CSM 2022: Post-Conference Live Webinar


Title: Integrated Mixed Methods in Physical Therapy Research
Dates:  May 25 & 26, 2022 / 10:00am - 1:30pm, Eastern

*Attendees must participate both days


Student:  $75.00
Academy Member:  $150.00
Academy Nonmember:  $185.00

Course Description :

Mixed methods the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods to study a phenomenon of interest) are increasingly important and prominent in healthcare research, including physical therapy research. Historically, mixed methods studies often involved parallel use of methods, but recently there is more emphasis on integrated mixed methods, which is when qualitative and quantitative components “are explicitly related to each other within a single study and in such a way as to be mutually illuminating, thereby producing findings that are greater than the sum of parts” (Woolley 2009). Integrated mixed methods hold tremendous promise for improving the ways in which we explore complex phenomena and contexts. However, these types of studies are challenging because they involve multiple methodological decision points, interdisciplinary collaboration, and intentionality across all phases of a study. The purpose of this two-part interactive workshop is to introduce physical therapist researchers to pragmatic strategies and tools that facilitate integration of qualitative and quantitative methods. Content and exercises are designed to provide participants with hands-on experience with conceptualizing integrated mixed methods studies. This workshop is intended for all levels of researchers. 

Learning objectives

At the completion of this session, course participants will be able to:

  1. Characterize different mixed methods study design options and rationales associated with these options
  2. Articulate solutions to challenges posed by integrating qualitative and quantitative methods
  3. Develop visual representations of integrated mixed methods research components
  4. Identify characteristics of good integrated mixed methods products 


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Outline of Content:

  • Mixed methods study design options and rationales
  • Multiple decision points in integrated mixed methods research
  • Crafting research aims/questions
  • Using visuals to conceptualize, design, and execute mixed methods studies
  • Crafting visuals
  • Integrating methods
  • Working on design components
  • Analytic options
  • Thinking through and reporting results 


25-question, multiple-choice posttest to assess learning 

Alison Hamilton, PhD, MPH, is a medical anthropologist and implementation scientist. She is a Research Career Scientist and Chief Officer of Implementation and Policy at the VA Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy at the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and a Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. Dr. Hamilton’s research portfolio focuses on using integrated mixed methods to improve health services for vulnerable populations by understanding people’s lived experiences and implementing evidence-based and evidence-informed practices in contextually and theoretically informed ways. She is an Associate Editor for Implementation Science Communications, and she is on the Editorial Boards of Implementation Science, Implementation Research and Practice, and Women's Health Issues.

Michelle Wormley, MPT, PhD, CLT is a graduate of Quinnipiac University (BS, MPT) and Nova Southeastern University (PhD). She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Movement Science at Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT), where teaching responsibilities include structure and function of the neurological system and examination and treatment of patients with neurological involvement and medically complex issues. Dr. Wormley’s research and clinical interests focus on neurological physical therapy, problem-based learning in physical therapy education, and qualitative methods. She has several publications in professional journals and has also presented at national conferences in these topic areas. Dr. Wormley is a manuscript reviewer for Physical Therapy Journal and Physiotherapy Theory and Practice.She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Academy of Physical Therapy Research Qualitative Special Interest Group. 

Melissa Moran Tovin, PT, PhD, is currently Professor and Director of Post-professional Clinical Advancement in the Department of Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. She has over 20 years of experience performing qualitative and mixed-methods research. Her research interests include interprofessional education, pediatric PT education, and quality of life and adulthood transitions for individuals with autism. She has served as Chair and Methodology Expert on many qualitative and mixed-method PhD dissertation committees. Dr. Tovin currently serves as an Editorial Board Member for Physical Therapy, and as qualitative research manuscript reviewer for Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, and the Journal of Physical Therapy Education. In addition, Dr. Tovin is currently Chair of the Academy of Physical Therapy Research Qualitative Special Interest Group. She is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy, and has presented at national and international conferences on a variety of topics, including qualitative methodology and research outcomes. 

Keywords: qualitative, integrated mixed-method, reporting standards, implementation science 

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Conflict of interest disclosure

Presenters report no conflict of interest related to session content