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Section on Women’s Health Honors Two Research Scholars

Posted on: January 22nd, 2017 by Aika Barzhaxynova No Comments
Lindsey Liggan

Lindsey Liggan, PT, DPT, PRPC

Kelli Brizzolara

Kelli Brizzolara, PT, PhD


CONTACTS: Meryl Alappattu, director of research, [email protected]

Kristin Clarke, executive director, 571-344-5422 (cell), [email protected]

McLean, VA: Section on Women’s Health, an 2,800-member association of pelvic and abdominal physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students, has announced two winners of the 2017 Elaine Meadows Research Scholar Award. Kelli Brizzolara, PT, PhD, and Lindsey Liggan, PT, DPT, PRPC, will each receive $1,000 to travel to San Antonio, Texas, and present their research at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting February 15-18. SOWH is a component of APTA.

“The Elaine Meadows Research Scholar Award is designed to defray the costs of travel to attend the APTA Combined Sections Meeting, disseminate research findings, and foster national networking of research colleagues,” says Director of Research Meryl Alappattu, PT, PhD. “This honor is awarded annually to two Section on Women’s Health members whose abstracts have been accepted for presentations at the Combined Sections Meeting.”

“I am so honored to receive the 2017 Elaine Meadows Research Scholar Award,” says Brizzolara. “I am excited to be able to present my study, ‘Assessment of Abdominal Muscle Thickness in Post-Partum Women Who Have Undergone Cesarean Section as Compared to Vaginal Births.’  I also look forward to opportunities to participate in educational sessions, as well as network with other researchers and clinicians to enhance my professional development. Thank you, Section on Women’s Health!”

“I am extremely thrilled and excited to be presented with this honor,” Liggan says. “Thank you so much for the consideration and the opportunity.”


Celebrating its 40th anniversary, 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, 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 lab training. Learn more at

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