Research Surveys

Below is a list of IRB approved research surveys.  Please complete some or all of them to contribute to ongoing research and help propel our Physical Therapy profession forward.

Study #1:

Dear Potential Participant,

You are being invited to participate in a voluntary research study about stress and burnout in physical therapist clinical instructors. Ryan Pontiff is a Texas Woman’s University (TWU) PhD candidate and is conducting the study as a part of his dissertation work. His faculty advisor is Peggy Gleeson.

Link to Online Survey: Stress and Burnout in Physical Therapy Clinical Instructors Survey

The purpose of this study is to determine the prevalence of stress and burnout in physical therapist clinical instructors.

Participation includes a one-time completion of a single online survey with three (3) parts. The first part will be a demographics form to gather information about the participants taking the survey. The other two parts are outcome measures aimed at measuring stress and burnout levels. All three parts are taken at one time, and each part should take no more than five (5) minutes for a total of fifteen (15) minutes to complete the surveys. You will be able to save your answers and return to the survey if you need.

This study is open to all physical therapists who have had a student within the past 12 months and those who were full-time employees during the student’s clinical experience. You must have had a primary grading responsibility for a student physical therapist within the past 12 months.

Your consent for participation in this research will be assumed upon clicking on and completing the survey below. There are no direct benefits to you for completing the survey. Potential risks of this study include loss of time, emotional or psychological distress, and loss of confidentiality. Confidentiality will be protected to the extent that is allowed by law. All data will be stored electronically using an encrypted transcription and data analysis software application. The data will only be retrievable with the project’s unique username and password. Only the Primary Investigator and research committee will have access to the data.

The researchers will try to prevent any problem that could happen because of this research. You should let the researchers know at once if there is a problem, and they will help you. However, Texas Woman's University does not provide medical services or financial assistance for injuries that might happen because you are taking part in this research. If services are needed, you may contact the primary investigator who can provide you with resources.

If you would like additional information on this Institutional Review Board-approved study or have any questions regarding the study, you may email the primary investigator:

Thank you for your consideration.

Ryan Pontiff, PT, DPT, PhD(c)
PhD Candidate at Texas Woman's University
Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist


Study #2:

Dear Professionals within the field of Physical Therapy,

We are Doctor of Physical Therapy students at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, KS, who are asking for your voluntary participation by outpatient physical therapists in our research study. We are investigating the barriers and facilitators to the utilization of pain neuroscience education (PNE) and blood flow restriction (BFR) in the outpatient physical therapy setting. Your participation is voluntary and would involve completing brief, anonymous, online surveys, which are estimated to each take only 1-2 minutes to complete. Additional information about our research project, including information related to the informed consent, is presented online before you begin the survey.  

If you have questions concerning this research study, please contact our research advisor, Dr. Phil Kilmer ( You may also contact the University of Saint Mary Institutional Review Board ( Thank you for your consideration in completing our brief and anonymous surveys. 

PNE Survey:
BFR Survey:



Study #3:

Clinician Survey

Are you a practicing Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant? We would be interested in hearing about your views on the use of Virtual Reality (VR) in your clinical practice. Interested participants (18 years of age or older) will complete an anonymous 20-30 minute survey online. Your participation will be greatly appreciated! For more information, please visit:

Student Survey

Are you a Physical Therapy or Physical Therapist Assistant Student? We would be interested in hearing about your views on the use of Virtual Reality (VR) in your academic and clinical experience. Interested participants (18 years of age or older) will complete an anonymous 20-30 minute survey online. Your participation will be greatly appreciated! For more information, please visit:


Study #4:

We want to hear from you!

Researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center are conducting an anonymous web- based survey of occupational and physical therapy professionals to determine their perspectives on a wearable robotic device that helps stroke survivors open their weaker hand. We are collecting the views of stakeholders to help inform and refine the design of this device so that it can better meet the needs of its consumers.

We are looking for occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, and physical therapy assistants who have:

  • More than one year of experience working with stroke survivors
  • Some experience with assistive technology (even low-tech)

If you choose to be in the study, you will complete a survey. This survey will take about 15-20 minutes to complete. You can stop the survey at any time. The survey is anonymous, and no one will be able to link your answers back to you. Please do not include your name or other information that could be used to identify you in the survey responses.

Questions? Please contact Dawn Nilsen EdD, OTR/L at If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant, you can call the Columbia University Institutional Review Board at 212-305-5883.

Survey Link:


Study #5:

We invite you to participate in a research study conducted by doctoral physical therapy students in the Alvernia University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Our faculty advisor is Dr. Robin Zappin, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy. 

The purpose of this study is to evaluate physical therapist's knowledge of and experience with health literacy. You are eligible to participate in this study if you are a licensed physical therapist who is currently practicing in a clinical setting. This survey contains questions on your health literacy-related knowledge and experience. It is anticipated that the survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary, and all responses will be anonymous and confidential. At the end of the survey, you will have the option to enter your email, which will automatically enter you to win a $100 Amazon gift card. 

Please click the link below to participate. Please share with your colleagues and friends. Thank you, and we appreciate your willingness to inform the health literacy in physical therapy practice and education. 

Study link:


Study #6:

This anonymous survey has been approved by the University of Wisconsin IRB and will take approximately 10 minutes to fill out. We believe the results of this study will contribute to ongoing conversation around the ethics of global health participation and education and will potentially guide future curricular development and investigation.

Study link:


Study #7:

We are asking you to participate in a research study about telehealth and the use of vestibular physical therapy. If you are a physical therapist (physiotherapist) who has treated persons with balance and vestibular disorders via telehealth, we would like your help with this survey that will take 10 minutes to complete.

We are trying to understand which patients are optimally treated with telehealth and which examination and interventions are safe to administer. It has been approved as an exempt study (IRB STUDY21020099) at the University of Pittsburgh.

Survey Link:

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