Professional Bio

  • PhD, Biomechanics, University of Florida, 2002
  • MS, Physical Therapy, North Georgia College & State University, 1995
  • BS, Biology, University of South Florida, 1992

One of the quotes that captivated me when I was researching Regis University also led me to a time of reflection about engagement.

“…by freely engaging the world around us, and by respecting its intrinsic worth, we can simultaneously show respect for life’s ultimate meaning and value, thereby serving God’s greater glory.” (Traditions, p.11)

Engaging students has been a key phrase in academia since my early years of teaching, and it is one that continues to be used with great frequency. When reflecting on my early teaching years, I realize that my image of an “engaged” student would be more accurately described as a “captivated” student. I had a mental picture of my students attending to my every word and absorbing every insight that I shared. I had been given the awesome responsibility of teaching content that I valued highly, and of course it seemed natural that the students should also share this value. To my consternation, many did not always share the same passion. I initially viewed this as a personal teaching failure, while also laying blame on the students for their lack of initiative. I failed to recognize, however, that my values were not theirs, and that is was unfair of me expect them to incorporate them as their own. I had a poor perception of what it meant to engage within the classroom.

Throughout the years, my understanding of engagement has changed. It is no longer a matter of defining for students what they should and should not value and then expecting them to follow suit; it is a complex and often delicate conversation. It involves meeting and greeting students where they are, identifying and accepting what they bring to the table, finding common ground, agreeing to disagree when we cannot, and then finding a path to growth that is defined by mutual respect for each other and the application of knowledge.

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Certifications & Expertise

Clinical Certifications
  • Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Professional Memberships
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Research and Scholarship

Research Interests
  • Balance assessment using functional movement screening tools
  • Using real-time ultrasound in DPT education
  • Tissue stiffness characteristics

Recent Publications

Harper, B., Jagger, K., Aron, A., Steinbeck, L., Stecco, A., A Commentary Review of the Cost Effectiveness of Manual Therapies for Neck and Low Back Pain, Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (2016), doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2016.09.014

Harper, B. A., Siyufy, A. M., Castleberry, J. M., Mickle, A. M., Jagger, K. L., Waff, A., Cox, K.M. (2015). Clinical Experiences Using a Hit Impact Indicator in Youth Football. The Sport Journal. November 23.

Recent Presentations

Zimmerman, A., Repass, V., Maguire, J., Lesko, C., Van Nutt, G., Jagger, K.L., Harper, B. Using King-Devick and CTSIB-M Scores to Assess Effect of Soccer Heading Drill on Adolescent Female Soccer Players. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Washington, D.C., January 23-26, 2019.

Bailey, C., Holshouser, C., Wilaford, N., Jagger, K.L., Harper, B., Aron, A. The Reliability of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Measurements Recorded by Certified and Uncertified Clinicians. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, New Orleans, LA, February 21-24, 2018. /p>

Jagger, K. L., Bailey, C., Harper, B. Integrating Real-Time Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Education into a Doctor of Physical Therapy Curriculum. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, San Antonio, TX, February 17, 2017.

Adkins, A., Brooks, A., Cross, A., Franck, H., Jagger, K.L. A Comparison Between Performance on Modified Star Excursion Balance Test on a Flat Surface Versus Elevated Surface. 3rd Annual Waldron College Interprofessional Symposium & Expo, Radford, VA, April 12, 2016.

Jagger, K., Swanson, E., Loiselle, E., Shipley, A., Stump, K. (2014). Is There a Difference in Balance Reactions in Healthy Transtibial Prosthetic Users When Comparing Selected K3 Feet? A Pilot Study. Carilion Research Day, Roanoke, VA, April 29, 2014.

Castleberry, J., Harper, B., Huth, R., Linville, R., Siyufy, A., Jagger, K., & Swanson, E. Pedagogical Integration in Higher Education: Developing Critical Thinking Skills, Building Self Confidence Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Blacksburg, VA, February 6, 2014.

Awards & Recognition

  • High Impact Practices (HIPs) Grant to Enhance the Classroom Experience. Authors: Jagger, K.L. & Harper, B.A. Amount requested $1000; Awarded $1000. Date Submitted: December 12, 2017.
  • Waldron College of Health and Human Services Research Grant. Authors: Harper, B. A., & Jagger, K. L. Amount requested $10,140; Awarded $10,000. Date Submitted: October 1, 2015.

Community Involvement and Service

Service to University and College
  • Creative Ingenuity Committee, SoPT, Regis University (2019-present)
  • Curriculum Committee, SoPT, Regis University (2019-present)