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University of St. Augustine Health Sciences (USAHS), a leading graduate institution that emphasizes health science education through innovative classroom education, is proud to announce that several faculty attended and presented leading research at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress in early July. Approximately 2, 000 physical therapists from more than 100 countries traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to attend the Congress.

Dr. Kathleen Manella presents at the WCPT Founded in 1951, the WCPT is the sole international voice for physical therapy, representing more than 350, 000 physical therapists worldwide through its 111 member organizations. A WCPT Congress is where the world of physical therapy meets to share the latest research and practice advances, to debate hot topics and professional issues, and to network and to learn from experiences across diverse settings around the world.

The following research was presented by USAHS faculty at the WCPT Congress:

  • “Assessment and Implementation of Evidence Based Pain Competencies in Prelicensure Physical Therapy Curriculum.” – Annie Burke-Doe, Chris Ingstad, Chris Ivey, Steve Laslovich, Ellen Lowe, Kayla Smith, Jon Warren, Kristen Johnson, Jim Mathews, Terri Roberts, and Susan McNulty
  • “Attitudes and Beliefs Regarding Pain in Interprofessional Education.” – Jon Warren, Kayla Smith, Annie Burke-Doe, Kristen Johnson, Chris Ivey, Steve Laslovich, Chris Ingstad, Ellen Lowe, Jim Mathews, Susan McNulty, and Terri Roberts
  • Development of a Physical Therapy Faculty Workload Tool.” – Wanda Nitsch, Jodi Liphart, Kathleen Manella, and Cheri Peters-Brinkerhoff
  • “Locomotor Training Effects on Pulmonary Function, Mobility, and Participation in Four Children with Spinal Cord Injury.” – Kathleen Manella
  • “Operant Conditioning to Increase Ankle Motor Control or Decrease Hyperreflrxia Improves Reflex Modulation and Walking Function in Chronic Spinal Cord Injury.” – Kathleen Manella
  • “Uncovering Three Faces of Fragile X: FXD.” – Cornelia Lieb-Lundell


About University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS)

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) is a graduate institution that offers degree programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, education and health science, as well as continuing education programs. Founded in 1979, USAHS has locations in San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; Austin, Texas; and Miami, Florida. USAHS is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission. USAHS is one of more than 70 institutions in 25 countries that comprise the Laureate International Universities network. For more information about USAHS visit

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