Elizabeth Wellsandt, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS

Assistant Professor

Division of Physical Therapy Education
University of Nebraska Medical Center
984420 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4420

Academic Appointments:
Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy Education, UNMC: 2016-present
Director, Clinical Movement Analysis (CMOVA) Laboratory, 2018-present
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biomechanics, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2016-present
Courtesy Appointment, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, UNMC, 2018-present

PhD: Biomechanics and Movement Science, University of Delaware, 2016
DPT: Division of Physical Therapy Education, UNMC, 2009
BS: UNMC, 2009
OCS (Orthopedic Certified Specialist): American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, 2015-present

Primary Teaching Responsibilities:
PHYT 505, Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I
PHYT 606, Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy III
PHYT 740, Critical Inquiry II

Scholarly Activity:
Research Interests of the Wellsandt Research Group: Biomechanical and functional outcomes analysis in individuals with knee injuries, with a primary interest in the influence of these factors on the secondary development of osteoarthritis

Recent Publications:
Wellsandt E, Axe MJ, Snyder-Mackler L. Poor Performance on Single-Legged Hop Tests Associated With Development of Posttraumatic Knee Osteoarthritis After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury. Orthop J Sports Med. 2018 Nov 26;6(11):2325967118810775.

Khandha A, Manal K, Capin J, Wellsandt E, Marmon A, Snyder-Mackler L, Buchanan TS. High muscle co-contraction does not result in high joint forces during gait in anterior cruciate ligament deficient knees. J Orthop Res. 2018 Sep 19. doi: 10.1002/jor.24141. [Epub ahead of print]

Wellsandt E, Failla MJ, Axe MJ, Snyder-Mackler L. Does Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Improve Functional and Radiographic Outcomes Over Nonoperative Management 5 Years After Injury? Am J Sports Med. 2018 Jul;46(9):2103-2112.

Grindem H, Wellsandt E, Failla M, Snyder-Mackler L, Risberg MA. Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury-Who Succeeds Without Reconstructive Surgery? The Delaware-Oslo ACL Cohort Study. Orthop J Sports Med. 2018 May 23;6(5):2325967118774255.

Wellsandt E, Golightly Y. Exercise in the management of knee and hip osteoarthritis. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2018 Mar;30(2):151-159.

Member, American Physical Therapy Association, 2006-present
Member, Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, 2011-present
Member, Sports Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, 2013-present
     Member, Knee Special Interest group of the Sports Section, 2013-present
Member, Research Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, 2015-present
     Member, Biomechanics Special Interest Group of the Research Section, 2015-present
     Secretary, Biomechanics Special Interest Group of the Research Section, 2018-present
Member, Nebraska Physical Therapy Association 2006-present
Board Member, Secretary, Nebraska Foundation for Physical Therapy, 2016-present
Member, Osteoarthritis Research Society International, 2016-present
Member, American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, 2017-present

Clinical Experience:
Outpatient orthopedic and sports rehabilitation with an emphasis on knee injuries.

2019 Rheumatology Research Foundation – Investigator Award Recipient
2017 Foundation for Physical Therapy Research – New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiative Recipient
2017 Emerging Leader Award, American Physical Therapy Association
2015 Excellence in Research Award, Sports Section of the American Physical Therapy Association