photo Meryl Alappattu, PhD, DPT, PT

Meryl Alappattu, PT, DPT, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Physical Therapy
University of Florida

Phone: 352-273-6085

Lead Mentor
M. Robinson, PhD

Research Areas

Mechanisms underlying female chronic pelvic pain and the efficacy of conservative interventions for pelvic pain


  • 2005 BS, Exercise Science, Indiana University
  • 2008 DPT, Physical Therapy, University of Florida
  • 2009 Post Professional Residency, University of Florida Health
  • 2014 PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Florida

Current Research Funding

K01 HD055929 (Ottenbacher) 09/25/07 – 08/31/19 Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program. The goal of this program is to prepare Scholars, trained Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists, to initiate successful and independent careers as rehabilitation researchers. Role: Scholar (9/1/15-present)

Recent Publications

Alappattu MJ, Neville C, Beneciuk JB, Bishop MD. Urinary incontinence symptoms and impact on quality of life in patients seeking outpatient physical therapy services. Physiother Theory Pract. (2016) Feb 11:1-6. PMID: 26863987

Harrington SH, Lee J, G Colon, Alappattu MJ. APTA Oncology Section EDGE Task Force on Prostate Cancer: A Systematic Review of Outcome Measures for Health Related Quality of Life. Rehab Oncol (2016) 34(1): 27-35. PMID: 27134804

Neville C, Beneciuk J, Bishop M, Alappattu MJ. Analysis of Physical Therapy Intervention Outcomes for Urinary Incontinence in Women Over Age 65 in Outpatient Clinical Settings. Top Geriatr Rehabil (2016) 32 (4): 251-257 PMID: 28484306

Bishop MD, Bialosky JE, Gay CW, Beneciuk JM, Alappattu MJ. Treatment preference, equipoise, and expectations: what you expect is what you get. J Pain Res. (2017) 10: 965–972. PMID: 28490899

Alappattu MJ, Harrington S, Hill A*, Roscow A, Jeffrey A*. Oncology Section EDGE Task Force on Cancer: A systematic review of patient-reported measures for sexual dysfunction. Rehab Oncol. (2017) 35(3):137-143.

Jeffrey A*, Harrington SH, Hill A*, Roscow A, Alappattu MJ. Oncology Section EDGE Task Force on Cancer: A systematic review of patient-reported measures for incontinence. Rehab Oncol. (2017) 35(3):130-136.

Hill A*, Alappattu MJ. Quality of Life Outcomes Following Surface Electromyography Biofeedback as an Adjunct to Pelvic Floor Muscle Training for Urinary Incontinence: A Case Report. J Women’s Health Phys Ther. (2017) 41(2):73-82.

Bishop MD, Hill A*, Coronado RA, Alappattu MJ. Where have we been and where are we going; content and bibliometric analysis of articles published in the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy. J Women’s Health Phys Ther. (2017) 41(2):66-72.

Alappattu MJ, Lamvu, GL, Feranec J, Witzeman K, Robinson ME, Rapkin A. Evidence-based classification of women with vulvodynia. J Pain Research. (2017) 10: 1601-1609.

Lamvu GL, Alappattu MJ, Witzeman K, Bishop MD, Robinson ME, Rapkin A.  Patterns in Vulvodynia Treatments and 6-Month Outcomes for Women Enrolled in the National Vulvodynia Registry-An Exploratory Prospective Study. J Sex Med. 2018 Apr 6

Alappattu MJ, Bishop MD. Pelvis gone wild: a sordid tale of musculoskeletal dysfunction. Pain Week Journal. In press.

Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography

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