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About Laura Gilchrist, PT, PhD

Dr. Gilchrist is a Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and a Clinical Research Scientist at Children's Hospitals and Clinics. She holds a BA in Biology from Lawrence University, as well as a BS in Physical Therapy and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gilchrist has an active research program aimed at improving physical function in children and adolescents undergoing treatment for cancer. Her current focus is on investigating chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in this population. She has received both institutional and national awards for her work in this area. Dr. Gilchrist is actively involved in the American Physical Therapy Association at the state and national level. She began her career at St. Catherine University in 1999 and currently teaches throughout the DPT curriculum primarily in the areas of neuroscience and pathophysiology.

Positions

Present Professor, Physical Therapy, St. Catherine University Physical Therapy Department
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Disciplines



Grants

2019 - Present Pediatric Oncology Rehabilitation Research
Wasie Foundation
Role: PI
$629,700
2017 - 2019 Development of a Neuropathy Assessment for Children Aged 1-4 Years
St. Baldricks Foundation
Role: PI
$50,000
2012 - 2017 Predictors of Persistent Vincristine Neuropathy in Pediatric Cancer
American Cancer Society
Role: PI
$600,000
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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Senior Editor, Rehabilitation Oncology
2015 - 2017 Delegate for Minnesota, American Physical Therapy Association, House of Delegates
2011 - 2015 Board Member, Oncology Section, American Physical Therapy Association
2007 - 2010 Delegate for Minnesota, American Physical Therapy Association, House of Delegates
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Honors and Awards

  • Stephen Gudas Award for Outstanding Publication in Rehabilitation Oncology , 2017 Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Award for Faculty Excellence, 2015 St. Catherine University’s highest award to recognize a faculty member whose activities bring recognition to the academic reputation of St. Catherine University
  • Research Award, 2014 Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Recognized for contribution to the field of oncology rehabilitation research
  • Stephen Gudas Award for Outstanding Publication in Rehabilitation Oncology , 2010 Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Emerging Leader Award, 2007 American Physical Therapy Association Recognized as one of 25 emerging leaders in the nation among physical therapists.

Education

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1998 BS, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota ‐ Physical Therapy
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1996 Ph.D, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota ‐ Neuroscience
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1990 BS, Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, Magna Cum Laude ‐ Biology
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Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-7738

Email:



Publications (8)