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  • Grant applications are being accepted for the 2020-2021 cycle until Friday, July 31 .
  • The grant application is a fillable PDF file - save to your computer first, then complete the application.
  • Completed applications are to be emailed to
  • Recipients of grants for the 2020-2021 cycle will be announced at LEAP: Fall 2020 on Sept. 25.

HAVE QUESTIONS? Contact the Research Committee at  or call the OPTA office at 614-855-4109.



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2019 Research Grant Award Recipients

The OPTA Research Committee would like to recognize and congratulate the following researchers, along with their respective team members, as the 2019 OPTA Research Grant recipients. This year's winning projects were chosen from exceptional applications and will receive funds to support clinical site fees, equipment costs, and participant support costs.  


PROJECT: "The Effects of Bilateral Knee Pain & Dry Needling on Laterality Recognition, Movement & Function"

  • Principal Investigator: Cody Mansfield, PT, DPT, AT, OCS, FAAOMPT
  • Co-Investigators: Matt Briggs, PT, DPT, PhD, SCS, AT; Jimmy Onate, PhD, AT, ATC, FNATA; Laura Boucher, PhD, AT, ATC



PROJECT: "An Investigation of Child-Caregiver Interactions in the Motor Behaviors of Children with Cerebral Palsy"

  • Principal Investigator:  Sarah Schwab, PT, DPT
  • Co-Investigators:  Paula Silva, PhD; Michael Riley, PhD


PROJECT: "Influence of Sensory System Constraints on Brain Activity During Postural Control Task Performance"

  • Principal Investigator:  David Sherman, PT, DPT, ATC
  • Co-Investigators: Grant Norte, PhD, ATC, CSCS; Jochen Baumeister, PhD

OPTimize 2019 Best Platform Presentation

PROJECT: " Initiation of Physical Therapy in Pediatric Patients with Lateral Ankle Pain: A Retrospective Therapy"

  • Investigators: from Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus

    · Megan Cass, PT, DPT

    · Mitchell Selhorst, PT, DPT, OCS

OPTimize 2019 Best Poster Presentation

PROJECT: "The Effects of Therapeutic Riding of Social Skills and Sensory Functioning in Children with Autism"

  • Investigators: from the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Dayton

    · Betsy Donahoe-Filmore, PT, PhD

    · Students: Jenna Behnfeldt, SPT; Jordan Bevins, SPT; Cristin Carter, SPT; Stephanie Dailey, SPT; Kelsey Haynes, SPT; Christy Lee, SPT; Sarah Soboslay, SPT and Allison Richard, SPT


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