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Featured Reasearcher - July 2012

Wendy Katzman, PT, DPTSc, OCS

"I enrolled as a post-professional Doctorate of Physical Therapy Science (DPTSc) student at UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy in 2002. The program required that I design and complete an independent research project in an area of interest, which for me was whether postural exercises routinely taught by physical therapists were effective in improving postural alignment. To answer this question, I conducted an uncontrolled clinical trial among 21 women with hyperkyphosis to determine the effects of a multidimensional group exercise program on kyphosis and physical function. I designed an exercise program targeting the musculoskeletal impairments associated with hyperkyphosis, including spinal muscle weakness and limited mobility in the spine, shoulder and hip joints that produced promising preliminary data that kyphosis is modifiable and reducing kyphosis improves physical function in older women. These data have enabled me to continue my research agenda studying predictors of kyphosis and effects of kyphosis in older men and women, and submit several pending grants to study the effects of this intervention in a randomized clinical trial in different populations. My success as a clinical researcher today was made possible by the CAL-PT-FUND’s initial investment in my research as a graduate student."

Biography 

Dr. Wendy Katzman is Associate Professor in the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. She is a physical therapist and board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Dr. Katzman received a post-professional doctoral degree (DPTSc) in Physical Therapy Science in 2006 to study the effects of exercise on age-related hyperkyphosis and Advanced Training in Clinical Research Certification in 2009. She is currently funded by the UCSF/NIH Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women’s Health to research the epidemiology of age-related hyperkyhosis and to investigate the role of hyperkyphosis along the causal pathway to disability. Dr. Katzman has published numerous manuscripts about age-related hyperkyphosis including results from an uncontrolled trial of the effects of a targeted exercise program on kyphosis and physical function in older women, a project that received funding from the CA PT Fund. Dr. Katzman has developed a professional teaching module on Bone Health for the CA APTA and is clinical faculty in the University of California/San Francisco State Graduate Program in Physical Therapy responsible for teaching students about osteoporosis and bone health.

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