$10,000 Section on Women's Health Grant Awarded for Research on Techniques to Reduce Chronic Caesarian Section Scar Pain

June 14, 2016

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Assistant professor Jennifer Wasserman DPT, MS, Ph.D. candidate, is the 2016 winner of a $10,000 research grant to further study treatments for chronic Caesarian Section scar pain. The Section on Women’s Health (SOWH), a professional organization affiliated with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), awards the grant to one applicant annually to research on bettering men’s and women’s health through physical therapy.

Professor Wasserman’s project started as a small pilot study with several DPT students from the Class of 2015. She and her students presented the course project at the national APTA Combined Sections Meeting in February 2015.

“To see this course project evolve from a poster presentation at the APTA conference to a publication in a peer reviewed journal has been exciting for all of us – faculty, students and alumni,” says Olga McSorley, director of clinical education and assistant professor of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Franklin Pierce University. “Learning that Dr. Wasserman has received this grant and will be able to build upon the work of our alumni while completing her PhD dissertation research is above and beyond what any of us, especially Jenny, expected.”

Drs. Karen Abraham, Mary Massery, and Beth Marcoux will serve as Wasserman’s investigator team, focusing on “Fascial Scar Mobilization Techniques in Treating Chronic Caesarian Section Scar Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial.”

“Being recognized for her desire to research methods that may help women with chronic scar pain from C-sections is a tremendous honor and evidence that the work we do in our classrooms and labs can have a significant impact on the profession and society as a whole,” says McSorley.

The Section has awarded research grants totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars during the past 16 years. The grant funding and project length run August 1, 2016, to July 30, 2017.

“The Section on Women’s Health is pleased to continue its long tradition of financially supporting evidence-based physical therapy research in the areas of women’s and men’s health,” says Meryl Alappattu, PT, DPT, Ph.D. “We congratulate Dr. Wasserman and her team for their vision and commitment to reducing pain in women post-partum. We also thank the other grant candidates and encourage their continued efforts to expand much-needed research in this important specialized physical therapy area.”

Wasserman will also receive an award plaque at the 2017 SOWH Business Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in February.


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Franklin Pierce University is a regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies with locations in Arizona and throughout New Hampshire. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission embraces an education that matters: one that achieves academic success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. Our community of educators and learners creates an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. A Franklin Pierce experience enables each student to discover and fulfill his or her own unique potential. We prepare students to become confident, knowledgeable individuals and leaders of conscience.

The 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 from young athletes and childbearing women to peri-menopausal mothers and men with pelvic health complications. In addition to a major focus on providing top-quality continuing education, the Section provides networking opportunities, access to its peer-reviewed journal, inclusion in a PT Locator directory, and more. For information on membership, products, or services, go to


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