Mary Sesto, PT, MS, PhD

Mary Sesto, PT, MS, PhD

Associate Professor
 
Office
1300 University Avenue
Room 5110 Medical Sciences Center
Madison, WI 53706-1532
(608) 263-5697
 

Education and Certification

  • Bachelor of Science - Physical Therapy
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 1988
  • Master of Science - Industrial Engineering
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 1997
  • PhD - Industrial Engineering
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2003
  • Capstone Certificate - Fundamentals in Clinical Research, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2009

Teaching Responsibilities

  • PT 640: Scientific Inquiry in Physical Therapy
  • PT 521: Physical Agents
  • PT 628: Clinical Decision Making: Neuromuscular Mechanics and Control

Clinical Interests

  • Cancer Survivorship
  • Oncology Rehabilitation
  • Human Factors
  • Upper Extremity
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders

Professional and Service Activities

  • Director of Research at the Trace Center
  • Faculty, Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety, UW-Madison
  • Member, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA); also member of the Oncology and Research Sections of the APTA
  • Member, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Manuscript Reviewer for the following journals:
    • Applied Ergonomics
    • Archives for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    • Disability Studies Quarterly
    • Ergonomics
    • Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
    • Journal of Cancer Survivorship
    • Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise

Research Interests and Scholarly Activities

Dr. Sesto's research interests focus on minimizing work disability through optimizing workplace design and therapeutic interventions.
 
Her current projects include:

Honors and Awards

  • Clinical Research Scholar, NIH Roadmap/NCRR, University of Wisconsin Training and Education to Advance Multidisciplinary Clinical Research (TEAM) Program (Roadmap K12)
  • K12 Scholar, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, School of Medicine and Public Health, UW-Madison, Madison, WI
  • Best Research Poster, Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Spring Conference. Kage CC, Irwin CB, Sesto ME. Rate of force development of hand grip in younger and older adults and relation to function
  • Funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Project: Improving Work Ability Among Breast Cancer Survivors (10/1/2011)
  • Funding from UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Project: Reducing work disability in breast cancer survivors: development of a patient-centered intervention (11/1/2010)
  • Funding from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School. Project: Factors affecting work disability in cancer survivors (7/1/2010)
  • Funding from the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center on Interface and Information Technology Access (10/1/2008)
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