Jaclyn "Megan" Sions

Jaclyn "Megan" Sions

Jaclyn "Megan" Sions

Assistant Professor
 302-831-7231

210JJ STAR Health Sciences Complex

LICENSURE

  • Physical Therapist, Delaware. January 2007-present [#J1-0002171]
  • Physical Therapist, West Virginia. August 2004-present [#PT002447]

CERTIFICATIONS

  • University of Delaware, MRI Level 1 User, March 2019-present
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA): Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapists. Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA), Summer 2010-present
  • APTA. Certified Advanced Clinical Instructor. October 2009-present
  • University of Delaware. Research Ethics Peer Educator. February 2009- December 2019
  • APTA: American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Board-Certified Orthopaedic Physical Therapist, June 2008-June 2028
  • American Red Cross. Emergency First Responder, CPR/AED, Oxygen Administration. August 2007-August 2021
  • APTA: Certified Clinical Instructor. November 2006-present

EDUCATION

School Degree Year Program
University of Delaware; Northwestern University Post Doc 2012-2013 Biomechanics and Movement Science
University of Delaware PhD 2008-2012 Biomechanics and Movement Science
Temple University DPT 2009 Physical Therapy
West Virginia University MPT 2004 Physical Therapy
West Virginia University BA 2003 Human Performance and Health

Department of Physical Therapy, Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy, Faculty in the Biomechanics and Movement Science Interdisciplinary PhD Program, Director/Founder of the University’s Amputee Clinic, Newark, DE, September 2016-present

  • Research Areas: low back pain; lower-limb amputation; limb difference (i.e., arthrogryposis)
  • Teaching:  Doctor of Physical Therapy program: Spine Management (2016-present, including course coordination); Functional Anatomy & Biomechanics (2016-present); Clinical Gross Anatomy (2016-2019, including course coordination); Geriatrics (2018-present); Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging in Clinical Practice & Research (2018-present; including course coordination)
  • Mentorship: Summer Scholars/Senior Thesis/PhD Dissertation Committees; undergraduate researchers; Orthopaedics, Sports, and Geriatrics Physical Therapy Residencies; DPT student service learning (i.e., Amputee Clinic)
  • Service: University’s MRI steering committee; College Curriculum Committee (2018-2019); various departmental committees & workgroups; clinical consultations
  • University of Delaware, Department of Physical Therapy, Assistant Professor, Newark, DE, September 2016-present
  • University of Delaware, Department of Physical Therapy, Clinical Research Scientist, Newark, DE, September 2013-2016
  • University of Delaware, Department of Physical Therapy, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Newark, DE, September 2012-September 2013
  • University of Delaware, Department of Physical Therapy, PhD Researcher, Newark, DE, January 2008-August 2012
  • University of Delaware, Sports and Orthopedic Clinic, Residency, Newark, DE, January-December 2007
  • Therapy Services LLC, Morgantown, WV, August 2004-December 2006

Research

  • Community-Engaged Research: CITI Program. Online. July 2020
  • COVID-19: Back to Campus (Fall 2020): CITI Program. Online. July 2020
  • Lab Dynamics Workshop. Newark, DE. September 2018
    Delaware Clinical and Translational Research: 5th Annual Meeting. Newark, DE. May 2018
  • NIH Primer: Demystifying the Funding Process. Newark, DE. April 2018
  • NIH: Regional Seminar: Program Funding and Grants Administration. Baltimore, MD. October 2017
  • University of Delaware: Management Essential for Engineers and Scientists. Newark, DE. April 2017
  • University of Delaware: Write Winning Grant Proposals. Newark, DE. January 2017; January 2019
  • University of Miami: Good Clinical Practice. Online. January 2017-present
  • Responsible Conduct of Research. Newark, DE. January 2009; January 2016; February 2020
  • University of Delaware: Grant Writing Workshop. Newark, DE. January 2013
  • University of Miami: Biomedical Human Subjects Training. Online. February 2008-present
  • University of Delaware: Bloodborne Pathogens Training. August 2007-May 2021
  • University of Delaware: Safety Orientation and Right to Know. August 2007-May 2021

Teaching

  • University of Delaware Faculty Commons Partners: 2018 Summer Institute on Teaching. May 2018
  • University of Delaware: Roundtable: Documenting Your Teaching for Promotion. February 2018
  • Delaware Physical Therapy Association (DPTA): Legislative Update. November 2013
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA): Specialist Certification Examination Item Writing: An Overview. Online. June 2013
  • APTA Annual Conference & Exposition: Residency Track. June 2012
  • Philadelphia Area Clinical Education Consortium: Can You Hear Me Now: Optimizing Communication in Clinical Education. April 2012
  • APTA Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program. October 2009
  • Using the APTA Physical Therapist Clinical Performance Instrument for Students. Online. October 2008
  • APTA CI Education and Credentialing Program. November 2006

Clinical

  • APTA: Implementation of Physical Therapy via Telehealth in the Ambulatory Setting for Patients Post-COVID: Opportunities and Challenges from the Epicenter. Online. June 2020
  • APTA: Outpatient Physical Therapy for COVID-19. Online. May 2020
    Oregon Pain Management Commission. Changing the Conversation About Pain. Oregon Pain Management Commission. Online. October 2019
  • Teaching Patients About Pain & Everything Hurts. Glenside, PA. March 2019
  • Wilmington Hospital. Clinical Ethics. Wilmington, DE. November 2018
    3rd International Arthrogryposis Symposium. Philadelphia, PA. September 2018
  • Coping with Chronic Pain: Comprehensive Pain Management. Newark, DE. May 2018.
  • Penn State College of Medicine’s Continuing Education: Current Concepts in Limb Loss: Tactics, Touch, Technology, and Tomorrow. Hershey, PA. April 2018.
  • Ottobock: Gait and Microprocessor Knees Training. Linthicum, MD. October 2017
  • Comprehensive Concussion Management: “Need to Know” Information for Physical Therapists. Newark, DE. March 2017
  • Clinical Implementation of Psychologically Informed PT Practice. Baltimore, MD. January 2017
  • Thrust Joint Manipulation Skills Development for Physical Therapists: A Laboratory Class: Lumbar Spine and Pelvis. Newark, DE. July 2016
  • Team Outcomes for Prosthetic Practices. Newark, DE: April 2016
  • Advanced Gait Training for Individuals with Lower Extremity Amputation. March 2016
  • Treatment Considerations for the Individual with Limb Loss. March 2016
  • Thrust Joint Manipulation Skill Development for the Cervical & Thoracic Spine. November 2015
  • Delaware Physical Therapy Association. Summer Lecture Series: Ethics for Everyday Practice. July 2015
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation: Evaluation and Treatment. July 2014
  • Diagnosis and Management of Child and Adolescent Concussion: Acute and Specialized Therapy Access across the Spectrum. April 2014
  • American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine: Bioeffects of Ultrasound:
  • Reviewing Our Knowledge & Perspective. Online. March 2014
  • US Department of Health and Human Services National Hansen’s Disease Programs. Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention and Treatment of the Neuropathic Foot. Online. November 2013
  • NFHS: Concussion in Sports: What You Need to Know. Online. November 2013
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Heads Up To Clinicians 2013: Addressing Concussions in Sports among Kids and Teens. Online. November 2013
  • DPTA: Managing Ethical Slippery Slopes….We Have a Principle for That! Newark, DE. July 2013
  • DPTA: Functional Limitation Reporting. April 2013
  • West Virginia University Healthcare Spine Conference. Morgantown, WV: October 2012
  • Management of Concussion/Mild TBI & the Emerging Role of the PT. September 2012
  • Application of Thrust Techniques to the Cervical Spine. August 2012
  • APTA. Sonography for Common Lower Extremity Orthopaedic & Sports Conditions. February 2012
  • Differential Diagnosis and Treatment Interventions for BPPV. March 2011
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging. Newark, DE. November 2010
    Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy (AGPT): Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults III. June 2010
  • AGPT: Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults II. April 2010
  • AGPT: Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults I. November 2009
  • Geriatric Orthopedics: Treating the Spine, Pelvis and Hip. September 2009
  • Evidence-Based Examination and Management of Neck Pain. March 2009
  • A System of Classification and Management for Low Back Pain. November 2008
  • Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging: Lumbopelvic Region. Indianapolis, IN. September 2008
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy: Practical Management of the Patient with Dizziness. September 2008
  • Advanced Clinical Practice: Manual Therapy for the Lower Quarter. July 2007
  • Applied Techniques of Manual Therapy: Mobilization Cervical & Thoracic Spine and Ribs. October 2006
  • Considerations for the Management of Neck: How to Not Treat the Neck. September 2006
  • Manually Managing Pain: The Use of Simple Contact for Neural Tension and Chronic Pain. August 2006
  • An Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation. June 2006
  • Clinical Decision-Making for the Orthopedic Clinician: The Lower Quarter. May 2006
  • Evaluation and Intervention Strategies of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. April 2006
  • Tai Chi for Balance, Fall Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation. March 2006
  • Clinical Decision-Making for the Orthopedic Clinician: The Upper Quarter. March 2006
  • Current Concepts in the Management of Patients with Vestibular Dysfunction. March 2006
  • The Female Athlete. March 2006
  • IWA: Strength Training Program Design. February 2006
  • Applied Techniques of Manual Therapy: The Basics of Sacroiliac Mobilization. November 2005
  • Integrated Approach to Physical Therapy Management of the TMJ. November 2005
  • Applied Techniques of Manual Therapy: Treatment of the Lumbar Complex. November 2005
  • Applied Techniques of Manual Therapy: Comprehensive Treatment of the Shoulder. August 2005
  • Applied Techniques of Manual Therapy: Treatment of Common Extremity Dysfunction Through Mobilization. July 2005
  • Applied Techniques of Manual Therapy-A Clinical Approach to Myofascial Release. June 2005

 

Dr. Sions is the Principal Investigator of the Delaware Limb Loss Studies research laboratory and a co-investigator in the Delaware Spine Studies Laboratory. She is the Director of the University's interdisciplinary, outpatient Amputee Clinic and holds a secondary appointment as faculty in the Biomechanics and Movement Science interdisciplinary PhD program.  Dr. Sions teaches in the University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the areas of spine evaluation and treatment, lower-limb amputation, and imaging. Her research focuses on improving outcomes for adults with chronic health conditions, including lower-limb loss and chronic low back pain and incorporates the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging in evaluation and treatment.  For information related to current research projects, please see: https://sites.udel.edu/megsions/

  • Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Support, Inc. 2019-present
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA): Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. 2019-present
  • APTA: Federal Section. Amputation Care Special Interest Group. 2019-present
  • APTA: Federal Section. 2019-present
  • NIH Early Career Reviewer Program. 2018-2019
  • APTA: Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Pain Management Special Interest Group. 2018-present
  • American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists. 2016-present
  • American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. 2016-present
  • Osteoarthritis Research Society International: 2016-2017
  • Gerontological Society of America. 2014-2019
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. 2012-present
  • APTA: Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Imaging Special Interest Group. 2012-present
  • APTA: Research Section. 2010-present
  • APTA: Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. 2008-present
  • APTA: Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. 2006-present
  • Vestibular Disorders Association. 2006-present
  • APTA. 2002-present

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Sions JM, Beisheim EH, Seth M. Selecting, Administering, and Interpreting Outcome Measures among Adults with Lower-Limb Loss: An Update for Clinicians. Curr Phys Med Rehabil Reports. [accepted May 2020].
  • Beisheim EH, Arch ES, Horne JR, Sions JM. Performance-based Outcome Measures are Associated with Cadence Variability during Community Ambulation among Individuals with a Transtibial Amputation. Prosth Orthotics Int. 2020 Jun 16:309364620927608. doi: 10.1177/0309364620927608. Online ahead of print. PMID:
  • Sions JM, Crippen DC, Hicks GE, Alroumi AM, Manal TJ, Pohlig RT. Exploring Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Intensity Effects on Multifidus Muscle Activity in Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain: An Ultrasound Imaging-Informed Investigation. Clin Med Insights Arthritis Musculoskelet Disord. May 20;12:1179544119849570. doi: 10.1177/1179544119849570. eCollection 2019. PMID:
  • Beisheim EH, Horne JR, Sions JM. Differences in Measures of Strength and Dynamic Balance among Individuals with Lower-Limb Loss Classified as Functional Level K3 versus K4. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 Sep;98(9):745-750. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001183. PMID: 30950838.
  • Sadeghi S, Quinlan K, Eilertson KE, Billy GG, Bible J, Sions M, Cortes DH. Changes in Shear Modulus of the Lumbar Multifidus Muscle during Different Body Positions. J Biomech Eng. 2019 Apr 9. doi: 10.1115/1.4043443. Online ahead of print. PMID: 30964941.
  • Coyle PC, Pugliese JM, Sions JM, Eskander MS, Schrack JA, Hicks GE. Pain Provocation and the Energy Cost of Walking: A Matched Comparison Study of Older Adults with and without Chronic Low Back Pain with Radiculopathy. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2019 Oct/Dec;42(4):E97-E104. doi: 10.1519/JPT.0000000000000212. PMID:
  • Sions JM, Manal TJ, Horne JR, Sarlo FB, Pohlig RT. Balance-Confidence is Associated with Community Participation, Perceived Physical Ability, and Performance-Based Function among Patients with a Unilateral Amputation. Physiother Theory Pract. 2020 May;36(5):607-614. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2018.1490939. Epub 2018 Jun 28. PMID:
  • Coyle PC, Pugliese JM, Sions JM, Schrack JA, Eskander M, Hicks GE. Energy Impairments in Older Adults with Low Back Pain and Radiculopathy: A Matched Case-Control Study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018 Nov;99(11):2251-2256. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2018.03.016. Epub 2018 Apr 24. PMID: 29698638.
  • Sions JM, Arch ES, Horne J. Self-reported Functional Mobility, Balance-confidence, and Prosthetic Use are Associated with Daily Step Counts among Individuals with a Unilateral Transtibial Amputation. Phys Act Health. 2018 Jun 1;15(6):423-429. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2017-0196. Epub 2018 Mar 15. PMID:
  • Arch ES, Sions JM, Horne JR, Bodt BA. Step Count Accuracy of the StepWatch and FitBit One among Individuals with a Unilateral Transtibial Amputation. J Orthotics Prosth Int.2018 Oct;42(5):518-526. doi: 10.1177/0309364618767138. Epub 2018 Apr 6.PMID:
  • Pugliese JM, Sions JM, Velasco TO, Hicks GE. Use of Trunk Muscle Training and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation to Reduce Pain and Disability in an Older Adult with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Case Study. Physiother Theory Pract. Aug;35(8):797-804. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2018.1457745. Epub 2018 Apr 4. PMID: 29617180.
  • Sions JM, Beisheim EH, Manal TJ, Smith SC, Horne JR, Sarlo FB. Differences in Physical Performance Measures among Patients with Unilateral Lower-Limb Amputations Classified as Functional Level K3 versus K4. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018 Jul;99(7):1333-1341. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.12.033. Epub 2018 Feb 1.PMID:
  • Hicks GE, Sions JM, Velasco TO. Hip Symptoms, Physical Performance and Health Status in Older Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Preliminary Investigation. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018 Jul;99(7):1273-1278. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.10.006. Epub 2017 Oct 27. PMID: 29111171 .
  • Megan Sions J, Angelica Rodriguez C, Todd Pohlig R, Evan Hicks G, Charles Coyle P. Epidural Fat and Its Association with Pain, Physical Function, and Disability among Older Adults with Low Back Pain and Controls. Pain Med. 2018 Oct 1;19(10):1944-1951. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnx163. PMID: 29024961.
  • Hicks GE, Sions JM, Coyle PC. Altered Spatiotemporal Characteristics of Gait in Older Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain. Gait & Posture. 2017 Jun;55:172-176. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.04.027. Epub 2017 Apr 23. PMID:
  • Sions JM, Elliott JM, Hicks GE. Trunk Muscle Characteristics of the Multifidi, Erector Spinae, Psoas, and Quadratus Lumborum in Older Adults with and without Chronic Low Back Pain. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2017 Mar;47(3):173-179. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2017.7002. Epub 2017 Feb 3. PMID:
  • Sions JM, Coyle PC, Velasco TO, Elliott JM, Hicks GE. Multifidi Muscle Characteristics and Physical Function among Older Adults with and without Chronic Low Back Pain. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Jan;98(1):51-57. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.07.027. Epub 2016 Aug 30. PMID:
  • Coyle PC, Velasco TO, Sions JM, Hicks GE. Lumbar Mobility and Performance-Based Function: an Investigation in Older Adults with and without Chronic Low Back Pain.  Pain Med. 2017 Jan 1;18(1):161-168. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnw136.
  • Sions JM, Hicks GE. Back Stiffness is Associated with Physical Health and Low Back Pain-Related Disability in Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Pain Med. 2017 May 1;18(5):866-870. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnw107. PMID:
  • Hicks GE, Sions JM, Velasco TO, Manal TM. Trunk Muscle Training Augmented with Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Appears to Improve Function in Older Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Preliminary Trial. Clin J Pain. 2016 Oct;32(10):898-906. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000348. PMID:
  • Sions JM, Smith AC, Hicks GE, Elliott JM. Trunk Muscle Size and Composition Assessment in Older Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain: An Intra-examiner and Inter-examiner Reliability Study.  Pain Med. 2016 Aug;17(8):1436-46. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnv023. Epub 2015 Dec 7. PMID:
  • Sions JM, Teyhen DS, Hicks GE. Criterion Validity of Ultrasound Imaging: Assessment of Multifidi Cross-Sectional Area in Older Adults with and without Low Back Pain. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2017 Apr/Jun;40(2):74-79. doi: 10.1519/JPT.0000000000000073. PMID: 26703525.
  • Coyle PC, Sions JM, Velasco TO, Hicks GE. Older Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Population Vulnerable to Frailty? J Frailty Aging.  2015;4(4):188-90. doi: 10.14283/jfa.2015.75. PMID: 27031017.
  • Sions JM, Velasco TO, Teyhen DS, Hicks GE. Reliability of Ultrasound Imaging for the Assessment of Lumbar Multifidi Thickness in Older Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2015 Jan-Mar;38(1):33-9. doi: 10.1519/JPT.0000000000000021. PMID:
  • Sions JM, Velasco TO, Teyhen DS, Hicks GE. Ultrasound Imaging: Intra- and Inter-Examiner Reliability for Multifidus Muscle Thickness Assessment in Adults Aged 60-85 Years versus Younger Adults. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2014 Jun;44(6):425-34. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2014.4584. Epub 2014 Apr 25. PMID:
  • Sions JM, Tyrell C, Knarr B, Jancosko A, Binder-Macleod S. Age- and Stroke-Related Skeletal Muscle Changes: A Review for the Geriatric Clinician. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2012 Jul-Sep;35(3):155-61. doi: 10.1519/JPT.0b013e318236db92. PMID:
  • Sions JM, Hicks GE. Fear Avoidance Beliefs are Associated with Disability in Older American Adults with Low Back Pain. Phys Ther. Apr;91(4):525-34. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20100131. Epub 2011 Feb 24. PMID:
  • American Physical Therapy Association. Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Seymour W, Sions JM, Palmer M, Manal TJ. Patient Educational Resources for the Spine Patient. 2018.
  • American Physical Therapy Association. Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Sions JM, Elliott JM, Beneck G, Hazle C. Spinal Imaging: Update for the Treating Physical Therapist. 2019.
  • American Physical Therapy Association: PTNow.org. Sions JM. Neck Pain. 2017.

Solicited Works

  • American Physical Therapy Association. Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Seymour W, Sions JM, Palmer M, Manal TJ. Patient Educational Resources for the Spine Patient. 2018.
  • American Physical Therapy Association. Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Sions JM, Elliott JM, Beneck G, Hazle C. Spinal Imaging: Update for the Treating Physical Therapist. 2019.
  • American Physical Therapy Association: PTNow.org. Sions JMNeck Pain. 2017.
  • Pain Practice Analysis for Physical Therapy to Determine Need for Pain Specialty Certification. May 2019-present
  • APTA: Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Imaging Special Interest Group. Research Committee. April 2018-present
  • APTA: Pain Workgroup. Representative for Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. April 2018-present
  • American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists. Outcomes Research Committee: Lower-Limb Loss Toolbox Initiative. 2018-2019
  • APTA: Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Imaging Special Interest Group. Scholarship Committee, 2017-present
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA): Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Imaging Special Interest Group. Strategic Planning Committee. February 2016, July 2020-present
  • • APTA: Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. State Advocate. September 2012-December 2017