Catherine F. Siengsukon, PT, Ph.D.
KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Catherine F. Siengsukon, PT, Ph.D., provides instruction in neuroscience, neurorehabilitation, and sleep health promotion in the physical therapy and rehabilitation science doctoral degree programs. She is currently the course director for PTRS 852 Neurologic Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation I.
Siengsukon is also co-director of the multiple sclerosis STEP UP program. She is frequently invited to present on promoting sleep health and integration of sleep health info physical therapy practice. She also has advanced training in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and utilizes CBT-I in her research.
As director of the Sleep, Health, and Wellness Laboratory, Siengsukon's line of research seeks to understand how sleep impacts function, learning, and overall health particularly with aging and in those with neurological conditions. She possesses a clinical background in outpatient physical therapy treating individuals with musculoskeletal and neurologic injury.
Siengsukon is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She has served on the research committee for the association's Neurology Section, and she is past chair of the research committee for the Kansas Physical Therapy Association. She is also a reviewer for several journals.
Siengsukon earned a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in physical therapy from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo. She received her doctorate in rehabilitation science from the University of Kansas and is the first graduate from the medical center campus to receive the Marnie and Bill Argersinger Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation.
Siengsukon was invited to join the editorial board of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy beginning in 2021.
In October 2019, Siengsukon received the School of Health Professions Faculty Research Investigator Award. She has also received the 2014 Rising Star Award in Health Professions from the Women in Medicine and Science at KU Medical Center.
Siengsukon’s research interests are aimed at understanding how sleep impacts physical and cognitive function, learning, and overall health in adults both with and without neurologic injury or disease (multiple sclerosis, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease).
Her current research focuses on examining the use of interventions to improve sleep in people with multiple sclerosis and understanding if improving sleep may be protective against the onset of chronic conditions including Alzheimer's disease and diabetes.
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The research goals of this lab are to understand 1) how sleep impacts function, learning, and overall health in adults with and without neurological conditions, 2) the interrelationship between sleep and other factors such as fatigue, cognition, and pain, and 3) how addressing sleep issues may prevent or delay the onset of chronic conditions.