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Bhagwant S. Sindhu, PhD, OTR

Associate Professor, OT Program Director, Graduate Program Coordinator
 Bhagwant Sindhu
(414) 229-1180
(414) 229-5100
Enderis Hall 929

Education

Ph D Rehabilitation Science University of Florida 2007
MS Occupational Therapy University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2002
BS Occupational Therapy University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2000
BS Occupational Therapy University of Delhi 1998

Speaker Topics

  • Sincerity of effort
  • Pain physiology and assessment
  • Pain related psychological factors
  • Pain interference
  • Assessment of upper limb function

Interests & Expertise

Bhagwant Sindhu’s research focuses on pursuing theoretically rigorous exploration of approaches for improving upper extremity rehabilitation in two related areas: rehabilitation assessments and rehabilitation outcomes.

Within the broad framework of rehabilitation assessments, his research has focused on sincerity of effort testing; self-report assessments of upper extremity function; and pain assessment.

He has conducted studies to determine differences between maximal and submaximal grip efforts using force-time curves and surface electromyographic signal among healthy people, as well as people with musculoskeletal disorders and injuries, including traumatic musculoskeletal injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia. Surprisingly, these conditions affect different force parameters.

Recently, he found that fear-avoidance beliefs related to pain result in poorer rehabilitation outcomes in two out of eight groups of musculoskeletal disorders of the shoulder, with one group including people with rotator cuff tears.

Selected Publications

Sindhu, B., Schectman, O., & Singh, H. P. (In Press). Effect of different types of instructions on submaximal grip effort. Journal of Hand Therapy.
Sindhu, B., & Shectman, O. (In Press). Reliability, validity and responsiveness of a digital version of a perceived effort scale. Journal of Biomechanics.
Sindhu, B., Schutz, R., & Seo, N. J. (In Press). Effect of carpal tunnel syndrome on force-production and motor-recruitment patterns generated during isometric grip efforts. Journal of Hand Therapy.
Sindhu, B., Bolwerk, N. A., Seo, N. J., Tarima, S., & Zhao, S. (In Press). Effect of fibromyalgia on force-production and motor-recruitment patterns generated during isometric grip efforts. Journal of Hand Therapy.
Adibuzzaman, M., Ostberg, C., Ahamed, S., Povinelli, R., Sindhu, B., Love, R., Kawsar, F., & Ahsan, G. M. (2015). Assessment of pain using facial pictures taken with a smartphone. Proceedings of IEEE COMPSAC 2015: The 39th Annual International Computers, Software & Applications Conference.
Shechtman, O., & Sindhu, B. (2015). Grip Strength Dynamometry. Clinical Assessment Recommendation, 3rd. American Society of Hand Therapists.
Schectman, O., & Sindhu, B. (2013). Grip Strength. McDermid, J. (Ed.).
Shechtman, O., Sindhu, B., & Veazie, P. J. (2012). Identifying Sincerity of Effort Based on the Combined Predictive Ability of Multiple Grip Strength Tests. Journal of Hand Therapy, 25(3), 308-319.
Shechtman, O., Sindhu, B., & Davenport, P. (2012). Using the “Visual Target Grip Test” to Identify Sincerity of Effort during Grip Strength Testing. Journal of Hand Therapy.
Sindhu, B., Schectman, O., & Singh, H. P. (2012). Effect of Verbal Instructions on Submaximal Grip Effort. J Hand Ther, 25(4), e1-e2.
Sindhu, B., Shechtman, O., & Tuckey, L. E. (2011). Validity, Reliability, and Responsiveness of a Digital Version of the Visual Analog Scale. Journal of Hand Therapy, 24(4), 356-364.
Schectman, O., & Sindhu, B. (2011). The effects of upper extremity injury on maximal grip effort. Journal of Hand Therapy, 24(4), 386-387.
Lehman, L. A., Sindhu, B., Johnson, J., Velozo, C. A., & (2011). Creating a Clinically Useful Data Collection Form for the DASH Questionnaire. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65(1), 45-54.

Honors & Awards

Nominated as one of sixteen faculty for Undergraduate Research Mentor (2015) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Student Success Award (2014) Student Success Center, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing (2013) Journal of Hand Therapy.
Paper titled “Identifying sincerity of effort based on the combined predictive ability of multiple grip strength tests” was selected as one of six best papers (2012, October 19) American Society of Hand Therapists Association Conference.
Faculty Travel Award for presenting my research at the World Pain Congress (2012, August) Center for International Education (CIE), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Byoung Kim Teaching Excellence Award (2011) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Certificate of Appreciation for dedication to undergraduate research as a faculty mentor (2011) Office of Undergraduate Research, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Graduate School Research Fellow (2011) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Paper titled “Validity, reliability, and responsiveness of a digital version of the Visual Analog Scale for measuring pain intensity” was selected as one of six best papers (2011, September 23) American Society of Hand Therapists Association Conference.
Wisconsin Research Fellow (2010) University of Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellow Program.
Research Grant/Mentorship Opportunity Program (2005) University of Florida.
Graduate Student Council Travel Award (2004) Graduate Student Council, University of Florida.
Rehabilitation Science Doctoral Program Travel Award (2004) College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida.
Assess, Assign and Assimilate Project Fellowship (2003) University of Florida International Center (UFIC), University of Florida.
Certificate of Achievement (2003) University of Florida International Center (UFIC), University of Florida.
Assess, Assign and Assimilate Project Fellowship (2002) University of Florida International Center (UFIC), University of Florida.
Conference Presentation Support Award (2002) Milwaukee Area Health Education Center (MAHEC).
Graduate Student Research Award (2002) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Graduate Student Travel Award (2002) Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Most Valued Student of the Year (2002) Student Organization Advising and Resources (SOAR), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Golden Cord Honor (2000) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Phi Kappa Phi (2000) National Honor Society – Wisconsin Chapter.
Pi Theta Epsilon (2000) National Occupational Therapy Honor Society.
Honor Student (1998) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Kartar S. Dhaliwal Scholar (1998) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Non-Resident Tuition Remission Award (1998) College of Letters and Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.