Physical Therapy Research


Augusta University has a comprehensive biomedical sciences research agenda with signature programs in movement science, inflammation, neurological conditions, and cardiovascular diseases.

Physical therapy faculty are involved in research related to human movement science, sports medicine, neurological rehabilitation, educational delivery systems and cardiovascular health. The department also houses three research labs with activities directed by PT faculty. For more information about the department's research resources and faculty research interests, visit the following links.


Biochemistry Lab  » 
Chandramohan Wakade, MBBS
State-of-the-art equipment for biochemical analyses

Human Movement Science Lab  » Director: Raymond Chong, PhD
Equipped to study automatic and voluntary motor coordination and adaptations using established and novel experimental paradigms such as surface perturbations, treadmill locomotion, forward fall, obstacle crossing and optical prism adaptation   

Musculoskeletal Performance Lab  »
Director: Lori Bolgla, PT, PhD, ATC
Equipped to examine muscle activation using non-invasive, clinically-based techniques


Margaret Blagg, PT, DPT

Gender-specific health concerns and the role of physical therapy in the conservative management of these conditions. Incontinence, dyspareunia, and infertility are my primary interests

Lori A. Bolgla, PT, PhD, ATC

The influence of the hip on patellofemoral pain syndrome etiology

Charlotte A. Chatto, PT, PhD 

Gait measurement and intervention in persons with neurological problems

Colleen Hergott, PT, DPT, GCS, C/NDT 

Health Promotion and Fall Prevention for Older adults

Malorie Novak, PT, DPT, PhD

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning including lifelong learning, student outcomes, and innovation in teaching.

Vanessa Everett, PT, DPT, GCS

The impact of various prosthetic training interventions and balance strategies on adult lower extremity prosthetic users.

Lawrence Ramiscal, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, COMT, FAAOMPT

Clinical research and intervention studies that support the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions in the treatment of orthopedic conditions particularly in the application of manual therapy and exercise

Chandramohan Wakade, MBBS  

Biochemistry of immune function in neurologic conditions including stroke, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer and traumatic brain injury