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Rolando Lazaro PhD, PT, GCS

 
Rolando Lazaro

Rolando Lazaro PhD, PT, GCS

Position: Associate Professor and co-chair, DPT
Samuel Merritt University
Department of Physical Therapy

Research Biography

In March, 2013, Rolando Lazaro was selected for a Fulbright award to teach advanced courses in physical therapy and to study community-based rehabilitation techniques in the Philippines. Lazaro will teach master’s level courses in global health, disability prevention and physical rehabilitation in the College of Allied Medical Professions at the University of the Philippines (UP). Click here to read the press release.

Dr. Rolando Lazaro is currently conducting research studies to determine if aging adults with neuromuscular conditions may benefit from exercising with the aid of a device that partially supports their body weight. The approach, called lower body positive pressure (LBPP) can be achieved by using a specialized treadmill that has a chamber that inflates with air, lifting the person up. He is investigating whether walking using this device will improve a person’s strength, balance and mobility.

Dr. Lazaro is also involved in research on physical therapy interventions that may improve balance, mobility and function of people with Parkinson’s disease. He is currently studying the changes in walking characteristics of older adults that may indicate the beginning stages of this condition.

Recent Publications

Umphred DA, Lazaro RT, Roller ML, Burton GU, eds. Neurological Rehabilitation. 6th edition. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. August 2012. (textbook editor)

Lazaro RT, Roller M, Umphred D. Differential diagnosis phase 2: examination and evaluation of functional movement activities, body functions and structures, and participation. In: Umphred DA, Lazaro RT, Roller ML, Burton GU, eds. Neurological Rehabilitation. 6th edition. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. August 2012. (chapter author)

Lazaro RT, Umphred DU. The role of imaging in neurological rehabilitation. In: Umphred DA, Lazaro RT, Roller ML, Burton GU, eds. Neurological Rehabilitation. 6th edition. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. August 2012. (chapter co-author)

Gorman SL, Lazaro RT, Fairchild JF, Kennedy BK. Development and validation of an objective structured clinical examination in neuromuscular physical therapy. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2010; 24(3):62-69.

Larsen-Merrill J, Lazaro R. Use of the Neurocom Balance Master training protocols to improve functional performance in a person with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Student Physical Therapy Research. 2009;1(1):1-16.

Breger Stanton D, Lazaro R, MacDermid JC. Systematic review of contrast baths. Journal of Hand Therapy. 2009;22(1):57-70.

Lazaro RT, Umphred DA. Improving cultural diversity awareness of physical therapy educators. Journal of Cultural Diversity. 2007; 14(3), 121-5.

Presentations

Lazaro R, Chun J, Raymond G, Spencer B, Megazzi A, Siegel E, Schempp A. The Effect of Lower Body Positive Pressure Treadmill Training on Balance, Mobility and Lower Extremity Strength of Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Gerontological Society of America Annual International Conference, San Diego, CA, November 14-17, 2012.

Breger Stanton D, Legaspi M, Kaur B, Bobell S, Reynolds S, Lazaro R. Client Adherence and Outcomes After Hand Therapy Home Education Program. American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, April 2012.

Lazaro R, Tanasescu M, Widener G, Burke-Doe A. The Immediate Effects of Torso Weighting on Balance and Functional Measures of People with Parkinson’s Disease. World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) Scientific Meeting, Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 2011.

Breger Stanton D, Lazaro R. Survey on Inclusion of Physical Agents and Electrotherapy Content in Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Curricula. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, April 30, 2010.

Gorman S., Lazaro R. Development and Validation of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy: A Pilot Study. The 13th Ottawa International Conference on Clinical Competence, March 2008, Melbourne, Australia.

Grants

Co-Investigator, Effects of Structured Intradyalitic Exercise Program on Lower Extremity Function, Fatigue and Quality of Life of Patients on Hemodialysis in an Acute Care Setting, Acute Care Section, American Physical Therapy Association Research Grant, 2013, $1,000.

Principal Investigator. Case Series: Effects of Alter-G Treadmill Training on Balance, Mobility and Lower Extremity Strength of Persons with Neuromuscular or Musculoskeletal Conditions, AlterG Corporation, 2012, $11,885.00

Principal Investigator. Effects of Alter-G Treadmill Training on Balance, Mobility and Lower Extremity Strength of Community Dwelling OIder Adults, AlterG Corporation, 2011, $11,885.00

Principal Investigator. Use of Classroom Response Systems in Tracking Student Outcomes. Samuel Merritt University Curriculum and Instructional Innovation Grants, 2010. $1,500.

Co-Principal Investigator. Reliability of the Balanced-Based Torso Weighting Method and BBTW Effects in Normal Healthy People. Academic Vice President Faculty Incentive Research Award. Samuel Merritt University, 2009, $10,000.

Principal Investigator. The Immediate Effect of Trunk Weighting on Balance and Functional Measures of Persons with Parkinson’s Disease. California Physical Therapy Fund, 2009, $4,140.