Physical Therapy Research


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

Physical therapy faculty are involved in research related to human movement science, sports medicine, rehabilitation oncology, driving skills assessment, 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

Raymond Chong, PhD 
Human movement science

Colleen Hergott, PT, DPT, C/NDT 
Strength and balance in the geriatric population

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