Faculty Research Areas

Our Research Areas

Exercise and Cardiometabolic Health

Faculty Investigators
Todd Cade, PT, Ph.D
Grace Ditzenberger, DPT Student

Overall, our laboratory aims to study mechanisms of and treatments (nutritional/exercise/pharmacologic/gene therapy) for abnormalities in cardiometabolic disease, focusing on substrate (e.g. amino acid, glucose, fatty acid) metabolism, energetic, and functional abnormalities in skeletal muscle, heart, adipose tissue, liver, and brain. 

Learn more about our research on exercise and cardiometabolic health.

Neurological Rehabilitation

Faculty Investigator
Jody Feld, PT, DPT, PhD

Lindsay Heffron, DPT Student

Overall, our research aims are to reduce mobility disability, falls, and chronic sedentary behavior in people living in the community with subacute stroke. In doing this, our intent is to improve their physical activity levels, quality of life, and participation in society. In order to accomplish these aims, we are working on developing individualized multifactorial assessment protocols with strong prognostic value to guide personalized rehabilitation in post-acute care.

Movement Matters for Adults with Multiple Comorbid Conditions and Medical Complexity

Faculty Investigator
Amy M. Pastva, PT, MA, PhD, CHSE

Dr. Amy Pastva has two decades of experience as a physical therapist and an academician and has participated as a clinician-scientist at the Principle Investigator (PI) or Co-Investigator (Co-I) levels on foundation and federally-funded projects where she developed care transition and rehabilitative strategies aimed at positively influencing physiological mechanisms of health and improving patient-centered outcomes of physical function and quality of life for adults with chronic and/or medically complex conditions such as heart failure, respiratory failure, cancer, and stroke.

Learn more about Dr. Pastva’s research.

Education Innovation Lab

Faculty Investigators
Kyle Covington, PT, DPT, PhD
Katie Myers, PT, DPT Jamie Greco, PT, DPT, EdD
Marcus Roll, PT, DPT Chad Cook, PT, MBA, PhD, FAPTA
Jody Feld, PT, DPT, PhD Kara Lardinois, PT, DPT

Faculty Residents (current):
Zachary Rethorn, PT, DPT
Kelly Reynolds, PT, DPT
Jack Magill, PT, DPT

The Duke DPT Education Innovation Lab is a community of faculty scholars with a shared vision of advancing educational research in the pursuit of excellence in physical therapy education. We aim to be change agents in education, with research projects that investigate and answer critical questions that elevate the standards in crucial components of DPT education. The ultimate purpose of our work is to translate educational research outcomes into delivery of excellent educational experiences, preparing future clinicians that will truly transform society.

Learn more about the Education Innovation Lab.