Research Projects

Ongoing Studies

Chronic Pain, Motor Output and Motor Learning in Knee Osteoarthritis

Principal Investigator: Katherine Rudolph, Ph.D., P.T.
Co-Investigators: Tamara King, Ph.D.; John Rosene, Ph.D.
Funding: NIH NIAMS/NIA        1R15AR068627-01A1                                          04/01/2016–03/31/2019
Recruiting Subjects? Yes (for more information please call 207-221-4214 or visit https://redcap.une.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=TJJXCAYKT4)
Student Research Opportunities? Yes (please contact Dr. Rudolph)

Presentations from this work:

  1. Rudolph KS, Devine M (DPT '17), Donovitch M (DPT '17). "Quadriceps muscle quickness relates to function in people with knee osteoarthritis". Presented at the APTA Combined Sections Feb 21, 2018, New Orleans, LA

  2. Obecny J. (DPT '18) Chiarella C. (DPT '18). Rudolph KS. Broken Escalator Paradigm Applied to Motor Learning in Knee Osteoarthritis. Presented at the 2nd Annual Maine APTA Winter Symposium. Dec 1, 2017, Portland, ME.

  3. Turcotte H (COM '18), Rudolph KS. Motor Learning and Adaptation in People with Knee Osteoarthritis and Chronic Pain. Presented at the Northeast Osteopathic Medical Education Network - 17th Annual Research And Scholarship Forum, May 17, 2018, Biddeford, ME

  4. Campbell C (DPT '19), Kristofitz D (DPT '19), Tso D (DPT '19), Rudolph KS. How do People with Chronic Pain from Knee OA Control the Knee during a Motor Learning Task? Presented at the Maine Chapter APTA Winter Symposium and Annual Chapter Meeting: November 30, 2018

Exercise Induced Hypoalgesia-Does exercise or its associated pain lead to pain relief?

Principal Investigator: Katherine Rudolph, Ph.D., P.T.
Recruiting Subjects? Yes (please contact 
Dr. Rudolph)
Student Research Opportunities? Yes (please contact Dr. Rudolph)

Presentations from this work:

  1. Jacobsen E (DPT '19), Nelson T (DPT '19), Welsh C (DPT '19), Rudolph KS. Is it Exercise or the Pain Associated with Exercise that leads to Exercise Induced Hypoalgesia? Presented at the Maine Chapter APTA Winter Symposium and Annual Chapter Meeting: November 30, 2018

 

Completed Studies

 

Does a Neuromuscular Training Program Improve Mechanics during Landing and Cutting Maneuvers

Investigators: Casey Cottle (D.P.T.'16) and Sebastian Stoltfuz (D.P.T. '16)
Mentor: Michael Lawrence, M.S.
Funding: UNE 2014 IPEC Mini-Grant

Does Sensory Sensitivity affect Motor Learning - a Pilot Study?
Principal Investigator: Katherine Rudolph, Ph.D., P.T.
Student Researchers: Irina Fedulow (D.P.T.'15); Sarah Cooper (Biochemistry and Neuroscience ‘15)
Funding: UNE Minigrant #PRUD
(Poster)

Sled towing increases hip work generation in the sagittal and frontal planes more than wearing a weighted vest

Investigators: James Townsend (D.P.T. '15), Erin Collins (D.P.T. '15), Kaitlin Powers (D.P.T. '15)
Mentors: Erin Hartigan, Ph.D., P.T., A.T.C., O.C.S., Michael Lawrence, M.S.; Thomas Murray, M.D.; Bernadette Shaw, P.A.C.

Force Production and Muscle Activity during Sprint Start while Pulling a Weighted Sled

Investigators: Chad Lyons (AES ’15) 
Mentor: Michael Lawrence, M.S. 
Funding: NEACSM 2014 Undergraduate Research Experience Grant 

A Comparison of Knee Moments During a Lateral Cutting Maneuver: Shod Vs. Barefoot

Investigators: Brianna Biesti (AT '12) and Casey Cottle (AES '12)
Mentors: Lara Carlson, DPE., F.A.C.S.M., C.S.C.S.. and Michael Lawrence, M.S.
Funding: 2012 NEACSM Undergraduate Research Experience Grant

Effects of a 6 Week Intervention Program on Lower Limb Joint Moment Asymmetry in Healthy Female Collegiate Athletes

Richard (Lee) Spencer (D.P.T. ’12), Alison St. Jeanos (D.P.T. ’12) and Michael Wynot (D.P.T. ’12)
Mentors: Erin Hartigan, Ph.D., P.T. and Michael Lawrence, M.S. 

Lower limb moments differ when towing a weighted sled with different attachment points 

Investigators: Brianna Biesti (A.T. '12) and Casey Cottle (A.E..S '12).
Mentors: Michael Lawrence, M.S., Lara Carlson, DPE., F.A.C.S.M., C.S.C.S.

Rate of Loading and Lower Extremity Sagittal Plane Biomechanics When Landing from a Drop-Jump: Shod and Barefoot Comparisons Between Genders

Robert Cochrane (D.P.T. ’12) and Brian McNeaney (D.P.T. ’12) 
Mentor: Michael Lawrence, M.S. and Erin Hartigan, Ph.D., P.T.

The Effect of Load on Movement Coordination During Sled Towing

Daniel Leib (D.P.T. ’12) and Cara Masterson (D.P.T. ’12)
Mentors: Michael Lawrence, M.S. and Erin Hartigan, Ph.D., P.T.