Below are theses and dissertations completed by graduates of the University of Nevada Las Vegas College of Allied Health Sciences.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Upper Extremity Muscle Activity During Simulated Dryland Swimming While Wearing Wetsuit, Ciro J. Agnelli

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Stride Leg Ground Reaction Forces Pre- and Post-Fatigue in Collegiate Baseball Pitchers, Courtney Alley

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The Impact of Visual Impairments on Mobility Performance in Community-Dwelling Older Adults, Lauren Andrew, Talia Davis, and Christian Johnson

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The Effects of Fatigue on Balance in Individuals with Parkinson's Disease: Influence of Medication and Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Genotype, Michael Baer, Bradley Klemetson, and Diana Scott

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Analysis of Human Movement Patterns during Endurance Running, Joshua Paul Bailey

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Predictors of Physical Therapy Non-Treatment Among Patients Scheduled for Treatment Two Times a Day in the Acute Hospital, Sara Bookout and Kyle Ozaki

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The Influence of CrossFit Training on Running Mechanics, Sophia D. Bradley

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Gait and Balance in Alzheimer's Disease: A Retrospective Analysis Across Varying Levels of Cognitive Impairment, Diana Contreras, Jessica Heim, and Jun Nelson

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Disposition and Success of Patients Following Discharge in the Acute Setting, Ciera Cortney, Kathryn Lutjens, and Kristopher Raines

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Fine-Wire Intramuscular Insertion to the Lumbar Paraspinal Muscles does not Affect Muscle Activation and Performance During High Exertion Spinal Extension Muscle Contractions, James DiMascio, Rebeka Hicks, Matthew Kimber, and Kelsey Synder

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The Reliability of the Thoracic Percussion Test, Casey Donaldson, Rey Veloz, and Kaylee Waters

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Can Simple Postural Instructions Modify Running Forms in Recreational Runners, Casey Gray, Matthew Poggemiller, and Ian Tracy

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Biomechanical Adjustments during Landing in Response to Task Perturbations, John Robert Harry

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Concussion Prevention Strategies: A Survey of Division I and Division II Female Soccer Teams, Kori Kendall Jeffries

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Pressure Injury Assesment Comparison: Bedside Nurse vs. Experts, Ali'itasi Kelemete, Brandi Hillock, and Casey Snell

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Exercise, Learning and Emotional Health: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Translational Action., Tessa L. Koschel

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Measurement of Anterior Translation of the Mandibular Condyle Using Ultrasonography, Brooke Laskowski, Danielle Hahn, and Christensen J. Hardy

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Hip Adduction: Abduction Ratio Differences Between Collegiate Male and Female Soccer Players, Addie Lucci

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Use of Active Video Gaming in Children with Neromotor Dysfunction: A Systematic Review, Robert Manzanares and Lisa Popescu

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Acute Effects of Walking on The Deformation of Femoral Articular Cartilage, Jayson McClaren and Skyler Sudweeks

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The Effects of an Acute Bout of Exercise on Hunger Hormones in Individuals at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes, Sydney Spoon

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Prediction of Cardiorespiratory Fitness from Maximal Anaerobic Capacity, Elizabeth Ann Tanner

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Dietary Intake and Energy Expenditure of Pararescuemen During Routine Training, Andrea Woita

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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The Radionuclide Concentration In Dust Collected At The Nellis Dunes Recreational Area, Mathew John Bensen

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Structuring A Risk-Based Bioassay Program For Uranium Usage In University Laboratories, Johnne' Talia Dawson

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Post-Concussion Symptom Reporting: Is Gender a Factor in the Adolescent Population? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Jessica Dunne

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Assessing Clinical Significance of the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing Battery When Comparing Adjusted and Unadjusted RCI Methods for Different Ranges of Baseline Scores, Ashley N. Figaro

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Cerebellar Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation for Motor Skill Acquisition in a Throwing Task, Austuny Jackson

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Muscle Activity and Power Output Between Stationary and Outdoor Cycling, Jared Joerger

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Investigation of Sequential Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Effect on Run Performance, Max Evan Jones

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The Acute Effects of Different Foam Rolling Timing Durations on Hamstring Flexibility, Chloe Marie Kipnis

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Creating A Dynamic, Multi-Purpose Correction for Multiple Geometries and Field Sizes to Account for Off-Axis and Asymmetric Backscatter With Varian Portal Dosimetry, Remy Manigold

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The Effect of Gluten on Puberty Onset and Glycemic Response in Female Rats, Bethaney Mclaughlin

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An Investigation of the Testing Effect on Motor Learning, Aaron Leonard Pauls

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Hypoxic Stress in Athletes With Sickle Cell Trait, Samantha Elizabeth Reynolds

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Examining the Effects of Body Weight Support and Speed on Physiological Measures and Lower Leg Muscular Activity, Michael Thomas Soucy

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Hunger Games: The Effects of Alternate Day Fasting on Food Intake, Body Weight, and Leptin and Ghrelin in Rats, Debra Kirsty Mortel Tacad

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Evaluating the Risk to Ostomy Patients Working With Uranium Using the ICRP Biokinetic Model for the Gastrointestinal Tract, Sara Taylor

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Measurement of Neutron Activation from a High Energy Varian Linear Accelerator, Timothy Thatcher

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The Effect of Moderate Consumption of Non-Nutritive Sweeteners on Glucose Tolerance and Body Composition in Rats, Ashley Power Tovar

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The Effects of an Inclined and Declined Slope on Backward Locomotion: A Kinematic and Electromyographic Analysis of Retrowalking, Song Dan Vo

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Changes in sprint kinetics or kinematics following static or dynamic stretching, Kristyne Bartel

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Four Weeks of Minimalist Style Running Training Reduced Lumbar Paraspinal Muscle Activation during Shod Running, Stephanie Barton, David Brown, and Talia Joyce

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Prevalence and Risk Factors for Neck and Shoulder Musculoskeletal Symptoms in Users of Touch-Screen Tablet Computers, Betina Blair, Mariana Gama, and Marissa Toberman

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Patient No-show for Outpatient Physical Therapy: A National Survey, James Bokinskie, Payton Johnson, and Trevor Mahoney

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The Immediate Effects of Cervicothoracic Manipulation versus Stretching on Upper Trapezius Pressure Pain Thresholds and Range of Motion in Individuals without Neck Pain, Kevin Carr, Morgan King, Erin Oelklaus, and Brendan Parry

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In Vitro Studies of Gold and Gold Silica Nanoparticle Radiosensitization with Kilovoltage X-Rays, Gregory Colarch

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Reliability of a Multisegment Foot Model in Shod Running, Austin Coupe

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Athletes’ Perceptions of Athletic Trainers Quality of Care, Chadley Foster

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Immediate Effects of Cervical Spine Manipulation on Gait Parameters in Individuals with and without Mechanical Neck Pain, Jordan Isom, Shaylyn Kennedy, Justin May, and Samuel Moore

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The Effects of Instruction on Landing Strategies in Female College-Aged Dancers and Non-Dancers: A Pilot Study, Brittany Keating, Jason Pyfer, and Kimberly Vialpando

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Vitamin D Status and Bone Mineral Density in Female Collegiate Dancers and Cheerleaders, Tara Sue Kenny

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Oral vs. Nasal Breathing during Submaximal Aerobic Exercise, Chase Ovila Platt Lacomb

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The Influence Of Transcranial Random Noise Stimulation On Motor Skill Acquisition And Learning In A Modified Golf Putting Task, Lidio Lima De Albuquerque

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Comparing Usability and Variance of Low- and High Technology Approaches to Gait Analysis in Health Adults, John McConnell and Brian Silverman

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Comparison of Muscle Latencies for Diabetic Neuropathy Patients Versus Healthy Controls During a Perturbed Balance Task, Kyle Mefferd

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Optimization of the Development Process for Air Sampling Filter Standards, Rajah Marie Mena

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Validation and Reliability of the Hexoskin and FitBit Flex Wearable BIO Collection Devices, Jeffrey Montes

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Investigating single-leg landing strategies and movement control across changes in task demands, Andrew D. Nordin

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The Effects of Enhanced and Decreased Expectations on Balance Performance in Those with and without Parkinson’s Disease, Joshua Ostrander, Granuaile Parrish, and Jacob Blood

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In Vitro Efficacy of Combined Macrophage-Mediated Plasmonic Photothermal Therapy and Chemotherapeutic Agents, En Chung Shih

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Comparing Functional Motor Control and Gait Parameters in Children with Autism to those of Age-Matched Peers who are Typically Developing, Patricia Stevenson, Samantha Novotny, Jillian May, and Christopher Ancell

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An Evaluation of Select Physical Activity Exercise Classes (PEX) on Bone Mineral Density, Tori Michelle Stone

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Leukocyte Responsiveness to Exercise in HCMV+ Individuals, Jared Nicholas Wilson

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Salivary Alpha-Amylase as an Indicator of Body Stress Following an Acute Session of Repetitive Jumping, Shaelee Allen

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An Evaluation of Kinematic Variables during Stance Phase of a Training Endurance Run, Joshua Paul Bailey

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Development of a Tool to Assess Children’s Perceptions of Their Own Balance (The Pediatric Balance Perception Battery): A Pilot Study, Jillian L. Beckett and Ashlee A. Harmon

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The Interrelationships Among a Concussion-Related Biomarker, Head Hits, And ImPACT Test In Collegiate Football Players, Lucas Bianco

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Evidence for the Validity of a Tool for Improved Pressure Ulcer Staging by the Non-Expert in the Live Patient, Janelle Borg, Carrie Johnston, Megan Lucke, and Jordan Sinclair

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Blended Pedagogy Pathophysiology Course: Effectiveness and Student Satisfaction, Betsy Botsford, Samantha Corn, and Alanna Keenan

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The Effect of Trigger Point Dry Needling to the Multifidus Muscle on Resting and Contracted Thickness of Transversus Abdominis in Healthy Subjects, Sarah Buckingham, Crystal Montoya, and Daniella Morton

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The Effects of a Progressive Exercise Program on Functional Activity and Quality of Life for Older Overweight Women with Knee Osteoarthritis, Ty Carlson, Devin Edvalson, Tyler Peck, and Brad Robison

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Ability of Ages and Stages Questionaire 3rd Edition to Identify Children in Need of Comprehensive Motor Evaluation, Courtney Michele Carmichael, Elizabeth Ann Willison, and Qing Zhang

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Stride Length-Speed Relationship During Body Weight Supported Running, Carmen Chona

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The Effects Of A Single Bout Of Self-~Myofascial Release On Flexibility And Maximum Voluntary Contraction, Jonathan Robert Garcia

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Conceptual Framework of a Novel Intervention to Improve Mobility in Children with Cerebral Palsy: The Successes and Challenges of Implementing a Large Amplitude Movement Protocol, Tania Goodwill, Erin Jarrett, Beren Shah, and Alanna Stockford

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Postural Sway and Brain Hemispheric Power Spectral Density Under Different Attentional Focus Conditions, Sharon Jalene

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A comparative evaluation of the effects of incline on kinematics and muscle function during backward walking, Daniel Brent Jensen

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Characteristics of Subjects Who Avoid Activities and Participation due to a Fear of Falling in Parkinson’s Disease, Morgan Lopker and Molly Newman

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25-Hydroxyvitamin D, IGF-1, and Waist Circumference A Cross-Sectional Study, Damon Mccune

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The Wetsuit Effect: Physiological Response to Wearing a Wetsuit, Aaron Prado

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Acute Testosterone Responses to Different Resistance Exercise Intensities, Robert Rietjens

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GATE Monte Carlo Simulations in a Cloud Computing Environment, Blake Austin Rowedder

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The Effects of a Comprehensive Weight Management Program, Including Nutrition Education, Physical Activity, & Behavior Change Techniques on Weight Loss and Health-Related Behaviors, Christina M. Vergara Aleshire

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion on Neck Range of Motion, Pain and Function: A Prospective Analysis, Kate Addis, Jason Longhurst, and Bree-lyn vom Steeg

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AlPcS(2a)-Mediated Photochemical Internalization of Bleomycin and Concurrent Hyperthermia of Multicellular Tumor Spheroids, Aaron Andersen

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The Acute Effect of Two Hip External Rotator Stretches on Range of Motion, Cody Brian Bremner

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Land-Based Exercise and Its Effect on Quality of Life Outcomes in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review, Cody R. Buckner, Lindsay C. Martin, and Michael L. Soukup

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Therapeutic Neuroscience Education for Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain and Its Effect on Activity Level, Pain Perception, and Function, Stephen Burton, Amber Domingo, and Ryan Spencer

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Efficacy of Gold Silica Nanoshells and Gold Nanorods for Photothermal Therapy of Human Glioma Spheroids, Suyog Jung Chhetri

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Vitamin and Mineral Intake Relative to the DRIs in Young Adults, Samantha M. Coogan

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Reliability and Validity of the NE1 Wound Assessment Tool (WAT), Stephanie Coon, Faustina Tran, and Melinda Vicencio

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Effects of Footstrike Pattern on Low Back Posture, Shock Attenuation, and Comfort During Running, Traci L. Delgado, Emilia Kubera-Shelton, and Robert R. Robb

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The Acute Effects of Upper Extremity Stretching on Throwing Velocity in Untrained Baseball Throwers, Ashley Delobel, Lanisa Harveson, Jason Melton, and Michael Williams

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Effects of Cervical Spine Manipulation on Balance and Joint Proprioception in Asymptomatic Individuals: Plausibility and Pilot Study, Kimberly Drayer and Michael Kauwe

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Investigation of Storage-Phosphor Autoradiography for the Rapid Quantitative Screening of Air Filters for Emergency Response Purposes, Athena Marie Gallardo

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Characteristics of Subjects Who Avoid Activities and Participation Due to a Fear of Falling in Parkinson’s Disease, Russell Gourlie, Spencer Sorensen, and Rithea Vong

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Effect of Racing Flats on Running Economy in Male Adolescent Runners, Paul Hafen

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Biomechanical Comparison of a Rounded Outsole Shoe and Traditional Outsole Shoe, Sarah Horsch

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Relationship of Global DNA Methylation with Cardiovascular Fitness and Body Composition, Michael Steele Jarrett