Shawn S. Farrokhi , PT, PhD

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    Title

    Assistant Professor

    Office Location

    Bakery Suare
    211 Bridgeside Point 1

    Office phone

    412.383.6645

Academic Appointment

  • Primary: Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
  • Secondary: Department of Bioengineering, Department of Physical Therapy

Education

  • 1997 – 2000: Bachelor of Science – Sports Medicine; Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
  • 2000 – 2003: Doctor of Physical Therapy; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
  • 2004 – 2009: Doctor of Philosophy – Biokinesiology; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
  • 2010 – Current:Master of Science – Clinical Research; University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Awards and Honors

  • 2011 National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Award
  • 2009  Physical Therapy Student Publication Award; California Chapter, APTA
  • 2009  Promotion of Doctoral Studies II; Foundation for Physical Therapy           
  • 2008  Promotion of Doctoral Studies II; Foundation for Physical Therapy
  • 2007  Teaching Assistant Fellow; Center for Excellence in Teaching, University of Southern CA
  • 2006  Physical Therapy Student Publication Award; California Chapter, APTA
  • 2006  Promotion of Doctoral Studies I; Foundation for Physical Therapy
  • 2005  Promotion of Doctoral Studies I; Foundation for Physical Therapy
  • 2003 Golden Cane Outstanding Achievement Award; University of Southern California
  • 2002 Helen Hislop Scholarship in Support of Vision and Excellence in Physical Therapy
  • 2002  Gary L. Soderberg Doctor of physical Therapy Scholarship; Foundation for Physical Therapy
  • 1999   Pepperdine University Natural Science Award; Pepperdine University

Academic/Research Interests

  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Patellofemoral Pain
  • Wheelchair Propulsion
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Movement Re-education

Refereed Articles

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Courses Recently Taught

  • PT 2035 Clinical Biomechanics
  • PT 2033 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy III

Funded Research Projects

Current

2012-2014            Rehabilitation Institute Pilot Award
Title: Biomechanics and Biomarkers of Walking Exercise in Knee Osteoarthritis
Role: Principal Investigator
Objectives: The primary objective of this project will be to quantify the acute response of mechanical and biological markers of joint damage to increasing volumes of walking exercise and variations in modes of walking exercise participation in individuals with knee osteoarthritis. Findings from this study will serve as the conceptual framework for devising safer and more effective walking exercise programs for long-term management of individuals with knee osteoarthritis.

2010 – 2013         Comprehensive Opportunities in Rehabilitation Research Training: A Multi-Center K-12 Career Development Program for Physical and Occupational Therapist.
Title: The Biomechanical Risk Factors Underlying the Link between Patellofemoral Joint Pain and Osteoarthritis
Role: Principal Investigator
Objectives: The primary purpose of this proposal is to determine whether abnormal patellofemoral joint mechanics in young individuals with patellofemoral pain could in fact contribute to the development of patellofemoral osteoarthritis later in life. In addition, findings from this project will expand upon our knowledge of the predictive value of imaging biomarkers with respect to detecting early alterations in the biochemical as well as the deformational properties of the articular cartilage in this patient population, so appropriate early interventions can be developed and applied more effectively.

2011 – 2012         Pepper Center RCDC Small Pilot Funding Program (long term)
Title: The Biomechanical Correlates of Multi-Compartmental Knee Osteoarthritis in Older Adults.
Role: Principal Investigator
Objectives: The primary objectives of the proposed project are to (1) characterize the patterns of articular cartilage stress distribution for the tibiofemoral and patellofemoral joints in presence of multi-compartmental disease; and (2) to identify the potentially modifiable biomechanical lower limb characteristics (i.e. ankle, knee, and hip kinematics) associated with altered knee joint stress in this patient population.

Past

2011 – 2011         Pepper Center RCDC Small Pilot Funding Program (short term)
Title: Development and Validation of a Novel Approach for Quantifying Altered Joint Mechanics in Older Adults with Knee Osteoarthritis.
Role: Principal Investigator
Objectives: The primary objective of the proposed pilot project is to develop and validate a novel approach for investigating knee joint contact mechanics in individuals with knee OA. With proper validation, the proposed musculoskeletal model offers the potential to gain insight regarding the mechanism(s) behind knee joint dysfunction so more effective treatment approaches could be designed for individuals with knee OA.

2007 – 2008         Biomedical Imaging Support for Pilot Studies: Biomedical Imaging ScienceInitiative/University of Southern California.
Title: Is abnormal patellofemoral joint stress associated with articular cartilage changes that are consistent with early stage osteoarthritis?
Role
: Principal Investigator
Objectives: The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of creating a subject-specific finite element model of the patellofemoral joint for the purposes of stress analysis. The secondary purpose of this project was to compare the differences in patellar cartilage morphology (i.e. volume and thickness) and composition (T2 mapping) between individuals with patellofemoral pain and pain-free controls.

Membership in Scientific/Professional/Honorary Societies

  • 2011 – Current: Osteoarthritis Research Society International; Member
  • 2010 – Current: Pennsylvania Chapter of the APTA; Member
  • 2003 – Current: Orthopaedic Section of the APTA; Member
  • 2003 – 2010: California Chapter of the APTA; Member
  • 2001 – Current: Research Section of the APTA; Member
  • 1998 – 2000: Golden Key National Honor Society; Member
  • 1995 – 1997: Alpha Gamma State Honor Society; Member
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