Research is an important part of the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy. The advancement of pelvic and abdominal health physical therapy depends on research requiring the participation of investigators, research assistants and participants. We invite you to become involved in research. Whether you are an investigator with interests in launching or funding a research project or interested in participating in someone else’s research project or survey, we invite you to explore the opportunities and resources listed below. For the latest SoWH research-related updates, subscribe to our free newsletter!

The Academy supports research through the quarterly publication of its Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy, developing clinical practice guidelines (CPG) supported by evidence, funding research through grants or scholarships, promoting poster and platform presentations at the annual APTA Combined Sections Meeting, offering Academy members a platform to distribute their research surveys to its members and followers, donating to research through the partnership with the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research to increase research in women’s health and supplying the public with helpful resources gathered from the Academy, the American Physical Therapy Association, PT NOW and the NIH. Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest research-related updates and to get invited to participate in research studies!

Director of Research, 2018-2021
Meryl Alappattu, PT, DPT, PhD

Active Studies

Listed below are research studies you can participate in!

The Contributing Factors and Effects of Breastfeeding Position-Related Pain in Postpartum Women: A Mixed-Methods Study

Due May 7, 2021 | You are eligible to participate if you have worked with breastfeeding mothers for at least 2 years, currently live in the US, are, and are over 18 years of age. We are hopeful that this research will allow us to better understand pain or discomfort mothers may experience related to breastfeeding.

What Men’s Pelvic Health (MPH) Content Should Be Included in an Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Curriculum? A Clinician Perspective.

Due October 1, 2021 | This survey hopes to further establish curricular content with respect to male pelvic health issues and entry-level education. The expertise of clinicians will offer beneficial information to assist in supporting curricular development.

Want to disseminate your research survey?

You must be an ACTIVE Academy member to submit your research survey for dissemination to the Academy membership. Reach 3,700+ PTs, PTAs and SPT members and 5,000+ non-member physical therapy professionals.

Resource Library

Journal of Women's Health Physical Therapy

Online & Print Publication

ChoosePT Provided by APTA

Resources to raise awareness about the benefits of PT

PT Now

Functional Limitation Reporting & Test Measures

MedlinePlus Women's Health

Medical Encyclopedia

NIEHS Women's Health

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

National Institute of Mental Health

Women and Mental Health


Women’s Health and Complementary Approaches


Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)


Office of Legislative Policy and Analysis (OLPA)


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


Outcome Measures


Activities & Collaborations / Women’s Health Research

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