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!

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

Past Recipients of the Research Grant

To date, the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy has awarded $63,030 in research funding through its own Research Grant Program.

Author Year Title Amount Awarded
McVearry et al 2013 Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation vs. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation for Overactive Bladder: A Randomized Trial $5,030
Boissonnault et al 2014 Survey on Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior Directed Towards Unit ed States Physical Therapists; Prevalence, Risk and Reaction $5,000
Utsey et al 2014 Improved mobility and physical activity in the elderly through the Physical Therapy management of incontinence: a pilot study $5,000
Chiarello et al 2014 The Involvement of Diastasis Rectus Abdominis in Pregnancy-Related Pelvic Girdle Pain $8,000
Chaudhari et al 2015 Diaphragm and transverse abdominis function in patients with chronic pelvic pain vs. healthy controls $5,000
Stevermer et al 2015 Investigation of mobility across the continuum of pelvic pain associated with pregnancy $5,000
Wasserman et al 2016 Fascial Scar Mobilization Techniques in Treating Chronic Caesarian Section Scar Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial $10,000
Hartigan et al 2017 Pelvic floor muscle function and hip profiles in women with and without stress urinary incontinence $10,000
Fisher et al 2018 (2019) Reliability and Validity of the BodyScan® Scanner and Structure Sensor for Measuring Limb Volume $10,000

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