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

 

Eastern Colorado GRECC Investigators

20 December 2019

Biography | Recent Publications

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).
 
Mentoring
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

 Pub: Incorporating Specific Functional Strength Integration Techniques to Improve Functional Performance for Veterans After Total Hip Arthroplasty: Protocol for a Randomized Clinical Trial8 August 2019 - Eastern Colorado GRECC researchers Jennifer Stevens Lapsley, PT, PhD, and Cory Christiansen, PT PhD, along with colleagues from the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program wrote this paper detailing a research protocol to determine "if a functional strength integration intervention" improves outcome after total hip replacement surgery. Read more.
 Pub: Conducting Clinical Research in Post-acute and Long-term Nursing Home Care Settings: Regulatory Challenges
3 July 2019 - Drs. Hillary Lum and Jennifer Stevens Lapsley ABSTRACT: Despite multiple initiatives in post-acute and long-term nursing home care settings (NHs) to improve the quality of care while reducing health care costs, research in NHs can prove challenging. Extensive regulation for both research and NHs is designed to protect a highly vulnerable population but can be a deterrent to conducting research. This article outlines regulatory challenges faced by NHs and researchers, such as protecting resident privacy as well as health information and obtaining informed consent. The article provides lessons learned to help form mutually beneficial partnerships between researchers and NHs to conduct studies that grow and advance NH research initiatives and clinical care. Copyright © 2019 AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. KEYWORDS: Post-acute care; long-term care; nursing homes; research regulation Read more.
 Pub: Trajectories of functional performance and muscle strength recovery differ after total knee and total hip replacement: a performance-based, longitudinal study
24 June 2019 - Also this week, Eastern Colorado GRECC researcher, Dr. Jennifer Stevens Lapsley, had a paper published of a study that followed patients for 6 months after either a total hip or total knee replacement. The outcomes at 3- and 6-months differed between the groups. The authors found recovery from a total knee replacement tended to be slower than from a total hip replacement and conclude, "These findings should be considered in rehabilitation priorities after arthroplasty surgery." Read more.
 Pub: Simulated hip abductor strengthening reduces peak joint contact forces in patients with total hip arthroplasty
24 June 2019 - Eastern Colorado GRECC researcher, Dr. Jennifer Stevens Lapsley, took part in this research which wanted to explore whether strengthening of the hip abductor muscles had a positive effect on the contact between joints in descending stairs. The authors found that hip abductor strengthening helped not only the hips but also the knee and the spine. Read more.

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