Congdon School of Health Sciences
Physical Therapy

Dr. Alexis Wright

WrightDr. Alexis Wright is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT), and a frequent research presenter at state, national, and international meetings. Dr. Wright is widely published including 1 book chapter, over 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts on orthopaedics, manual therapy, and outcomes measures issues. She currently serves on 2 journal editorial boards and reviews for over 6 peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Wright has received several small research grants including the AAOMPT Cardon Research Grant and the University of Otago Postgraduate Publishing Bursary. Awards include the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award, the APTA Emerging Leader Award, and the Duke University Health System Service Champion Award. Dr. Wright continues to maintain an active research agenda in the areas of spinal and extremity mobilization and manipulation, hip disorders, femoroacetabular impingement, and prognostic research. Dr. Wright received her PhD in clinical research from the University of Otago, a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Wright currently serves as an Assistant Professor and Director of Continuing Education in the Department of Physical Therapy at High Point University. In addition to her position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at High Point University, she practices clinically for Targeted Enhanced Athletic Movement (TEAM). TEAM is a community-based health and wellness program designed to improve athletic performance and prevent injury.


Selected Publications (Selected from 20 peer-reviewed publications)

  1.  Wright AA, Wassinger C, Frank M, Michener LA, Hegedus EJ. Diagnostic accuracy of scapular physical examination tests for shoulder disorders: a systematic review. BJSM.2012.DOI:10.1136/bjsports-2012-091573
  2.  Cook C, Learman K, O’Halloran B, Showalter C, Kabbaz V, Goode A, Wright A. Which prognostic factors for low back pain are generic predictors of outcome across a range of recovery domains? Phys Ther. 2012. DOI:10.2522/ptj.20120216
  3. Hegedus EJ, Goode AP, Cook CE, Michener L, Myer CA, Wright AA. Which physical examination tests provide clinicians with the most value when examining the shoulder?:update of a systematic review with meta-analysis of individual tests. BJSM. 2012;46:964-78.
  4. Reiman MP, Goode AP, Hegedus EJ, Cook CE, Wright AA. Diagnostic accuracy of clinical tests of the hip: a systematic review with meta-analysis. BJSM. 2012. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2012-091035
  5. Wright AA, Hannon J, Hegedus EJ, and Emerson Kavchak A. Clinimetrics Corner: a closer look at the minimal clinically important difference (MCID). JMMT. 2012;20:160-166.
  6. Wright AA, Cook CE, Baxter GD, Dockerty JD, and Abbott JH. A comparison of three methodological approaches to defining major clinically important improvement of four performance measures in patient with hip osteoarthritis. JOSPT 2011;41(5):319-327.
  7. Wright AA, Cook CE, Baxter GD, Flynn TW, and Abbott JH. Predictors for response to therapeutic physical therapy intervention in patients with primary hip osteoarthritis. Phys Ther 2011;91(4):510-524.
  8. Wright AA, Hegedus EJ, Baxter GD, and Abbott JH. Measurement of function in hip osteoarthritis: developing a standardized approach for physical performance measures. Physiother Theory Pract. 2011; 27(4):253-62.
  9. Wright AA, Cook CE, Baxter GD, Garcia J, and Abbott JH. Relationship between the WOMAC-PF and physical performance measures in patients with hip osteoarthritis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2010 October;91:1558-1564.
  10. Wright AA, Cook CE, and Abbott JH. Variables associated with progression of hip osteoarthritis: a systematic review. Arthritis Rheum. 2009 Jun 29;61(7):925-936.

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