanda Fox, Cristina Fuentes Ortiz, Caroline Levart, Swathi Madala, Neiladri Mallick, Marla McReynolds- Waldron, Mary Senzig

Advisor: Dr. Laurel Abbruzzese


6:15 PM – 6:30 PM - Custom Virtual Reality (VR) Games to Promote Fitness and Functional Mobility in Ambulatory Youth with Cerebral Palsy: A Feasibility Study

Presenters: Isabella Mueller, Jansen Nicholas, Caitlin Reda

Advisor: Dr. Margaret O’Neil


6:30 PM – 6:45 PM - Clinical Characteristics of Individuals with Symptomatic Hip Femoral Acetabular Impingement: A Scoping Review

Presenters: Ryan Choi, Joseph Giacomo, Franceska Regnier, Benjamin Schwartz

Advisors: Dr. Jean Timmerberg, Rami Said


6:45 PM – 7:00 PM - Microvascular Reactivity in People with Peripheral Artery Disease at Risk for Amputation: a Feasibility Pilot

Presenters: Claire Bould, Marielle Dineen-Carey, Dani Daymude, Zenas Singh

Advisor: Dr. Christopher Kevin Wong


7:00 PM – 7:15 PM - PT Stakeholder Survey: Informing Recommendations for the APTA Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for Ambulatory Youth with Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Presenters: Hannah Doyle, Michelle Lussier, Alexandra Murray

Advisor: Dr. Margaret O’Neil


7:15 PM – 7:30 PM - Closing Remarks

                                    Dr. Debra Krasinski

Research Colloquium Presenters & Projects
Research Colloquium Program Front