Tufts DPT faculty publish 55 peer-reviewed publications in 2021

The faculty's research contributions help Tufts DPT programs stand out.
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Faculty in both Tufts University School of Medicine’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs, Boston and Phoenix, had a combined 55 peer-reviewed publications in 2021 alone.

The programs’ unified mission is to “prepare future professional physical therapists to positively impact societal health and improve the human experience through our commitment to excellence, inclusion, discovery, and meaningful service.” The faculty’s continued dedication to the creation and application of new knowledge exemplifies the programs’ commitment to excellence.

"The DPT faculty at the School of Medicine have made substantial contributions to the development of new knowledge despite the many other responsibilities that accompany developing a hybrid program,” said Joshua Cleland, PT, PhD, FAPTA, professor and director of research and faculty development in the Boston program. “Each publication from 2021 facilitates faculty in being better educators and scholars.”

“Tufts DPT programs are newly launched,” said Linda J. Woodhouse, PT, PhD, professor and director of research and faculty development in the Phoenix program. “What’s so impressive about this high volume of manuscripts, is the quality, range, and breadth of the works at a time when our faculty are new to Tufts and juggling many other duties related to starting a new DPT program not related to their research work.”

DPT faculty were authors or co-authors in articles covering a myriad of issues related to physical therapy—from biomechanics to advanced clinical application—that sought to examine the effectiveness, impacts, and reliability of therapies and treatments in musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, and neurological practices.

Their findings were widely published in journals that include the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy, European Geriatric Medicine, among others.

“Every one of the faculty has a robust scholarly agenda that will continue to produce quality studies that will enhance the overall body of knowledge and change clinical practice and teaching methodologies,” said Cleland.

“We know our students are picking Tufts because of our internationally-recognized faculty and their research work,” said Woodhouse. “Last year’s high productivity rate proves that our faculty are active in the profession, which makes our programs stand out.”

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