UE DPT grad Kristen Sholander presents research poster at national conference

Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2017

University of Evansville DPT ’17 graduate Kristen Sholander recently presented research at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Next Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

The poster is titled "The Effect of a Group Exercise Rehabilitation Program on Psychosocial Outcomes for Individuals who have Experienced a Stroke."

Under the direction of UE assistant professor of physical therapy Tzurei Chen, Sholander led the data collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of the project.

The research study analyzed psychosocial outcomes in individuals who have experienced a stroke, after participating in eight weeks of the Acercise pro bono group exercise program. The study specifically looked at changes in depression, quality of life, and participation in activities.

“Most participants had improvements in all areas after only 8 weeks, which indicates that Acercise does more than just help people physically. The group atmosphere truly contributes to improved mental, emotional, and social well-being,” Sholander said.

Sholander has accepted a physical therapy position in acute care at Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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