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Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (EC-GRECC)

 

Eastern Colorado GRECC Investigators


16 October 2020

 

Jennifer E. Stevens-Lapsley, PT PhD
Title: Professor, Physical Therapy
Contact: jennifer.stevens-lapsley@cuanschutz.edu | jennifer.stevens-lapsley@va.gov
 
Personal Statement
My clinical research focuses on identifying, integrating and advancing innovative evidence-based medicine rehabilitation solutions for older adults through highly effective research methods and partnerships. My research uses a multifaceted approach to evaluate intervention strategies designed to enhance the effectiveness of rehabilitation in older adult patient populations. I have served as a clinician in various settings with an emphasis on patients following knee and hip arthroplasty. As such, I have 20 years of clinical research experience in patients with osteoarthritis planning joint arthroplasty. More specifically, I have participated in the design, implementation, and publication of studies exploring whether innovative surgical and rehabilitation strategies improve physical function (e.g. NIH R01 HD065900, NIH R03 AR054538, NIH K23 AG029978, and NIH R01 AG056585). More recently, I have worked closely with interdisciplinary teams focused on medically-complex patients in different settings (inpatient, home health, skilled nursing facilities) and have developed new lines of research involving these older adult populations (NIH R01 NR016209, VA RR&D I21 RX002054, VA RR&D I01 RX001978).
 
A very important part of my contributions to science include serving as a research mentor to junior faculty, PhD students, and post-doctoral fellows. Evidence of my experience as a mentor is supported by a track record of trainees securing academic appointments, combined with mentoring awards and mentored grants. My PhD and post-doctoral fellow trainees have all secured academic appointments and have demonstrated a track record of productivity (publications, presentations, grants, etc). In recognition of my mentoring, I received the Outstanding Research Mentor Award for the Clinical Science Program (2009) and an Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring Award from the University of Colorado (2016).
 
Research Interest
A very important part of my contributions to science include serving as a research mentor to PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, PT faculty, and DPT students. Evidence of mentoring excellence is supported by a track record of trainees securing academic appointments, combined with mentoring awards, and mentored grants. My PhD and post-doctoral fellow trainees have all secured academic appointments and have demonstrated a track record of productivity (publications, presentations, grants, etc). In recognition of my mentoring, I received the Outstanding Research Mentor Award for the Clinical Science Program (2009), and the University of Colorado Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring Award (2016).

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Recent Publications

 

Christensen JC, Capin JJ, Hinrichs LA, Aljehani M, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Zeni JA. Gait mechanics are influenced by quadriceps strength, age and sex after total knee arthroplasty. J Orthop Res. 2020 Oct 9. doi: 10.1002/jor.24878. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 33034899.

Gustavson AM, Malone DJ, Boxer RS, Forster JE, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Application of High-Intensity Functional Resistance Training in a Skilled Nursing Facility: An Implementation Study [published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug 4]. Phys Ther. 2020;pzaa126. doi:10.1093/ptj/pzaa126
PMID: 32750132.

Kittelson AJ, Elings J, Colborn K, et al. Reference chart for knee flexion following total knee arthroplasty: a novel tool for monitoring postoperative recovery. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2020;21(1):482. Published 2020 Jul 22. doi:10.1186/s12891-020-03493-x
PMID: 32698900.

Gustavson AM, Forster JE, LeDoux CV, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Multiparticipant Rehabilitation in Skilled Nursing Facilities: An Observational Comparison Study [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 6]. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2020;S1525-8610(20)30369-8. doi:10.1016/j.jamda.2020.05.002
PMID: 32646824.

Jette DU, Hunter SJ, Burkett L, Langham B, Logerstedt DS, Piuzzi NS, Poirier NM, Radach LJL, Ritter JE, Scalzitti DA, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Tompkins J, Zeni J Jr; American Physical Therapy Association. Physical Therapist Management of Total Knee Arthroplasty. Phys Ther. 2020 Jun 16. pii: pzaa099. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzaa099. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32542403.
PMID: 32542403.

Christiansen CL, Miller MJ, Kline PW, Fields TT, Sullivan WJ, Blatchford PJ, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Biobehavioral intervention targeting physical activity behavior change for older Veterans after non-traumatic amputation: A randomized controlled trial. PM R. 2020 Apr 5. doi: 10.1002/pmrj.12374. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed
PMID: 32248638.

Jones CD, Nearing KA, Burke RE, Lum HD, Boxer RS, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Ozkaynak M, Levy CR. "What Would It Take to Transform Post-Acute Care?" 2019 Conference Proceedings on Re-envisioning Post-Acute Care. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2020 Mar 16. pii: S1525-8610(20)30187-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2020.02.004. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 32192872.

Falvey JR, Murphy TE, Gill TM, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Ferrante LE. Home Health Rehabilitation Utilization Among Medicare Beneficiaries Following Critical Illness. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 Mar 18. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16412. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 32187664.

Bade MJ, Christensen JC, Zeni JA Jr, Christiansen CL, Dayton MR, Forster JE, Cheuy VA, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Movement pattern biofeedback training after total knee arthroplasty: Randomized clinical trial protocol. Contemp Clin Trials. 2020 Mar 12;91:105973. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2020.105973. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 32171937.

Kittelson AJ, Christensen JC, Loyd BJ, Burrows KL, Iannitto J, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Reliability, responsiveness, and validity of handheld dynamometry for assessing quadriceps strength in total knee arthroplasty. Disabil Rehabil. 2020 Mar 6:1-8. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2020.1730454. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 32142620.

LeDoux CV, Lindrooth RC, Seidler KJ, Falvey JR, Stevens-Lapsley JE. The Impact of Home Health Physical Therapy on Medicare Beneficiaries With a Primary Diagnosis of Dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 Jan 13. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16307. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 31930736.

Carmichael JP, Staton EW, Blatchford PJ, Stevens-Lapsley J. EPIDEMIOLOGY of NECK INJURIES ACCOMPANYING SPORT CONCUSSIONS in YOUTH OVER a 13-YEAR PERIOD IN a COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTHCARE SYSTEM. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2019 Jun;14(3):334-344. doi: 10.26603/ijspt20190334.
PMID: 31681492; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6816290.

Falvey JR, Bade MJ, Hogan C, Forster JE, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Preoperative Activities of Daily Living Dependency is Associated With Higher 30-Day Readmission Risk for Older Adults After Total Joint Arthroplasty. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2019 Oct 31. doi: 10.1097/CORR.0000000000001040. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 31688209.

Kittelson AJ, Hoogeboom TJ, Schenkman M, Stevens-Lapsley JE, van Meeteren NLU. Person-Centered Care and Physical Therapy: A "People-Like-Me" Approach. Phys Ther. 2019 Oct 14. pii: pzz139. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzz139. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 31608928.

Loyd BJ, Stackhouse S, Dayton M, Hogan C, Bade M, Stevens-Lapsley J. The relationship between lower extremity swelling, quadriceps strength, and functional performance following total knee arthroplasty. Knee. 2019 Mar;26(2):382-391. doi: 10.1016/j.knee.2019.01.012. Epub 2019 Feb 14.
PMID: 30772186; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6486428.

Loyd BJ, Stackhouse SK, Hogan C, Dayton MR, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Kittelson AJ. Peripheral Nociception Is Associated with Voluntary Activation Deficits and Quadriceps Weakness Following Total Knee Arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019 Sep 4;101(17):1539-1545. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.18.01457.
PMID: 31483396.

Judd DL, Cheuy VA, Forster JE, Christiansen CL, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Incorporating Specific Functional Strength Integration Techniques to Improve Functional Performance for Veterans After Total Hip Arthroplasty: Protocol for a Randomized Clinical Trial. Phys Ther. 2019 Aug 8. pii: pzz109. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzz109. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 31392991..

Gustavson AM, Drake C, Lakin A, Daddato AE, Falvey JR, Capell W, Lum HD, Jones CD, Unroe KT, Towsley GL, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Levy CR, Boxer RS; PACRATS Investigators. Conducting Clinical Research in Post-acute and Long-term Nursing Home Care Settings: Regulatory Challenges. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2019 Jul;20(7):798-803. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2019.04.022.
PMID: 31248598; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6703170.

Judd DL, Wolfe P, LeDoux CV, Hogan C, Dayton MR, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Trajectories of functional performance and muscle strength recovery differ after total knee and total hip replacement: a performance-based, longitudinal study. Int J Rehabil Res. 2019 Sep;42(3):211-216. doi: 10.1097/MRR.0000000000000344.
PMID: 31219844; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6687517.

Myers CA, Laz PJ, Shelburne KB, Judd DL, Winters JD, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Davidson BS. Simulated hip abductor strengthening reduces peak joint contact forces in patients with total hip arthroplasty. J Biomech. 2019 Aug 27;93:18-27. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2019.06.003. Epub 2019 Jun 6.
PMID: 31221457; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6698423.

Loyd BJ, Burrows K, Forster JE, Stackhouse SK, Hogan C, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Reliability and precision of single frequency bioelectrical impedance assessment of lower extremity swelling following total knee arthroplasty. Physiother Theory Pract. 2019 May 29:1-7. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2019.1619886. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 31140887.

Falvey JR, Mangione KK, Nordon-Craft A, Cumbler E, Burrows KL, Forster JE, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Progressive Multicomponent Intervention for Older Adults in Home Health Settings Following Acute Hospitalization: Randomized Clinical Trial Protocol. Phys Ther. 2019 Sep 1;99(9):1141-1149. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzz069.
PMID: 31004493.

Miller MJ, Cook PF, Kline PW, Anderson CB, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Christiansen CL. Physical Function and Pre-Amputation Characteristics Explain Daily Step Count after Dysvascular Amputation. PM R. 2019 Feb 6. doi: 10.1002/pmrj.12121. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 30729727.

Christensen JC, Paxton RJ, Baym C, Forster JE, Dayton MR, Hogan CA, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Benefits of direct patient discharge to outpatient physical therapy after total knee arthroplasty. Disabil Rehabil. 2019 Jan 7:1-7. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1505968. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 30616406; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6612479.

Falvey JR, Burke RE, Levy CR, Gustavson AM, Price L, Forster JE, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Impaired Physical Performance Predicts Hospitalization Risk for Participants in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Phys Ther. 2019 Jan 1;99(1):28-36. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzy127.
PMID: 30602041; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6314329.

Falvey JR, Bade MJ, Forster JE, Burke RE, Jennings JM, Nuccio E, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Home-Health-Care Physical Therapy Improves Early Functional Recovery of Medicare Beneficiaries After Total Knee Arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2018 Oct 17;100(20):1728-1734. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.17.01667.
PMID: 30334882.

Kline PW, Melanson EL, Sullivan WJ, Blatchford PJ, Miller MJ, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Christiansen CL. Improving Physical Activity Through Adjunct Telerehabilitation Following Total Knee Arthroplasty: Randomized Controlled Trial Protocol. Phys Ther. 2019 Jan 1;99(1):37-45. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzy119.
PMID: 30329126; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6314331.

Gustavson AM, Falvey JR, Forster JE, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Predictors of Functional Change in a Skilled Nursing Facility Population. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2019 Jul/Sep; 42(3):189-195.
PMID: 28650398.

Falvey JR, Gustavson AM, Price L, Papazian L, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Dementia, Comorbidity, and Physical Function in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2019 Apr/Jun; 42(2):E1-E6.
PMID: 28437317.

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