Physical Therapy Student in CTSI Program at Marquette University Awarded PODS Scholarship
Stacy Stolzman, MPT is a PhD student in the Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Sciences Program (CTRH) in the Department of Physical Therapy at Marquette University. She is one of six recipients of the 2013 Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) I Scholarship. The $7,500 PODS I Scholarship is awarded by the Foundation for Physical Therapy Board of Trustees as part of its post-professional Doctoral Opportunities for Clinicians and Scholarships (DOCS) program. This program funds the most highly qualified doctoral and post-doctoral students preparing for research careers.
As a pediatric physical therapist, Stacy has over 14 years of experience evaluating children and making exercise prescriptions to improve health status. During her clinical years, she developed the exercise component of the NEW (Nutrition, Exercise, and Weight Management) Program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and completed research evaluating musculoskeletal, exercise, and pain limitations in children with obesity, in addition to the significance of yoga interventions. Her current research interests include evaluating pediatric obesity from the aspects of physical activity and fitness, body composition, pain management, exercise training, and associated mechanisms including inflammatory markers.
“In the CTRH program, the combination of core and elective coursework and hands-on laboratory skills provide me with the evidence based knowledge and research talents to complete my dissertation project “Inflammatory Markers, Physical Fitness, and Pain in Children”. These results will build my research platform as a pediatric physical therapy research leader to expound on the benefits of physical fitness independent of adiposity in overweight/obese children. In addition, the discovered benefits of physical therapy interventions to modulate pediatric pain will serve as evidence-based guidelines for clinicians working with this population.” said Stacy.