Kimberly A Szucs

Kimberly A Szucs
Duquesne University · Department of Occupational Therapy

PhD

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January 2011 - present
Duquesne University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
January 2011 - May 2020
Duquesne University
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (41)
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Date Presented 04/22/21 In today's technology-based world, prolonged device use is common among college students. This quantitative study explores the effect of 2 weeks of mindfulness meditation on body awareness in college students. On the basis of preliminary data analysis, there is an increase in self-report of mindfulness and body awareness in...
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Objective: This pilot trial examined the effects of a combined intervention of mindfulness meditation followed by aerobic walking exercise compared with a control condition in chronic low back pain patients. We hypothesized that meditation before exercise would reduce disability, pain, and anxiety by increasing mindfulness prior to physical activi...
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Date Presented 03/26/20 In today’s technology-based world, prolonged device use is common among college students. This quantitative study explores the effect of two weeks of mindfulness meditation on body awareness in college students. Based on preliminary data analysis, there is an increase in both mindfulness and body awareness in the target popu...
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Date Presented 03/27/20 The purpose of this study was to compare perceived PA levels as reported by college students to actual PA levels measured by an actigraph. Preliminary analysis of 15 participants showed weekly averages of moderate PA that meet the activity guidelines by the US Surgeon General. Additional findings regarding the accuracy of se...
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Knowledge of efficacious dosing respective to exercise type and pain condition is extremely limited in the literature. This study aimed to determine the impact of dose of moderate intensity treadmill walking on experimentally-induced pain in healthy human participants. Forty females were divided into 4 groups: control (no exercise), low dose exerci...
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Objective: To assess the convergent validity and reliability of joint angle measurements from a new video goniometer iPhone/iPad application (app) separately in adults, older and young children. Design: Cross-sectional. Setting: Childcare and university environments. Participants: Fifty-four adults (M = 22.5±4.5 years); 20 older children (M...
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Integrative and complementary non-pharmacological treatments have proven efficacious in treating both the physiological and psychological symptoms of chronic pain conditions but the potential of many combined therapies is unknown. This study examined the effects of a combined intervention of mindfulness meditation followed by aerobic walking exerci...
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Objective Increasing evidence purports exercise as a first-line therapeutic for the treatment of nearly all forms of chronic pain. However, knowledge of efficacious dosing respective to treatment modality and pain condition is virtually absent in the literature. The purpose of this analysis was to calculate the extent to which exercise treatment sh...
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[Purpose] People using technology and handheld devices adopt postures of the upper limb and neck that could result in musculoskeletal pathology. Previous research has explored the postures assumed during isolated use of technology devices, such as a smartphone, however a comparison of posture assumed between multiple devices has not been completed....
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[Purpose] Measurement of posture is important for those with a clinical diagnosis as well as researchers aiming to understand the impact of faulty postures on the development of musculoskeletal disorders. A reliable, cost-effective and low tech posture measure may be beneficial for research and clinical applications. The purpose of this study was t...
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Objective: To assess student learning in two intervention courses when using a student response system (SRS) in combination with content quizzes (CQ) as a teaching/ learning strategy. Methods: A within-subject design was used to evaluate the effectiveness of SRS use in combination with CQ on initial learning and retention of course content acros...
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Date Presented 4/1/2017 This mixed-methods study explores students’ perception of guided journal clubs, including their overall satisfaction, knowledge base, and presentation skills, to improve competence in using evidence-based practice. These are necessary skills for clinicians to deliver best care. Primary Author and Speaker: Kimberly Szucs Addi...
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Objective: To assess student perception of learning and use of a student response system (SRS) as a teaching/learning strategy. Method: Survey methods were used to explore student perceptions of learning and use of student response systems as a pedagogical strategy. Fifty-nine graduate students participated in the survey post completion of two gra...
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The aim of this study was to provide a description of gender differences of the activation patterns of the four subdivisions of the trapezius (clavicular, upper, middle, lower) following a 60 min computer work task. Surface EMG was collected from these subdivisions from 21 healthy subjects during bilateral arm elevation pre-/post- task. Subjects co...
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Journal clubs are used in both clinical and academic settings in order for clinicians and students to utilize current best-practices, become competent in evidence based practice and develop critical appraisal skills. Journal clubs encourage students to practice searching for relevant research, critically appraising articles, and contributing to ope...
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Numerous qualitative and quantitative techniques can be used to test sensory nerves and pain in both research and clinical settings. The current study demonstrates a quantitative sensory testing protocol using techniques to measure tactile sensation and pain threshold for pressure and heat using portable and easily accessed equipment. These techniq...
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To assess student perception of learning and use of a student response system (SRS) as a teaching/learning strategy. Survey methods were used to explore student perceptions of learning and use of student response systems as a pedagogical strategy. Fifty-nine graduate students participated in the survey post completion of two graduate intervention c...
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This article explores how teachers in the school system perceive the role of the occupational therapist. Participants of this study were 47 teachers in the school systems that currently work with an occupational therapist in a public or private school. Data were collected via an anonymous online survey and analyzed using descriptive statistics and...
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This article investigates the outcomes of a journal club on the evidence-based practice (EBP) skills of school-based practitioners. Participants’ knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of EBP were collected using pre- and postsurveys following 6 monthly journal club sessions. Participants identified time, availability of articles, and decreased unde...
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Date Presented 4/16/2015 The role of the occupational therapist (OT) on the educational team and the teacher–therapist relationship was investigated via a survey. Results indicate that the majority of teachers understand the contributions of the OT as well as value the role of the OT. Results suggest that communication, collaboration, and the OT pr...
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In the search for the optimal instructional modality that will engage occupational therapy students to improve clinical reasoning and problem solving skills, Duquesne University OT faculty designed a study to assess initial student learning and retention of course content with the addition of student response system (SRS). The results have shown th...
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Despite conclusions from previous research that clavicle rotation is necessary for normal shoulder motion, dynamic clavicle rotations are rarely included in shoulder studies. This is likely due to the difficult nature in capturing clavicle motion. The purpose of this study was to determine the validity of non-invasive electromagnetic measures of dy...
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Exploring and understanding what adolescents view as inhibiting or supporting life flow through use of the Kawa Model, and the relationship between participation in occupation and pain, will help drive future research and support the use of OT interventions for this unique clientele (adolescents diagnosed with chronic pain).
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The aim of this study was to provide a description of gender differences of the normal muscle activation patterns of the four subdivisions of the trapezius (clavicular, descending, transverse, ascending) during arm elevation. Surface EMG was collected from these four subdivisions from twenty-two healthy subjects (12 females, 10 males) during arm el...
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ABSTRACT This paper examines the outcomes of an experiential learning lab embedded in a didactic course. Program evaluation results were derived from student surveys and reflective journaling. The outcomes indicate that students valued the opportunity for experiential learning citing the primary benefits as the opportunity to, apply and manipulate...
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Shoulder motion loss following surgical treatment of breast cancer is common and may be associated with surgery-related soft tissue changes and altered shoulder kinematics. Knowledge of short term biomechanical changes at the shoulder will inform treatment decisions and may help prevent the development of shoulder pathology. Shoulder motion loss fo...
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Scapular kinematic and muscle activity alterations have been identified in individuals with subacromial impingement syndrome of the shoulder, including workers and athletes who regularly perform overhead activities. Serratus anterior fatigue is a proposed mechanism for these kinematic alterations, although no direct evidence supports such a relatio...
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Scapular muscles precisely move the scapulothoracic articulation and if fatigued may contribute to pathology. Fatigue of serratus anterior may be a mechanism for shoulder pathology by altering scapula motions and requiring compensation by other shoulder muscles. A total of 28 asymptomatic subjects performed a task to fatigue the serratus anterior,...
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The purpose of this article is to describe the development of a unique interdisciplinary service-learning course and to evaluate the impact of this experience on allied health students' professional development. One hundred and twenty-seven students from occupational and physical therapy programs served medically uninsured individuals (n = 170) at...
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INTRODUCTION Shoulder motion is achieved through synchronous movement of the humerus, scapula, and clavicle. Clavicle rotations relative to the thorax occur at the sternoclavicular joint and include elevation/ depression, protraction/retraction, and long-axis rotation (Figure 1). Scapula rotations are a combination of sternoclavicular (SC) and acro...
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INTRODUCTION Subacromial impingement syndrome (SIS) of the shoulder is the third most frequent musculoskeletal complaint requiring physician visits. SIS results from mechanical compression of the rotator cuff tendons and/or subacromial bursa between the humeral head and acromion and over time, this compression results in tissue inflammation and pai...

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