2016: Steven Z. George, PT, PhD

The 6th Annual Glen E. Gresham Lecture will be presented by Steven Z. George, PT, PhD, Director of Doctor of Physical Therapy Program University of Florida.

Topic: An Update on OPT-IN (the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Investigator Network): Putting it Together and Early Results

Steven Z. George, PT, PhD primary interest is research involving the use of biopsychosocial models for the prevention and treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders. In this talk he will provide an overview of the development of a Clinical Research Network for the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. The Network was formed with the intent of completing projects that would improve concise identification of symptoms of systemic involvement and key aspects of pain associated distress with the goal of improving prediction of referral and outcome.

This talk will consider all aspects of the Network creation from the initial planning to compete for funding, to presenting key early findings from the Optimal Screening for Prediction of Referral and Outcomes (OSPRO) development cohort, to available descriptive data from the OSPRO validation cohort. Participants will leave this talk with a better appreciation of the opportunities and challenges of putting together a clinical research network and also be provided an update on recent findings for efficient assessment in outpatient orthopaedic settings.

George’s research projects have been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Brooks Rehabilitation, Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, University of Florida, and Foundation for Physical Therapy. He has authored over 170 peer-reviewed publications in physical therapy, rehabilitation, orthopedic, and pain research journals and currently serves as Contributing Editor for Physical Therapy, International Editorial Review Board Member for Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, and Editorial Board Member for Journal of Pain. George is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, American Pain Society, and International Association for the Study of Pain often attending annual conferences and serving on committees.