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Featured Researcher - Summer 2014

Kay Cerny, PT, PhD

"I received funding for my dissertation research on the Adaptions during the stance phase of gait for simulated flexion contractures at the knee. My research was published in Orthopedics. I then received funding for a study on the reliability and criterion-related validity of hand-held dynamometry in measuring inversion and eversion strength of the foot. This study was something Steve Reischl was interested in and I helped him put the study together and get the data. He did not publish this work but did go on to publish important work on tibial rotation and pronation in walking.

I am currently Department Chair and Program Director of the Physical Therapy Department, California State University, Long Beach. Being chair for the past 10 years has kept me from spending a lot of time on research, so this fall I am stepping down as Department Chair and will be devoting my time to supporting student research projects. We are currently studying the effects of various exercises on gastroc-soleus muscle activity and lower limb joint mechanics.

I believe the future of physical therapy is dependent upon evidence to support its efficacy. Although most practicing therapists are not in environments that support them to perform research, I believe they are still responsible to advance the evidence in physical therapy. They can do this by financially supporting research. The PT Fund supports early researchers so they begin to establish themselves enough to earn grant support from larger entitites. "

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