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Joseph J. Krzak, PT, PhD, PCS

I am an Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL and a Physical Therapist in the Motion Analysis Center (MAC) Shriner's Hospitals for Children®-Chicago. I am a licensed Physical Therapist in the State of Illinois and a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy (PCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). I received my Bachelor of Science (BS) in Physical Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000 and my Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Rehabilitation with an emphasis in musculoskeletal biomechanics and motor control at University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013. The focus of my dissertation was the application of electromyography and multisegment foot and ankle kinematics for the clinical management of children with equinovarus resulting from cerebral palsy. I have been working with children with neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions for over twenty years. My clinical and clinical research goals are to: 1) use novel quantitative methods (including instrumented gait analysis) to explain why children with developmental disabilities move differently than healthy individuals; and 2) develop and critically evaluate the effectiveness of surgical and therapeutic interventions to enhance functional mobility in children with neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions. I continue to collaborate in research activities focusing on musculoskeletal modeling, foot and ankle biomechanics in children with neuromuscular conditions, and the application of machine learning approaches to augment clinical decision making for children with cerebral palsy. I am also a Content Expert for a group sponsored by the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy who is collaborating to develop Clinical Practice Guidelines for the role of instrumented gait analysis in the clinical management of children with cerebral palsy.

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