Summer Intern Program

Student Interns for Research and Scholarly Activities

Note: All dates are subject to change and will be updated as needed.

Please see forms below to initiate proposal, project commitment and final report (abstracts).

Questions? Contact Lisa Adams at kla90@shp.rutgers.edu or 973-972-6524.

Stipends are provided to SHP Students to work on Research or a Scholarly Activity Project with SHP Faculty Members during the summer.  Examples of Scholarly Activity may include abstract, manuscript preparation, library research, presentation (invited, national regional), book chapter or book review, conference paper or software program as in a survey research.

Summer Intern Projects 2019

Faculty Contact Information:

Faculty Name:  Allison M. Brown, PT, PhD
Department/Program:  Physical Therapy
E-mail: Brown46@shp.rutgers.edu

Project Detail:

Project Title: (56 characters max) Cadence and ground reaction forces over a fatiguing run in injured and healthy runners.
Hypothesis: Hypothesis 1: Changes in cadence over a fatiguing run will predict changes in ground reaction force data.

Hypothesis 2: Injured runners’ changes in cadence and ground reaction forces will differ from healthy runners.

Hypothesis 3: Runners with a history of injury will demonstrate cadence and ground reaction force changes that are different from healthy runners with no history of injury and different from currently injured runners.

Description:
(Include design, methodology, data collection, techniques, dataanalysis to be employed, evaluation and interpretation methodology  for research component)
This proposal will be a cross sectional study design aiming to examine the effects of fatigue on running cadence and ground reaction forces in both injured and healthy runners. Once IRB approval is obtained, the protocol will include recruitment of injured and healthy runners. Runners will perform a run to fatigue for the duration of 45 minutes to one hours. During the fatiguing run, the Load Sol devices will be worn in the subjects’ shoes and will collect ground reaction and cadence data. A two-way ANOVA will be used to examine for an interaction between group (injured vs. healthy) and time points (pre- vs. post-fatigue).
Specific Student Responsibilities: The student will primarily be responsible for performing literature review on the topic and will be assisting in writing the IRB proposal. It is anticipated that the IRB will be submitted during the summer internship. Depending on the timing of IRB review, student responsibilities may also include addressing IRB comments from the review process.

As this will be the first time we will be using the Load Sol devices for running data collection, student responsibilities will also be developmental in nature including tasks such as developing investigator competence in calibration of and collection of data with the Load Sol devices. Further developmental responsibilities will include methodological work to refine the data collection techniques (Load Sol data collection and data analysis).

It is not anticipated that the study will receive IRB approval during the internship period, but should approval be granted, the student will also initiate subject recruitment.

Start / end date of project: This project is anticipated to run from 7/5/19 until 8/9/19 (6 weeks) but is flexible and could be extended out to 7 or 8 weeks if needed by the student.

Educational:

WHAT OTHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS?
(e.g., journal club, seminars, clinic, rounds)
The student will participate in a weekly lab-meeting in conjunction with members of the research team for Drs Carrie Esopenko and Ellen Anderson. These members include research assistants, PhD students and summer students. In this lab meeting, the student will be offered opportunities to read, present and discuss pertinent literature regarding running cadence and running kinetics along with discussing other areas of research relevant to Drs Esopenko and Anderson.
WHERE DO YOU PLAN TO PRESENT OR PUBLISH THE FINDINGS WITH THE STUDENT?
(e.g., national or state meetings, newsletter or journal, SHP poster day)
 It is expected that these findings will be presented at national conferences such as the American Society of Biomechanics Annual Meeting or the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting as well as the SHP poster day. In addition, it is anticipated that one manuscript from this work will be submitted for publication in a relevant journal such as Clinical Biomechanics or the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy.

Faculty Contact Information:

Faculty Name:  Evan T. Cohen, PT, MA, PhD, NCS
Department/Program:  Rehab and Movement Sciences-DPT South (Blackwood)
E-mail: cohenet@shp.rutgers.edu

Project Detail:

Project Title: (56 characters max) Comparison of Three Measures of Upper Extremity Function in Multiple Sclerosis.
Hypothesis: 1.    One of the outcome measures of upper extremity function will be superior in predicting overall measures of function including employment status in people with multiple sclerosis
Description: (Include design, methodology, data collection, techniques, data analysis to be employed, evaluation and interpretation methodology  for research component) Upper extremity (UE) dysfunction is common in people with multiple sclerosis (pwMS), and can have a marked impact on activity and participation. It is important for clinicians to use outcome measures (OM) that not only provide information regarding clinical status, but can predict useful correlates, and have high clinical utility (i.e. they are simple and inexpensive to conduct). Three such OMs are the 9-Hole Peg Test (9HPT), Box and Block Test (BBT), and Finger-to-Nose Test (FTN). The purpose of this project is to establish cut-off scores and classification accuracy of the 9HPT, BBT, and FTN in predicting the Disabilities of Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH), Functional Status Index- Assistance portion (FSI-A), Test d’Evaluation de la performance des Membres Supérieurs des Personnes Âgées (TEMPA), and Employment Status (ES) in a sample of pwMS.
  Specific Student Responsibilities:  The primary responsibility will be to conduct a systematic review of the literature pertaining to measurement of upper extremity function in people with MS. This will include a database search, compilation of a list of relevant publications, evaluation of these publications for threats to internal validity, and the development of a table of data extracted from these publications.
Start / end date of project:  July 1, 2019 – August 31, 2019

Educational:

WHAT OTHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS? (e.g., journal club, seminars, clinic, rounds) There may be the opportunities to observe other departmental research projects and to collaborate with other students working in the lab.
WHERE DO YOU PLAN TO PRESENT OR PUBLISH THE FINDINGS WITH THE STUDENT? (e.g., national or state meetings, newsletter or journal, SHP poster day) Multiple Sclerosis Journal or Multiple Sclerosis International

Faculty Contact Information:

Faculty Name: Carrie Esopenko
Department/Program: Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences
E-mail: carrie.esopenko@rutgers.edu

Project Detail:

Project Title: (56 characters max)  Effect of TBI in survivors of intimate partner violence
Hypothesis:  We expect that TBI will be associated with increased severity of psychiatric comorbidities in female survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV).
Description: (Include design, methodology, data collection, techniques, data analysis to be employed, evaluation and interpretation methodology  for research component)  This study uses semi-structured clinical interviews to determine whether IPV-related TBI increases the severity of psychiatric problems, cognitive impairment, and brain damage in FS-IPV with TBI compared to those without exposure to physical violence.   Interviews will be conducted by Dr. Esopenko and will be audio recorded and transcribed by a research assistant/SHP intern student and quality checked by another research assistant/student.   Thematic analysis will occur in the following steps: 1) Transcribed interviews will be reviewed by study team and uploaded into NVivo 11, a qualitative analysis software; 2) Data will be coded into categories with researcher agreement on the coding framework; 3) The categories will be analyzed for themes with team debriefing and researcher agreement on themes discerned; 4) The qualitative themes and quantitative outcomes will be converged in matrix tables and case profiles, and the research team will examine the data for patterns; 5) Themes and quantitative outcomes will be connected to create a model of recovery mediators and outcomes.
  Specific Student Responsibilities:  Student will be responsible for transcribing audio recorded interviews, checking of transcriptions, and developing categories for initial coding steps.
Start / end date of project:  06/01/2019 – 08/30/2019

Educational:

WHAT OTHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS? (e.g., journal club, seminars, clinic, rounds)  Student will participate in bi-weekly lab meetings where they will be required to present a journal article effect of TBI in IPV or give an update on data analysis. Student will be required to present twice during the 6-8 week summer session.
WHERE DO YOU PLAN TO PRESENT OR PUBLISH THE FINDINGS WITH THE STUDENT? (e.g., national or state meetings, newsletter or journal, SHP poster day)  Students will be given the opportunity to present the data at local conferences (e.g., APTANJ) and the SHP student poster day at SHP.   This data will also be submitted for presentation at the North American Brain Injury Society annual meeting in February 2019.   Further, this work will be used as pilot data for a NINDS R21 grant resubmission.

Faculty Contact Information:

Faculty Name: Joachim Sackey
Department/Program: Department of Clinical and Preventive Nutrition Sciences
E-mail: Joachim.sackey@rutgers.edu

Project Detail:

Project Title: (56 characters max) Diet, food insecurity and drivers of food choice among adolescents and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex (LGBTQI) individuals in Newark, NJ
Hypothesis: Characterizing and understanding diet quality, food insecurity and drivers of food choice will enable the development of locally viable, user-centered interventions to target these topics and improve health outcomes among adolescents and LGBTQI individuals in Newark, NJ.
Description: (Include design, methodology, data collection, techniques, data analysis to be employed, evaluation and interpretation methodology  for research component) This is a literature review (library research) that will involve systematically searching databases (PubMed, Medline, Web of Science, Scopus) and grey literature (dissertations, conference proceedings, reports). Data will be summarized in PICO (Population, Intervention, Comparison/Control, Outcome) summary tables.
  Specific Student Responsibilities: The student will be mentored in the : -Systematic search of published articles and grey literature. -Screening search results to determine eligible publications. -Summarizing key findings from eligible publications.
Start / end date of project: May 13, 2019 till July 21, 2019

Educational:

WHAT OTHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS? (e.g., journal club, seminars, clinic, rounds) -Session(s) with a librarian from the George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences on systematic database search, screening etc. -Optional visit to future study site: North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI), 393 Central Ave, Newark, NJ 07103
WHERE DO YOU PLAN TO PRESENT OR PUBLISH THE FINDINGS WITH THE STUDENT? (e.g., national or state meetings, newsletter or journal, SHP poster day) -The literature reviewed will be used in a future grant application and could result in a systematic/narrative review publication. -The student will present their findings at SHP poster day.

Faculty Contact Information:

Faculty Name:  Judith Deutsch
Department/Program:  RMS
E-mail:  deutsch@rutgers.edu

Project Detail:

Project Title: (56 characters max)  Validation of the VSTEP Examination Suite and Progression Algorithm
Hypothesis: We hypothesize the participants post-stroke will have similar scores on their standardized assessments when collected by a master clinician and the VSTEP digital health platform.

We hypothesize that participants post-stroke will be able to exercise in the target heart rate zone more effectively with the VSTEP algorithm compared to the manipulation of the master clinician.

Description:
(Include design, methodology, data collection, techniques, dataanalysis to be employed, evaluation and interpretation methodology  for research component)
 This is a cross-sectional single cohort validation study.

Participants will be persons in the chronic phase post-stroke, cleared for exercise, who are able to walk moderate distance without assistance. After screening participants will attend a single data collection session. Gait speed (using the Gait Rite) will be measured to classify ambulation status. Following that participants will complete (in a counter balanced order) self-report and performance- based mobility tests administered by a master clinician and the VSTEP Digital Health platform. The final collection will be during interactive video game play under two counter-balanced conditions: with the algorithm and with the master clinician making exercise parameter adjustments. For part 1 scores on standardized tests will be tested for association and differences. For part two target heart rate, RPE and motivation will be compared using association and differences analyses.

Specific Student Responsibilities: Review of literature, recruitment, screening, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation and writing.
Start / end date of project:  As convenient to the student’s schedule

Educational:

WHAT OTHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS?
(e.g., journal club, seminars, clinic, rounds)
Journal club

Lab meetings

Interaction with visiting scientists or international collaborators

Interaction with other students in the lab. MD PhD, MS in Health Informatics engineering and computer science.

WHERE DO YOU PLAN TO PRESENT OR PUBLISH THE FINDINGS WITH THE STUDENT?
(e.g., national or state meetings, newsletter or journal, SHP poster day)
 Rehabilitation or Neural Engineering journals.

There will likely be intermediate dissemination opportunities to be determined as appropriate.

Faculty Contact Information:

Faculty Name: Laura D. Byham-Gray
Department/Program: Department of Clinical and Preventive Nutrition Sciences
E-mail: laura.byham.gray@rutgers.edu

Project Detail:

Project Title: (56 characters max) Image-Based Dietary Assessment in Chronic Kidney Disease
Hypothesis: This is not a hypothesis-driven project.  The data generated from this project will assist in securing external grant funding.
Description:
(Include design, methodology, data collection, techniques, dataanalysis to be employed, evaluation and interpretation methodology  for research component)
The National Institutes of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases has a program announcement calling for grant proposals that focus on improving the accuracy and objectivity of assessing dietary intake.  Self-reported food diaries and logs, even with smartphone apps, are cumbersome and susceptible to error.  This project will prepare and photograph (e.g., stills and video) foods that can be linked to nutrient analyses data.  The goal is to generate a pilot database of food items that can be used in the development of a food recognition system as part of a unique and novel dietary intake assessment mechanism specifically geared for individuals diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.
Specific Student Responsibilities: Under faculty supervision, the student will complete the following activities, including but not limited to:

1.  Selecting food items to include in database

2.  Preparing food items (according to instructions)

3.  Staging the food items for the pictures/videos being mindful of portion sizes

4.  Taking still pictures and videos of the food items using appropriate technology.

5.  Uploading photos and videos into secured, password-protected research database.

6.  Completing the nutrient analysis of the prepared food item and storing the files in the secured, password-protected research database.

Start / end date of project: June 15, 2019-August 15, 2019

Educational:

WHAT OTHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS?
(e.g., journal club, seminars, clinic, rounds)
The student will learn more about the technologies needed to label the data for the image-based dietary assessment and will develop the prototype needed for the NIDDK grant submission.
WHERE DO YOU PLAN TO PRESENT OR PUBLISH THE FINDINGS WITH THE STUDENT?
(e.g., national or state meetings, newsletter or journal, SHP poster day)
We will publish our methodology and procedures for designing the initial components of the image-based dietary assessment in appropriate journals, and will submit an abstract for the American Society for