Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
Doisy College of Health Sciences
Phone: (314) 977-8505
Post- Doctoral Fellowship, Dept. of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy
University of Southern California
Ph.D. in Movement Science
Bachelor of Physical Therapy
Saint Louis University
Dr. Salsich teaches courses in kinesiology and gait analysis in the Program in Physical Therapy. Her clinical practice background is in the area of orthopedics and sports physical therapy.
Dr. Salsich's research focuses on identifying biomechanical and movement factors that contribute to lower extremity musculoskeletal pain/pathology conditions, and testing the effects of rehabilitation strategies based on this knowledge. Data is obtained using 3-D motion analysis (joint angles and forces), digital video, electromyography (muscle activation), clinical measures of muscle strength and joint mobility, and self-reported measures of pain and function. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Physical Therapy Association, and disseminated internationally via peer-reviewed publications and presentations.
American Physical Therapy Association (Orthopedic Section and Section on Research)
Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society
Dr. Blessing is a qualitative researcher interested in creating, developing and evaluating various aspects of innovative teaching strategies and models. She oversees all qualitative research studies conducted by undergraduate senior Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) and Investigative and Medical Sciences (IMS) students. She is also the program director of the new, innovative, research-intensive Doisy College Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) degree program and in that role will mentor Master's students who have a similar research interest.
Current Research Project
Development and assessment of student-created content review modules in Laboratory Medicine written in the form of stories
Laboratory Medicine Content Review Module Description
Each story is written in chapters that detail an interesting case study encountered by Laboratory Detective Driver. Interwoven into each story are pertinent patient history and symptoms and laboratory tests ordered with results when appropriate. Detective Driver's mission is to "solve the case." Questions for consideration by the reader are strategically incorporated into the stories for self-assessment. The ultimate goal is to assemble a group of such stories and combine them into an online and/or physical book.
Study Design: Qualitative Research
Example Research Questions
Example Data Collection Strategies
Current Status of the Project
Lieske C and Zeibig EA. Essentials of Medical Laboratory Practice, FA Davis Publishers, Philadelphia, PA
Publications Submitted and Under Review:
Breitbach A, Sargeant D, Gettemeier P, Ruebling I, Carlson J, Eliot K, Kienstra, Zeibig-Blessing E. From Buy-in to Integration: Melding an Interprofessional Initiative into Academic Programs in the Health Professions, submitted to the Journal of Allied Health.
Zeibig EA. Clinical Parasitology: A Practical Approach, 2nd Edition. WB Saunders Company, an imprint of Elsevier Publishing Company, Philadelphia PA. Expected publication- Fall 2012.
Johns G, Zundel B, Denesiuk L, and Zeibig EA. Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine: Principles and Practices, Pearson Prentice Hall-Expected publication- Spring 2013.