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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
  • 2014 PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Florida


Research Funding

Grant# K12 HD055929 (Ottenbacher) 09/25/07 - 08/31/17 National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NICHD), NIH Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program Goal: Recruit and train physical and occupational therapy faculty scholars in rehabilitation research to prepare them for successful independent research careers. Role: Scholar (2015-present)

Completed (past 3 years)
Grant# T32NS045551 (Yezierski) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence Role: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Grant# 5 T32 HD043730 Neuromuscular Plasticity Training Program (Vandenborne) Eunice Shriver National Institute of Child and Human Health Development Interdisciplinary Training Program in Rehabilitation and Neuromuscular Plasticity Role: Predoctoral Fellow

Grant Promotion of Doctoral Studies II Foundation for Physical Therapy Role: Doctoral Candidate

Publications (past 5 years)

Bishop MD, Hill A, Coronado RA, Alappattu MJ. Content and bibliometric analysis of articles published in the J Women's Health Phys Ther. Accepted.

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. Accepted.

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. Topics in Ger Rehab.(2016) 32:4.

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 Oncology (2016) 34(1): 27-35. PMCID: PMC4851243

Alappattu MJ, Neville C, Beneciuk JB, Bishop MD. The prevalence of urinary incontinence among patients reporting to outpatient physical therapy. Physiother Theory Pract. (2016) Feb 11:1-6. PMID: 26863987

Neville C, Alappattu MJ, Beneciuk J, Bishop M. Outcomes of physical therapy treatment for urinary Incontinence in the real world - bridging clinical practice and research. Physiotherapy (2015);101(Supplement 1): May 2015, Pages e1081 doi:10.1016/

McKey KP, Alappattu MJ. Physical Therapy Intervention to Augment Lymph Node Transfer Surgery for a Breast Cancer Survivor with Secondary Upper Extremity Lymphedema: A Case Report. Inter J StudentSchol Phys Ther.(2015). 1: 30-44. PMCID: PMC5034944

Alappattu MJ, George SZ, Robinson ME, Fillingim RB, Moawad N, LeBrun, EW, Bishop MD. Painful intercourse is significantly associated with evoked pain perception and cognitive aspects of pain in women with pelvic pain. Sexual Medicine. (2015) 3(1): 14-23). PMCID: PMC4380910

Alappattu MJ, Coronado RA, Lee D*, Bour BJ, George SZ. A Clinical Profile of Patients With Cancer Undergoing Outpatient Physical Therapy. Phys Ther. (2015) 95(4): 526-538.

Horn ME, Alappattu MJ, Gay CW, Bishop MD. Fear of severe pain mediates sex differences in pain sensitivity responses to thermal stimuli. Pain Research and Treatment. (2014). PMCID: PMC3913346

Alappattu, MJ. Pain and psychological outcomes after rehabilitative treatment for a female with chronic pelvic pain with stage III cervical cancer: a case report. J Women's Health Phys Ther. (2013) 37(3): 97-102. PMCID: PMC4851247

Gay CW, Alappattu MJ, Coronado RC, Horn ME, Bishop MD. Effect of a single session of muscle-bias therapy on pain sensitivity: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. J Pain Research. (2013) 6: 7-22. PMCID: PMC3569047

Alappattu MJ, Bishop MD. Psychological factors in female chronic pelvic pain: relevance and application of the Fear Avoidance Model of Pain. Phys Ther. (2011) 91(10): 1542-50. PMCID: PMC3185223

Alappattu MJ, Bishop MD, Bialosky JE, George SZ, Robinson ME. Stability of Behavioral Estimates of Activity- Dependent Modulation of Pain. J Pain Res. (2011) 4 151-157. PMCID: PMC3141831

Coronado RA, Alappattu MJ, Hart DL, George SZ. Total Number and Severity of Comorbidities Do Not Differ Based on Anatomical Location of Musculoskeletal Pain. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. (2011) Jul;41(7):477- 85.

Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography

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