School of Health Professions

Orthotics and Prosthetics Program Research

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Graduate Research

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The use of 3D scanning and printing for medical devices is one of the many areas of research pursued by faculty and students in the O & P program.
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Students explore the many different research opportunities at Baylor College of Medicine and across the Texas Medical Center during the didactic curriculum phase. Each student is required to complete a research requirement in a clinical or product development track upon graduation. Research is conducted and presented during the clinical curriculum phase of the program.

Each student will have primary and secondary mentors to support them in their research endeavors from conception to production. Residents will have the opportunity to present their research at Baylor during the Health Professions Research Day competition, at National Conferences and publish their research in industry scientific publications.

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"Having access to all the resources in the Texas Medical Center allowed me to pursue a research route I didn't expect. It has put me on a path to pursuing research further than I ever expected and I'm hoping to get published within the year." - Erica Ling, O & P Student

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Collaboration

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Baylor O & P residents collaborate on research projects with a variety of investigators, enterprises, and institutions including the Baylor College of Medicine's departments of neuroscience and physical medicine and rehabilitation, the University of Houston, TWU School of Physical Therapy, TIRR Memorial Hermann, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center A, USA Paralympics, NASA, Ottobock, and Rice University.

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Faculty Research Areas

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Jared Howell, M.S., C.P.O., L.P.O.

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Focus: Product Development, Innovative Manufacturing Techniques, Global O&P Care and Program Development, Lower limb Prosthetics, Research and Training of Paralympic Athletes

  • Comparison of muscle activations in elite sprinters and Paralympic athletes
  • Effect of prosthetic length change on kinetic and kinematic factors of elite sprinters with bilateral amputations
  • Needs analysis of prosthetic and orthotic care in Sri Lanka and other low and middle income countries
  • Advancement of prosthetic and orthotic care globally (emphasis in leveraging education, technology, materials, and innovative manufacturing processes)
  • Testing Safety and Feasibility of 3D printed prosthetic sockets for use in adult and pediatric population (Clinical Trial)
  • 3D scanning and printing medical devices in resource limited environments
  • Knowledge and perceptions of Osseointegration in patients and practitioners
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Ashley Mullen, M.S.A.T., C.P.O., L.P.O.

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Focus: Clinical education, entrustment, lower limb orthotics, and inter-professional development

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Joshua Utay, M.Ed., C.P.O., L.P.O.

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Focus: Psychosocial factors of disability and limb loss; International O & P Practices and Education; History and Development of O & P

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Sally Dibello, M.P.O., C.P.O., L.O.

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Focus: Lower limb orthotics, Biomechanics, Clinical Gait Analysis

  • The Role of the Orthotist in Multidisciplinary Healthcare Teams
  • Comparison of Ankle Angle Measurement Methods for AFOs
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Fanny Schultea, M.S., M.S.Ed., C.P.O., L.P.

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Focus: Upper limb prosthetics, outcomes measurement and clinical standards

  • Differences in dual site and pattern recognition myoelectric control in unilateral transradial and wrist disarticulation amputees
  • Societal perception of different cosmetic coverings and hand function of upper limb prostheses
  • Impact of the provision of activity/sport specific prostheses on the quality of life of upper limb amputees
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Orthotics and Prosthetics Program

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One Baylor Plaza, MS: BCM115
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 798-3098
Fax: (713) 798-7694

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O & P Program in the News

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Read this article by O & P faculty member, Sally Dibello, M.P.O., C.P.O., L.P.O. and first year student, Cory Cacciola in the spring 2018 issue of Academy Today.

Read about how a Baylor partnership, led by O & P program director, Jared Howell, M.S., C.P.O. L.P.O., is developing a new model to aid Sri Lankan amputees in this article in The O&P Edge.

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O & P Program in the News

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Read this article by O & P faculty member, Sally Dibello, M.P.O., C.P.O., L.P.O. and first year student, Cory Cacciola in the spring 2018 issue of Academy Today.

Read about how a Baylor partnership, led by O & P program director, Jared Howell, M.S., C.P.O. L.P.O., is developing a new model to aid Sri Lankan amputees in this article in The O&P Edge.