Dr. Gilchrist is a Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and a Clinical Research Scientist at Children's Hospitals and Clinics. She is also actively involved in the American Physical Therapy Association at the state and national level.
Laura Gilchrist PT, PhD is a clinical research scientist with the Cancer and Blood Disorders Program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN and a Professor of Physical Therapy at St. Catherine University. Her primary research is in the area of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in children/adolescents undergoing treatment for cancer. She also is active in producing evidence-based reviews to guide clinical care in oncology rehabilitation.
Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1998
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1996
Bachelor of Science, Biology
Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, Magna Cum Laude, 1990
Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Award for Faculty Excellence, 2015
St. Catherine University’s highest award to recognize a faculty member whose activities bring recognition to the academic reputation of St. Catherine University
Jerry Walton Service Award, 2015
Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association
American Physical Therapy Association - Oncology Section. (2010). Stephen Gudas Award for Outstanding Publication in Rehabilitation Oncology
American Physical Therapy Association. (2007). Emerging Leader Award
Clinical predictors of persistent vincristine-associated neuropathy (2012).
Sweat Test for Detecting Autonomic Neuropathy in Pediatric Cancer (2010).
Clinical Research Scientist, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, 2007–Present
Gilchrist LS, Tanner L. Short-term Recovery of Balance Control and Association with Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Pediatric Oncology. Pediatric Phys Ther. Accepted Oct. 20, 2017.
Wacker K, Tanner l, Ovans J, Mason J, Gilchrist L. Improving functional mobility in children and adolescents undergoing treatment for non-CNS cancers: A systematic review. PM&R 2017; 9(S2): S385-S397.
Davies C, Levenhagen K, Perdomo M, Ryans K, Gilchrist L. How can a Clinical Practice Guideline Enhance My Practice? Rehabilitation Oncology 2017. 35(3):111-113.
Levenhagen K, Davies C, Perdomo M, Ryans K, Gilchrist L. Diagnosis of Upper Quadrant Lymphedema Secondary to Cancer: Clinical Practice Guideline from the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Phys Therapy 2017; 97(7):1-17. Co-published in Rehabilitation Oncology 2017; 35(3):E1-E18.
Gilchrist LS, Tanner LR. Safety of symptom-based modification of physical therapy interventions in pediatric oncology patients with and without low blood counts. Rehabilitation Oncology 2017; 35(1):3-8.
Gilchrist LS, Tanner L, Ness KK. Short-term recovery of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy after treatment for pediatric non-CNS cancer. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017;64(1):180-187.
Stout NL, Silver JK, Raj VS, Rowland J, Gerber L, Cheville A, Ness KK, Radomski M, Nitkin R, Stubblefield M, G. Morris GS, Acevedo A, Brandon Z, Braveman B, Cunningham S, Gilchrist L, Jones L, Padgett L, Wolf T, Winters-Stone K, Campbell G, Hendricks J, Perkins K, Chan L. Towards a National Initiative in Cancer Rehabilitation: Recommendations from a Subject Matter Expert Group. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016;97(11):2006-2015.
Hooke MC, Gilchrist L, Withycombe J, Tanner L, Hart N. Use of a Fitness Tracker to Promote Physical Activity in Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Pediatric Blood Cancer 2016;63(4):684-9.
Gilchrist L, Tanner L. Gait patterns in pediatric cancer patients with vincristine neuropathy. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 2016; 28(1):16-22.
Hile E, Levangie P, Ryans K, Gilchrist L. Oncology Section Task Force on Breast Cancer Outcomes: Clinical Measures of Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy—A Systematic Review. Rehabilitation Oncology, 2015; 33(3):32-40.
Ites, K., Anderson, E., Cahill, M., Kearney, J., Post, E. & Gilchrist, L. (2011). "Balance Interventions for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: A Systematic Review." J Geriatr Phys Ther.
Gilchrist, L. & Tanner, L. "Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Pediatric Cancer Patients." Semin Ped Neurology.
Gilchrist, L., Marais, L. & Tanner, L. (2014). "Comparison of two chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy measurement approaches in children." Supportive Care Cancer.
Gilchrist, L. & Tanner, L. "Gait patterns in pediatric cancer patients with vincristine neuropathy." Pediatric Physical Therapy.
Harrington, S., Gilchrist, L. & Sanders, T. (2014). "Oncology Section Taskforce on Breast Cancer Outcomes: Clinical Measures of Pain." Rehabilitation Oncology.
Wampler, M., Galantino, M., Huang, S., Gilchrist, L., Marchese, V., Morris, G. ... & Ness, K. (2012). "Physical activity among adult survivors of childhood lower extremity sarcoma." J Cancer Survivor Res and Pract.
Gilchrist, L. & Tanner, L. (2013). "The Pediatric-Modified Total Neuropathy Score: a Reliable and Valid Measure of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Children with Non-CNS Cancers." Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer. (21, 3, 847-56)
Hooke, M., Gilchrist, L., Foster, L., Langevine, M. & Lee, J. (2015). "Yoga for Children and Adolescents After Completing Cancer Treatment." Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing.
Gilchrist L, Davies C, Levenhagen K, Van Hoose L. (2017) Lymphedema Risk Reduction: Best Practices. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
Gilchrist L, Tanner L. (2017) Gait and Balance Disturbance in Pediatric Cancer Survivors With Neuropathy. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
Fisher M, Gilchrist L, Harrington S. (2017) Oncology EDGE Task Force: Measures of Pain and Fatigue in Cancer. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
Gilchrist L, Fisher M, Harrington S. (2016) Recommendations for Outcome Measure Use in Breast Cancer Rehabilitation – The Evidence Database to Guide Effectiveness (EDGE). American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Davies C, Levenhagen K, Gilchrist L, Perdomo M, Ryan K. (2016) Diagnosis of Upper Quadrant Lymphedema Secondary to Cancer: Clinical Practice Statements. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
Sellheim D, Cieminski C, Bjornaraa J, Gilchrist L. (2016) The Threading of Anatomy Throughout a 3-Year DPT Curriculum: A Unique Approach to Learning. APTA Educational Leadership Conference
Gilchrist L, Tanner L, Ness K. (2016) Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in children after treatment for non-CNS cancers: Short-term recovery and balance impact. American Society of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Annual Meeting
Gilchrist, L., Cheville, A. & Ness, K. (2015). "Functional Outcome Measures in Cancer Rehabilitation." NIH Symposium on Cancer Rehabilitation
Gilchrist, L. & Tanner, L. (2015). "Gait patterns in pediatric cancer patients with vincristine neuropathy." American Physical Therapy Association
Hooke, M., Gilchrist, L., Withycombe , J., Tanner, L. & Hart, N. (2014). "Physical activity and fatigue in children with cancer." 46th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology
Gilchrist, L. & Tanner, L. (2014). "Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in non-CNS cancers: Comparison between diagnostic groups." 46th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology
Tanner, L., Gilchrist, L. & Ness, K. (2014). "The role of physical therapy in pediatric oncology." American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections meeting
Hooke, M., Langevin, M., Lee, J., Foster, L. & Gilchrist, L. (2013). "Yoga for children and adolescents completing cancer treatment." APHON conference and Society for Integrative Oncology
Gilchrist, L., Wacker, K. & Tanner, L. (2013). "Physical impairments and functional limitations during treatment for non-CNS tumors in children and adolescents." Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association
Gilchrist, L., Perdomo, M., Ryans, K., Doherty, D. & Harringtom, S. (2013). "Oncology Section Edge Task Force on Breast Cancer Outcomes: Clinical Measures of Upper Extremity Lymphedema in Individuals Treated for Breast Cancer - A review of available assessment and outcome measures and their psychometric properties." Combined Section Meetings of the American Physical Therapy Association
Gilchrist, L. & Tanner, L. (2012). "Reliability and validity of the ped-mTNS for measuring chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in school-aged children." Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Grinde, K., Myhre, J. & Gilchrist, L. (2012). "Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Children with Brain Tumor Induced Hemiparesis." American Physical Therapy Association
Marais, L., Tanner, L. & Gilchrist, L. (2012). "Comparison of two measures of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in school aged children undergoing neurotoxic cancer treatment." American Physical Therapy Association
Peters, K., Tice, J. & Gilchrist, L. (2012). "Safety of physical therapy using symptomatic blood value guidelines in children being treated for cancer." American Physical Therapy Association
Gilchrist, L. & Tanner, L. (2011). "Rehabilitation Research in Pediatric Oncology: Non-CNS Cancers." Memorial Sloan Ketterine Grand Rounds