With an education in anatomy and cell biology, Dr. Colgrove has been active in a variety of scientific endeavors and is interested in improving function for individuals who suffer from chronic disease. Dr. Colgrove has worked on improving function in patients with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and partial knee replacements. In addition to work in her primary laboratory, the LIVE Research Laboratory, she also has worked on a number of projects in the Diabetes Research Laboratory. Currently, Dr. Colgrove serves as the Director of Clinical Education and is teaching administration courses in the DPT program and post-professional DPT program as well as ethics in the post-professional DPT program.
Dr. Colgrove began her education at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., where she earned a Bachelor of Science in biology. Subsequently, she transitioned to the field of physical therapy by enrolling at Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Mo., and earning an additional Bachelor’s degree. Ultimately, Dr. Colgrove earned her PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of Kansas. In 2004 she joined of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science faculty.
Dr. Colgrove's research impacts a broad spectrum; by working in clinical, educational and scientific settings, she’s working to broaden the horizons of physical therapy and rehabilitation. In the field of research, Dr. Colgrove is examining how yoga affects physical function, physiology and quality of life in those who suffer from Parkinson’s disease and effectiveness of intensive cognitive training in brain function in people with Alzheimer's disease.
Additionally, Dr. Colgrove is investigating knowledge of recommended diabetes guidelines in health care professionals and standard practice in screening for depression. From an educational standpoint, Dr. Colgrove is exploring the recruitment implications of providing clinical internships and how it affects the post-graduate placement of students.
Selected Past and Current Grants
Yvonne Colgrove (PI) The Therapeutic Effects of Yoga in Individuals With Parkinson's Disease
Purpose: To determine the impact of yoga on physical function, physiological parameters and psychological effects in individuals with Parkinson's disease.
School of Health Professions Grant