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OPTA Recognizes 2013 Grant Recipients

Provided by the OPTA Research Committee

The Ohio Physical Therapy Association Research Committee would like to recognize and congratulate Matt Briggs, PT, DPT, SCS, AT and Amy Bailes, PT, MS, PCS, along with their respective teams of researchers (below) as the 2013 grant recipients from the OPTA research fund. This year’s winning projects were chosen from 15 exceptional applications and will receive funds to support clinical site fees, equipment costs, personnel fees and participant support costs.


Lower Extremity Function, Mechanics, Pain, and Quality of Life in Obese Children

  • Matt Briggs, PT, DPT, SCS, AT – The Ohio State University
  • Laura Schmitt, PT, PhD, MPT – The Ohio State University
  • Sharon Bout-Tabaku, MD – Nationwide Children’s Hospital



Six-Month Follow-up of Functional Electrical Stimulation Neuroprosthesis in Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy

  • Amy Bailes, PT, MS, PCS - Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Jason Long - Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Division of OT/PT and Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Mike Clay, PT, DPT - Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Melissa Tremper, PT, MPT – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Kari Dunning, PT, PhD – University of Cincinnati, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

The function of the OPTA Research Fund is to promote and support research studies relative to clinical practice, education or administration which will enhance the profession of physical therapy. To learn more about the OPTA Research Committee and funding opportunities, visit the OPTA ‘Recognition’ Page (here) or contact Research Committee Co-Chairs, Dawn Westfall and Cathy Bieber Parrott.