Professional Bio

Education

  • Ph.D., Biomechanics, University of Waterloo, 2009
  • DPT, Physical Therapy, Regis University, 2004
  • MSPT, Physical Therapy, Regis University, 1996
  • BSc, Engineering Physics, Colorado School of Mines, 1992

I love sharing ideas and assisting others in understanding concepts, and feel that it truly is my vocation.  I continue to seek out opportunities for continued growth and improvement in all aspects of my life, including my teaching. I do not believe I will ever be a ‘finished product’ as an educator. To attain expertise in anything requires commitment, goal-setting, critical self-reflection, and above all hard work. This is why I completed a Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) in addition to my PhD while at the University of Waterloo.  The CUT required completion of formal coursework, teaching practicums, and a research project. We do not exist in a static world, and just because something was effective in the classroom yesterday or today, does not mean it will be as effective tomorrow. I recognize this and understand that improvement is a continuous process. I am a person who seeks out feedback from multiple sources, and does my best to integrate feedback in a positive way. As someone actively engaged in research as well as teaching, I try to always bring in relevant findings and questions from my scholarship agenda into the classroom. I emphasize critical thinking and problem solving, and also encourage students to challenge the status quo when appropriate.

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Expertise & Certifications

Certifications
  • Licensed Physical Therapist - Colorado
  • Certificate in University Teaching, Centre for Teaching Excellence, 2008
  • American Physical Therapy Association Certified Clinical Instructor, 1999
Professional Memberships
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) – Member
  • APTA Section on Research (SOR) Biomechanics Special Interest Group – Awards Committee
  • APTA Education Section – Member
  • APTA Orthopaedic Section - Member
  • American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) – Education Committee
  • Canadian Society for Biomechanics (CSB) - Member
  • International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) – Member
  • American Academy of Manual Therapy and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (AAOMPT) – Member
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) – Member
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Abstract Review Committee, Orthopaedic, Education and Research Sections
 

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

Low back pain, neuromuscular movement strategies, injury factor identification, response to intervention, ergonomics, clinical biomechanics

Recent Publications

Callaghan, J.P., De Carvalho, D.E., Gallagher, K.M., Karakolis, T., Nelson-Wong, E. (2015). Is standing the solution to sedentary office work? Ergonomics in Design, (Submitted, Invited Paper)

Sheahan, P., Nelson-Wong, E., & Fischer, S. (2015). A review of culturally adapted version of the Oswestry Disability Index: The adaptation process, construct validity, test-retest reliability and internal consistency. Disability and Rehabilitation. (Accepted)

Nelson-Wong, E., Gallant, P., Alexander, S., Dehmer, K., Ingvalson, S., McClenahan, B., Piatte, A., Poupore, K., Davis, A.M. (2014). Multiplanar lumbar control in patients with low back pain: is multiplanar assessment better than single plane assessment in discriminating between patients and healthy controls? Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, DOI 10.1179/2042618614Y.0000000078.

Nelson-Wong, E. & Callaghan, J.P. (2014). Transient low back pain development during standing predicts future clinical low back pain in previously asymptomatic individuals. Spine. 39(6):1-5.

Nelson-Wong, E., Poupore, K., Alexander, S., Dehmer, K., Gallant, P., Ingvalson, S., McClenahan, B., Piatte, A., Davis, A.M. (2013). Neuromuscular strategies for lumbopelvic control during frontal and sagittal plane movement challenges differ between people with and without low back pain.   J Electromyogr & Kinesiol. 23(6):1317-1324.

Nelson-Wong, E., Eigsti, H., Hammerich, A., Ellison, N. (2013). Influence of presentation handout completeness on student learning in a physical therapy curriculum. Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 13(3):33-47.

Nelson-Wong, E., Alex, B., Csepe, D., Lancaster, D., & Callaghan, J.P., (2012). Muscle recruitment during return to stand from trunk flexion is altered in people who develop low back pain during prolonged standing. Clinical Biomechanics, 27(10), 994-998.

Nelson-Wong E., Appell R., McKay M., Nawaz H., Roth J., Sigler R., Third J., & Walker M., (2012). Increased fall risk is associated with elevated co-contraction about the ankle during static balance challenges in older adults. Eur J Appl Physiol, 112(4), 1379-1389.

Davis, A.M.,  Bridge, P., Miller, J., & Nelson-Wong, E., (2011). Inter- and intra-rater reliability of the Active Hip Abduction Test. J Othop Sports Phys Ther,41 (12), 953-960.

Gallagher, K., Nelson-Wong, E., & Callaghan, J.P., (2011). Do asymptomatic low back pain developers demonstrate different postural control strategies than non-pain developers during unconstrained prolonged standing? Gait Posture, 34 (4), 490-495.

Pauk, J., Ezerskiy, V., Nelson-Wong, E., Rogalski, M., (2010). Assessment of foot morphology in flat feet children. Methods of Applied Sciences, 6, 131-140.

Nelson-Wong, E., Howarth, S.J., & Callaghan, J.P. (2010). Acute biomechanical responses to a prolonged standing exposure in a simulated occupational setting. Ergonomics, 53 (9), 1117-28.

Nelson-Wong, E. & Callaghan, J. P. (2010). Repeatability of clinical, biomechanical, and motor  control profiles in people with and without  standing-induced low back pain. Rehabilitation Research and Practice, Volume 2010, Article ID 289278, 9 pages.  

Nelson-Wong, E. & Callaghan, J. P. (2010). Changes in muscle activation patterns and subjective low back pain ratings during prolonged standing in response to an exercise intervention. J Electromyogr Kinesiol, 20 (6), 1125-33.

Nelson-Wong, E. & Callaghan, J. P. (2010). The impact of a sloped surface on low back pain during prolonged standing.   Appl Ergon, 41 (6), 787-95.

Nelson-Wong, E. & Callaghan, J. P. (2010). Is muscle co-activation a predisposing factor for low back pain development during standing? A multifactorial approach for early identification of at-risk individuals. J Electromyogr Kinesiol, 20, 256-263.  

Recent Presentations

Sheahan, P., Nelson-Wong, E., Fischer, S. A review and update on the international status and usage of cross-culturally adapted versions of the Oswestry Disability Index. International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, Las Vegas, NV, July 26-30, 2015.

Nelson-Wong, E., Bartha, D.A., Beltran, M., Dominguez, D., Lachtman, D., Messerli, A., Miller, S., Davis, A.M. Rater reliability of single and dual inclinometry in the cervical spine: does experience make a difference? Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Indianapolis, IN, February, 2015 (Poster Presentation).

Lachtman, D., Bartha, D.A., Beltran, M., Dominguez, D., Messerli, A., Miller, S., Davis, A.M., Nelson-Wong, E. Concurrent validity of single and dual inclinometry for assessing cervical lateral flexion. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Indianapolis, IN, February, 2015 (Poster Presentation).

Bishop, K., Bandelier, J., Bissett, S., Nelson-Wong, E., Davis, A.M. Can observation-based tests of lumbopelvic control discriminate between runners with and without a history of running related injuries? Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Indianapolis, IN, February, 2015 (Poster Presentation).

Burks, M., Anderson, C., Artery, J., Holmes, K., Kealy, L., Olson, G., Sercel, K., Littman, A., Nelson-Wong, E. Muscular bracing as an effective strategy for maintaining lumbopelvic control during frontal plane stability challenges in a subgroup of patients with low back pain. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Indianapolis, IN, February, 2015 (Platform Presentation).

Nelson-Wong, E., Callaghan, J.P. Low back pain development during standing predicts future clinical low back pain in previously asymptomatic individuals. World Congress on Biomechanics, Boston, MA, July, 2014 (Poster Presentation).

Davis, A.M., Brodie, A., Burgemeister, M., Conley, M., Greiner, E., Jargrove, J., Kernan, K.,  & Nelson-Wong, E. Is the Active Hip Abduction Test a valid assessment tool for lumbopelvic control in pregnant women? Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA, Las Vegas, NV, Feb 4, 2014. (Platform Presentation)

Bourgeois, G., DeGrandis, C., Hamilton, N., Kirven, I., Pieratt, K., Thornton, W. & Nelson-Wong, E. Neuromuscular Strategies During Frontal Plane Movement in a Subgroup of Subjects with Low Back Pain: Implications of Poor Lumbopelvic Control. Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA, Las Vegas, NV, Feb 4, 2014. (Poster Presentation)

Nelson-Wong, E., Bourgeois, G., DeGrandis, C., Hamilton, N., Kirven, I., Pieratt, K., Thornton, W. Lumbopelvic Control During Frontal Plane Motion and Hip Muscle Activation in Low Back Pain Cases versus Controls. American Society of Biomechanics, Omaha, NE, Sept 8, 2013 (Platform Presentation)

Nelson-Wong, E. Alternate Planes of Existence: Strategies to Integrate Multi-planar Assessment in Patients with Low Back Pain.  United States Army Research Institute for Environmental Medicine, Natick, MA,  April 2, 2013.

Seay, J. & Nelson-Wong, E. Biomechanical Factors Related to the Etiology of Low Back Pain. Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, June, 2013 (Platform Symposium).

Pieratt, K., Bourgeois, G., DeGrandis, C., Hamilton, N., Kirven, I., Thornton, W., Nelson-Wong, E. Lumbopelvic Control and Hip Muscle Activation in Low Back Pain Cases vs Controls. Rocky Mountain American Society of Biomechanics Regional Meeting, Estes Park, CO, April 2013 (Poster Presentation).

Eigsti, H., Hammerich, A., Ellison, N., and Nelson-Wong, E. Effect of Learning Preferences and Lecture Handouts on Student Performance. Teacher-Scholar Forum, Metropolitan State University, Denver, CO, February, 2013 (Platform Presentation)

Nelson-Wong, E., Eigsti, H., Hammerich, A., and Ellison, N. Influence of Lecture Handout Completeness on Student Learning in a Physical Therapy Curriculum. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA, January, 2013 (Platform Presentation).

Gallant, P., Alexander, S., McClenahan, B., Dehmer, K., Ingvalson, S., Piatte, A., Poupore, K., Davis, A.M., Nelson-Wong, E. Does Combined Frontal and Sagittal Plane Assessment Improve Discrimination of People with Low Back Pain? Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego, CA, January, 2013 (Platform Presentation).

Poupore, K., Dehmer, K., Ingvalson, S., Piatte, A., Alexander, S., McClenahan, B., Gallant, P., Davis, A.M., Nelson-Wong, E. Muscle Activation During Frontal and Sagittal Plane Movement: Differences Between Patients with Low Back Pain and Matched Controls. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego, CA, January, 2013 (Poster Presentation).

Nelson-Wong, E., Herzog, W., Yack, J., and Martin, P. A Tribute to Dr. David Winter. American Society of Biomechanics, Annual Meeting, Gainesville, FL., August, 2012 (Keynote Presentation).

Nelson-Wong, E., Eigsti, H., Hammerich, A., and Ellison, N. Influence of Lecture Slide Completeness on Student Learning in a Biomechanics Course Within a Physical Therapy Curriculum. American Society of Biomechanics, Annual Meeting, Gainesville, FL., August, 2012 (Platform Presentation).

Csepe, D., Alex, B., Lancaster, D., Callaghan, J.P., & Nelson-Wong, E. Differences and Response to Exercise in Extensor Muscle Sequencing During Return to Stand From Lumbar Flexion in Subjects That Develop Low Back Pain During Standing. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL, February, 2012 (Poster Presentation).

Stobie, W.M., Miller, J.A., Bridge, P.M., Craig, K.D., Benz, A.J., Davis, A.M., & Nelson-Wong, E. Muscle Activation Differences Between People With and Without Low Back Pain During the Active Hip Abduction Test: An Exploratory Study. American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA, October, 2011 (Poster Presentation).

Nelson-Wong, E., Alex, B., Csepe, D., Lancaster, D., & Callaghan, J.P. Muscle Recruitment During Return to Stand From Forward Flexion is Altered in People Who Develop Low Back Pain During Prolonged Standing. American Society of Biomechanics, Annual Meeting, Long Beach CA, August, 2011 (Platform Presentation).

Gallagher, K., Nelson-Wong, E.,  & Callaghan, J.P. Does the Development of Transient Low Back Pain Affect Postural Changes During Prolonged Standing? American Society of Biomechanics, Annual Meeting, Long Beach CA, August, 2011. *Force and Motion Foundation Award for Best Poster Using Force Platform Data.

McKay, M., Nawaz, H., Appell, R., Roth, J., Sigler, R., Third, J., Walker, M., Nelson-Wong, E. Increased Fall Risk is Associated with Elevated Co-contraction About the Ankle in Older Adults. Rocky Mountain American Society of Biomechanics Regional Meeting, Estes Park, CO, April 2011 (Poster Presentation).

Lancaster, D., Alex, B., Csepe, D., Nelson-Wong, E. Recruitment of musculature during the extension phase of lumbar forward flexion is altered in people who develop low back pain during prolonged standing. Rocky Mountain American Society of Biomechanics Regional Meeting, Estes Park, CO, April 2011 (Poster Presentation).

Gallagher, K., Nelson-Wong, E., & Callaghan, J.P. Postural control and the development of transient low back pain. Ontario Biomechanics Conference, Barrie, ON, Canada, March 2011 (Platform Presentation).

Appell, R.K., Nawaz, H., McKay, M., Roth, J., Sigler, R.L., Third, J.N., Walker, M.O., & Nelson-Wong, E. Muscle Co-contraction About the Ankle is Associated With Fall-risk in Older Adults. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA, February, 2011 (Platform Presentation). *Marilyn Gossman Graduate Award Seminar.

Nelson-Wong, E., Howarth, S. J. , & Callaghan, J. P. Acute Biomechanical Responses to a Prolonged Standing Exposure: Implications for Job Rotation Design. American Society of Biomechanics, Providence, RI, August, 2010 (Poster Presentation).

Nelson-Wong, E. & Callaghan, J. P. Changes in Muscle Activation Patterns and Subjective Low Back Pain Ratings During Standing in Response to an Exercise Intervention. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA, February, 2010 (Platform Presentation). *Marilyn Gossman Graduate Award Seminar.

Awards & Recognition

  • Lumbopelvic Control Differences and Response to Exercise in People With and Without Low Back Pain. ($3949) Nelson-Wong, E. Nov 1, 2013 – April 30, 2014, Regis University, University Research and Scholarship Council (URSC), Faculty Research Grant.

  • Equipment for Synchronous Collection of Muscle Activation, Force Platform, and Motion Capture Data for Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement. ($2,000) Nelson-Wong, E. (PI), May 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012, Regis University, Sponsored Projects Academic Research Council (SPARC) Faculty Research Grant.

  • Factors in Workers at Risk for Standing-Related Low Back Pain: Early Identification and Response to a Targeted Exercise Intervention. (Mentoring Grant) Nelson-Wong, E. (PI), April 1, 2010 – November 30, 2011, Bone and Joint Decade Young Investigators Initiative.

  • Biomechanical Differences Between Sub-groups of Patients with Low Back Pain: Linking Sub-classification to Mechanism. ($750) Nelson-Wong, E., (PI), Feb 15, 2011 – April 30, 2011, Regis University, Sponsored Projects Academic Research Council (SPARC) Faculty Research Grant.

  • Inter- and intra-rater reliability of the Active Hip Abduction Test. ($750) Nelson-Wong, E. & Davis, A.M., (Co-PI), May 1, 2010 – April 30, 2012, Colorado Spine Therapy, LLC (Foundation).

Community Involvement and Service

University Service

  • Regis University Institutional Review Board – Member (2013-2016)
  • Regis University Institutional Review Board – Alternate Member (2011-2012
  • School of Physical Therapy Awards Committee – Chair (2012 – 2015)
  • School of Physical Therapy Health and Exercise Science Team – Member (2009 – present)

Professional Service

  • Grant Reviewer – Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) (2012 – present)
  • Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Canada (2010 – present)
  • Abstract Peer Review – ASB, APTA – SOR
  • Journal Peer Review – Physical Therapy, Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, Gait and Posture, Physical Therapy in Sport, Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, Ergonomics, Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, Journal of Biomechanics, Applied Ergonomics, Muscle and Nerve, Geriatrics & Gerontology International