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Kimberly Szucs, Ph.D., OTR/L

Assistan Professor
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Department of Occupational Therapy

Rangos 220
Phone: 412.396.4215

Education:

M.S., Anatomy, The Ohio State University, 2005
B.A., Occupation Therapy, The Ohio State University, 2003
Bio

Dr. Szucs arrived in Pittsburgh and Duquesne University from Columbus, Ohio.  She graduated in June 2010 from The Ohio State University with a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.  Her dissertation focused on describing the three-dimensional rotations of the clavicle in relation to total shoulder motion and scapular muscle activation.  Dr. Szucs also graduated from Ohio State with a Master's degree in Anatomy and a Bachelor's of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Dr. Szucs' primary research focus is describing the pathomechanics of many common shoulder disorders, such as subacromial impingement syndrome and osteoarthritis. She hopes that elucidating the underlying mechanisms for these conditions will lead to improved treatment protocols and outcomes. She is also interested in describing neural reorganization following peripheral sensory injury in populations such as persons with second degree burns.    

Dr. Szucs teaching focus includes neuroscience, biomechanics, motor control and evidence based practice.  Her seven years of clinical experience were focused primarily in an acute care setting, working with patients with a variety of physical and neurological impairments.
Courses

HLTS 403/503 Neuroscience
OCCT 537 Human Motion and Movement
OCCT 541 Evidence Based Practice
OCCT 530 Biomechanical Function

Research

-Biomechanical and Neuromotor Analysis of Shoulder Pathology
-Assessment of Neurological Changes Following Injury and Pathology to the Upper Extremity
-Biomechanical and Neuromotor Changes and Associated Changes in Quality of Life in persons with Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema

Publications

Borstad JD, Szucs K.  Three-Dimensional Scapula Kinematics and Shoulder Function Examined Before and After Surgical Treatment for Breast Cancer.  Human Movement Science. In press.

Borstad JD, Szucs K, Navalgund A.  Scapula kinematic alterations following a modified push-up plus task.  Human Movement Science, 2009;28:738-751.

Szucs K, Navalgund A, Borstad JD.  Scapular muscle activation following a task to fatigue serratus anterior.  Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, 2009;47(5):487-95.

Flinn S, Kloos A, Teaford M, Clark K, Szucs K.  Helping hands for healthy living: A collaborative service learning project with occupational and physical therapy students.  Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 2009;23(2):146-167.

Presentations

Szucs K, Borstad JD. EMG Activation Patterns of Four Parts of the Trapezius Muscle. Poster Presentation at the International Society of Biomechanics 2011 Congress, Brussels, Belgium, July 2011.

Szucs K, Borstad JD.  Capturing 3D Clavicle Kinematics: Validation of Surface Sensor. Platform Presentation at the Scientific Committee of the International Shoulder Group 2010, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 2010.

Szucs K, Borstad JD.  Clavicle Kinematics Following Change in Length of the Sternoclavicular Ligaments. Poster Presentation at the American Society of Biomechanics Annual Conference, State College, PA, August 2009.

Borstad JD, Kynyk N, Lower M, Sellers M, Szucs K, Navalgund A. Recovery of Scapula Kinematics and Shoulder Muscle Activation Following an Isometric Fatigue Task. Platform Presentation at the American Society of Biomechanics Annual Conference, State College, PA, August 2009.

Borstad JD, Szucs K, Navalgund A.  Kinematic and Muscle Activation Changes After an Isometric Task to Fatigue Shoulder Muscles. Third Scapula Summit, Lexington, KY, July 2009.

Borstad JD, Szucs K, Navalgund A. Recovery of Scapula Kinematics Following an Isometric Fatigue Task. Third Scapula Summit, Lexington, KY, July 2009.

Szucs K, Borstad JD, Navalgund A.  Alterations in Scapular Kinematics Following a Fatigue Protocol of Serratus Anterior.  Poster Presentation at the Scientific Committee of the International Shoulder Group 2008, Bologna, Italy, July 2008.

Szucs K, Borstad JD.  Preliminary Analysis of Shoulder Movement, Range of Motion, and Quality of Life Following Surgery for Primary Breast Cancer.  Platform Presentation at the Scientific Committee of the International Shoulder Group 2008, Bologna, Italy, July 2008.

Borstad JD, Szucs K, Navalgund A. Serratus Anterior Fatigue Results in Upper Trapezius Compensation During Arm Elevation. Platform Presentation at the Scientific Committee of the International Shoulder Group 2008, Bologna, Italy, July 2008.

Borstad JD, Szucs K. Preliminary Analysis of Movement, Muscle Length, and Range of Motion Alterations Following Surgical Intervention for Primary Breast Cancer.  Poster Presentation at Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Nashville, TN, February 2008.

Kloos A, Flinn S, Teaford M, Clark K, Szucs KHelping Hands for Healthy Living: A Community Service Learning Project.  Poster Presentation at Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Boston, MA, February 2007.

Flinn S, Beckley M, Kloos A, Teaford M, Szucs K. Helping Hands for Healthy Living: A Service Learning Project for Occupational and Physical Therapy Students.  Poster Presentation at 14th Congress of World Federation of Occupational Therapy, Sydney, Australia, July 2006.