Bhagwant S. Sindhu, Ph.D., OTR

Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator

[Image] Bhagwant Sindhu

Enderis Hall, Room 933
Phone: (414) 229-3226
Fax: (414) 229-5100
sindhu@uwm.edu

Department

Occupational Science & Technology

Education

  • Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science, University of Florida, 2007
  • M.S., Occupational Therapy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2002
  • B.S., Occupational Therapy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2000
  • B.S., Occupational Therapy (Honors), University of Delhi, New Delhi, India, 1998


Speaker Topics

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

Interests & Expertise

Dr. 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 1) sincerity of effort testing, 2) self-report assessments of upper extremity function, and 3) 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.


Recent Publications

Sindhu, B. S., Wang, Y.-C., Lehman, L. A., & Hart, D. L. (2013). Differential item functioning in a computerized adaptive test of functional status for people with shoulder impairments is negligible across pain intensity, gender, and age groups. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, Health, 33(2), 86-99. doi: 10.3928/15394492-20130125-02

Sindhu, B. S., Shechtman, O., & 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. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2012.03.007

Sindhu, B. S., Lehman, L. A., Tarima, S., Bishop, M. D., Hart,D. L., Klein, M. R., & Wang, Y. (2012). Influence of Fear-Avoidance Beliefs on Functional Status Outcomes for People With Musculoskeletal Conditions of the Shoulder. Physical Therapy, 92(8), 992-1005. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20110309

Shechtman, O., Sindhu, B. S., & Davenport, P. W. (2012). Using the ‘Visual Target Grip Test’ to Identify Sincerity of Effort during Grip Strength Testing. Journal of Hand Therapy. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2011.12.007

Sindhu, B. S., 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. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2011.06.003

Seo, N. J., Sindhu, B. S., & Shechtman, O. (2011). The influence of pain associated with musculoskeletal disorders on grip force timing. Journal of Hand Therapy, 24(4), 335-343. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2011.06.004

Sindhu, B. S., & Shechtman, O. (2011). Using the Force-Time Curve to Determine Sincerity of Effort in People with Upper Extremity Injuries. J Hand Ther, 24(1), 22-30. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2010.07.005

Lehman, L. A., Sindhu, B. S., 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. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2011.09218

Lehman, L. A., Sindhu, B. S., Shechtman, O., Romero, S., & Velozo, C. A. (2010). A Comparison of the Ability of Two Upper Extremity Assessments to Measure Change in Function. Journal of Hand Therapy, 23(1), 31-40. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2009.09.006

Shechtman, O., Hope, L. M., & Sindhu, B. S. (2007). Evaluation of the Torque-Velocity Test of the BTE-Primus as a Measure of Sincerity of Effort of Grip Strength. Journal of Hand Therapy, 20(4), 326-335. doi: 10.1197/j.jht.2007.07.009

Shechtman, O., Sindhu, B. S., & Davenport, P. W. (2007). Using the force-time curve to detect maximal grip strength effort. Journal of Hand Therapy, 20(1), 37-48. doi: 10.1197/j.jht.2006.10.006

Manuscripts in Preparation

Sindhu, B. S., Bolwerk, N. A., Seo, N. J., Tarima, S., & Zhao, S. (In Preparation). Effect of fibromyalgia on force-production and motor-recruitment patterns generated during isometric grip efforts. Journal of Hand Therapy.

Sindhu, B. S., Schutz, R., & Seo, N. J. (In Preparation). Effect of carpal tunnel syndrome on force-production and motor-recruitment patterns generated during isometric grip efforts. Journal of Hand Therapy.

Sindhu, B. S. & Shechtman, O. (In Preparation). Reliability, validity and responsiveness of a digital version of a perceived effort scale. Journal of Biomechanics.

Shechtman, O. & Sindhu, B. S. (In Preparation). The effects of upper extremity injury on maximal grip effort. Journal of Hand Therapy.

Sindhu, B. S., Shechtman, O., & Singh, H. P. (In Preparation). Effect of different types of instructions on submaximal grip effort. Journal of Hand Therapy.

Book Chapters

Shechtman, O., & Sindhu, B. S. (In Press). Grip strength dynamometry. In J. MacDermid (Eds.), Clinical assessment recommendation (3rd ed.): American Society of Hand Therapists.

Sindhu, B. S., & King, P. (2009). Assessing evaluee effort. In E. Genovese & J. S. Galper (Eds.), Guide to the evaluation of functional ability: How to request, interpret and apply functional capacity evaluations (1st ed., pp. 195-226): American Medical Association.


Honors & Awards

  • UWM’s Center for International Education (CIE) Faculty Travel Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2012.
  • 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 presented at the 2012 American Society of Hand Therapists Association Conference, San Diego, CA, October 19, 2012.
  • 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 presented at the 2011 American Society of Hand Therapists Association Conference, Nashville, TN, September 23, 2011.
  • Certificate of Appreciation, presented by Office of Undergraduate Research at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, in gratitude for dedication to undergraduate research as a faculty mentor, July 22, 2011.
  • Byoung Kim Teaching Excellence Award, College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2011.
  • Graduate School Research Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2011-2012.
  • Wisconsin Research Fellow, University of Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellow Program, 2010-2011.
  • Research Grant/Mentorship Opportunity Program Award, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2005-2006.
  • Rehabilitation Science Doctoral Program Travel Award, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2004.
  • Graduate Student Council Travel Award, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2004.
  • Assess, Assign and Assimilate Project Fellowship, University of Florida International Center (UFIC), University of Florida, 2002.
  • Certificate of Achievement, University of Florida International Center (UFIC), University of Florida, 2003.
  • Most Valued Student of the Year, Student Organization Advising and Resources (SOAR), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2002.
  • Graduate Student Research Award, College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2002.
  • Graduate Student Travel Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2002.
  • Conference Presentation Support Award, Milwaukee Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), 2002.
  • Pi Theta Epsilon, National Occupational Therapy Honor Society, 2000-2002.
  • Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society – Wisconsin Chapter, 2000-2002.
  • Golden Cord Honor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2000.
  • Non-Resident Tuition Remission Award, College of Letters and Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1998-2000.
  • Honor Student, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1998-2000.
  • Kartar S. Dhaliwal Scholar, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1998.