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$10,000 SOWH Grant Awarded for Research on Techniques to Reduce Chronic Caesarian Section Scar Pain

Posted on: June 7th, 2016 by Aika Barzhaxynova No Comments


CONTACTS: Meryl Alappattu, director of research, Section on Women’s Health-APTA, [email protected]

Kristin Clarke, CAE, executive director, Section on Women’s Health, 571-344-5422, [email protected]


$10,000 SOWH Grant Awarded for Research on Manual Therapy Techniques to Reduce Chronic Caesarian Section Scar Pain

McLean, Va.: Jennifer Wasserman, DPT, MS, Ph.D. candidate, is the 2016 recipient of the Section on Women’s Health $10,000 Research Grant for her proposal titled “Fascial Scar Mobilization Techniques in Treating Chronic Caesarian Section Scar Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” The Section on Women’s Health, a professional organization affiliated with the American Physical Therapy Association, awards the grant annually to advance research on bettering men’s and women’s health through physical therapy.

Drs. Karen Abraham, Mary Massery, and Beth Marcoux will serve as Wasserman’s team of co-investigators. The grant funding and project length run August 1, 2016, to July 30, 2017.

“The Section on Women’s Health is pleased to continue its long tradition of financially supporting evidence-based physical therapy research in the areas of women’s and men’s health,” says Meryl Alappattu, PT, DPT, Ph.D. “We congratulate Dr. Wasserman and her team for their vision and commitment to reducing pain in women post-partum. We also thank the other grant candidates and encourage their continued efforts to expand much-needed research in this important specialized physical therapy area of women’s and men’s health.”

Wasserman also will receive an award plaque at the 2017 SOWH Business Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in February. Photos are available below for use by media.


The Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association (SOWH) 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 from young athletes and childbearing women to peri-menopausal mothers and men with pelvic health complications. In addition to a major focus on providing top-quality continuing education, the Section provides networking opportunities, access to its peer-reviewed journal, inclusion in a PT Locator directory, and more. For information on membership, products, or services, go to

photo 5Jennifer B. Wasserman, DPT, MS, PhD candidate
Principal Investigator
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Franklin Pierce University
Manchester, New Hampshire



Karen Abraham

Karen Abraham, PT, PHD
Director, Physical Therapy Department
Shenandoah University
Winchester, Virginia


photo 4


Mary Massery, DPT, DSC
Massery Physical Therapy
Glennview Illinois



Beth C. Marcoux, DPT, PhD
Franklin Pierce University
Manchester, New Hampshire

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