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Raymond McKenna, PT, Ph.D.

Raymond McKenna, PT, PhD, CSCS

Raymond McKenna, PT, PhD, CSCS

Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Stony Brook University

Phone: 631-444-6169
Email: raymond.mckenna@stonybrook.edu


Ray McKenna is Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Stony Brook University. He has been a physical therapist since 1991 and a physical therapy educator since 1998. His initial undergraduate and graduate work focused on math, and he has brought that interest into the physical therapy program where his teaching responsibilities include courses in Research and Statistics and Evidence Based Practice. Ray is also certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Ray’s research interests include understanding and treating functional deficits in childhood survivors of cancer, investigating the effects of a wellness program on childhood survivors of cancer and their families, and assessing the effects of prosthetic devices in individuals with lower extremity amputations.

Ray is the Program Director for Play Fit-Stay Fit! Initially supported by a $150,000 Lance Armstrong Foundation Evolution Grant, Play Fit-Stay Fit! is a comprehensive wellness program for childhood survivors of cancer and their families. It provides physical activity, nutrition education, and psychosocial counseling for the entire family. The program serves as a model program with the goal of creating similar seed programs in other locales. Ray is the co-investigator of a grant entitled, "Use of vacuum assisted socket technology with transfemoral amputees: A pilot study to investigate the effect of brim height on kinematics, kinetics, and comfort." This research is supported by Otto Bock Healthcare. Ray was a co-investigator and co-director of Move your Feet! - A school-based wellness program that was partially supported by a grant from the School of Health Technology and Management and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The program was a collaborative effort between Stony Brook University Physical Therapy Program and the Three Village School District to promote physical fitness and quality nutrition in 3rd-6th graders.


Peer Reviewed Publications

Greco J, Lamberg EM, McKenna RF & Muratori LM. (2018 - In Press). Trends in availability and usage of biophysical agents among physical therapists in the United States. Phys Ther Rev.

Lamberg, EM., McKenna, RF. Development of an After-School Wellness Club to Promote Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyle. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 9(1): 1-10, 2011.  

Plack, M.M., Williams, S., Miller, D., Malik, F., Sniffen, J., Gilner, G., & McKenna, R. Collaboration between physical therapists and physical therapist assistants: Fostering the development of the preferred relationship within the classroom setting. Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 20(1): 3-13, 2006.  

Plack, M.M., Driscoll, M., Blissett, S., McKenna, R., & Plack, T.P. A method for assessing reflective journal writing. Journal of Allied Health, 34(4): 199-208, 2005. 

Douris, P., McKenna, RF., Madigan, K., Cesarski, B., Costiera, R., & Lu, M. Recovery of Maximal Isometric Grip Strength following Cold Immersion. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 17(3): 509-513, 2003.  

Liebler, E.J., Tufano-Coors, L., Douris, P., Makofsky, HW., McKenna, RF., Michels, C., & Rattray, S. The Effect of Thoracic Spine Mobilization on Lower Trapezius Strength Testing. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. 9(4): 207-212, 2001.  


Funded Grant Activity 

Lamberg EM, McKenna R, Werner M and Kremenic I.  Use of vacuum assisted socket technology with transfemoral amputees:  An outcomes study to assess changes in function, balance, and quality of life, Otto Bock Healthcare.  

Streb R, Lamberg EM, McKenna R . Measurement of Medial Collapse During Bilateral and Unilateral Squat. Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 

Lamberg E, McKenna R, and Werner M. Co-investigator. Use of vacuum assisted socket technology with transfemoral amputees: A pilot study to investigate the effect of brim height on kinematics, kinetics and comfort. $17,885,. 2011-2012 Otto Bock Healthcare. 

McKenna R, Sniffen J, Johnson R, Johnson, L, and Benz Scott L. Principal Investigator. Play Fit – Stay Fit! – A wellness program for childhood survivors of cancer and their families. $150,000, 2006-09 Lance Armstrong Foundation.  

Lamberg E and McKenna R. Co-principal Investigator Move Your Feet! – A school-based wellness program. $5,000,. 2006 W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  

Sniffen J. and McKenna R. Co-principal Investigator.. Focus groups to develop a fitness/ wellness program for survivors of childhood cancers. $1,900, 2006, W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  

McKenna R. Principal Investigator. Quantifying Coordination between the Ankle and Knee during Normal Gait. Three-credits release time, 2000-01 NYIT-AAUP Research Grant Fund.  

McKenna R. Principal Investigator. Analyzing the Lifting Mechanics of Two Different Groups Using Video Motion Analysis and SEMG. $500 and three-credits release time, 1999-2000 NYIT-AAUP Research Grant Fund. .  

McKenna R. Principal Investigator. Investigation of Muscle Function during Dynamic Gripping Activities. $15,000, 1995-96. Foundation for Physical Therapy Doctoral Research Award. 

McKenna R. Principal Investigator. Validation of a Computer Program for Modeling a Reach Task in Patients with Shoulder Pathology. $5,000, 1994-95 Foundation. for Physical Therapy Doctoral Research Award.  

McKenna R. Athletic Orthopedic and Knee Center Doctoral Fellowship, $5,000, 1994  McKenna R. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Doctoral Fellowship, $20,000/year, 1992-93.


Peer Reviewed Scientific and Professional Presentations

Lamberg,EM, McKenna, R, Werner, M,and Kremenic, I. The Role of Vacuum Assist Suspension During Gait. Poster session at Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association,Las Vegas,NV,February,2014.

Lamberg, EM, McKenna, R, Werner, M, and Kremenic, I. Dynamic assessment of transfemoral prosthetic suspension: Does vacuum hold better? Poster session at the AOPA 2013 O&P World Congress, Orlando, FL, September, 2013.

Lamberg, EM, Werner, M, and McKenna, R (2013, June).  The effect of lowered transfemoral socket height on function when using a vacuum assisted suspension system. Poster session at the 2013 Annual Conference and Exposition of the American Physical Therapy Association, Salt Lake City, UT. June, 2013.

Lamberg, EM, Werner, M, and McKenna, R  How low can we go?  The effect of brim height with elevated vacuum suspension in transfemoral amputees. Presented as a Free Paper presentation at the 39th Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, Orlando, FL, February, 2013.

Gudesblatt, M,  Lamberg, E, McKenna R, Zarif M, Burke C, Bumstead B, Fafard L, Buhse M, Muratori, LM. (October 2012) Multiple Sclerosis & Gait Impairment: Moving from the Subjective to the Objective - Measurement as Markers for Disease Progression. Poster presentation for the 28th Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in  Multiple Sclerosis. Lyon, France.

Gudesblatt, M, Lamberg E., McKenna R., Zarif M., Burke C., Gutman M., Bumstead B., Fafard L., Seidel C., Cruz L., Fahie S. , Bohuslaw J., Riley S., Graffitti L.,and Muratori, L. (2010). Objective gait measures as markers for disease progression in Multiple Sclerosis, Accepted for the15th annual meeting of ACTRIMS, the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, San Antonio, TX.

Yirce, L., Lamberg, E., & McKenna, R. (2009) Move Your Feet!—An afterschool wellness club. Proceedings of the 2009 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, LasVegas, NV.  

McKenna, R., Sniffen, J., Johnson, R., Johnson, L., Benz-Scott, L., Block, P., Mattera, D., & Parker, R. (2008, October) Play Fit – Stay Fit!: A Comprehensive Wellness Program for Childhood Survivors of Cancer and Their Families. Proceedings of the 2008 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, SanDiego CA.  

McKenna, R.F., Sniffen, J., Johnson, R., Mancini-Johnson, L., Benz-Scott, L., Block, P., Mattera, D., & Parker, R. (2008, February) Play Fit-Stay Fit: A comprehensive community-based wellness program for childhood survivors of cancer. Poster session presented at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Nashville, TN.  

Lamberg, E.M., & McKenna, R.F. (2008, February). Using community input to develop an after school wellness club. Poster session presented at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Nashville, TN.  

Streb, R., Demes, B. & McKenna, R. F. (2008, February) Comparison of Movements in Subjects with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome and Subjects without Knee Pain. Poster session presented at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Nashville, TN.  

McKenna, R., Sniffen, J., Johnson, L., Johnson, R., & Benz-Scott, L. (2007, September) Play Fit – Stay Fit! Year 1 of a Comprehensive Wellness Program for Childhood Survivors of Cancer and Their Families. Poster session presented at the 2007 Lance Armstrong Foundation Community Program Conference, Austin, TX.  

Streb, R., Demes, B., & McKenna, R. (2006, February) Lower limb movement strategies during select closed kinematic chain functional movements in patellofemoral pain syndrome and asymptomatic subjects. Poster session presented at the 2006 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA.  

McKenna, R.F., Hasson, S., Pandya, A., & Maida, J. (1997, February) Effect of Wrist Position on Dynamic Grip Strength and EMG Activity of the Forearm Flexors and Extensors. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology, University of Houston, Houston, TX. 

McKenna, R.F., Pandya, A.K., Hasson, S.M., Aldridge, A.M. & Maida, J. (1995, August) Refinement of the Anthropometrics of a Human Computer Model - A Preliminary Step in Developing a New Tool for Measuring Function. Poster session presented at the World Congress of Physical Therapy Conference, Washington, D.C.  

McKenna, R.F., Hasson, S., Pandya, A., Aldridge A., & Maida, J. (1995, February) Integrating Anthropometry, Strength, and Motion Data into a Human Computer Model. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology, University of Houston, Houston, TX.  

McKenna, R.F., Pandya, A.K., Aldridge, A.M., & Hasson, S.M. (1995, February) Refinement of the Anthropometrics of a Human Computer Model - A Preliminary Step in Developing a New Tool for Measuring Function. Poster session presented at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Reno, NV.  

McKenna, R.F., Chen, B., & Hasson, S.M. (1994, June) Reproducibility and Accuracy of Static and Dynamic Angle Measures with the Ariel Performance Analysis System (APAS™.) Poster session presented at the Joint American Physical Therapy Association/Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Toronto, Canada.  

McKenna, R.F., Budd, E. Kinneman, C., & Rossi, M. (1993, June) Effect of Transverse versus Longitudinal Current Flow on Active Torque Production of the Quadriceps during Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation. American Physical Therapy Association Scientific Meeting and Exposition, Cincinnati, Ohio.  


Abstracts  

Yirce, L., Lamberg, E., & McKenna, R. (2009) Move Your Feet!—An afterschool wellness club. Proceedings of the 2009 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, LasVegas, NV.  

McKenna, R., Sniffen, J., Johnson, R., Johnson, L., Benz-Scott, L., Block, P., Mattera, D., & Parker, R. (2008, October) Play Fit – Stay Fit!: A Comprehensive Wellness Program for Childhood Survivors of Cancer and Their Families. Proceedings of the 2008 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, SanDiego CA.  

Sniffen, J., McKenna, R., Johnson, L., Johnson, R., & Benz-Scott, L. (2008) Partnering to Design and Implement a Wellness Program for Children Surviving Cancer [Abstract]. Proceedings of the 2008 Society for Disability Studies Annual Meeting, New York, NY.  

Streb, R., Demes, B., & McKenna, R. (2008) Comparison of Movements in Subjects with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome and Subjects without Knee Pain [Abstract]. Journal of Orthopedic Sports Physical Therapy, 38(1): A40.  

Lamberg, E.M., & McKenna, R.F. (2008) Developing a school based wellness club through community input [Abstract]. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 20(1).  

McKenna, R.F., Sniffen, J., Johnson, R., Mancini-Johnson, L., Benz-Scott, L., Block, P., Mattera, D., & Parker, R. (2008) Play Fit-Stay Fit: A comprehensive community-based wellness program for childhood survivors of cancer [Abstract]. Proceedings of the 2008 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, Nashville, TN. 

McKenna, R., Sniffen, J., Johnson, L., Johnson, R., & Benz-Scott, L. (2007) Play Fit – Stay Fit! Year 1 of a Comprehensive Wellness Program for Childhood Survivors of Cancer and Their Families [Abstract]. Proceedings of the 2007 Lance Armstrong Foundation Community Program Conference, Austin, TX.  

Streb, R., & McKenna, R. (2006) Reliability of measurement of a VICON 370 motion analysis system during select functional tasks (Abstract). http://www.ptjournal.org/abstracts/pt2006/AbsAuthIndex.cfm  

Streb, R., Demes, B., & McKenna, R. (2006) Lower limb movement strategies during select closed kinematic chain functional movements in patellofemoral pain syndrome and asymptomatic subjects [Abstract]. Journal of Orthopedic Sports Physical Therapy, 36(1): A60. 

Southard, V., McKenna, R., & Hill, J., (2005) An Intervention to Address Falls Efficacy: A Pilot Study [Abstract]. Proceedings of the 2005 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA.  

Plack, M.M., Driscoll, M., Blissett, S., McKenna, R., & Plack, T.P., (2004) A method for assessing reflective journal writing [Abstract]. http://www.apta.org/AM/abstracts/pt2004/AbstractIntro04.cfm  

McKenna, R.F., Hasson, S.M., Pandya, A.K., & Maida, J.C. (1997) Effect of Wrist Position on Dynamic Grip Strength and EMG Activity of the Forearm Flexors and Extensors [Abstract]. Proceedings of 15th Annual Houston Conference of Biomedical Engineering Research, Houston, TX.  

Hasson, S.M., McKenna, R.F., Jansen, C., Chen, F., & Schieb, D. (1996) Single dose of analgesic and NSAID medication: Effect on muscle soreness and performance [Abstract]. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 28 (5) suppl: 154. 

Hasson, S.M., McKenna, R.F., Chen, F., Jansen, C., & Schieb, D. (1996) Effect of Muscle Damage on Indicies of Pain and Performance during Functional Tasks of Sit to Stand and Stand to Sit [Abstract]. Proceedings of 1996 American Physical Therapy Association Annual Scientific Meeting and Exposition. Minneapolis, MN.  

McKenna, R.F., Pandya, A.K., Aldridge, A.M., & Hasson, S.M. (1995) Refinement of the Anthropometrics of a Human Computer Model - A Preliminary Step in Developing a New Tool for Measuring Function [Abstract]. Proceedings of the12th International Congress of the World Congress of Physical Therapy. Washington, D.C.  

McKenna, R.F., Pandya, A.K., Hasson, S.M., Aldridge, A.M., & Maida, J.C. (1995) Integrating Anthropometry, Strength, and Motion Data into a Human Computer Model [Abstract]. Proceedings of the 13th Annual Houston Conference of Biomedical Engineering Research. Houston, TX.  

McKenna, R.F., Pandya, A.K., Aldridge, A.M., & Hasson, S.M. (1995) Refinement of the Anthropometrics of a Human Computer Model - A Preliminary Step in Developing a New Tool for Measuring Function [Abstract]. Journal of Orthopedic Sports Physical Therapy, 21 (1): 62.  

McKenna, R.F., Chen, B., & Hasson, S. (1994) Reproducibility and Accuracy of Static and Dynamic Angle Measures with the Ariel Performance Analysis System (APAS)™ [Abstract]. Physical Therapy, 74 (6) suppl: S55.  

Rossi, M.D., & McKenna, R.F. (1994) A comparison on the effects of simulated and real microgravity exposure on the musculoskeletal, nervous, and cardiovascular systems [Abstract]. Physical Therapy, 74 (6) suppl: S166.  6 

McKenna, R.F., Budd, E., Kinneman, C., & Rossi, M. (1993) Effect of Transverse versus Longitudinal Current Flow on Active Torque Production of the Quadriceps during Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation [Abstract]. Physical Therapy, 73 (6) suppl: S77.