Soon to be Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

$10,000 SOWH Grant Awarded for Pelvic Health and Incontinence Research 

Posted on: June 20th, 2017 by Aika Barzhaxynova No Comments


CONTACT: SOWH Director of Research Meryl Alappattu, [email protected]

McLean, VA: The Section on Women’s Health has awarded a $10,000 grant to support the research of Erin Hartigan, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, ATC, an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of New England. Affiliated with the American Physical Therapy Association, SOWH is a professional association of nearly 3,000 physical therapists who specialize in women’s, men’s, and pelvic health.

The one-year grant will underwrite Hartigan’s study, “Pelvic floor muscle function and hip profiles in women with and without stress urinary incontinence.” Results will be published in SOWH’s Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy after the study is completed, tentatively scheduled for July 2018.

Assisting Hartigan with the project as investigators will be Adrienne McAuley, PT, DPT, MEd, OCS, FAAOMPT; Michael Lawrence, MS; and Mary De Silva, ScD.

The annual SOWH Research Grant program aims to encourage the scientific study of topics that support the SOWH mission.

2017 research grant winners



“The Section on Women’s Health is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and supporting research has always been core to its mission and vision,” says SOWH Director of Research Meryl Alappattu, PT, PhD. “Awarding grants, disseminating evidence-based research through multiple channels, and integrating leading-edge practical applications of research into practice are all ways that we are pushing forward the specialty profession of women’s, men’s, and pelvic and abdominal health physical therapy.”


Founded in 1977, the Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association is a professional membership association of nearly 3,000 physical therapists treating patients across the life span and around the globe. Members provide the latest evidence-based physical therapy services to everyone, including LGBTQ populations, young athletes, childbearing women, peri-menopausal mothers, and men with pelvic health complications. In addition to providing top-quality continuing education, the Section provides networking opportunities, access to peer-reviewed research, inclusion in a PT Locator directory, and more. Learn about SOWH’s many other benefits at


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