Research

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The School of Physical Therapy believes research creates innovations in healthcare that impact the local and global community. This is demonstrated in a variety of areas, as George Fox research is leading nationally in Achilles tendinopathy, diagnostic ultrasound, primary care, and patient-reported outcomes.

Our research places priorities on ideas and projects that have tremendous influence and power on improving the healthcare of people. Our mission’s pursuit of excellence not only refers to academic excellence expected of our students but also to how research is delivered. Using research, graduates are expected to be leaders and change agents to further impact health and wellness in their own communities.

Year 1

In addition to DPT curricular programming, first-year students assess data and consume journals that set the framework to understand how we approach physical therapy, the outcomes it has produced, and where improvements should be made. They learn to look at research with a critical eye and question longstanding practice using data. This nimble approach leads to a continuous evolution in data and research that leads to better practices.

At the end of first year, faculty lay out research projects they’ll be pursuing the following year and students choose the project they want to be part of. In all, between nine and 12 projects are in progress at a time, giving students the option to work directly with subjects, on data or on outcomes. Some research projects utilize the biomechanics lab, some utilize the PROMIS intake evaluation system, some are more patient oriented.

Year 2

Students launch their practice-oriented research project their second year, guided by a professor, immersing themselves in the practices they've been studying. A rich environment for problem-based learning, students are given more autonomy and agency to problem solve issues. The second year focuses intensely on research, as students interact with subjects and gather data.

Year 3

Third-year students spend significant time in clinicals outside the classroom but maintain contact with their research group and supervising faculty. For six weeks in January, they come together, pull together all data, and connect the dots from being immersed with their patient population to the outcomes and the conclusions they can draw. At our annual research symposium, students present their work to professors, the healthcare community, and the public. Learn more about previous research topics

George Fox students often have opportunities for their names to be included in publications and share the stage to present research regionally and nationally with professors. Such opportunities allow rich networking opportunities for students.