Announcing our 2023 Student Treatment Research Grants!

Up to six $1500 LSVT Global Student Grants (LSVT-SG) for Behavioral Treatment Studies with Adult and/or Pediatric Neurological Disorders will be awarded.

  • Two awards each for students in speech, physical and occupational therapy programs
  • Studies need to be behavioral treatment research in neurological conditions (adult or pediatric)
  • Behavioral treatment does NOT need to be related to LSVT
  • Domestic and international applications are welcome

Letters of Intent due: 

March 24th, 2023: Speech Language Pathology. Click HERE to read full details.

May 26th, 2023: Physical and Occupational Therapy. Click HERE to read full details.

If you require additional assistance for the application information on our 2023 student grant competition for speech, physical, and occupational therapy students, please contact us.

Read all about some of our prior Speech, Physical and Occupational Therapy Student Grant Recipients!

Each of these students received a $1,500 student research grant from LSVT Global. These unrestricted grants provide funding to help support their treatment research projects.


Speech-Language Pathology

 

Victoria Tilton-Bolowsky, PhD Student, MGH Institute of Health Professions 

Incorporating Strategy Training into Naming Treatment to Improve Generalization in Aphasia

The main goal of this study is to test the efficacy of a treatment protocol that combines explicit strategy training with Semantic Feature Analysis (SFA) treatment. This project’s short-term goal is to provide evidence that the inclusion of strategy training in naming treatment can improve the scope of gains that can be expected from naming treatment. The long-term goal of this work is to improve communication-related quality of life for people with aphasia by ensuring that every therapeutic activity has the potential to translate into everyday life.


Physical Therapy

Chelsea Duppen, PhD candidate, University of North Carolina 

“How to get started: Identifying the critical ingredients to improve gait initiation in Parkinson disease”

People with Parkinson disease (PD) typically demonstrate walking impairments and difficulty initiating gait. Difficulty initiating gait is often characterized by a decreased weight shift (i.e., postural adjustment) causing a small first step length and slow first step speed. These impairments are linked to increased risk for falls, decreased functional independence, and decreased health-related quality of life. There has been a lack of research to investigate how to teach people with PD to improve gait initiation behaviors. The purpose of this study is to understand the treatment approach (i.e., targeting gait or targeting the postural adjustment prior to gait) that is most effective at improving gait initiation dynamics. We hypothesize that training for larger amplitude weight shift during gait initiation will yield improved gait initiation dynamics compared to training with large amplitude movements during steady-state walking.


Occupational Therapy

Neda Alizadeh, PhD Student, Dalhousie University

Evaluating the Feasibility of Managing Fatigue: Individual Program for People Living with Parkinson`s Disease (PD)

This randomized controlled pilot study will evaluate the feasibility, and the preliminary effectiveness of the individual format of the Managing Fatigue program, named “Managing Fatigue: The Individual Program (MFIP)” delivered to 54 community-dwelling people with PD.


“We are extremely proud of the diverse topics and strong research designs our recipients represent. It is a great honor for LSVT Global to seed future researchers in the fields of speech, physical and occupational therapy. It is our hope that these opportunities will ignite a passion and life-long pursuit of treatment research in these young scholars. Congratulations to all the winners!” Cynthia Fox, PhD, CCC-SLP; CEO, LSVT Global