Sheila Schindler-Ivens, PT, PhD
Dr. Schindler-Ivens started The Evidence Workshop to help clinicians integrate research evidence into patient care. She loves reading and interpreting research, and she believes that everyone can be a good consumer of the literature. She stresses a nuanced approach because all evidence is limited; yet a great deal of it is helpful. Optimal patient care demands a balanced understanding of the strengths and limitations of all types of evidence.
Sheila is an associate professor at Marquette University. She teaches evidence-based practice and directs a research program in stroke recovery. She is the recipient of the Edward Carroll Teaching Excellence Award and has published numerous peer reviewed articles. Her scholarship has been funded by several agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, and Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. She lives in Shorewood, WI with her husband and two sons and enjoys running, swimming, and sleeping in.
An exceptional team of research assistants (RAs) make our work possible. Our RAs organize searches in PubMed, screen articles, create evidence summaries, and fact check content. Most are physical therapy students at Marquette University. All are talented, hardworking, and inspired to excel.
As a physical therapy student at Marquette, Gillian helped launch The Evidence Workshop. She spearheaded our first project on temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD). Working with the Marquette Physical Therapy Clinic, she identified a clinically meaningful topic, organized searches, and interpreted the enormous body of literature on TMD. Gillian created the early drafts of our first evidence summaries. She also coauthored our first peer-reviewed abstract on evidence translation, which was presented at CoHSTAR’s inaugural Implementation Science Institute. She joined the Evidence Workshop to help clinicians use research in real-time for clinical decision making.
When Lucy joined our team as a physical therapy student, she quickly became a major contributor to our temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) project. She worked closely with Marquette’s School of Dentistry and Physical Therapy Clinic to examine the evidence manual therapy for TMD. This work led to the publication of our first clinician- and patient-friendly evidence summary. It also led to authorship on a scholarly abstract. Enjoying the creative aspects of her work, Lucy helped us develop our website. She strives to make all our content approachable because she believes bench-to-bedside knowledge translation should be fun.
An interdisciplinary group of clinical colleagues keep us focused on what’s most important - the patients we serve. Clinical collaborators help us select high priority topics likely to impact practice. They remind us to keep our message short and to the point. They share challenges to evidence translation so we can develop realistic solutions for front-line care.
- Jeffrey Wilkens, PT, DPT, OCS
- Mary A. Cimrmancic, DDS
- Susana Arciga, PT, OCS, CFMT
- Yasser Khaled, BDS, MDSc, MMSc
- Albojay Deacon, PT, DPT, OCS
Since our inception, capable students from Marquette University have advanced the goals of The Evidence Workshop. Our alumni include graduates working in healthcare, design, and other leading professions.
- Michael Carpenter
- Neerali D. Patel